EY NextWave Data Science Challenge

The EY NextWave Data Science Challenge is a global competition for students interested in data science who want to make a difference. Are you ready?

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As a student of data, you understand the infinite possibilities of data to transform the world for the better.

So, are you ready for your next mission? The EY NextWave Data Science Challenge is a global competition for students interested in data science who want to make a difference. We’re looking for individuals to analyze real-world problems through data and make findings that will help build a better working world.

By participating in the EY NextWave Data Science Challenge, you will get to hone your technical skills, develop new expertise and, if you do well, win an internship or prize money and gain public recognition for your achievements. You will also be helping to build a better working world. Are you up for the challenge?

The 2019 challenge details

The challenge topic can be found on the registration site, and it is connected to building a better working world.

On 1 April, we will publish all challenge details, including a dataset containing large amounts of information.

Your task will be to model historical data using your knowledge of data science, advanced analytics tools and techniques while basing your observations on the data provided. We encourage you to use externally available data to support your predictions and models.

Competing locally and globally

Participants will compete at both a country/region and a global level. Dynamic rankings will reflect the accuracy of your predictions. Your results will be compared to those of other participants, both within your country/region and worldwide.

Presenting your work

Once the competition closes, the top performers in each country/region (there will be a minimum of three) will be invited to present their findings to the local EY leadership team. They will be asked to give a presentation, which should cover:

  • Methodology and understanding of the problem, including algorithms used and data sources
  • Findings and patterns
  • Opportunities to improve individual and team performance
  • Proposed applications for the data findings within sport and / or health

Country/region winners

The local EY leadership team will rate these presentations to assess the depth of the analysis, the quality of the insights and the participants’ ability to communicate their ideas, among other skills. The participant or team with the highest score will be the winner of the country competition.

Global winners

The three country/region winners with the highest rankings in the challenge will be invited to EY’s headquarters in New York City to meet the firm’s executive leadership team.

More information for participants

    • The registration site is open. Access the site.
    • The challenge topic will be published on the registration site on 1 March, but won’t be available for enrollment until 1 April.
    • The challenge will begin on 1 April.
    • The challenge will close on 10 May.
    • Final rankings will be published right after closure.
    • As of 11 May, top performers in each country/region (at least three, depending on the country) will be invited to present their work in an award ceremony hosted by the local EY leadership team. This event will take place in May on a date set by each country/region on an individual basis.
    • The award ceremony for the three global winners of the challenge will be in New York City on June 14.
  • Before you enroll, please carefully read the Terms and Conditions (PDF), including the criteria for your participating country / region.

    This competition is open to teams of up to two students who are currently enrolled in a full-time or part-time academic program that resides in one of the participant countries/regions:

    • Australia
    • Belgium
    • Brazil
    • China
    • France
    • Hong Kong
    • Indonesia
    • Ireland
    • Malta
    • Poland
    • Singapore
    • South Africa
    • Spain
    • United Kingdom
    • United States

    Students who wish to apply must be studying at university for an undergraduate degree that is at least two years in duration or, in some countries, a master’s degree. Please check your country’s or region’s Terms and Conditions (PDF), as special conditions apply to eligibility. These courses should be related to data science, engineering, mathematics, science or technology, but any other field will be considered as well.

    The competition will be developed in English, so students must be proficient in this language to participate.

    All team members must be from the same country/region but can be from different universities.

    You are not eligible for this competition if you meet any of the following conditions:

    • You already graduated from your academic program.
    • You participated in this competition in the past and won a cash prize.
    • You work, or have worked, for EY as an employee, intern, or contractor.
  • Participants can enter the challenge separately, or in teams of two.

    You can sign up on the registration site at any time.

    If you are entering as a team, each participant must create an account separately and then request a merger of accounts. Check the user manual on the registration site for details.

    When the challenge is published, register to participate.

What’s in it for participants?

We are offering the winner/s in each country/region a paid internship with EY’s Data Analytics team1. In addition, the top three global finalists will receive a monetary reward:

  • First place: US$8,000
  • Second place: US$5,000
  • Third place: US$2,000

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