Submission Deadline

April 30, 2018

Finalists Announced

June 1, 2018

Final Presentations

October 14 - October 15, 2018


Teradata University Network (TUN) is excited to announce our fourth annual Data Challenge. In this competition, we will provide all student teams with the same data set and questions from our non-profit partner, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS), whose vision is bold, a world free of MS. Multiple Sclerosis(MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. The focus of the 2018 TUN Data Challenge will be on the Bike MS program, which is the #5 fundraising event in the US raising $68 million last year with 82 rides in the US and the UK.

The teams will examine, analyze, and visualize the NMSS data and business questions and present their findings and actionable recommendations. The goal of this competition is to provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate their data analytics and visualization skills through data philanthropy, doing good with data, to help our partner the National MS Society. If selected as finalists, they will have the opportunity to showcase their findings with not only the our charity partner, but also with professionals in the business analytics community through both formal presentations and a poster sessions at the 2018 Teradata PARTNERS Conference in Las Vegas, October 14-18.


Submissions are encouraged from college or university undergraduate and graduate students. Submissions can be based on work done by a team, but should be submitted by one person. 

TUN 2018 Data Challenge submissions should answer business questions provided by the non-profit and consist of these components:

1. A power point presentation of no more than 10 slides capturing the visualizations and analytical work of the team.

2. An EXECUTIVE SUMMARY- you must use the designated template. Detailed instructions for using the template and formatting are provided in the Data Challenge template document below:

2018 Data Challenge Submission Template

  • Your uploaded file must be in PDF format.
  • In addition, one representative from each submission should complete the TUN Student Scholarship application which can be found on the Teradata University Network website.
  • Email the completed submission form in PDF to:


*Submissions that ARE NOT within the stated size and length limits WILL NOT be accepted for the competition.


After the initial round of submissions, the TUN Selection Committee will evaluate all submissions using the following criteria: 

  • Quality of analytics, quality of argumentation, writing quality, and overall contribution to new knowledge (pushing the boundaries)
  • Undergraduate and graduate student submissions will be evaluated in separate categories.

Starting in 2017, a brand-new Teradata Technology Award was created to recognize the team with the best use of Teradata technology (Teradata Analytics Platform (Aster) or Teradata Database).

Undergraduate and graduate student submissions will be evaluated in separate categories but all finalists will compete together at the conference.

Finalists will be invited to the Teradata PARTNERS Conference where the competition will continue with students giving a short formal presentation of their research to conference members attending the academic track. Later that day and the following day, students will also present their posters/demos to all conference attendees. Conference attendees will then vote for various awards and winners will be recognized during an award ceremony during the conference.


Each team selected as a finalist team will be awarded with 1 (one) TUN PARTNERS Student Scholarship (only for the main presenter) and 1 (one) TUN PARTNERS Faculty Scholarship, which will cover the conference registration fee, conference meals, and gala events for both individuals ($2395 value each). Students and faculty will be responsible for their own travel costs. Special discounted academic rates are available for additional students and faculty to attend the conference. 


Submission Deadline: April 30th, 2018

Finalist Notification: June 1st, 2018

Final Presentations: October 14-15, 2018 – Las Vegas, NV


The 2018 Teradata PARTNERS Conference will occur in Las Vegas, NV, from October 14-18, 2018. Finalists must arrive in Las Vegas by October 13th  and plan to attend through October 16th.

Competition presentations will take place on October 14th and 15th.


1. Open to undergraduate or graduate students (Master’s degree candidates), who have at least one team member that will be current students in the Fall of 2018 to present if selected as a finalist. Maximum of 5 students per team is allowed. PhD candidates are NOT eligible to participate.

2. Only original individual/team work/research will be accepted for consideration. Individuals who are part of a group research project can submit and present the group’s research project with other group members’ permission. Work from a team should be submitted by one person.

3. If selected as a finalist, students must be available to travel to Las Vegas from Oct 13-17, 2018.

4. Maximum of 3 submissions per faculty member, per competition, is allowed.