Volunteer for Data Analysis Competition (DataFest)

A data analysis competition (DataFest) will be held at Wesleyan University on April 6-8, 2018. We are now looking for volunteers for this competition.

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 up here.

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 Valerie Nazzaro.

For more information about the event please visit website: http://datafest.blogs.wesleyan.edu/about/ or email Valerie Nazzaro with any questions.