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, The School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and The Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

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. This week long distributed format allows for sufficient time to evaluate, formulate a question about the dataset, and conduct dataset integration, analysis, and results preparation.

All UMD students are invited to participate!

As student participants, you and your team will choose from the sponsor provided datasets to create and answer a unique question about that dataset chosen dataset. We encourage you to use additional 3rd party services, APIs, open source projects libraries, and frameworks to perform the analysis and solve the chosen problem about the dataset.

You will have the option of working with a mentor who will guide you and your team through the Data Challenge process. In addition to meeting with your mentor, you will have the opportunity to network with a variety of organizations that will be sponsoring the event, learn about future connections with the organizations, and if you are on a winning team you will have an opportunity to interview with the leading sponsoring organizations.

More information about Data Challenge 2020