Chapman ASA DataFest 2017

ASA DataFest 2017 at Chapman University

» ASA DataFest 2017 at Chapman University

ASA DataFestTM 2017 at Chapman University will happen on April 21-23. Registration will begin soon.

What Is ASA DataFestTM?

ASA DataFestTM is a data hackathon for undergraduate students, sponsored by the American Statistical Association and founded at UCLA, in 2011.  ASA DataFestTM at Chapman is hosted by the Schmid College of Science and Technology and Office of Residential Life.

Analyze ASA DataFestTM will introduce you to what is likely the richest, most complex dataset you’ve seen so far in your undergraduate career. The dataset is provided by a real-life organization and is chosen to provide many avenues of discovery.  Students at any stage of their data science education will find something of interest and will have the opportunity to make an original finding.  Students from any major are welcome.

Network Mingle with data science professionals who visit DataFestTM to offer their advice and answer your questions.  You’ll also get to meet students from other colleges and universities in southern California.

Experience Past participants of the ASA DataFestTM have gone to job interviews able to describe technical challenges overcome, explain how they work under time-pressure, and talk about their thoughts on solving real-life data problems.

ABOUT

+ - ABOUT DATAFEST

DataFest is a celebration of data in which teams of undergraduates work around the clock to find and share meaning in a large, rich, and complex data set.

DataFest was founded at UCLA in 2011. ASA DataFest is now sponsored by the American Statistical Association and hosted by several of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country. More than 500 students take part. The event has become so popular in Southern California that a second SoCal site is being hosted at Chapman University for the 2017 Datafest on the weekend of April 21-23. 

Past events have featured data from companies such as:

  • Ticketmaster
  • Edmunds.com
  • eHarmony
  • Kiva.com
  • GridPoint

A key feature of ASA DataFest is that it brings together the data science community. Undergraduate students do the work, but they are assisted by roving consultants who are graduate students, faculty, and industry professionals. Many professionals find DataFest to be a great recruiting opportunity–they get to watch talented undergraduate students work under pressure in a team and examine their thinking processes.

After two days of intense data wrangling, analysis, and presentation design, each team is allowed a few minutes and no more than two slides to impress a panel of judges. Prizes are given for Best in Show, Best Visualization, and Best Use of External Data.

For more information contact Michael Fahy, fahy@chapman.edu

+ - FAQ

DataFestTM is a team competition. Teams of up to 5 undergraduate students have less than 48 hours to determine who can provide the best insight —and communicate that insight–gleaned from a large, complex dataset. The teams that impress the judges will win prizes. Everyone else will have a great experience, lots of food, and fun.

Any undergraduate students at Chapman University or the other colleges or universities formally participating in Chapman ASA Datafest. All members of the team must be undergraduate students. Teams can have no more than 5 people.

If your school is not listed on the Student Participant Registration Form, then send an email to Michal Fahy, fahy@chapman.edu , and express your interest in having your school participate.

To register as a student, use the Student Participant Registration Form.

To register as a Visitor (V.I.P.), use the Visitor (V.I.P.) Registration Form.

The next DataFestTM will be held at Chapman University on April 21-23, 2017.
Details are posted under “Competition” and "Announcements" as they become available.

No. You may come and go as you please. However, you are not allowed to work on the project except while you are inside the venue.

Prizes. Fame. Glory. Or some combination thereof.

The data will be distributed via USB drives, and so at least one team member should be able to read the data. The data set may be as large as 2 GB, so make sure you have sufficient memory.

+ - SUPPORTING DATAFEST

How can you support DataFestTM?

There are three ways you can support DataFestTM as either an individual or a business:

Please consider participating as a Visiting Consultant (V.I.P)
Spend an hour or two getting to know the students and offering your sage advice. 
This is an excellent recruiting opportunity; you get to watch students working in teams, under pressure, striving to understand possibly the most complex data set they have encountered. 
In fact, each year, several students have received internships and interviews that have led to full-time employment. 
Success at DataFest requires that a team have a combination of computational, statistical, and human skills, as well as the ability to communicate clearly and extremely concisely.

We will provide free meals and free parking for V.I.P.s

Please consider a financial contribution and, in particular, asking your employer to contribute
We are seeking to raise $10,000 to cover food and facility expenses. 

Swag. Pens, thumb drives, notepads
The students love these and they help make the event fun. If we get something special, we can give it away in a “midnight raffle” to help keep the energy level high.

