EY Open Science Data Challenge

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The world is asking for change

Sustainability is the most pressing issue of our time. At EY, we believe that value-led sustainability is bigger than any one business. It’s everybody’s business.

Held annually, the EY Open Science Data Challenge produces new intellectual property (IP) that drives more intelligent, data-centered decisions to mitigating global sustainability issues. 

Working together, we can scale our impact through data, artificial intelligence and technology to collectively build a sustainable future for society and the planet.

Aligned with our purpose of building a better working world and working in conjunction with the EY Ripples program, EY developed this initiative to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals and contribute through the application of data science. As the availability of data has grown exponentially, so has the passion and interest in participating in the challenge. Together, we have tackled topics such as detecting and managing wild fires, protecting biodiversity, and solving world hunger.

Are you ready for the 2024 challenge?

Building coastal resilience

Because some of the most vulnerable areas to climate change are low-lying coastal zones in developing countries and small island states, we are centering the 2024 challenge around the topic of coastal resilience and nature-based solutions to climate change in data-poor environments.

The primary goal of the challenge will be to develop baseline data for coastal resilience in data-poor environments through land classification models using satellite data and machine learning algorithms. The secondary goal of this challenge is to further combine these models with topographic, population and socioeconomic data to model coastal vulnerability and climate risk, and to assess storm damage after the impact of tropical cyclones.

Cash prizes

Not only will participants’ models help make a difference in changing the world, the best and brightest ideas are eligible for cash prizes up to $10,000 and attendance at a celebration in Athens, Greece in July 2024.

Who can enter

Any university student or early-career professional with less than two years of experience can join the challenge. It is also open to EY employees.

The challenge is currently underway.

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