Data+Fest: Building a dashboard and educational resources for DataFest

Data+Fest: Building a dashboard and educational resources for DataFest


A team of students led by Statistical Science professors Mine Çetinkaya-Rundel and Maria Tackett will pull together all data associated with DataFest ( for the purpose of retrospective archiving and documentation as well as creating a valuable resource that can serve as the one-stop-shop for students interested in participating in DataFest in the future. Goals of this project include curating “metadata” on past DataFests to build an interactive dashboard that shows the growth of the event (over time and over geographies) as well as highlights winning projects and participants, creating educational materials based on data from past DataFests that students can use to prepare for the event, and building a website that will serve as the student landing page for the global DataFest event and showcase all products of the Data+ projects. Students will develop their skills working with R packages like Shiny (to build the dashboard), blogdown (to build the website), and a large number packages for data wrangling, visualization, and modeling. All content developed as part of this project will be available to DataFest sites and over 3000 annual participants.

Project Leads: Mine Çetinkaya-Rundel and Maria Tackett
Project Manager: Jennifer Kampe

View the team’s final poster

Watch the team’s final presentation below:



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