Better Working World Data Challenge

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Our purpose at EY of building a better working world has never been clearer

As a global organization, we have the power to be stewards of change. That’s why we created the Better Working World Data Challenge. To work with students, young professionals and EY people with an interest in data science everywhere to solve the world's toughest sustainability problems. To ask questions that have never been asked before. To innovate, to grow, to learn, to lead.

EY is on a multi-year journey to transform the positive impact we have on society and build a better working world. We’ve set a bold ambition to positively affect the lives of one billion people in our communities by 2030, and the Better Working World Data Challenge is just one of the ways we can achieve this. Not only will the models from the challenge have a positive impact on society and the planet, but we will be introducing thousands of students, young professionals and EY people to the possibilities of how they can help build a better working world – now, next and beyond.

Could you solve the unsolvable? Do you have the transformative mindset and skillset needed to innovate and solve society′s toughest challenges? To go beyond predicting the future and build a better one? 

The 2022 Data Challenge

How do you preserve biodiversity with the click of a button? 

Forests are teeming with life. There is the life you see: green moss, plants, ferns, trees. There is the life you hear: birds chirping, insects buzzing, frogs croaking. And there is the microscopic life that is so small it cannot be seen or heard. 

Life in its various forms – plants, trees, fungi, bugs, birds, animals and frogs – is biodiversity. Put simply, biodiversity refers to all the varied life on Earth.

Biodiversity is under threat. It is estimated that every 20 minutes, an animal or plant species becomes extinct. 

The task 

Participants used their technical skills, curiosity, and creativity to build computational models based on satellite imagery and locate biodiversity at scale. 

Specifically, they looked for frogs. Frogs are a go-to for scientists wanting to find out more about the environmental health of a particular ecosystem.

The challenge had multiple levels of difficulty and the option to participate as an individual or in teams of up to four people. To prepare participants could access curated learning from EY, Microsoft and DataCamp.

More than 9,000 people from 101 countries registered in the 2022 EY Better Working World Data Challenge. The winning outputs will help scientists, governments and NGOs to protect and predict the richness of biodiversity in a specific area.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2022 Better Working World Data Challenge.

Learn more about the 2022 Better Working World Data Challenge Awards.

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Information for the 2023 Better Working World Data Challenge will be announced soon.

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