The 2nd Annual Accenture and Northwestern University City of Chicago Analytics Competition concluded this year on Friday, May 16, with the presentations of the three Finalist Teams at Accenture’s office in downtown Chicago. This year, the competing teams were provided with the expanded 311 information data set and detailed energy consumption data recently released by the City of Chicago and challenged to analyze and interpret the information to generate a practical solution to a real question or problem posed by the given data. The winning team of Andrew Fox, Kyle Hundman, and Monsu Mathew, all MSiA students, posited an ingenious method to stabilize citywide energy usage which would thereby waste less of the city’s resources.
“The Accenture competition went very well,” said Prof. Mark Werwath of the MEM Program, who attended the final presentations. “This year we were blessed by the addition of the City of Chicago and their remarkable databases . . . The students had some great insights, plenty of data, and plenty of support from the Accenture team. It was a tough competition; all the teams presented well. In the end, the MSiA team (Fox, Hundman, and Mathew) demonstrated their exceptional analytic skills, insights, and presentation skills.”
Thanks go out to Accenture and the City of Chicago for sponsoring the competition, and to the Student Advisory Board for its part in organizing the event. Congratulations, Andrew Fox, Kyle Hundman, and Monsu Mathew! And congratulations to all the finalists and competitors for your hard work and enthusiasm!