DataFest Hackathon

Friday, April 27, 2018 - 7:00pm to Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 3:00pm
UCLA Covel Commons

ASA DataFestTM is a data hackathon for undergraduate students, sponsored by the American Statistical Association and founded here, at UCLA, in 2011.  ASA DataFestTM at UCLA is hosted by the UCLA Statistics Students Association and Office of Residential Life.

ASA DataFestTM will introduce students to what is likely the richest, most complex dataset they’ve seen so far in their undergraduate career. The dataset is provided by a real-life organization and is chosen to provide many avenues of discovery.  Students at any stage of their data-science education will find something of interest and will have the opportunity to make an original finding.  Students from any major are welcome.

Students will mingle with data science professionals who visit DataFestTM to offer their advice and answer student questions.  Industry professoinals will also get to meet students from other colleges and universities in southern California.

Past participants of the ASA DataFestTM have gone to job interviews able to describe technical challenges overcome, explain how they work under time-pressure, and can talk about their thoughts on solving real-life data-problems.

How to Get Involved

  • If you are interested in participating as a mentor, please click here
  • If you are interested in participating as a judge, please email your request to
  • If you are interested in sponsoring DataFest, some benefits include: a resume book of all the participants, an email listerv of all event participants, a mini career fair booth before the event where you can talk to students with various qualitative backgrounds. Please click here for more details.