Analytics Challenges

Again this year, the Analytics Challenge is brought to you by the Institute for Business and Information Technology (IBIT) at Temple University. If data analysis/business analytics is your forte, choose from one of the three cases and get your data game on to compete for awards in two overall categories – graphic and analysis. Details on deliverables, deadlines and how to enter your submission in the competition are provided in each use case. Teams or individual entries are welcome.

Specific Challenges Coming Soon!

What you should submit

  • A case study file will be submitted as a Word document: The case study is expected to have various figures and graphics (See the resources for creating infographics and case study). Refer to the Resources section for access to resources for creating info graphics and case studies.
  • Participants are encouraged to use data to present tables, to present their arguments. (See the resources for data and visualization). Refer to the Resources section for access to resources for data and visualization.
  • The Word file should be between 5-15 pages long (not including references or appendix).
  • The file should specify the names of the participants as well as the topic chosen. See the details of the topics and more resources about the topic at computational society resource pages http://thecomsociety.com/pages/computationalsocietychallenge2019home
  • A cover letter in the format found at http://thecomsociety.com/assets/competitionPDFs/Sample_TCS_2019_Email_Template.pdf

How you should submit

  • Inform about the intent to participate in the competition as soon as possible by writing to competitions@thecomsociety.com
  • Register after you are provided access to the website (you will receive this as a reply to your intent to participate request) at www.thecomsociety.com.
  • The membership will be upgraded to a premium membership after registration for no additional fee.
  • Email your entry to competitions@thecomsociety.com by 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time, February 21, 2020.

What happens after you submit

  • You will receive a confirmation email acknowledging your entry.
  • Finalists will be notified by March 2, 2020.
  • Finalists will present their work in front of the judging panel at the AIS SCLC March 26 -28, 2020. See the page on The Computational Society website for details of prizes and awards.
  • Visit www.thecomsociety.com or contact competitions@thecomsociety.com for details.
  • Timeline

    All preliminary submissions must be recieved no later than February 21, 2020.
    Finalists will be notified by March 2, 2020.
    The winner will be revealed at the Student Chapters Leadership Conference between March 26 -28, 2020.

  • Prizes

    Entries from all use cases will be judged together. Prizes will be awarded based on the following two categories: graphic and analysis. The judges will evaluate all entries for their graphic and analysis qualities. Prizes will be awarded for each category separately and an entry can only win in a single category.

    Graphic

    First place – $2,000

    Second place – $1,000

    Third place – $500

    Analysis

    First place – $2,000

    Second place – $1,000

    Third place – $500

  • Questions

    Questions should be directed to studentchapters@aisnet.org.

    *To compete as an AIS team or individual, you must be an officially recognized chapter or a member of an officially recognized chapter. Forming an AIS Student Chapter at your institution is easy, but can take as much 6-8 weeks to complete the process depending on your university policy and procedures so get started today. For more information on how you can start a chapter, contact Dr. Rhonda Syler, AIS Vice President for Student Chapters, at studentchapters@aisnet.org.

Judging

How entries will be evaluated

All entries will be evaluated by the judges in two categories: visualization and analysis. The finals will also be judged by industry professionals.

The specific criteria for each category are:

Graphic

  • Clarity (how well the graphic stands on its own without additional explanation)
  • Novelty/creativity (originality of thought; surprising way of approaching the data)
  • Insight (graphic aids understanding of the data)
  • Utility (ability of the graphic to aid decision making)

Analysis

  • Relevance (analysis relates to the problem statement)
  • Completeness (degree to which the analysis answers the stated question)
  • Depth (sophistication of the analysis)
  • Consistency (conclusions consistent with the analysis)

Your entry will be disqualified if…

  • It is submitted after the deadline.
  • The attachments won’t open or are in the wrong file format.
  • Your interactive graphic won’t run.
  • You don’t specify the challenge you are addressing.
  • Team member names and college name are not on both the graphic and the description.