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WIU to Host DataFest 2023 Competition April 14-16

March 30, 2023

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MACOMB/MOLINE, IL - - The Western Illinois University School of Accounting, Finance, Economics and Decision Sciences (AFED) will host the annual DataFest competition Friday, April 14-Sunday, April 16 on the Quad Cities campus. This event is open to any local community college or regional university student.

DataFest is a nationally-coordinated program through the American Statistical Association (ASA) that challenges students to work collaboratively without faculty. Students must find their own data stories from this year's data donors. This competition builds critical thinking, communication and technical skills designed to guide students to apply to their future careers.

The competition will begin at 5 p.m. Friday, April 14 (CST). Teams will work collaboratively to discover insights in large real-world datasets rich in information. Following the competition, teams will present their findings to a panel of judges at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 16.

Registration is required to participate. Travel awards are available for in-person participants.

To register teams, visit All teams must be registered by Friday, March 31. For more information on the School of AFED, visit For questions about DataFest, contact Jessica Lin at

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