Apply data science to solve societal problems.

All 11th and 12th graders in the Commonwealth of Virginia are invited to compete in the Data + Society Challenge.

The 2023/2024 Data and Society Challenge is a competition open to all 11th and 12th grade school students in the Commonwealth of Virginia interested in learning about data science. Individuals and teams of up to 5 are encouraged to participate. The competition is designed to raise awareness and interest in pursuing data science as a possible course of study and a career path. The University of Virginia's School of Data Science is hosting the competition in partnership with the Academic Data Science Alliance and PredictioNN.

This year's theme is "Applying Data Science to Solve Societal Problems," and students will engage with a fair lending data science challenge. The challenge, designed by PredictioNN, will expose them to data science methods across the four domains of data science as envisioned by the UVA School of Data Science: analytics, systems, design, and value. 

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2023/2024 Data + Society Challenge with data burst design

Eligibility

All 11th and 12th graders in the Commonwealth of Virginia are eligible. Individuals and teams of up to 5 are encouraged to participate.

Competition Details

Registration is now open. Instructions will be sent to participants starting Jan. 12, 2024. 

Challenge submissions are due by Mar. 18, 2024.

Prizes

Winners of the Data and Society Challenge will receive gift cards totaling $500 split evenly between the participants. They will also be invited to lunch with data scientists from the University of Virginia at the new School of Data Science building.

Mentorship and Support

Participants have the opportunity to work with a data science mentor through the Academic Data Science Alliance through four (4), 45-minute sessions offered virtually. 

Please note: Mentors are available to help with statistics and specific coding related questions, but not software installation and trouble-shooting issues. Participants will be sent a resource sheet with information on using Google Colab.

Registration

Click here to register for the 2023/2024 Data + Society Challenge.

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