- Global competition calls on aspiring data scientists to innovate for sustainable economic growth
- AI models to focus on helping prevent loss of life, property and biodiversity caused by wildfires
- Microsoft provides Azure cloud platform for participants to develop algorithms
EY recently announced the 2021 Better Working World Data Challenge, a global competition for aspiring data scientists. The Challenge is part of the EY commitment to innovate and use technology to address some of the world's largest environmental and climate change problems. The focus of this year’s competition is on leveraging data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) to help find solutions to better manage wildfires.
The global Challenge has been expanded to include all university students and non-students with less than two years of professional experience in data science or a related field, building on the inaugural 2019 program where participation was limited to university students from 19 countries.
EY is working in collaboration with Microsoft, which is providing its Azure cloud platform to participants. Individuals will use the platform along with satellite imagery provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to create algorithms to help wildfire management teams improve front-line decision-making during fire emergency responses. These models will include capabilities to generate fire-edge maps or predict where a fire may spread.
Carmine Di Sibio, EY Global Chairman and CEO, says:
“The EY purpose of building a better working world drives us every day. We are committed to enabling the next generation of talent in finding solutions to some of the most pressing challenges globally. Many countries have faced significant loss of life and disruption due to wildfires and we are proud to support efforts that can look to address this issue using the power of data and technology.”
During the three-month competition period, a series of webinars jointly facilitated by technologists from EY and Microsoft will provide participants with additional information about the tasks in the Challenge and help them familiarize themselves with the Azure environment, develop additional skills and refine their work. A network of wildfire authorities, earth observation groups and science education organizations will also provide support and knowledge so the participants’ work can create maximum impact and change through data, AI and technology.
Chow Sang Hoe, EY Asean Consulting Leader and Consulting Managing Partner, Ernst & Young Advisory Services Sdn Bhd, says: “In Malaysia, we are committed to supporting the country’s digital ambition and transformation journey and this global competition is indeed timely, given the recent launch of the Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint. The Better Working World Data Challenge will serve as an invaluable platform to equip our young talent with future-focused skills that can help solve real-world problems using the power of data and science.”
Adrian Chew, EY Asean Data and Analytics Leader and Partner, Ernst & Young Advisory Services Sdn Bhd adds: “The Better Working World Data Challenge is well-designed to support and encourage young and aspiring data scientists to acquire or hone their data science skills as they will be challenged to analyze complex problems and develop algorithms that bring about innovative viable solutions.”
“This global competition can be a real game-changer for students and early career data scientists looking to stretch themselves to the next level in their future careers. As this is the first time the Challenge is open to participants in Malaysia, we are very excited to share this unique opportunity and strongly urge our university students and young professionals to seize the chance to participate, learn and collaborate globally to develop transformative AI models that can help build a better working world,” Chew concludes.
The winning algorithms will be announced in July 2021 and winners will receive cash prizes. Top performers from Malaysia will also secure paid internship of no less than eight weeks or conditional offer of employment with the EY member firm in Malaysia, subject to applicable terms and conditions.
For more information, visit https://www.ey.com/en_gl/careers/data-science-challenge.
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About the Better Working World Data Challenge
The Better Working World Data Challenge is one of the ways EY lives its purpose of Building a Better Working World. Through the annual challenges, EY is introducing thousands of students to the possibilities of how they can help build a better working world – now, next and beyond. University students from anywhere in the world can participate by visiting here.