Carolina Analytics & Data Science (CADS) is concerned with providing students interested in Data Science opportunities to grow personally, intellectually, professionally, and socially among a support network of students, professors, and professionals. This mission is to be accomplished through events, including a speaker series from industry professionals, data case competition, workshops, and investigating and analyzing University and community data to drive community-based projects and solutions.

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What is the Carolina Data Challenge?

The Carolina Data Challenge (CDC) is a data science hackathon held annually at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Participants hack on datasets across a variety of fields, including finance, sports, and social good! The Data Challenge is open to participants of all skill levels, and there will be plenty of resources to help you out along the way.

Due to COVID-19, this year’s Data Challenge will be held virtually on the weekend of October 2nd-4th to keep our hackers and our community safe. Don’t worry; you’ll have lots of opportunities to meet sponsors, learn through workshops, and hang out online with other hackers!

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Hands-on meetings discussing and learning a new topic or skill.


Carolina Data Challenge is a data science oriented hackathon at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill held in the fall each year.


Deep-dives into on-campus and community data research with a team.