2017 Participant Information

SCHEDULE for 2017 DataFest @ UofT


DCS Innovation Lab.

2nd Floor, Sigmund Samuel Library Building

9 King’s College Circle,

Toronto, ON M5S 1A5




Description Time
Friday, May 5 Registration 1530-1645
Introductions and distribute data, description of problem. 1700-1800
Dinner, start exploring data. 1800-1900
Teams continue to explore data. 1900-2200
Saturday, May 6 Continental breakfast. Teams continue to work on problem. 900-1000
Teams continue to work on problem. 1000-1200
Lunch 1200-1300
Teams continue to work on problem. 1300-1800
Dinner 1800-1900
Teams continue to work on problem. 1900-2200
Sunday, May 7 Continental breakfast.  Teams continue to work on problem 1000-1100
Teams continue to work on problem. 1100-1200
Lunch 1200-1300
Deadline to upload final presentation and write-up. 1230
First round of presentations and judges’ deliberations. 1300-1500
Final round of presentations, judges’ deliberations, and awards ceremony. 1500-1630


** You must submit at most 3 slides for your presentation and a brief one-page report by 12:30.   Refer to the judging section below.


  • You can come and go as you please, but all work must be completed on premises.
  • The data should only be used for the purposes of ASA Datafest @ UofT unless you obtain explicit permission from the owner of the data.
  • Should members of your team drop out at the last minute, you might be merged with another team who is also missing members.
  • At all times, there should be a friendly mentor present. These are faculty, grad students, professional statisticians, and data scientists. They all have different areas of expertise, so if you get stuck on something, ask someone else later. Feel free to ask anything. This is not an exam, but a collaborative competition. Do not expect the mentors to write code for you, or 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 will have 5 minutes to present their findings to a team of judges.
  • Each team will be allowed at most three slides. Three! So, at some point on Sunday, you might want to set aside time to think about what you want the judges to know. The 5-minute time limit will be strictly enforced.  All team members must be present for the presentation, but not all team members need to actually speak (given the time limitation).


  • Your presentation documents must be uploaded (a link will be given to you later; use your team name in your file name) by 12:30 Sunday, May 7.


Allowed formats: PDF, PowerPoint, Keynote. If using a web-based tool like GoogleDocs or Prezi, please export to PDF and upload a PDF as your submission, you will not have time to log on/off to your account during the presentations.


  • Along with your slides you are required to submit a one-page write-up of your project. You can think about this as the text of your presentation. The judges will refer to these during deliberation.
  • Awards will be given in several categories