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Investigate the 2023 Stack Overflow Developer Survey by participating in the eighth annual Fall Data Challenge! Each year, we challenge undergraduate and high school students to analyze real-world data and make recommendations to address interesting and timely topics. 

This year's challenge:

A startup is considering developing a bootcamp for coders and people who want to work as developers. They’ve hired your team to give them insights on their business model and want you to analyze the 2023 Stack Overflow Developer Survey.


This database - The Public 2023 Stack Overflow Developer Survey Results - is made available under the Open Database License (ODbL): http://opendatacommons.org/licenses/odbl/1.0/. Any rights in individual contents of the database are licensed under the Database Contents License: http://opendatacommons.org/licenses/dbcl/1.0/

This year’s theme will require student teams to dive into data from the survey. Teams will share their insights with a panel of judges.

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The Data

The information provided includes:

  • survey_results_public.csv - CSV file with main survey results, one respondent per row and one column per answer
  • survey_results_schema.csv - CSV file with survey schema, i.e., the questions that correspond to each column name
  • so_survey_2022.pdf - PDF file of the survey instrument

Download here.

How does it work?

Teams of 2-5 students currently enrolled in high school, two-year college, or four-year college may participate. Each team must have a sponsor such as a teacher, professor or parent. Inter-organizational teams are allowed. Teams with both high school and undergraduate students on the same team will be judged in the undergraduate category. Middle school students will be accepted but will be judged in the high school category. Entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges using this rubric.

Here are some questions your team might consider:

  • The startup has sufficient initial funding to focus on 2 languages and to initiate planning for a third. Based on your analysis of the survey results, what are your recommendations for their focus?
  • Are their demographic characteristics you believe should be considered in the decision-making process? If so what are they and why are they important?
  • What visualizations can you create to make the investors more comfortable with the plan?



Teams are required to submit a presentation (PowerPoint) with the goal of analyzing data from the 2023 Stack Overflow Developer Survey. 

It should be clear from the presentation how the team utilized available data to develop their recommendations.

The presentation must contain a description of the technical details of their work. 

The presentation must be no more than 10 slides.

The preferred submission format is a pdf of the presentation.

All submitted material must be in English.

Entries are due by 5 p.m. ET on November 10, 2023.

Use this form to submit your presentation.



Each member of the winning team will receive a $50 gift card.

Awards will be given in three categories high school, two-year college, four-year college.

The winning teams will be featured in an article in Amstat News.

Of course, the winners will have bragging rights!

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