Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2018
A data analysis competition (DataFest) will be held at Wesleyan
University on April 6-8, 2018. We are now looking for volunteers for
Students from six different schools work in small teams (2-5 students
per team) to tackle a surprise, large, and complex dataset. 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.
Whether from industry or academia, we always welcome VIP consultants
to register to attend the event. As a visiting consultant, you will
get to spend time with students, talking to them about their data
problem and offering advice.
Usually VIP consultants approach a group, ask what they’re working on,
and give them feedback on their ideas or help them work through things
they’re stuck on. We’ve found that consultants always have something
to add, whether or not they have much contextual knowledge about the
data and/or the coding particulars. This is typically not technical
support, but rather discussing groups’ goals and why they are pursuing
them. Sometimes when a team thinks they are stuck on a programming
problem, they are actually stuck on a conceptual question.
Even if you only have an hour, we would love to have you. Please sign
We are also looking for judges as well. If you are available, Sunday
April 8th from 1pm-5pm and are interested in working on a panel to
decide on winning teams, please email
For more information about the event please visit website:
or email Valerie Nazzaro
with any questions.