Competition Details

When is the competition?

The competition is April 8 through April 22. All projects must be submitted by April 22, 2020 at 11:59p EDT.

Who is eligible to participate?

The competition is open to all undergraduate and MS students at Duke.

How large are the teams?

Teams can be made up of 2 to 5 students.

Do I have to compete in a team?

DataFest is a collaborative competition, so we strongly encourage you to work in a team to honor the spirit of the competition. If your current situation does not make it feasible for you to work on a team, you can still participate individually.

How do I sign up to participate?

Click here to sign up. You must sign up by Sunday, April 12 at 11:59p EDT.

What are the rules of the competition?

  • All projects must be submitted by April 22 at 11:59p EDT. There is only one submission per team.
  • The data used in the project must be publicly available or openly licensed.
  • All video submissions must be no longer than 5 minutes.
  • All interactive dashboards must be deployed online.
  • All slide decks and write ups must be submitted as a PDF document.
  • It's a competition, but a friendly one, so collaboration between teams is not only allowed but highly encouraged.

What data can I use for this competition?

You may use any dataset as long as it is publicly available and/or openly licensed. If you need help finding data, see the Resources page for some potential datasets.

As you choose data for the competition, be mindful of the unit of analysis as well as the credibility of the data source.

How do I submit my analysis?

Once the registration window closes, participants will receive an email with a link to the project submission form.

What will I submit?

There should only be one submission per team. Your submission should include

  • EITHER a slide deck (maximum 3 content slides + title slide) OR an interactive app / dashboard
  • EITHER a 5 minute video or screencast OR a one-page write up (single spaced).
  • Link to code on GitLab or GitHub, if applicable
  • Link to data source(s)

Where can I get help during the competition?

There will be periodic Zoom sessions where participants can meet with consultants to ask questions about their analysis. The times and Zoom links for the consulting sessions will be emailed to participants registered for the competition.

If you have any general questions during the competition, please email Prof. Maria Tackett,

Have any other questions?

Please email Prof. Maria Tackett,