Submission Deadline

May 31, 2019

Finalists Announced

June 30, 2019

Final Presentations

October 20 - October 21, 2019


Teradata 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, Hire Heroes USA.

The teams will examine, analyze, and visualize the non-profit organization’s 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. If selected as finalists, they will have the opportunity to showcase their findings with not only our charity partner, but also with professionals in the business analytics community through both formal presentations and a poster sessions at the 2019 Teradata Analytics Universe Conference in Denver, CO, Oct 20-24, 2019.


**2019 Data Challenge is open to university-level undergraduate and graduate (Master's) students, who will still maintain their student status in their institution by Fall semester 2019.
No high school and PhD students are allowed to participate in this competition.

Submissions can be based on work done by a team but should be submitted by one person. The project should not have been submitted to another competition.
Teradata 2019 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 Submission Template.

  • Your uploaded file must be in PDF format.
  • In addition, one representative from each submission should complete the Teradata Student Scholarship application which can be found on the Teradata University Network website.
  • Email the completed submission form in PDF to:
  • Afterwards you will receive the link to an online survey about your experiences with the Data Challenge. Each student should fill out the survey.
*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 Teradata 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 Analytics Universe 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) Teradata Analytics Universe Student Scholarship (only for the main presenter) and 1 (one) Faculty Scholarship, which will cover the conference registration fee, conference meals, and gala events for both individuals ($2395 value each).
2019 Faculty Scholarship Application
2019 Student Scholarship Application

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. 

Competition Kickoff Data and Datasets Availability: February 1, 2019
Submission Deadline: May 31, 2019
Finalist Notification: June 30, 2019
Final Presentations: October 20-21, 2019
The 2019 Teradata Analytics Universe will occur in Denver, CO from October 20-24, 2019. 
Finalists must arrive in Denver by October 19 and plan to attend through October 22
Competition presentations will take place on October 20-21.

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 2019 to present if selected as a finalist. Maximum of 5 students per team is allowed. High School students and 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, at least one student must be available to travel to Denver from Oct 19-22, 2019.
4. Maximum of 3 submissions per faculty member, per competition, is allowed.