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2023 DataFest

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This year’s DataFest challenge came from the American Bar Association (ABA). The ABA provides pro bono (i.e., free of charge) legal services across the United States via an online platform. The platform allows people who qualify (based on state-based low-income status) to post legal questions and receive legal advice from volunteer lawyers. DataFest participants analyzed data about interactions between clients and lawyers, including text of actual conversations and basic demographic information about the clients. The DataFest challenge was to identify patterns or trends in the conversations that would help the ABA advise its state partners, create resources to respond to identified patterns, and devise outreach strategies to better reach potential user populations and volunteers.

Dates: Friday, March 31st – Sunday, April 2nd

DataFest 2023 by the Numbers

  • 131 students participated in DataFest 2023.
  • DataFesters came from 29 different majors...
  • ...and 5 different colleges and schools at the University.
  • 26 teams completed the weekend-long challenge,
  • analyzed over 1 million rows of data,
  • and created video presentations that were reviewed by 7 judges made up of faculty and analytics leaders from business and industry.
  • 27 mentors were on hand to work with DataFest participants.
  • Mentors included OSU faculty, graduate students and alumni, and statistics and analytics professionals from 6 organizations.

Winning Teams

Awards were given in four categories:

Best Insight

Best Insight medallions

Winning team nameAbraca-Data

  • Brady Aneshansel
  • Jiayun Liang
  • Izzy Nekic
  • Andrew Shen
  • Deason Xu



Best Visualization

DataFest Best Visualization medallions

Winning team nameData Mania

  • Charles Costanzo
  • Emily Cunningham
  • Alaina Rohrig
  • Ainsley Young




Best Use of External Data

DataFest Best Use of External Data Medallion

Winning team nameThe Name Pending

  • Kayli Bell
  • Garrett Cassin
  • Anna Cheng
  • Jackie Cheng
  • Burke Mayling



Judges' Choice

DataFest Judges Choice medallions

Winning team nameDr. Sinnott's Warriors

  • Aditya Desai
  • Alex Ramos
  • Luca Silva Celiberto
  • Jack Williams
  • Dennis Zhitenev



Judges' Choice

DataFest Judges Choice medallions

Winning team nameOutliers

  • Christina Li
  • Neo Yu
  • Han Zheng
  • Yuan Zou
  • Sitong Zhang




Six additional teams were selected as DataFest 2023 Finalists.

Team names & members

  • BDDPV: Ben Kirchoff, Devon Lander, Peter Leibrandt, Donovin Natividad, Veerpal Shah
  • Linearly Regressing: Lauren Robinson, Emily Wiegand, Lena Zhang, Audrey Zinn
  • Muddy Puddle: Hoawen Chen, Lecky Chen, Grayson Gong, Delong Liu, Yitong Wu
  • Anonymous: Manhai Li, Ruizi Sun, Sitong Zhou
  • Stealthy Ninjas: Manhai Li, Ruizi Sun, Sitong Zhou
  • R Cubed: Luke Haymond, Medha Prakash, Hayden Wahoff


Honorable Mentions

Four teams were selected by the judges to receive an Honorable Mention.

Team names & members

  • Data Baes: Preksha Rao, Catherine Wu
  • Data Dream Team: Kevin Dong, Arthur Wang, Yibo Yang, Jimmy Zeng
  • Gamma Girls: Fatima Camara, Afia Fosu, Kaylyn Jiang, Alexis Mennona, Chelsey Gilchrist
  • Raiders of the Lost R: Matt Gust, Ubby Suligavi, Kieran Tomich