Advance IT Minnesota launches the 2017 Data Derby Minnesota (Saturday, April 8, 2017)
Advance IT Minnesota has launched the 2017 Data Derby Minnesota, an annual multi-disciplinary competition open to all Minnesota State institutions, that allows student teams to compete and present data-driven answers to defined problems and societal issues. Data access begins 5pm, March 15, and teams may register to compete through 11:59 PM, March 31, 2017.
The competition will be held at Hennepin Technical College (Eden Prairie campus) on Saturday, April 8, 2017, and will comprise two challenge events:
- The 3.5-week extended DATATHON and
- The same-day DATAGON sprint (read more below).
Who can compete?
Students (undergraduate and graduate) from all Minnesota colleges and universities enrolled in any major, and especially from information technology, computer science, management information systems, business/management, mathematics, and statistics-related programs. Basically anyone with a passion for being a data detective!
The Data Derby challenge events provide opportunities to showcase your ability to address data challenges as you see fit. Programming or SQL knowledge is helpful but not essential to winning in the Data Derby. You may use any use any openly available tool or application including:
- Statistical packages
- Common programming language (such as Java, Python, and SQL)
- Visualization tools (such as Tableau, and SAP) packages
- Common Office Productivity Tools (such as Microsoft Office Suite)
Registration is open through March 31 (or until we have 25 teams) – Data access for registered teams begins 5 PM on March 15.
Teams of 1 to 4 individuals will be able to register. There is no registration fee but your team must be endorsed by a faculty advocate at your institution (name and email address of the faculty member to be provided at the time of registration). Faculty members have no time commitment and may advise as they see fit. They may also serve as judges at the event, but they will not judge teams from their institution.
Starting March 15, 2017
DATATHON: 3.5 weeks to develop a comprehensive data story
- Begins March 15 with student teams gaining access to the 2017 Datathon challenge questions and datasets.
- Teams have about 3.5 weeks to work on a comprehensive data story addressing all challenge questions.
- Teams are permitted to use additional, freely accessible datasets of their choosing.
- One week before Data Derby, teams are required to provide a list of all external datasets they will use, and these lists are made available to all teams.
- On the day of the Data Derby, your team will present your data story to industry experts and faculty members serving as judges.
What will the data be about?
The Datathon challenge this year will be about solving a real-world problem using provided data sets. You will be asked to address questions about daily operations as well as solve strategic problems. The datasets range from 50,000 to 300,000 records shared as downloadable csv files using Dropbox.com.
> Access to the Datathon challenge questions and instructions to download the data sets are emailed to registered participants within 1 business day of registration. Contact Dr. Janice Aanenson at firstname.lastname@example.org if you do not receive this in time.
Interested in serving as a judge?
Data science and analytics professionals are invited to serve as judges and have first-hand access to top talent across Minnesota. Educators may contribute use this as a professional development opportunity and contribute as judges (you may serve as a judge even if you are a team faculty advocate since you’d be recused from judging team (s) from your institution).
Volunteer by emailing Dr. Janice Aanenson at email@example.com – traveling judges are offered free lodging.
Saturday, April 8, 2017
DATAGON: 3-hour, Same-Day Challenge on the morning of Data Derby
- Student teams gain access to the 2017 Datagon same-day challenge on the morning of the Data Derby and are provided the datasets they may use.
- Teams work in isolation for three hours to address the challenge and post their submissions to an online portal.
- The team submissions are judged and winners announced at the end of the Data Derby.