About Data Challenge 2020

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, Maryland’s School of the Built Environment (MAPP), 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.

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!

Event Schedule

Kickoff Day | February 22, 2020 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.

Judging Day | February 29, 2020 9:00am – 5:00pm

Student 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.

Full Schedule for Student Participants

Registration Schedule for Student Participants

Individual Registration | November 1, 2019 – December 15, 2019

Every participant must first register individually for the event through the registration link.
Registration link will be posted on November 1, 2019 at 8:00am.
Team Registration | January 30, 2019 – February 12, 2020
Once you have registered individually, you will need to register your team. The team can only be made up of people who have successfully registered individually by December 15, 2019.


Data Challenge Pre-Events for Student Participants

Team Building Event | February 7, 2020 6:00pm – 9:00pm

This event is highly recommended for those who do not have a team yet. Meet and network with other student participants with similar ideas who are looking to join a team. RSVP is required and will be available after the individual registration closes.
All students registered for the Data Challenge will receive an invitation to this event.