FAQ

How do I sign up?

You can click here to sign up. Registration will begin in February.

Is there a registration fee?

No, there is no registration fee. However note that the event takes significant resources to run. So, if you sign up, we expect that you will show up! If your plans change, let us know as soon as possible so we can make your spot available to someone else.

Who is eligible to compete?

All undergraduate and MS students are eligible.

What about PhD students?

We would love to have Ph.D. students be involved as consultants during the event.

Can I participate as a consuntant if I'm an MS student?

Sure!

How large are the teams?

Teams can be made up of 2-5 students.

Do I have to compete in a team?

Yes, but if you don't have a team in mind, sign up under Option 3: Looking for Teammates, and we'll match you with others looking for teammates.

What do I need to compete?

All you need is a laptop with tools for data analysis (there is no limitation on which software you use) and enthusiasm for data.

What are the rules of the competition?

The rules are very simple:

  • No more than 5 students per team.
  • No fewer than 2 students per team.
  • Team members can come and go as they please but all work has to be done on-site. A steady supply of food, beverage, and candy make it more inviting to stay.
  • It's a competition, but a friendly one, so collaboration between teams is not only allowed but highly encouraged. Official ASA DataFestTM consultants (grad students, faculty, data professionals, etc.) will also be around throughout the weekend to help with any questions you might have. However you can't have outside help.

Do we have to stay the entire time?

No. You may come and go as you please. However, you are not allowed to work on the project except while you are on ASA DataFestTM grounds, and at least 3 members of your team must attend the introduction.

What can I win?

ASA student memberships, medals, books, fame, glory, or some combination thereof... And you get a t-shirt!

Where else is ASA DataFestTM happening?

ASA DataFestTM is growing fast! See here for a list of all participating institutions. If you are interested in holding ASA DataFestTM at your institution, click here to get more information on the event.

Other questions?

Please don't hesitate to contact your local organizer with any questions: