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Geography of Nutrition Datathon

Datathon Guidelines

What is the Geography of Nutrition Datathon?

For this datathon, you'll work individually to craft a research question related to food access and security, analyze datasets to answer the question, then present your findings via a software application or data visualization. Use of the Food Access Research Atlas is a requirement. You are also allowed to use additional data sources of your choosing. This is a three-week process--you have the option to submit your project for feedback at the end of each week and must submit your final project via a recorded presentation by the project submission deadline at the end of Week 3.

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A good datathon project should:

  • be clearly articulated. Have a clear research question or problem you are trying to solve, plus have a reasonably specific proposed solution.
  • be attainable. Consider time limitations and manage your project goals so that you are able to submit a completed project by the project deadline.
  • visualize stakeholders. Consider the audience you expect to use your application of visualization.   


Step 1. Explore the Food Access Research Atlas dataset

Step 2: Craft a research question. Sample issues could relate to supermarket accessibility, food access in rural or urban populations, or community planning in response to food access issues. 

Step 3. Find complimentary data sources. Consider and SimplyAnalytics.

Step 4. Analyze the data to help answer your research question.

Step 5. Design a software application or data visualization in response to your research question.

Step 6: Create a 5-minute video presentation to share your research questions, analytical methods, visualization, findings, and ideas for next steps to help solve the problem.

Datathon Scoring Guide: A Rubric

Other Information


Charles Swartz from SimplyAnalytics

Derek Johnson from the National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine

Kurtis Sluss from BrightLamp via the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship