Click hereto sign up. Please fill out the form fully. You can sign up as a group (2 to 5 students) or leave us your information to be matched with others looking for teams. The early registration deadline (to be guaranteed a t-shirt) is Friday, February 28th by 4 pm.
Is there a registration fee?
There may be a nominal registration fee of $20 per student to cover the cost of food and t-shirts. However, the DataFest team is continuously looking for donors to alleviate or even eliminate these costs to students. Please don't let the cost be a deterrent to signing up! Last year every participant was completely covered through donations.
Who is eligible to compete?
Any undergraduate is eligible to compete! This year we hope to have participants from several neighboring schools in addition to Notre Dame students.
Can graduate students compete?
While some other DataFest locations allow masters students to participate, DataFest at Notre Dame will be exclusively for undergraduates. However, if you would like to participate in the event, we would love to have you as a mentor or judge. Please fill out the volunteering form on the Sign Up page to receive more information about this!
How large are the teams?
Teams can be made up of 2 to 5 students. Preference will be given to teams of 4 or 5 students, and if registration fills up, smaller teams (2 to 3 students) may be combined to form larger teams at the discretion of the organizers.
Do I have to compete in a team?
Yes, but if you don't have a team in mind, you should still register. Please put "NONE" as your team name. We will match you with others in the same boat.
What do I need to compete?
All you really need is enthusiasm for statistics and/or computer science. We will be working in a computer lab, so you don't even need your own laptop. However, you are welcome to bring and use your own computer for the competition.
What are the rules of the competition?
The rules are very simple:
No more than five 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 DataFest 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.
The data and data donor MUST stay a secret until the designated reveal time (some time in May). This keeps a level playing field for students around the country.
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 DataFest grounds, and at least 2 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 DataFest happening?
ASA DataFest is growing fast! See here for a list of all participating institutions. If you are interested in holding ASA DataFest at your institution, click here to get more information on the event.