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Data Science Student Challenge to be held at Georgia Tech

Data Science Student Challenge to be held at Georgia Tech

The Business Analytics Center at Scheller College of Business will host the Georgia Tech Data Science Student Challenge by Microsoft in collaboration with Master of Science Analytics, Stewart School of Industrial Systems Engineering, School of Interactive Computing, and School of Computational Science and Engineering.

The hackathon-style competition takes place on Sept. 16 and 17 for an intense 28-hour period of analytics project execution, from understanding the business problem through final presentation of results with practical recommendations for business actions. According to Dr. Beverly Wright, executive director of the Business Analytics Center, “The idea for bringing Microsoft to Georgia Tech is to provide experiential learning opportunities to our students, and to leverage our corporate relationships as a mechanism for exposing students to real business challenges.”

Students registered for the competition come from a wide variety of degree programs including MBA - analytics concentration, Master of Science in Analytics, Computer Science and related concentrations, engineering disciplines, and many others. The newly formed Business Analytics Club, a student organization for analytics-interested Georgia Tech students, served as an effective means for recruiting competitors, and resulted in almost 200 registrations in only four days.

Final judging is set to occur in Marcus Nanotechnology Research Center on Saturday, Sept. 17, before a panel of analytics experts, including Microsoft, Boomtown!, the competition's data sponsor, and Dr. Wright, among other representatives from Georgia Tech.

Microsoft created this initiative in 2015 in an effort to ensure that universities and students have access to real world tools for analytics and data science as a first step in empowering the next generation of data scientists. Georgia Tech joins a growing list of top ranked universities around the world participating in Microsoft’s global Data Science Student Challenge (DSSC) campaign including Columbia University, École Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique (Paris), National University (Singapore), University College (London), Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore), and Melbourne University (Australia).


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