Frequently Asked Questions

Can I attend UMD Data Challenge?

Yes, if you are an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral 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 will be open on November 1, 2019 at 8:00am. Check back on November 1 for an opportunity to register for Data Challenge 2020.

Do I have to attend both the Kick-off Event and the Presentation Days to be considered a Participant?

Yes, you must be present both days.
If you do not attend Kick-off Event with your team, you may not attend Presentation Day to help your team present the findings of your analysis.
If you do not attend Presentation Day, you will no longer be considered part of your team.

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 1-4 members.

I don’t have a team. What do I do?

We will have a team building session on February 7, 2020 so you can interact with other registered Data Challenge participants and build your team.

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! All you need is an interest in working with lots of data. Students with a variety of skills are encouraged to participate.

Where and when is the event?

The event is taking place at Adele H. Stamp Student Union at the University of Maryland, College Park.
The full week-long event will be from February 22, 2020 to February 29, 2020. Your entire team must be on campus both February 22 and 29 to be able to participate in both events, but you will be working remotely with your team and your mentor during the week in between the Kickoff and Presentation days.

Kick-off Event: February 22, 2020 | 9:00am – 5:00pm

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

I have more questions. Who can I talk to?

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