The Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS) in partnership with faculty and research staff from Michigan Medicine is excited to announce the 2021 MyVoice Data Challenge on Youth Health and Wellness for students with an interest in data science, healthcare, and natural language processing. Student teams of 3-5 members will be given access to data from MyVoice (, a national text-message poll of youth aged 14-24 with the goal of informing local and national policies in real-time. Teams will have roughly two months to create a process using data science methodologies to analyze the data (on your personal computers), develop methods for deriving meaning, and synthesize findings into a short presentation.

Both graduate and undergraduate students, at all levels of data science experience, are encouraged to participate. One team member should register the entire team here by Wednesday, December 16. You may also register as an individual and MIDAS will help you form a team.

Challenge Timeline:

  • Starting December 1: Data will be shared with all registered teams that have submitted Data Sharing Agreement Forms

  • December 9- Challenge Information Session for interested participants and those already registered

  • December 16 – Team Registration Closes

  • January 31- Round 1 submissions due

  • February 10- Announcement of finalists

  • February 25- Finalist presentations at Data for Public Good Symposium

  • February 26- Challenge Winners announced on final day of Data for Public Good Symposium

Deliverables Overview

Round 1: 3-5 minute video presentation that briefly shows:

  • summary of findings

  • visual outline of analysis process

Round 2: Demo of system- 10 minutes followed by 5 minutes of Q&A with judges and attendees

Award Details

  • Prize money: $600 for top team, two $300 honorable mention prizes

  • Finalist presentations at D4PG Symposium

  • Potential ongoing research opportunities

Questions? E-mail MIDAS Education Program Manager, Trisha Fountain (