Frequently Asked Questions

What is The Hunt Institute? Who else is leading this event?

The Hunt Institute brings together people and resources to inspire and inform elected officials and policymakers about key issues in education, resulting in visionary leaders who are prepared to take strategic action for greater educational outcomes and student success. This event is hosted by The Hunt Institute in partnership with the Office of Governor Roy Cooper, the North Carolina Department of Information Technology, and the Government Data Analytics Center. This event is made possible by the John M. Belk Endowment.


What is the goal of the Datathon?

The goal of this event is to leverage technology and data to develop innovative solutions for addressing complex problems. Teams are challenged to use multiple sources of data to develop applications, dashboards, and/or solutions to explore the relationship between the digital divide and postsecondary educational attainment.


Who can participate? What skills do I need to participate?

Anyone with a data analysis background can participate in this event. We are inviting student-led teams to compete. The only skills required are data analysis, creativity, and passion about equitable educational outcomes for students.


How many people can be on a team?

Each team can have up to five people.


Do I need to be available for the entire two days of the event?

The agenda includes keynote speakers but is primarily made up of dedicated time for teams to work on their solutions and presentations. While teams can use as little or as much of the team time as they need, we anticipate teams needing the full two days to develop their solution and presentation.


What should I bring to the Datathon?

Attendees should bring their laptop, ID, cellphone, and chargers.


Can we use other data? Are we allowed to bring other data?

Yes, teams are allowed to bring their own data so long as they make the data available to all other participating teams. Please send additional data sources to Julia Whitfield, Associate Policy Analyst at The Hunt Institute, at jwhitfield@hunt-institute.org by March 25th, 2022, at 5:00pm to ensure it will be included in the competition.


How much does it cost to attend?

The NC Datathon is free for attendees. All meals provided at the event are free of cost.


What does the winning team receive?

The winning team receives a monetary prize.


What are the event center’s COVID policies?

The McKimmon Center requires all attendees to be masked while on site and in the building, except while eating or drinking.


Will there be parking available at the McKimmon Center?

Yes, there is free, onsite parking available at the venue.