MicroStrategy Datathon 2019

Test your skills, build an innovative solution, and win big!

All team members must be registered to attend World 2019 or the Datathon.

Ready to put your skills to the test? Enter your team to compete in the MicroStrategy Datathon at World 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. This friendly, team-based competition will be hosted during the first two days of the conference from February 4th-6th. Teams will compete head-to-head in the main exhibit hall at the center of all the action to create an innovative solution using the MicroStrategy Platform, and will have the the opportunity to show their finished product to everyone in attendance.

New to MicroStrategy? No worries! This event is open to anyone who loves data, regardless of skill level or experience. You’ll have all the help you need, with a panel of experts aiding you as needed.

The winning team will win a grand prize of US$10,000.

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How to Participate

Enter your team by February 4, 2019 and you’ve got a shot to win the grand prize of $10,000. Amazon Echo Dot devices will also be awarded to the “People’s Choice” and “Lonewolf” category winners. Datathon competitors must be registered for MicroStrategy World 2019 in order to participate in this contest. Participants in the Datathon who are currently enrolled as students will be permitted to attend the conference at no cost!


  • February 4th by 9:00 AM (MST): Registration Deadline
  • February 5th: Participants will present their solutions in the exhibit hall
  • February 6th: Winner will be announced


Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
  • Originality/Innovation
  • Business Value
  • Technical Complexity
  • UX Design

Allowed Resources

Teams can build and submit any solutions using MicroStrategy Platform Capabilities. Teams can leverage any of the following platform components to build their own unique, innovative solutions, and will have training resources and plenty of assistance from MicroStrategy professionals. Teams can used third-party and existing applications that integrate with MicroStrategy, as long as the finished solution is built on top of the MicroStrategy environment and data-set provided at the event.

  • Rest APIs
  • Visualization SDK
  • Data Connector SDK
  • Mobile Applications
  • Transaction Services
  • Predictive Models
  • Real-Time Visualizations
  • Usher
  • Dossier and Workstation Functionalities
  • And much more!


  • MicroStrategy will provide a dataset and teams will be given the opportunity to build an immersive solution using MicroStrategy technologies. Because data is consumed in different ways by different people, teams will be responsible for delivering their analyses in a way that is highly consumable and publicly available.
  • Individuals or teams will need to build their applications on the MicroStrategy environment provided at the event at 9 am MST.
  • Teams need to document the source of developments and enhancements/improvements they make to the reused development.
  • Individuals or teams will be granted time to prepare their server ahead of the Datathon and can request to leverage a VPN connection on-premise data, install of specific SDK, etc.
  • Participants can use third-party applications and existing developments that integrate with MicroStrategy, as long as the finished solution is built on the provided MicroStrategy environment, server and data-set provided at the event.
  • Competitors will also be allowed to prep and develop the necessary code and APIs prior to the event as long as they are implemented on the provided server and dataset.

Fine Print

Void where restricted or prohibited by law. Sponsor: MicroStrategy Incorporated. Begins 9:00 AM (MST) on 2/4/19; ends 6:00 PM (MST) on 2/5/19. Open to entrants above the legal age of majority in the applicable jurisdiction (with a minimum age of 18 years) as of the date of entry and registered for MicroStrategy World 2019 (current college/university students are eligible for free registration). Sponsor employees and certain other affiliated persons and “Government Officials” are not eligible to enter. Entries will be judged on creativity, originality/innovation, business value, technical complexity, and UX design. Up to three (3) winning teams will be selected: Grand Prize: USD$10,000.00 cash prize; Lone Wolf Award: one (1) Amazon Echo Dot (ARV USD$49.00); and People’s Choice Award: one (1) Amazon Echo Dot (ARV USD$49.00) for each team member. Total value of all prizes: up to USD$10,294.00. Full rules: available here.

I don’t have a team. Can I enter as an individual?
Of course! But if you’d like to find potential team members, we have a central place where you can do that. Please visit the Datathon community site.
I don’t think I have the skills to compete. Should I participate?
Yes, you should still compete! We will have specialists present to help you and access to all the necessary training resources. A good idea is more important than a lot of technical knowledge! Plus, the MicroStrategy platform is broad—there are so many ways to build creative solutions. At the end of it all, it’s a really friendly competition.
I’m new to MicroStrategy. Does that matter?
There are many training materials and resources available. Plus, we’ll have numerous MicroStrategists walking around and even a “genius bar” to help you build your solution.
Do I have to build the solution on the environment you provide?
Yes! Teams or individuals will be granted access to a MicroStrategy cloud environment, which will be available starting Monday morning. You can start building out your solutions at 9 AM on Monday morning (February 4th) through Wednesday (February 6th).
Can I work overnight?
Can I have help from remote team members?
If you’re participating as a team, all team members must be registered for Datathon 2019 or World 2019 and in attendance at the event.
I have a very specific use case that would require R formulas; I’m afraid I don’t know how that works with MicroStrategy?
Don’t worry, we will have specialists in various areas (Big Data, SDK, API, advanced analytics, IoT, visualizations, data modelling, graphic design, etc.) who will be available to help you build your solutions.
Can I gain access to the Datathon cloud environment before the event?
All teams will be given time prior to the competition (time TBD) to configure and test connections and third-party installs. We understand you would not like to do things like open ports and configure VPN during the event.
Can I reuse existing developments or do I need to build everything from scratch?
Yes, you can reuse existing components—as long you build this on the environment we provide. We just ask you to be open and honest about things you have reused. We will also assess the work done and check the likelihood you did all of this work with the maximum of 5 people.

Test your skills, build an innovative solution, and win big!

Gather your team before February 4, 2019