2023 Data Derby
Saturday, April 8

Do You Have Passion

For Data & Analytics?

This free event is for undergrad and graduate students from all Minnesota colleges and universities.

Registration open January 2023

Gain Resume Experience and Have Fun While Solving Real World Problems and Societal Issues

Take Five Weeks To Work Through a Data Story and Challenge Questions With Your Teammates

Use Freely Accessible Datasets and Any Openly Available Tool or Application To Help Solve

Present Your Data Story To Industry Experts and Faculty Members That Volunteer As Judges


Who Can Compete?

Basically anyone with a passion for being a data detective! Students (undergraduate and graduate) from all Minnesota colleges and universities enrolled in any major. We encourage students from information technology, computer science, management information systems, business/management, mathematics, and statistics-related programs.

What Skills Are Necessary?

You can address data challenges in any way you know how.  Programming or SQL knowledge is helpful, but not essential to win.  Any openly available tool or application is allowed including:

  • Spreadsheets
  • Statistical packages
  • Common programming language (such as Java, Python, and SQL)
  • Visualization tools (such as Tableau, and SAP) packages
  • Common Office Productivity Tools (such as Microsoft Office Suite)

What Will The Data Be About?

Solving a real world problem, with real world provided data sets.  The datasets range from 50,000 to 300,000 records shared as downloadable csv files using Dropbox.com.



Data analytics is one of the top five fastest-growing fields with high demand, high growth, and high salary.

Interested in serving as a judge? 

Data science and analytics professionals are invited to serve as judges and have first-hand access to top talent across Minnesota.  Educators may contribute use this as a professional development opportunity and contribute as judges (you may serve as a judge even if you are a team faculty advocate since you’d be recused from judging team (s) from your institution).

Volunteer by emailing Dr. Janice Aanenson at janice.aanenson@metrostate.edu – traveling judges are offered free lodging.

Access to the Datathon challenge questions and instructions to download the data sets will be emailed to registered participants within 1 business day of registration.

Contact Dr. Janice Aanenson at janice.aanenson@metrostate.edu if you do not receive this in time.