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                                                                    Register for  DataFest2018. Event to be held March 23rd-25th, 2018.

The competition is sponsored by the Department of Statistics at Grand Valley State University. Click register to sign up by midnight of February 16, 2018. Click to obtain a copy of the DataFest2018 Flyer.

What is Datafest?

ASA DataFestTM is a data analysis competition where teams of up to five students have a weekend to attack a large, complex, and surprise data set. Your job is to represent your team by finding and communicating insights into these data. While ASA DataFestTM is a competition, the main goal of the event is to promote collaboration. For more information:click here. To prepare for datafest follow the  hyperlinks below: 


How do I sign up?

  • Click DataFest to sign up. Please fill out the form fully. Only one member of your team needs to register by February 16th, they will need every member's name and e-mail address. Each member will receive a survey later asking them to confirm that they are participating in the event. The registration deadline is Friday, February 16, at midnight. To do so, simply check the appropriate box on the registration form. These will be approved on a rolling basis, and you will find out within a few days of applying.

When is the event?

  • The weekend of March 23 – 25; the event starts 5 p.m., Friday, March 23 and will conclude by 5 p.m., Sunday, March 25.

Where is the event?

  • The event will take place in various locations within Mackinac Hall (primarily first floor, Wing A) on the Allendale Campus of GVSU.

What does the event entail?

  • Participating students will be introduced to the source of the data on Friday night.  The remainder of the weekend is spent deciding on a research question of interest, preparing the data for analysis, analyzing the data, and preparing a presentation highlighting the findings.  Grand Valley is only one of many schools participating in this event which is sponsored by the American Statistical Association (ASA).  Weekend competitions run from the middle of March until early May.

Who is eligible to compete?

  • Any GVSU undergraduate student is eligible to compete.

How do I sign up?

  • Go to DataFest where there’s a registration link. The required information is (1) name of team; (2) every team member's name and e-mail address (only one registration for a complete team is needed).  The registration deadline is Friday, February 16.  There is no registration fee. 

After registering, then what?

  • The number of participants is limited to 30.  Once a team has been accepted to participate, each team member will be asked to provide additional information. 

What resources are permissible to use?

  • You are welcome to bring your own laptop with any data analysis tools pre-installed; there is no limitation on which software you can use.  Make sure there is sufficient room on your laptop for a dataset of approximately 1.5 GB.  If you don’t have a personal laptop to use, access to university computers will be provided.

What are some of the competition rules?

  • Each team has two – five team members.
  • Team members can come and go as they please; all team members will have access to Mackinac Hall throughout the weekend; but all work associated with the competition has to be done on-site; a steady supply of food, beverages, and snacks will be provided!
  • It's a competition, but a friendly one, so collaboration between teams is not only allowed but highly encouraged. Official DataFest@GVSU consultants (grad students, faculty, business and industry representatives, etc.) will be available throughout the weekend to provide advice with any questions you might have. Web surfing for information is fine too.  Other outside help is not permitted.
  • The source of the data will be kept secret until the start of the competition; after that, the source of the data is to be kept quiet until after May 5, 2018 when the last competition has been held.

 What about food?

  • A steady supply of food, beverages, and snacks will be provided throughout the weekend!

What do the winning team members receive?

  • Presentations are judged in three categories: Best Insight, Best Visualization, and Best Use of External Data.  Winning team members will receive complimentary ASA student memberships, medals, certificates and - - most importantly - - bragging rights!


DataFest@GVSU 2018 is made possible through the generous sponsorship of the following companies and organizations:

American Statistical Association

Statistics Department, Grand Valley State University

Dow Chemical

Foremost Insurance

Data Camp

Department of Statistics


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