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You're invited to ASA DataFest 2020!

2020 marks the inaugural Edinburgh ASA DataFest! In a nutshell, ASA DataFest is a weekend-long undergraduate data analysis competition where teams of 2-5 undergraduates work to reveal insights into a rich, complex, and surprise dataset. The School of Maths is hosting an ASA DataFest event this year for the first time, and we hope you'll be a part of it!

Sign up as a consultant today for DataFest 2020 taking place at Bayes Centre from the 13th to the 15th of March! 

This is a competition, but a friendly one. And DataFest2020 want to make sure participating students have lots of support along the way. This is where you come in. This is an open invitation to all postgraduate students and staff to participate in ASA DataFest as consultants. This role entails helping students think through their projects and mostly serving as a sounding board for their ideas. A nice side-effect of this interaction tends to be an opportunity for students to find out more about what you do day-to-day and get a sense of the wide array of opportunities open to them. I realise that this is a big ask, especially since the event takes place over the weekend, but the minimum time commitment is only 2 hours.

You can read about past ASA DataFests and register as a consultant for ASA DataFest 2020. Also, find out about the global ASA DataFest events! This year, they are expecting participation from over 50 institutions and over 3000 students globally! Please feel free to pass this along to peers and colleagues from other schools as well. Remember, ASA DataFest is open to all undergraduate students, and we're encouraging teams of students with different backgrounds as they tend to do well in these events. You are also cordially invited to the awards ceremony where you can hear the winning teams present their work once again on Monday, March 16, 16:00-17:00 at Bayes Centre. You can find out more about this event and grab a (free) ticket on the Bayes Website. Brief Consultant FAQ:

1. How does this event work? - It starts at 6pm on Friday with introduction of the data and challenge. Students work through Sunday noon and then present their findings to a panel of judges and three winners are picked: Best Visualisation, Best Insight, and Best Use of Outside Data. - Curious about how these events? This video from a past ASA DataFest event at Duke University provide  a good idea.

2. What is this year's dataset? It's a surprise! Past data providers for the event include the Canadian National Women's Rugby Team, Indeed, Ticketmaster, and Kiva. Consultants get a sneak preview of this year's surprise dataset before the event begins -- after a vow of silence is taken, of course! Mine Çetinkaya-Rundel is happy to get in contact with you individually about the data at this point, but is hesitant to put it in a mass email. Most importantly, you're not expected to be an expert in the data, or do any pre-work to prepare.

3. Is this the DataFest I've heard about before? Maybe? There is also datafest.global organised by The DataLab. The name clash is a happy coincidence. We're running this event as a fringe event of the larger DataFest event, but they're not the same thing.

4. I have more questions. There might be answers for them here . If not, reach out to mcetinka@ed.ac.uk.