Rules and Code of Conduct

Rules

Goal

For students to have an opportunity to solve a complex problem by leveraging analytical skills and creative ideas with support from the organization that provided the dataset, Data Challenge Mentors, and the Data Challenge team.


Teams

Participants may compete as individuals or as teams with up to 4 students.

  • You must register as an individual BEFORE you can register your team.
    • Individual registration: November 1 – December 15, 2019
    • Team registration: January 30 – February 12, 2020
  • No changes to team membership will be accepted after your team has registered.
  • If you are registered with multiple teams, you will be assigned to the first registered team.

Integrity

To ensure a level field for all contestants, all work must be done during the week of the Data Challenge, February 22 – 29, 2020. You will have an opportunity to review the datasets the week before the event so you can choose your team’s desired dataset. However, you may not start your analysis work before you arrive for Kick-off Day on February 22, 2020. We take this rule very seriously for the sake of all members attending the event. Failure to comply may result in the team’s disqualification.


Ownership

All team members share ownership of the final product. The organization will receive the analysis and outcomes, and the student teams will have the right to share their work on the project.


Code of Conduct

Be respectful. Harassment and abuse are never tolerated. If you are in a situation that makes you uncomfortable at any Data Challenge event, if the event itself is creating an unsafe or inappropriate environment, or if interacting with a Data Challenge representative or event organizer makes you uncomfortable, please report it to the Data Challenge Administrators.

Harassment includes but is not limited to offensive verbal or written comments related to gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Sponsors, judges, mentors, volunteers, organizers, Data Challenge staff and anyone else at the event are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. Participants should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material during the event. Event staff and volunteers should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, Data Challenge may take any action it deems appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the event with no eligibility for reimbursement or refund of any type. Data Challenge representatives may engage University authorities to take appropriate action as needed. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact Data Challenge Administrators using the reporting procedures defined below.


Reporting Procedures

Data Challenge representatives will help participants contact campus security or local law enforcement, and engage the right resources to assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event. We expect participants to follow these rules at all Data Challenge related events.

If you feel uncomfortable or think there may be a potential violation of the code of conduct, report it to the Data Challenge Administrators immediately. All reporters have the right to remain anonymous.

Data Challenge reserves the right to revise, make exceptions to, or otherwise amend these policies in whole or in part. If you have any questions regarding these policies, please contact Data Challenge by email at datachallenge@umd.edu