Dive Into Water Data

Student-focused analytics event inviting participants to explore
Minnesota water quality and its impact on our community.

Nov. 5, 2016



MinneAnalytics is partnering with Midwest Undergraduate Data Analytics Competition (MUDAC) and Social Data Science to host a student-focused analytics event inviting teams of graduates and undergraduates to dive into Minnesota water data. Past events have been tremendously successful due to the unique collaboration between students, their academic advisors, and analytics professionals from a variety of businesses.


Nov. 10, 2016: Thank you to all of the students, advisors and analytics professionals who participated in MinneMUDAC: Dive Into Water Data! View the event recap

Presentations from select teams can be viewed here.

Nov. 3, 2016: MinneMUDAC is just around the corner! Registered attendees can find helpful event information in this PDF document.

Oct. 21, 2016: Eventbrite is experiencing issues today and may be down intermittently. If you experience problems registering, please email education@minneanalytics.org and we will make sure you get signed up. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Oct. 4, 2016: The data has been released! Access the data→ 

Why MinneMUDAC 2016?

  • Enhance the professional development of students
  • Foster relationships between academic programs and businesses


MinneMUDAC is Saturday, Nov. 5 from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. at Optum in Eden Prairie, MN. Teams and advisors are also encouraged to attend a pre-event dinner and panel discussion with industry experts on Friday, Nov. 4. 

Team Guidelines

  • The competition consists of two divisions: an undergraduate division and graduate division. All students must be undergraduates to participate in the undergraduate division. Mixed teams are permitted and participate in the graduate division.
  • Teams may include up to five students and one faculty advisor. A team must include at least one graduate or undergraduate student to participate.
  • Teams from outside of Minnesota are welcome!

Prior to November 4th

  • The core data set and research problem will be released by Social Data Science on Oct. 3, 2016 to give participants a sufficient amount of time for data preparation, initial analysis and to develop insights into the data.
  • Guidelines for potential evaluation criteria to be used by our judges is provided to all registered teams.
  • Multiple years of water quality and economic data will be provided.  Data has been collected over time and is geospatial in nature.  The team has the option to include any other pertinent data they feel is relevant to their analysis and recommendations.
  • Teams may seek advice from any resource — including faculty, domain experts and/or data analytics experts provided by MinneMUDAC 2016 and even other teams.

On November 4th

  • Friday evening includes a networking social hour, dinner and a panel presentation by industry professionals on the key attributes critical to pursuit of a career in business analytics and big data.
  • Room accommodations provided by MinneAnalytics for all teams and their advisors traveling from outside the Minneapolis/St Paul seven county metropolitan area.  MinneAnalytics will also sponsor the opening dinner on Friday evening, and all meals for the event on Saturday. The teams will be responsible only for their travel to and from the event.

On November 5th

  • The judges will first evaluate team data analysis and data preparation/augmentation procedures through informal interviews of the team members during the morning session. Teams that receive high interview scores will be asked to present their insights, findings and recommendations in an afternoon session attended by all judges and event attendees.
  • The final presentations will be evaluated and feedback will be provided by the judges
  • While the final presentations are evaluated an informal job and internship fair will run concurrently, allowing students to network and sign up for interviews.
  • Awards will be allocated to the top scoring teams based on the judges’ evaluations. 

Judges and Mentors

We invite analytics professionals from the community to join us as judges and mentors at this unique event. Please use the “Individual” registration option to get involved.

We look forward to seeing your college or university represented at MinneMUDAC 2016!

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For more information or to get involved, e-mail education@minneanalytics.org.