Launching Student DataFest 2018 – The Largest Student Machine Learning Festival

Kunal Jain 16 May, 2018 • 3 min read


All of a sudden, data is everywhere and growing exponentially. “Data Scientist” has become THE MOST sought after job of the 21st century. The demand is so high that Gartner predicts there will be a shortfall of 100,000 data scientists in the job market by 2020.

But there are just not enough data literate people around. The gap between what the industry demands of data scientists and the skills & knowledge that students out of college currently have is huge. This is where Analytics Vidhya is making a big difference.

We are happy to announce the launch of Student DataFest 2018, the ultimate learning guide for students looking to step into the world of Data Science. The aim of the Student DataFest 2018 is to help students bridge the gap between their college education and industry expectations. Student DataFest 2018 will enable students to learn, engage, compete and get hired in this super competitive world of data science.

Are you ready to step up your game and carve a niche for yourself in the demanding yet utterly fulfilling world of data science? Enrol in the Student DataFest today and take your first step towards becoming a data scientist!


How can I participate in Student DataFest 2018?

You need to be a student* to participate in the Student DataFest 2018. Additionally, students who get their profiles verified will be able to avail our comprehensive ‘Introduction to Data Science’ course and get listed on the hackathon leaderboard (more on these in the next sections). So, what are you waiting for? Get your profile verified here!

Student DataFest is open to all students who are graduating on or after 15th May 2018.

*This includes undergraduates, students currently enrolled in a Masters course and research students


What will I get to learn in Student DataFest 2018?

After your student profile is verified, you will get online access to the “Introduction to Data Science” course, specially curated for students and taught by experienced instructors from Analytics Vidhya. This course is being offered to all verified students free of cost. Don’t miss out on this golden opportunity to learn one of the hottest subjects in today’s global job market!

The online course consists of three modules – Python, Statistics and Modelling. These modules will be taught over a span of 8 weeks. You will also be tested on your knowledge after each module, from MCQs to challenging skilltests.

During the Student DataFest 2018, you will also get the chance to hear from industry leaders. We will be hosting a series of webinars where you will understand the data science landscape from the industry’s perspective, as well as gain an understanding of how to do well in machine learning competitions. Also, you will get to learn how to crack data science interviews with top companies.


The “Ultimate” Student Hackathons

The buck doesn’t just stop at learning; for the resolute and strong-willed individuals, the ultimate test comes in the form of 2 hackathons – “The Data Identity” and “The Data Supremacy”!

“The Data Identity” will test your data science learning to the limit and enable you to innovate and find new solutions. It’s the perfect case of learning through practice. This challenge will help you understand how far you’ve come and how much you still have to learn!

“The Data Supremacy” will be the ultimate battleground for aspiring data scientists! The aim of this hackathon is to let your imagination guide you to push the boundaries of your knowledge and skills in this field. Use your data science skillset to hack and innovate and climb your way to the top of the student leaderboard rankings on Analytics Vidhya. By the end of this competition, your appetite for data science will have grown exponentially!

Remember, the private leaderboard will only be available for verified students so don’t forget to enrol yourself here.


Prizes and Career Opportunities

There are plenty of prizes on offer adding to a total amount of Rs 1,50,000 just in cash prizes! The winners of the learning hackathon, The Data Identity, will take home Rs. 50,000, while the gladiators of the ultimate student hackathon, “The Data Supremacy”, stand to win Rs. 1 lakh!

The most promising students will also be given internship interview opportunities with Analytics Vidhya and some of the other top companies working in the field of data science.

Perform well on the MCQs and skilltests of the ‘Introduction to Data Science’ course, and you will also receive a certificate from Analytics Vidhya!


Are there any pre-requisites?

None! Just ensure you have a working computer and an internet connection – we will guide you during the rest of this amazing journey. 🙂


If you have any questions regarding this event, please use the comments section below to let us know. Happy learning and happy winning!


Kunal Jain 16 May 2018

Kunal is a post graduate from IIT Bombay in Aerospace Engineering. He has spent more than 10 years in field of Data Science. His work experience ranges from mature markets like UK to a developing market like India. During this period he has lead teams of various sizes and has worked on various tools like SAS, SPSS, Qlikview, R, Python and Matlab.

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Responses From Readers


Achyuth Kumar Chaganti
Achyuth Kumar Chaganti 15 May, 2018

I wrote my final year semester exams and last exam date is 21 April, 2018. So, what graduation date I have to give for my student verification to participate in student datafest?

Rick 16 May, 2018

Hi man! Im already a graduate and want to join this curriculum is there any other way to join? Because form is asking for institution or school and i already graduated. Pls help me

Sudeep 16 May, 2018

If I am no more into college can I be the part of datafest 2018 ?

Bhaskar Gokak
Bhaskar Gokak 16 May, 2018

Hi Team, Is this fest only applicable to students or also to working people like me ? Please let me know. Thank you very much. Regards, Bhaskar

Sammy 16 May, 2018

When will I be able to access "Into to Data Science" course after getting my profile verified?

Marwan Almomani
Marwan Almomani 16 May, 2018

hello there, is there any other similar learning opportunity for non students???

Yamini 16 May, 2018

What is the last date to apply?

Rohit 16 May, 2018

I have completed my final year semester exams on April 17 so what date should I mention in my student verification process for data fest

krishna anand
krishna anand 17 May, 2018

How to access course modules after student profile is verified ?

Nidhi 17 May, 2018

Can we able to solve these hackathon (data identify and data supremacy) after completing this training in duration of 2 months

Swatie 18 May, 2018

Hi, I recently graduated in Dec 2017 from US. Is it possible to enroll in the student fest? Is there a slightest possibility to extend this Student Datafest to recent graduates? Your help is appreciated. Thanks!

Pranav Chaudhary
Pranav Chaudhary 18 May, 2018

I got my student profile verified, but still got no access to "Intro to Data Science", it still shows I have to enroll by paying fees for the same course.

Prem Kumar
Prem Kumar 18 May, 2018

I also want to participate in this. I have done B.Tech in 2017. But this is only for who are going to graduate after may 2018. Why can't I apply ?