DataFest 2024

DataFest Germany 2024

5–7 April 2024

We are glad to announce our call for applications to join the 7th edition of DataFest Germany, which will take place at  the University of Mannheim (April 5–7, 2024), jointly organized by the School of Social Sciences and the Mannheim Center for Data Science. This year marks the 7th edition of our DataFest in Germany, which has been organized since 2015 in collaboration with the Chair for Statistics and Data Science in Social Sciences and the Humanities at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich.

What is DataFest Germany?

The event is a data-based competition, also known as a “hackathon” which takes place annually, alternating between Mannheim and Munich, and hosted in cooperation with partners from industry and research institutions. 

Bachelor and Masters-level students of all subjects participate in teams of 3–5 persons, having 48 hours to gain the best insights and derive relevant analysis from an extensive data set, which is not revealed until the start of the event. Data is visualized, analysed, modelled and much more. At the end of the event, the students present their results to a jury of renowned data experts from business, science and DataFest alumni. Prizes will be awarded for the categories “Best Insight”, “Best Visualization” and “Best Use of Outside Data”.

During the competition, students are supported by a team of statistics and computer science experts from University of Mannheim as well as professional consultants from external partner institutions. In addition, participants have the opportunity to make contact with potential employers at the event's internal CareerFair.

Our Datafest Germany, is a celebration that follows upon the model initiated in the USA. DataFest™ has been a permanent feature of the American Statistical Association for several years now. The world's first DataFest took place at the University of California in 2011; since then, many other universities have taken up the format and offer DataFests. Today there are DataFest events worldwide. 

Why should you participate?

Team Synergy, Task Mastery
Collaborate with diverse talents to conquer intricate challenges as a team and experience the power of collective problem-solving.
Refine your Skills in Expert-Led Workshops
Learn directly from academic experts in exclusive workshops. Gain insights into data cleaning, statistical analyses, and visualization techniques to elevate your skill set.
Networking Opportunity
Connect with students from across Germany, expanding your network and fostering collaborations beyond your university.
Balanced Learning and Fun
Strike the perfect balance between work and enjoyment. DataFest ensures a professional yet enjoyable environment, blending insightful challenges with moments of camaraderie and laughter.

DataFest Germany is jointly organized by

KODAQS partnership with Datafest Germany

This year, we are glad to announce our partnership with the Competence Center for Data Quality in the Social Sciences (KODAQS), which will strengthen our mission to contribute to the professional development of future data scientists and growth of the data science community network in Germany. A team of Doctoral and Postdoctoral researchers will participate parallelly (and separately) to the main Datafest contest, with the mission to develop analytical proposals, methodologies and tools for data quality measurement. KODAQS is a collaboration between LMU, University of Mannheim and GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences. The project aims to foster a new culture for teaching data quality skills in the social sciences. For more information about KODAQS, please contact Dr. Luis Mejia Lopez (

How to register?

  • Please note: DataFest 2024 is fully booked. 
  • Bachelor and Masters-level students of all subjects are welcome to apply in teams of 2–5 people. 
  • Because of the assignment's complexity, we strongly recommend that your team consist of at least three people. 
  • Unfortunately, we will not accept teams with doctoral students or post-docs. If you would still like to participate, contact us to be considered as a DataFest Germany advisor.

Please keep in mind

  • To ensure a fair and consistent experience for all participants, we kindly request that teams exclusively work on the dataset while at the DataFest site. 
  • At least two members from each team must be present at the beginning of the event.
  • The details of DataFest assignments remain confidential until the event kicks off.


Past editions of DataFest Germany

This year marks the 7th edition of our DataFest in Germany, which has been organized since 2015 in collaboration with the Chair for Statistics and Data Science in Social Sciences and the Humanities at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. Below you can find relevant information and video testimonials about our past editions:

Support our DataFest

Information for employers and sponsors

DataFest gives the enriching opportunity to students to gain experience analyzing real data and meeting employers. Employers are invited to participate in our Career Fair, as well as to provide advice to the competing teams. By providing financial support to DataFest Germany, not only do you allow us to host the students, but you will support the DataFest mission and help expose students to challenging questions with immediate real-world significance that can be addressed through data analysis.

If you want to support DataFest Germany, please reach out to Luis Mejia Lopez at

We are happy to receive donations to:

Donation account: Stiftung Universität Mannheim, BNP Paribas

IBAN: DE25 7603 0080 0300 0153 17

Donation purpose: „DataFest“


Dr. Luis Mejia Lopez

Dr. Luis Mejia Lopez

Coordinator of DataFest Germany 2024

Feel free to reach out to us at