Data Challenge 2018 at the University of Maryland (Feb 24 – March 3, 2018)

Data Challenge (co-sponsored by the DCIC) is a week-long data focused event where students will apply their creativity and analytical prowess to solve an information problem. The theme for the challenge is ‘Information Innovation for Social Good’. Participants will get to choose from a variety of datasets provided by sponsoring companies and leverage their skills towards creating innovative solutions that drive social good. Participants will receive guidance from mentors in shaping their ideas along with the opportunity to attend Tech-Talks from eminent speakers and industry experts. This event is intended to empower UMD students through the development of analytical skills whilst solving socially relevant real world challenges.

200 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students from the University participated in Data Challenge. The DCIC provided 2 datasets for students to work on. Richard Marciano and Greg Jansen attended the event and mentored several teams through the Challenge week, which resulted in quality projects being presented by teams at the Challenge Finale.