SDSU Datathon

Solve Social Problems for $2,700 in Prizes

The San Diego Regional Data Library, the SDSU Society for Statisticians and Actuaries and Teradata are organizing a data analysis contest to aid nonprofits, journalists and government agencies in making better use of data, develop a broader regional capacity for data analysis, and introduce students interested in data analysis to future employers.

In this contest, student teams will work on one of three projects, addressing education, food insecurity or community development. After the February 28th kick off, teams will have one week to analyze the data and visualize the analysis, before presenting the results to the public at the March 10 awards ceremony.

Data Science FunConference. The Data Contest is running together with a Data Science Conference run by the Python Meetup group, 5 other meetup groups, companies and universities. The conference will feature training sessions, data science training, and software demos. Visit the conference registration page for a full schedule.

No Experience Necessary. This event will be held in conjunction with the San Diego Python User Group and San Diego Data Science,  who will be offering a data science training class the morning before the contest kickoff. Come early to learn data analysis techniques in your favorite language, then apply them in the contest later in the afternoon. Additionally, Teradata employees will serve as mentors to teams, to offer guidance or help if you get stuck.

No Team Required. Singleton analysts are welcome! You can come early for the training session to meet other single analysts, or join a team at the event.

College, High-school or Pro. The contest is open to high-school students and college students. Professionals and post-students are welcome to participate too, but only students are eligible for prizes.


Data Contest, 28 Feb, 1pm

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Data Science Conference, 28 Feb, 8:30am

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Awards Ceremony, 10 March, 6:30pm

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Non-analysts Needed. The data projects can use many different skills, including programers, visual designers, technical writers and presenters. Your skills will be valuable even if you aren’t a statistician.


Here is the complete schedule:


Both the Data Conference and the Data Contest will be held at SDSU, in Peterson Gym, room 153.

San Diego State University – Peterson Gym 153

More Information

If you are interested in being involved in the contest, as a project sponsor, mentor or contestant, contact Eric Busboom at, or (619) 363-2607. Or, subscribe to our email list for future announcements.