In November 2017, Washington and Lee University held its first DataCon, a new event for students. The two-day program was designed to highlight the impacts and career paths for data analytics, big data and statistical computing across a variety of industries. The gathering brought together students, faculty, staff and alumni for a series of discussions and networking opportunities around data sciences in both academic and professional life, including ways that analytics are used in the fields of advertising, finance and technology.
Reflecting on the experience, DataCon co-organizer Professor Denny Garvis noted:
We can tell already that we are tapping into an existing but quiet network of students, faculty and alumni who are really doing interesting work
The inaugural conference was so successful that another DataCon will be held next year.