CANDEV – Data Challenge

CANDEV Data Challenge presented by Statistics Canada

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By launching this data challenge, the CANDEV team and the StatCan Professionals Network aim to provide postsecondary students with the opportunity to learn about new technologies, develop solutions on concrete business cases, and share their work with the community.

The series of data challenges organized by Statistics Canada revolves around data. Each participating team are tasked with solving a business problem related to the management or analysis of information in an increasingly digital world. The scenarios are diverse and can include anything from establishing new processes to acquiring data, to creating a cloud-based working space, to developing a statistical dashboard, etc.


The Data Challenge is a great occasion to meet with recruiters and to develop a professional network. Over the course of the challenges, all participants that are eligible for the Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP) will be invited to apply to a targeted FSWEP inventory. In order to provide additional flexibility, more hiring options will be available to partners and students to ensure efficient recruitment.

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Frequently asked questions

What is our data challenge?

Our data challenge gathers students for 24 hours of intensive problem-solving, over the course of a weekend. These kinds of events have become increasingly popular around the world. They enable students to showcase their capabilities as they tackle real-life challenges and scenarios, while partners have an opportunity to recruit talented individuals and develop new partnerships.

Who can participate?

Any university or college students with an interest in programming or problem solving. Participants must be over 18 years old and able to physically attend the event. Participation is not limited to software programmers. We encourage students from all fields who are interested in acquiring functional Information Technology (IT) experience to register.

Why should I participate?

The Data Challenge is a great occasion to meet with recruiters and to develop a professional network. All participants that are eligible for the Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP) will be invited to apply to a targeted FSWEP inventory. This series of challenges is also exceptional for those who want to develop their programming or problem-solving skills with real Government of Canada work challenges.

Who is organizing the CANDEV Data Challenge series?

The CANDEV team at Statistics Canada. We are a group of professionals launching a series of data challenges for postsecondary students across Canada.

CANDEV Data Challenge organizing team 2020

Is there a theme?

The data challenge involves business cases that relate to data management, especially challenges encountered in government departments. The business cases are provided by government departments partnering at each event.

Do I need to be part of a group to register?

No, you can register as an individual or as a group (with a maximum of four members). If you register as a solo participant or a smaller group (three or less), you will be matched with others to form a complete group of four.

Will food be provided?

Yes, the participants will be provided with meals in addition to snacks and beverages throughout the event.

What if I don't know how to code?

For a data challenge to succeed, enthusiastic people with a variety of skills need to come together and work as a team. You don’t need to know how to code! Everyone has expertise that could be valuable for this challenge—whether it be conceptualizing ideas, understanding and manipulating datasets, developing a new product, or communicating a story effectively.

Is there a Code of Conduct?

Participants in the CANDEV Data Challenge series should adhere to the following code of conduct:

  • Students should conduct themselves professionally, respectfully and with integrity during the challenge.
  • Students should not engage in any verbal or physical behaviour that stigmatizes or victimizes an individual on the basis of race, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion or disability.
  • Students should not engage in any behaviour that threatens or harms any individual involved in the CANDEV Data Challenge.
  • All decisions made by the judges are final; students should not approach the judges with questions, comments or concerns about the judging process, feedback or scoring of teams. Students can direct any questions, comments and concerns to: where an organizer will address them.

Please note that failure to abide by the code of conduct may result in the immediate disqualification of your team from the CANDEV Data Challenge.

Can I attend if I live far away?

Participants must attend the event in person. The locations are easily accessible by plane, rail, bus and car. The next Data Challenge might be in your city, so stay tuned!

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