Carolina Analytics and Data Science (CADS) was originally founded in the Fall of 2016 by Lily Zhang, Elaine Kearney, and Nikhil Prasad. Since CADS was founded, it has formally remained an organization underneath the UNC Department of Computer Science, however students from various schools and departments across UNC’s campus have become a member and attend our events. CADS’s current faculty advisor is Computer Science Professor Jack Snoeyink.
CADS also has great relationships with other schools and departments within UNC, including the Department of Statistics and Operations Research, the School of Information and Library Science, and the newly-formed School of Data Science and Society. CADS has also partnered with NC State’s Institute of Advanced Analytics numerous years, as well as many external companies, to host engaging events.
Over the years, CADS has hosted many events, including workshops, career panels, events, data projects, and competitions. Our largest annual event, the Carolina Data Challenge (CDC), is our weekend-long data science hackathon hosted in partnership with the UNC Department of Computer Science. The first CDC Event was hosted in 2017. In the years following our first event, CDC regularly brings over 250 participants from across campus and beyond, numerous corporate sponsors, dozens of final projects, and hundreds of dollars of prizes.