Join us for the Spring 2021 edition of this analytics event inviting teams of graduate and undergraduate students to explore real-world data while enhancing and showcasing their skills. Student teams will build predictive models to predict the outcomes of the 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament. Teams will construct their tournament bracket using their predictive model. Top teams receive cash prizes!
Deadline: Brackets must be submitted by March 17, along with supporting methodology. Winning teams will be determined based on accuracy of predictions. Team methodology will be evaluated to authenticate the prediction.
Who can participate?
- Students: Undergraduate and graduate students welcome. Please note that you must enter the team name and name/email of a faculty or staff advisor to register. See team guidelines below.
- Faculty/Staff Advisors: Each team requires a faculty or staff advisor to provide guidance throughout the challenge. One advisor may advise up to three student teams. Advisors assisting more than one team must register for each team.
- Community Members: This event will feature an open division allowing professionals from the community to participate. Note: there will be no cash prizes for this division.
- Each team requires a faculty or staff advisor to register as well as provide support throughout the competition.
- Teams are limited to five students and one faculty or staff advisor.
- Colleges and universities outside of Minnesota are encouraged to participate.
- More than one team from the same college or university may participate. Individual students may only join one team.
- There is a limit to three teams from the same college department.
- Blended teams of students with different majors and skill-sets are encouraged.
- Undergraduate Division: For undergraduate teams with advanced data management, data programming, and statistical/analytic skills to support predictive modeling.
- Graduate Division: For teams with advanced data management, data programming, and statistical/analytic skills to support predictive modeling, including at least one graduate student. Any team with one or more Graduate students will automatically be in the Graduate division.
- Open/Exhibition Division: For professionals that would like to put their skills to the test (no cash prizes awarded for this division).
Winning teams will be determined based on accuracy of prediction after the tournament ends on April 5. Team methodology will also be evaluated to authenticate the prediction.