DataFest 2020 will take place Friday March 20 - Sunday March 22

DataFest Overview

About DataFest


DataFest Emory is a three-day data analysis challenge being hosted for the sixth year by Emory College’s newest department, Quantitative Theory and Methods (QTM). Forty teams each comprised of four to five undergraduate level students from Emory, guest colleges (and some high schools) work together to attack a complex, surprise dataset. The intense competition encourages collaboration and competition while testing the team members’ computational skills and capacity to generate insights on real data. The selection of winners is based not only on the demonstration of computational and analytical skills, but also on how well results are communicated to a panel of judges. Visit our DataFest Facebook page for competition details and updates.


While DataFest is a competition, the main goal of the event is to promote collaboration. See testimonials from past participants:

"As a result of the 2018 DataFest, we started a Technology Student Association where students work on technology problems, enter competitions (such as Emory’s DataFest).  The group has grown from the 5 who attended last year to over 30 students" — Jeff Kent; Teacher, Wheeler High School, GA
"DataFest was a great opportunity to experience what real world data analysis entails. By getting the chance to work on a large company dataset, DataFest participants can understand the challenges and rewards of discovering insights from big data. Working in teams in DataFest also promoted a great sense of meaning and collaboration in our analysis work. DataFest was a rewarding experience that provides lots of help along the way so I encourage anyone interested in data analysis to come and participate." — 2015 DataFest @ Emory Participant