DATA 101 Students Compete in Wells Fargo Campus Analytic Challenge and the Inaugural CofC Data Science and Analytics Competition

The department’s Data Science program, directed by Dr. Paul Anderson, was invited to compete in the Wells Fargo Campus Analytic Challenge from November 9th through November 30th.  Students from thirteen top rated college and universities competed to develop a solution for a real-world business question posed by Well Fargo’s Enterprise Social Media and Enterprise Data and Analytics teams.  

The challenge coincided with the first annual CofC Data Science and Analytics Competition, which used the problem question provided by the Wells Fargo challenge.  Twelve teams consisting of Data 101 students presented their solutions to a panel of judges: Manoj Govindan from Wells Fargo, Charles Hajzus from MUSC, and Denise Gosnell from PokitDok.  

Each group had 10 minutes to present and 3-5 minutes for Q&A.  Teams were judged based upon on originality and innovation, overall quality of analytic presentation, methodology and approach, and business objective addressed by the analysis.  “This was real data.  A challenging problem for an early [100-level] class.  I loved how the class constantly focused on the end point of what this data is going to do,” stated Manoj Govindan.  

The overall winners of the CofC Data Analytics Competition were Donald Cole, Chase Hendley, Neal Sakash, and Tyler Walter (Section 1).  Section 2 team, Danielle Joy Schwartz, Jake Schwarztrauber, and Katie Hane Balcewicz, placed second in the competition.

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Section 1 Winners with Judges




Section 1 Class


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Section 2 Winners


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Section 2 Class