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12 Days of Data Competitions

Challenge yourself, test your data skills, and be in with a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift voucher.
Dec 2022  · 5 min read

As 2022 comes to a close, it’s a good time to finish the year strong by learning something new or showing off the skills you’ve acquired over the last 12 months. That’s why we’re running a series of competitions to challenge you to keep learning and demonstrate your data skills. Welcome to the 12 Days of Data. 

12 Days of Data 

Between December 12 and December 23, DataCamp is running a series of challenges to keep our community engaged and learning. We’re running a total of 11 competitions, with 10 of these offering 3x $50 Amazon gift vouchers available as prizes and one offering $1,600 in prizes (1st place $500 - 5th place $200).

We’ll be announcing the daily competitions on our Twitter page and here on the DataCamp blog. You can check back daily to see what your assignment for the day is - some will be analytics challenges, while others will get you to complete a specific course and share your certificate of achievement. 

We’ll update the list below daily to ensure you can see which challenges are currently active. Check out the full terms and conditions for more info. 

December 22nd: R Workspace Challenge

Today's challenge sees you test your R skills by exploring a dataset to understand the global wine market.

With the end-of-year holidays approaching, many people like to relax or party with a glass of wine. That makes wine an important industry in many countries. Understanding this market is important to the livelihood of many people. You work at a multinational consumer goods organization that is considering entering the wine production industry. Managers at your company would like to understand the market better before making a decision.

Your challenge
Explore the dataset to understand the global wine market. Your published notebook should contain a short report, including:

  • Summary statistics
  • Visualizations
  • Statistical models
  • Any insights you found

The winners will be judged on several criteria:

  • Technical approach (20%)
  • Visualizations (20%)
  • Storytelling (30%)
  • Insights and recommendations (30%)

Full details can be found on the workspace challenge link

December 21st: Introduction to R Course

Today, your challenge is to complete our Introduction to SQL course! 

To be in with a shout of winning one of three $50 Amazon gift vouchers, you must:

  • Look for the Learn Challenge announcement on the DataCamp Twitter account
  • Complete the course within 24 hours of the announcement 
  • Post your Statement of Accomplishment from the course on the @DataCamp Twitter thread that announced the challenge using the #12daysofdata hasttag.

The three winners will be the first three who complete the steps above and are eligible to win.  

Details:

Start: Dec 21, 2022 @ 9:00:00 am Eastern Time (“ET”)

End: Dec 22, 2022, 2022 @ 8:59:59 pm ET

Winner selection date: On or about Dec 23, 2022

December 20th: SQL Live training

Join us for our Free Trial Performance Analysis in SQL webinar to find out about the challenge for today. 

Following the live training, learners must break down the average free trial value by price point, obtained from the Prices table.

Comment your published Workspace on the Twitter thread with #12daysofData—the first three correct responses win! Check out the full challenge details for more information.

Details:

Start: Dec 20, 2022 @ 9:00:00 am Eastern Time (“ET”)
End: Dec 21, 2022, 2022 @ 8:59:59 pm ET
Winner selection date: On or about Dec 22, 2022

December 19th: SQL Workspace Challenge

Today’s SQL workspace challenge is about exploring Netflix's most popular content from its Top 10 charts. 

The Netflix Top 10 charts represent the most popular movies and TV series, with millions of viewers around the globe. Understanding what makes the biggest hits is crucial to making more hits.

Your challenge

Explore the dataset to understand the most common attributes of popular Netflix content. Your published notebook should contain a short report on the motor skills, including:

  • Summary statistics
  • Visualizations
  • Statistical models
  • Any insights you found

The winners will be judged on several criteria:

  • Technical approach (20%)
  • Visualizations (20%)
  • Storytelling (30%)
  • Insights and recommendations (30%)

Full details can be found on the workspace challenge link

Details:

Start: Dec 19, 2022 @ 9:00:00 am Eastern Time (“ET”)

End: Dec 18, 2022, 2022 @ 8:59:59 pm ET

Winner selection date: On or about Dec 21, 2022

December 18th: Introduction to SQL course

Today, your challenge is to complete our Introduction to SQL course! 

