EY launches global data science challenge for university students

02 April 2019 Consultancy.asia

Professional services firm EY has launched a global data science competition for university students, with those in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Singapore invited to take part.

In an effort to identify and develop the brightest minds in data science from the top universities in 16 countries around the world, including Indonesia, Singapore, mainland China and Hong Kong, global professional services firm Ernst & Young has launched its EY NextWave Data Science Challenge – with monetary prizes, paid internships, EY badges and an international trip on offer.

With the full details of the challenge now released, registered teams of up to two university students will have until the 10th of May to submit their modelled historical data – using knowledge of data science, advanced analytics tools and techniques while basing observations on the data provided, said to be a dataset with large volumes of information. Country winners will then compete globally.

The data for the challenge comes via Skyhook, a pioneer in location technology and intelligence, with participants tasked with solving issues related to the future of mobility and smart cities. “We are looking for the most innovative and creative aspiring data scientists who will join the EY NextWave Data Science Challenge,” said Beatriz Sanz Saiz, EY’s Global Advisory Data and Analytics Leader.EY launches global data science challenge for university students The best performers of each county – which further includes Australia, Brazil, France, the UK and US among the 16 competing nations – will present their findings to their local EY branches for the chance to go on visit with the firm’s executive leadership in New York – where they’ll compete for a reward of up to $8,000. Nevertheless, country winners will still be offered the opportunity of a paid local internship and/or receive cash prizes.

“The new generation of people entering the workplace is passionate about using their talents to help change the world for the better. We are equally passionate about showing students how they can have a career that marries technology with purpose, and where one can have a positive impact on businesses, governments, communities and people,” said Sanz Saiz, who was last year named a global leader in consulting by Consulting Magazine.

The top three challenge winners overall will also receive a badge in data science from the EY Badges programme – which recognises EY professionals who have learnt new skills in emerging technologies, with more than 15,000 initiated so far – and have the opportunity to visit the firm’s wavespace innovation centre while in New York, one of twenty such centres around the globe, including roll-outs in Singapore, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

“As the challenge unfolds and we see the ways in which participants approach problem-solving, we look forward to discovering how these data science devotees, who are just beginning their careers, will bring new thinking to solving complex problems,” said John Distefano, EY Global Advisory Talent Leader. “Helping businesses in their transformation journeys in the digital age means we need to give innovative people the opportunities to apply their vision in using technology.”