Datapalooza 2019

Datapalooza is a data analytics competition open to undergraduate and graduate students in which individuals or teams work to find and share meaning from a large, rich and complex dataset. After analyzing data provided by an industry sponsor (to be announced at start of event), teams will present to a panel of judges to compete for cash prizes.

Best In Show

First Place

Team Name: It's not the data point but the size of the error bars that count!

Institution: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Team Members: Karl Ahrendsen, Andrew Vikartofsky, William Newman, Giovanni Baez

Second Place

Team Name: UNO MCBI

Institution: University of Nebraska at Omaha

Team Members: William Gaspmer, Ricky Flores, Sebastian Espinoza, Hugo Corado

Third Place

Team Name: Gleaning Insights

Institution: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Team Members: Ved Piyush, Hanlin Li

Best Visualization

First Place

Team Name: ACCFS

Institution: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Team Members: Qianmei Wu, Jianwei Li, Nam Le, Cong Wu, Jianxin Sun

Second Place

Team Name: A-cube

Institution: University of Nebraska at Omaha

Team Members: Adithi Deborah Chakravarthy, Dilanga Galapita Mudiyanselage, Akshay Kale

Third Place

Team Name: MISunderstood

Institution: University of Nebraska at Kearney

Team Members: Jennifer Pierce, Mir Hasnat, Wesley Orr

Best Use of External Data

First Place

Team Name: Agromaticians

Team Members: Nikita Gambhir, Manny Saluja, Sajjan Grover

Second Place

Team Name: DataSaber

Team Members: Qian Du, Yu Shi, Molly Lee, Thao Vu

Third Place

Team Name: Paranormal Distribution

Team Members: Alec Schneider, Annie Hua

Participation Details

Participants are required to register, and can do so individually or in teams of up to 5 students. Teams are encouraged (but not required) to obtain a coach who will provide assistance to the team during their analysis.

Registered teams will be given a competition problem and detailed instructions via upload to a shared team Box folder. Teams will then have one week to complete their analysis.

Teams will then present their findings in a 5 minute presentation at the closing ceremony. Presentations will be awarded prizes in one of three catagories: Best In Show, Best Visualization, and Best Use of Public Data

All teams members will need to be present during the presentation and awards ceremony to qualify for prizes.

Limited travel support offered for teams traveling more than 60 miles. Contact Carrie Brown for details.

Competition Timeline

March 15Registration Deadline
March 20Dataset Released / Competition Begins
March 27Submissions Due via email before 11:59 pm
March 29Closing and Awards Ceremony

Closing and Awards Ceremony

Ceremony Schedule

March 29th
10:30 am to 4:00 pm

University of Nebraska-Lincon
Nebraska East Union - Arbor Suite
1705 Arbor Dr
Lincoln, NE 68503


10:30 - 11:00 Check In and Coffee
11:00 - 11:30 Opening Remarks and Team Introductions
11:30 - 12:30 Lunch and Keynote Speaker
Thomas Cleberg, Lead Data Scientist
Mutual of Omaha
12:30 - 3:00 Team Presentations
3:00 - 3:30 Coffee and Snack Break / Score Tally
3:30 - 4:00 Award Presentations

Submission Details

Teams must include (at minimum), the deliverables as outlined in the problem description document. All submissions must be uploaded to the team Box folder no later than 11:59 pm on March 27th

All team members must be presented at the Closing and Awards Ceremony held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on March 29th to be eligible for participation.

This event is sponsored by: