Saturday 23rd of February 2019 12:00:00 AM

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What is Data Challenge?

Data Challenge is an annual week-long data exploration event at the University of Maryland hosted by The College of Information Studies and The School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Maryland’s School of the Built Environment (MAPP)

During the week, UMD students will gain analytical experience by solving challenging problems exploring novel datasets, build technical aptitude integrating datasets to create multidisciplinary knowledge, and obtain real-world team-building experience.

All UMD students are invited to participate.

Students will choose from the sponsor provided datasets to work with for the week, and will be encouraged to use additional 3rd party services, APIs, open source projects libraries, and frameworks to create and answer a unique question about their chosen dataset. This week long distributed format allows students sufficient time for evaluation, question formation, dataset integration, analysis, and results preparation.

In addition, the students will have an opportunity to participate in sponsor’s tech talks, network with a variety of organizations, and learn about future connections with the organizations.

No matter what major the students are from, they can partner up for a social cause, show off their skills and make their contribution to creating something innovative!


Data Challenge Event February 23 – March 2, 2019

Challenge Kickoff | February 23, 2019 9:00am – 5:00pm

Teams meet with mentors on campus to discuss ideas, frame the research question, start the analysis work and set expectations for the week.

Research Showcase and Judging Day | March 2, 2019 9:00am – 5:00pm

Teams present the outcomes of their analysis to the Data Challenge Judges, data enthusiasts, friends, family, and anyone who is interested to see the amazing work the students have created during the week.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I attend this challenge? Yes, if you are an undergraduate, graduate, or Ph.D. student enrolled in the University of Maryland, College Park, we’d love to have you join us! 
Do I have to pay? This event is absolutely free! It includes admission, interaction with awesome mentors, swag, food and beverages.
How do I register? Registration is Closed. Check back in December 2019 for an opportunity to register for Data Challenge 2020.
Do you provide food? More that you can imagine. No, seriously, we will keep you well fed and watered.Can I bring my own team?Yes, you can! Your team can include 2-4 members.


What do I bring to Data Challenge?

Bring a valid student ID, your laptop and charger and bundles of enthusiasm.

I don’t know how to code, Can I still register?

Yes! Students with varied skills and an interest to work with lots of data are encouraged to participate.

Where and when is the event?

The event is taking place at Adele H. Stamp Student Union in the Grand Ballroom.
The entire event will be from February 23, 2019 to March 2, 2019. However, you are expected to be present only on February 23, 2019 and March 2, 2019.

Data Challenge Kickoff: 

February 23, 2019 | 9:00am – 5:00pm | University of Maryland | Adele H. Stamp Student Union | Grand Ballroom | 3972 Campus Dr, College Park, MD 20742

Research Showcase Judging Day: March 2, 2019 | 9:00am – 5:00pm | University of Maryland | Adele H. Stamp Student Union | Grand Ballroom | 3972 Campus Dr, College Park, MD 20742

I have more questions. Who can I talk to?

Drop us an email at, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.