To be in with a shout of winning one of three $50 Amazon gift vouchers, you must:

  • Look for the Learn Challenge announcement on the DataCamp Twitter account
  • Complete the course within 24 hours of the announcement 
  • Post your Statement of Accomplishment from the course on the @DataCamp Twitter thread that announced the challenge using the #12daysofdata hasttag.

The three winners will be the first three who complete the steps above and are eligible to win.  

Details:

Start: Dec 18, 2022 @ 9:00:00 am Eastern Time (“ET”)

End: Dec 19, 2022, 2022 @ 8:59:59 pm ET

Winner selection date: On or about Dec 20, 2022

December 17th: Python Workspace Challenge 

This challenge is about exploring the Motor Performance Index in children. 

Measuring the physical abilities of children is helpful for understanding growth and development, as well as identifying gifted individuals by sports talent scouts. A common measure of physical abilities is the Motor Performance Index. An athletics talent scout has hired you to find insights in a dataset to assist their search for the next generation of track and field stars.

Your challenge
Explore the dataset to understand how the attributes of the children affect the motor skills, and the relationship between the four motor skills. Your published notebook should contain a short report on the motor skills, including:

  • Summary statistics
  • Visualizations
  • Statistical models
  • Any insights you found

The winners will be judged on several criteria:

  • Technical approach (20%)
  • Visualizations (20%)
  • Storytelling (30%)
  • Insights and recommendations (30%)

Full details can be found on the workspace challenge link

Details:

Start: Dec 17, 2022 @ 9:00:00 am Eastern Time (“ET”)

End: Dec 18, 2022, 2022 @ 8:59:59 pm ET

Winner selection date: On or about Dec 19, 2022

December 16th: Introduction to Python course

Today, your challenge is to complete our Introduction to Python course! 

To be in with a shout of winning one of three $50 Amazon gift vouchers, you must:

  • Look for the Learn Challenge announcement on the DataCamp Twitter account
  • Complete the course within 24 hours of the announcement 
  • Post your Statement of Accomplishment from the course on the @DataCamp Twitter thread that announced the challenge using the #12daysofdata hasttag.

The three winners will be the first three who complete the steps above and are eligible to win.  

Details:

Start: Dec 16, 2022 @ 9:00:00 am Eastern Time (“ET”)

End: Dec 17, 2022, 2022 @ 8:59:59 pm ET

Winner selection date: On or about Dec 18, 2022

December 15th: Conceptual course — Understanding Data Engineering

Today, your challenge is to complete our Understanding Data Engineering course! 

To be in with a shout of winning one of three $50 Amazon gift vouchers, you must:

  • Look for the Learn Challenge announcement on the DataCamp Twitter account
  • Complete the course within 24 hours of the announcement 
  • Post your Statement of Accomplishment from the course on the @DataCamp Twitter thread that announced the challenge using the #12daysofdata hasttag.

The three winners will be the first three who complete the steps above and are eligible to win.  

Details

Start: Dec 15, 2022 @ 9:00:00 am Eastern Time (“ET”)
End: Dec 16, 2022, 2022 @ 8:59:59 pm ET
Winner selection date: On or about Dec 17, 2022

December 14th: Conceptual course — Understanding Machine Learning

Today, your challenge is to complete our Understanding Machine Learning course! 

To be in with a shout of winning one of three $50 Amazon gift vouchers, you must:

  • Look for the Learn Challenge announcement on the DataCamp Twitter account
  • Complete the course within 24 hours of the announcement 
  • Post your Statement of Accomplishment from the course on the @DataCamp Twitter thread that announced the challenge using the #12daysofdata hasttag.

The three winners will be the first three who complete the steps above and are eligible to win.  

