The 2nd Annual Accenture and Northwestern University City of Chicago Analytics Competition kicked off on Friday April 4th with an information and registration session hosted by the Student Analytics Advisory Board and the MEM Program. The event was well attended and would-be competitors had the opportunity to learn more about the competition from guest speakers Tom Schenk, the Director of Analytics and Performance for the City of Chicago, and Charles Nebolsky (pictured above) and Sara Taylor of Accenture.
This year, competitors will analyze and interpret the expanded 311 information data set and detailed energy consumption data recently released by the City of Chicago. Students must compete in groups of two or three and work together to generate a practical real-world solution to the questions or problems posed by the available data. Each team will submit its materials for evaluation to a panel of judges who will then select three Finalist Teams to present their findings in person. The winning team will be awarded a cash prize of $1000.
Registration closes on April 13, and the competition officially begins on April 11, 2014. More information regarding the rules and regulations for this year’s competition can be obtained by downloading the following files: