2023 Data Derby
Saturday, April 8

Do You Have Passion

For Data & Analytics?

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

Registration is now open!

March 1st – Questions and Datasets are released to registered participants. Please register to access questions and datasets.


DATE: April 8th
TIME: 9 am to 4 pm
Location: Hennepin Technical College – Eden Prairie
13100 College View Dr.
Eden Prairie, MN 55347

Competition Theme: Food Costs


A 4-week extended competition that goes from March 1st to April 8th. Working in a team of 2 to 4 students or individual, participants will work on solving a real-world problem with real-world datasets. Each team/individual will present its solutions to questions by presenting to judges on April 8th.

  • Individual or Team of 2 to 4 students per team
  • Undergraduate or Graduate students enrolled in any Minnesota colleges or universities.
  • A faculty advocate to support your team


A 1-day competition for individuals or a team to solve questions using provided datasets. This competition will be held on April 8th.

  • Individual or a team (2 to 4 students)
  • High School, Undergraduate, or Graduate students
  • If under the age of 18, need parent approval

What to Expect

As an individual or a team of 2 to 4 students, you will develop and present data-driven answers to problems in business and society.

Choose one or both challenges:

  • 4-week extended DATATHON:
    • Analyze data to answer key questions
    • Present your analysis and answers to a panel of judges on April 8th
    • Data and questions will be provided to you on March 1st
  • 1-day DATAGON:
    • Competition held on the day of April 8th
    • Work in a team or individual to analyze data to answer questions.
    • Data and questions will be provided on April 8th

Nice Skills to Have

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)


DATATHON WINNERS (Novice and Advance) – 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place

  • Prizes and Awards for each team member
  • Badge for your professional portfolio

Please note: DATATHON can compete in DATAGON. You may win both competitions.

DATAGON WINNERS – One winner per level

  • High School level
  • Novice level
  • Advance level

Please note: You can only win in one level. For example, if you answered questions for the Advance level, you cannot win for Novice or High School levels.

Lodging (Limited)

For teams competing in the DATATHON that will be traveling from outside the Twin Cities area, there will be hotel accommodation. However, hotels room are limited, so please email Boern Vang, boern.vang@metrostate.edu, for more details.

2023 Data Derby Sponsors
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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 Boern Vang at boern.vang@metrostate.edu

Access to the Data Derby challenge questions and instructions to download the data sets will be emailed to registered participants within 1 business day of the start of competition.

Contact Boern Vang at boern.vang@metrostate.edu if you do not receive this in time.