Details

Start: Dec 14, 2022 @ 9:00:00 am Eastern Time (“ET”)
End: Dec 15, 2022, 2022 @ 8:59:59 pm ET
Winner selection date: On or about Dec 16, 2022

December 13th: Conceptual course — Understanding Data Science

Today, your challenge is to complete our Understanding Data Science course! 

To be in with a shout of winning one of three $50 Amazon gift vouchers, you must:

  • Look for the Learn Challenge announcement on the DataCamp Twitter account
  • Complete the course within 24 hours of the announcement 
  • Post your Statement of Accomplishment from the course on the @DataCamp Twitter thread that announced the challenge using the #12daysofdata hashtag.

The three winners will be the first three who complete the steps above and are eligible to win.  

Details

Start: Dec 13, 2022 @ 9:00:00 am Eastern Time (“ET”)

End: Dec 14, 2022, 2022 @ 8:59:59 am ET

Winner selection date: On or about Dec 15, 2022

December 12th: Street Trees in NYC competition

We’re kicking things off with a Python competition looking at trees in New York City. With this competition, you’ll have between December 12- 31 to complete the challenge, with winners to be announced after Jan 5, 2023. 

For this competition, you’ll have to determine which tree species the city should plant. With the data provided on the link above, you’ll need to: 

  • Determine the most common tree species in Manhattan
  • Figure out which of the neighborhoods have the most trees
  • Create a visualization of Manhattan's neighborhoods and tree locations.
  • Outline which ten tree species you would recommend the city plant in the future

To participate in this challenge, you can access this workspace for free and conduct analysis as specified in the challenge. Entrants will be assessed and graded, with the following criteria (see full competition terms and conditions for more details): 

CATEGORY

WEIGHTING

DETAILS

Response quality

85%

  • Accuracy (30%) - The response must be representative of the original data and free from errors.
  • Clarity (25%) - The response must be easy to understand and clearly expressed.
  • Completeness (30%) - The response must be a full report that responds to the questions posed.

Presentation

15%

  • How legible/understandable the response is.
  • How well-formatted the response is.
  • Spelling and grammar.

In the event of a tie, earlier submission time will be used as a tie-breaker.

Winners will receive either cash prizes or an equivalent donation to the charity of their choice. We will choose five winners based on the criteria above, with the following prizes on offer: 

  • 1st Place - $500 or a donation to a charitable cause of your choice
  • 2nd Place - $400 or a donation to a charitable cause of your choice
  • 3rd Place - $300 or a donation to a charitable cause of your choice
  • 4th Place - $200 or a donation to a charitable cause of your choice
  • 5th Place - $200 or a donation to a charitable cause of your choice

How Do I Enter The Competitions?

It takes only two steps to register for the 12 Days of Data competitions: The first thing you need to do is to log in or sign up to DataCamp. Secondly, you must ensure that you opt into DataCamp's promotional activity.

And just like that, you're in the game! We’ll highlight the rules for each competition on the day of posting, and you can visit the terms and conditions page for the Street Trees in NYC competition for more information. Remember, check back here and on Twitter daily to see the latest competitions! 

Selecting & Announcing the Winners

We are extremely excited to see who the winners will be for this challenge. As well as our Street Trees Competition, we have two other types of contests, and the winners will be chosen and announced accordingly: 

Course-based Challenges

  • An announcement will be made via DataCamp’s socials about the specific course that learners will have to complete.
  • To participate, learners can access this course and download the Statement of Accomplishment after completing the course.
  • The first three learners who share this Statement of Accomplishment on the Twitter thread announcing the competition, tagging @datacamp will be selected as winners for the individual daily challenge.
  • Winners will be announced on December 23, 2022. 

Analytics Activity Challenges

  • An announcement will be made via DataCamp’s socials about the specific workspace challenge on the day of the challenge. 
  • To participate, learners can access this workspace for free and conduct analysis as specified in the challenge
  • The learner will be graded based on the rubric in the terms and conditions. 
  • Winners will be announced on December 23, 2022. 
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