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Pandemic scuttles another DataFest

I report with sadness that the ASA Five College DataFest will not happen in 2021. 

Any such DataFest would have been virtual, and while other sites around the world are pressing on with a virtual event in 2021, the Five Colleges will not be. 

It’s clear that student interest still exists, although certainly not at the same level as in years past. Fatigue is real, and both the faculty, students, and VIP consultants found even a virtual event to be a heavy lift this year. 

We hope to be back in 2022 with an in-person event that should feel cathartic and enthusiastic.