Press release

9 Apr 2019 Johannesburg, ZA

EY announces the launch of a global data science challenge to identify and develop top talent in analytics and artificial intelligence

With the increased demand for global talent in data analytics and artificial intelligence, EY announces the launch of a global data science competition to help identify and develop the brightest minds in data science from top universities.

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  • EY NextWave Data Science Challenge invites students to find innovative ways to address issues related to mobility and smart cities
  • Hundreds of universities across 16 countries and regions to participate

With the increased demand for global talent in data analytics and artificial intelligence, EY announces the launch of a global data science competition to help identify and develop the brightest minds in data science from top universities.

The EY NextWave Data Science Challenge is designed to test the skills of data science students who will use data from Skyhook, one of the pioneers in location technology and intelligence, to solve issues related to the future of mobility and smart cities.

Students at universities in 16 countries and regions have been invited to compete, with registration now open for the online challenge.  Participating countries are Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China (mainland), France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Malta, Nigeria, Poland, Spain, Singapore, South Africa, the UK, and the US)

Brian Lewkowicz, EY Africa Robotic Process Automation Leader, says: “Technology should be at the forefront of any business. Our role as EY is to partner with clients by enabling technology in their businesses, and by doing this, creating a better working world! EY supports innovation and without our creative people, asking the better questions, this would not be possible.  We are inviting you to take part in the NextWave Data Science challenge, not only to learn from each other, but also to be a part of your journey in becoming the next generation leaders within the Technology space!”

John Distefano, EY Global Talent and Learning Leader, Advisory, says: “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 to help us discover what’s possible. As the EY NextWave Data Science 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.”

EY teams will share details on the data set and assignment with registered students this month, and students will be able to submit their answers between April 1 and May 10.

Country winners will be awarded a monetary prize and a paid internship with an EY member firm1. Three top winners from among all the participants will receive a badge in data science from the EY Badges program, which publicly recognizes EY professionals who learn new skills in emerging technologies. The country winners will also be invited to EY in New York to visit an EY wavespace™ global growth and innovation center and to deliver presentations to members of EY leadership, who will name a global winner.

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About Skyhook

Skyhook, a Liberty Broadband company, is a pioneer in location technology and intelligence. The company strives for continuous innovation as evidenced by their 650+ patents and the fact that their technology provides the foundation for mobile location services in the global smartphone market. This data provides insights into anonymized movement of devices. Skyhook analyze billions of location samples from mobile devices monthly. Their products are built on the pillars of trust and respect for individual privacy.

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    1. The country winners will have the opportunity for a paid internship with EY. Conditions may vary in each country/region.