2023 HEAD Competition

Mohawk College is pleased to announce the return of the Higher Education Analytics Data Competition! The date for this event is March 23rd to 24th, 2023. Registration for the HEAD Competition 2023 will open in January 2023 with the Phase I problem released shortly thereafter. Student teams can win from a prize purse provided by our sponsor!

This is the fifth year Mohawk College is hosting the HEAD Competition. College and university students are invited to test their analytical skills and storytelling abilities by exploring a real-world problem based on available data. No special programming or analytical tool knowledge is required, but students studying Data Analytics or related fields will have an advantage.

Teams compete with one another and may employ a variety of descriptive, diagnostic, and predictive analytics techniques to analyze problems with data. Using any technology and supporting data sets they identify, teams are to prepare and model data to perform analysis used to make recommendations to key decision-makers. Teams will prepare a poster and deliver a presentation on their analysis in two phases of competition.

This year’s competition will be an in-person event.

Phase One consists of a several-week period to explore an initial problem and dataset provided by the competition committee. During that time teams will prepare a poster of their analysis and will submit it electronically one week prior to the competition. The posters will be pre-evaluated by the judges. On the morning of March 23rd, teams will have an opportunity to answer questions by judges during a 2-hour open poster presentation period. Upon conclusion, teams will be notified if they qualify for Phase Two.

Phase Two begins the afternoon of March 23rd, 2023. Teams will be provided with a secondary related problem and dataset and will have until the next day to perform analysis and prepare a presentation to be presented live to the judging panel and audience. The winners of the competition will be announced upon the conclusion of presentations on March 24th, 2023.

Important Dates

January 19, 2023Registration Opens
January 23, 2023Problem Release (Phase I Begins)
March 1, 2023Registration Deadline
March 16, 2023Phase I Submission Deadline (Phase I Ends)
– Poster to be submitted (PDF or PowerPoint)
March 21, 2023Phase I Results Released
March 23, 2023Competition – Phase II Problem Release
March 24, 2023Competition – Phase II Panel Presentation
Winners Announced

* Some dates may be subject to change prior to the release of data.