2017 TUN Data Challenge Submission Guidelines

Teradata University Network (TUN) is excited to announce our third annual Data Challenge. In this competition, we will provide all student teams with the same data set and questions from our non-profit partner, Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now). Rise Against Hunger is driven to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable and creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources.


The teams will examine, analyze, and visualize the data and present their findings. The goal of this competition is to provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate their data analytics and visualization skills to professionals in the Business Analytics Community.

During the 2017 Teradata PARTNERS Conference students will have the opportunity to showcase their findings through both formal presentations and a poster/demo session.


Submissions are encouraged from college or university undergraduate and graduate students. Submissions can be based on work done by a team, but should be submitted by one person. 

TUN 2017 Data Challenge submissions should answer business questions provided by the non-profit and consist of these components:

1. A power point presentation of no more than 10 slides capturing the visualizations and analytical work of the team.

2. An EXECUTIVE SUMMARY- you must use the designated template. Detailed instructions for using the template and formatting are provided in the Data Challenge template document below:

2017 Data Challenge Submission Template

  • Your uploaded file must be in PDF format.
  • In addition, one representative from each submission should complete the TUN Student Scholarship application which can be found on the Teradata University Network website.
  • Email the completed submission form in PDF to: AcademicPrograms.Teradata@teradata.com


*Submissions that ARE NOT within the stated size and length limits WILL NOT be accepted for the competition.


After the initial round of submissions, the TUN Selection Committee will evaluate all submissions using the following criteria: 

- Originality of idea, quality of argumentation, writing quality, and overall contribution to new knowledge (pushing the boundaries).

- Undergraduate and graduate student submissions will be evaluated in separate categories.

- Starting this year, a brand-new Teradata Technology Award will be given to the team with the best use of Teradata technology (Teradata Aster or Teradata Database).

Finalists will be invited to the conference where the competition will continue with students giving a short formal presentation of their research to conference members attending the academic track. The following day, students will also present their posters/demos to all conference attendees. Conference attendees will then vote for various awards and winners will be recognized during an awards ceremony at the conference.


Each team selected as a finalist team will be awarded with 1 (one) TUN PARTNERS Student Scholarship (only for the main presenter) and 1 (one) TUN PARTNERS Faculty Scholarship, which will cover the conference registration fee, conference meals, and gala events for both individuals ($2395 value each). Students and faculty will be responsible for their own travel costs. Special discounted academic rates are available for additional students and faculty to attend the conference.


Submission Deadline: April 30th, 2017

Finalist Notification: June 1st, 2017

Final Presentations: October 22-23, 2017 – Anaheim, CA


The 2017 Teradata PARTNERS Conference will occur in Anaheim, CA, from October 22-26, 2017. Finalists must arrive in Anaheim by October 21st and plan to attend through October 24th. Competition presentations will take place on October 22nd and 23rd. 


1. Open to undergraduate or graduate students who will be current students in the Fall of 2017.

2. Only original individual/team work/research will be accepted for consideration. Individuals who are part of a group research project can submit and present the group’s research project with other group members’ permission. Work from a team should be submitted by one person.

3. If selected as a finalist, students must be available to travel to Anaheim from October 21-26, 2017.

4. Maximum of 3 submissions per faculty member, per competition, is allowed.

5. Maximum of 5 students per team is allowed.

A flyer for the 2017 Data Challenge is available here