by Zach Simon
Temple University’s Fox School of Business will host its 6th Annual Analytics Challenge on the morning of November 14th. Temple students have the opportunity to compete in groups and solve data set problems associated with NBC Universal, Alexion or AmerisourceBergen for $12,000 in prizes.
The winners of the competition were announced after the November 14th presentations:
1st: Xi (Cynthia) Cheng, Tyler School of Art
2nd: Diana Westerfer, Nathan Whitney
3rd: Madison Cichewicz, Natalie Harris
Honorable Mention: Katie Lafferty, Whitney Libebe
1st: Sergio Aguilar, Rohit Bobby, Jake Green
2nd: Emil Duffy
3rd: Madison Collins, Joshua Kim, Sofia Spadotto
The competition offers two opportunities to win, one for best graphics and another for best analysis. The analytics challenge takes place every fall and is open to Temple students of all majors.Temple Update caught up with last year’s winner Nathan Pham whose team won the analysis challenge for analyzing how “QVC could more ship the right products to the right customers at the right time”, said Pham. Pham explained that it’s necessary a winning project have the following: “You need a good team, a person who can analyze data, one who can create a graphic and another who can speak and present your story. That combination makes up a winning team.”
Analytics Challenge Co-Chair and Institute for Business and Information Technology Director (IBIT) Laurel Miller explained why participating in the challenge is a phenomenal opportunity: “$12,000 is the number one reason for students to want to get involved, but there’s also great experience to be earned from students working in groups and on a real-world problem.” The competition runs every fall and students have a bevy of resources available at their disposal to assist creating their analysis. “Workshops that are created by different faculty members and staff throughout Temple University on many different versions on what you can do as far as getting help with the challenge, anything with Excel, to the Power of BI, to working with info graphics, everything is covered. The lectures also available on the analytics challenge website for those who cannot attend,” said Miller.
Nearly 600 students competed last year to be selected among 20 finalists. Finalists will give 5-minute flash presentations to a panel of industry professionals from the sponsoring organizations to determine a challenge champion. There are two first place prizes of $2,500, runner-up, third place and honorable mention prizes. The 2018 event features a speech from Moin Haque, the Chief Architect of NBC Universal’s Analytics Center of Excellence.
For more information regarding the program and previous winners, visit ibit.temple.edu/analytics.