If you’d like to visit DataFestTM or want more information, please email Michael Fahy at fahy@chapman.edu.

+ - GIVING

We welcome financial donations from individuals and businesses. Donations are used to provide food, prizes, and supplies.

You can contribute online through the Schmid College Fund for Academic Excellence and indicate in the Memo field that your contribution is to support Datafest

or you can contact Lauren Lee, lkenney@chapman.edu

+ - VISITING

We welcome professionals who work in data-related fields, as well as academics and researchers, to join us as VIP Consultants. We will provide you with some information about the data challenge before your arrival. Once you arrive, we hope you’ll enjoy wandering around the room and dispensing wisdom and advice. You’ll also find that DataFestTM is a great place to scout future talent! Where else can you observe students working with a team on a real problem under intense deadline pressure?

Visiting DataFestTM will be fun and relaxing, as we strive to keep the mood light. However, if you do sign up for a time slot, please notify us if you must make any changes or if you cannot come. Students often pay attention to when people from particular companies visit, and we also must ensure the number of people in the hall does not exceed the capacity.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Michael Fahy, fahy@chapman.edu

+ - CONTACT US

If you have any questions regarding Datafest, please fill the form below and we will respond with 7 days. Thank you.

COMPETITION

+ - APPLICATION

Announcing 2017 ASA DataFestTM, April 21-23 at the Sandhu Center, Chapman University.

You must be an undergraduate student at Chapman University or an officially participating school.

To participate, complete the Registration Form 

+ - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

DataFestTM begins in the late afternoon on Friday. The check-in time and a more detailed schedule will be posted on this site as details become made available. Check-in will begin earlier. Check this site for the actual time you should arrive.

You will need your own laptop(s) and software. We will provide the data on thumb drives (which you will be asked to return).

Bring a water bottle. We will have a water station.

Meals and snacks are provided.

DataFestTM begins Friday evening, April 21,  and ends Sunday afternoon, April 23. Precise times, including check-in times, will be posted under Announcements. You will be allowed to work around the clock on-site.

+ - RULES

Your team must consist of at least 2 and no more than 5 people. All team members must be undergraduates at Chapman University or an officially participating school. Teams can consist of members from multiple schools.

Each team member must register. At the time of registration, you will be asked for your team name. The name must be spelled consistently by all team members.

Team names must be of professional quality. In other words, don’t use terms or words that you wouldn't use in the workplace.

The number of participants is limited by the size of the facility. If we must prioritize, some preference will be given to teams that enroll first, but the time of enrollment will be based on the last member to register.

Once registration is closed, substitute team members will not be allowed.

All work must be done on-site. You are free to leave, but when you do so, you are agreeing that you will NOT work on your project until you return.

+ - 2016 ASA DATAFEST RESULTS

At Datafest 2016 at UCLA, teams showcased their work to other competitors and judges. A copy of all of those presentations is available on Dropbox. There were four categories considered when judging. Teams showcased their work to other competitors and judges. A winning team was chosen in each category.

Best use of External Data Winner: Bruinintelligence (Xiaoyu Liu, Yue Cui, Zhi Li, Jingwei Song and Dongbo Yao) Honorable Mention: Alpha-Team (Jonathan Kisch, Shreyas Doshi and Jonah Muresan)

Best Visualization Winner: Final Call (Alex Krebs, Hannah Lieber, Samantha Babcock, Cindy Nguyen and Alex Chan)

Best Insight Winner (tie): The Naive Bayesians (Mengxiong Dong, Fangbo Xu, Yunqing Jin, Chongyang Chen and Haoyu Zha) Winner (tie): n = 30 (Brian Bahmanyar, Zach Zhang and Andrew Voorhees)

SPONSORS

+ - WE THANK OUR ASA DATAFEST 2017 SPONSORS

Google MI3
SCST MLAT
IEEECADS

ANNOUNCEMENTS

+ - SCHEDULE AND PARKING

ASA DataFestTM 2017 to be held at the Sandhu Center, April 21-23.

  • 5 om: Check-in at Sandhu Center, second floor 
  • 7 pm: Opening Ceremonies
  • 8 pm: work begins
  • Sunday noon: work ends
  • Sunday 2 pm: Judging begins

Parking is in the Lastinger Parking Structure below the Football Field. You must have a valid permit.