DataFest 2024

April 5-7, 2024 @ HPNP

datafest participants

#UFDataFest24 will be held April 5th – April 7th, 2024 at the HPNP Building on UF’s Campus. More information coming soon!

About DataFest

The American Statistical Association (ASA) DataFest is a celebration of data in which student teams work around the clock to find and share meaning in a large, rich, and complex dataset.

ASA DataFest was founded at UCLA in 2011 when 30 students gathered for 48 intense hours to help fight crime through an analysis of every arrest record of the last 5 years as provided by Lt. Thomas Zak of the Los Angeles Police Department. ASA DataFest™ is now sponsored by the American Statistical Association and is hosted by some of the most prestigious colleges and universities around the world.

The Departments of Biostatistics and Statistics will host the second annual ASA DataFest at the University of Florida on April 5th-7th, 2024 in the HPNP building.

Who may participate?

ASA DataFest at the University of Florida is open to all Undergraduate and Master’s Degree students at UF. Future events will welcome students from surrounding colleges and universities as well.

There is no fee to participate.

Students compete in teams of 3 to 5. You may form your own team prior to the event, or you may ask to be placed on a team. We encourage you to form teams of individuals from different disciplines because you will benefit from having team members of diverse backgrounds and skills. Final projects are limited to a maximum of 5 minutes, so make your content count!


Each individual participating in ASA DataFest must submit a registration. If you form your own team, each member of your team must register separately and include the team name on the form. If you have not formed a team, you will have the chance on the registration form to request placement on a team. Registration is limited to the first 100 people this year, so be sure to sign up fast!

During the event

Mentors will be available throughout the weekend to help you as you work through the data. Make sure to follow us on social media to stay informed on the latest updates and for the chance to win prizes!

Note that you do NOT need to be present the entire weekend to participate; you may come and go as you please, but we ask that you be there for the event kick-off on Friday and for the presentations and award ceremony on Sunday. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided throughout the weekend in the HPNP Reception Hall.


  • Before downloading the dataset, you must read the Proprietary Data statement. At the end of DataFest, delete all data from thumb drives, hard drives, etc. The data are sensitive.
  • Should members of your team drop out at the last minute, you may be merged with another team that is also missing members.
  • There will be a friendly consultant present at all times between 9:00 am – 6:00 pm. These are faculty or grad students. Feel free to ask anything. This is not an exam, but a collaborative competition. Do not expect the consultants to write code for you, do data management, etc. They are there to help point you in the right direction, but you’re responsible for getting there on your own.


Each team must present a short, 5-minute summary of their findings to a panel of judges comprised of faculty and professionals from a variety of fields. Presentations are judged based on creativity, insight, visualization, and communication.