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

Singapore, 27 March 2019

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EY NextWave Data Science Challenge invites students from 16 countries to find innovative ways to address issues related to mobility and smart cities

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.

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 in 16 countries and regions have been invited to compete, with registration now open for the online challenge. In Singapore, the challenge is open to students from local universities and polytechnics who are pursuing mathematics, analytics, computer science, statistics and related courses. The other participating countries are Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China (mainland), France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Malta, Nigeria, Poland, Spain, South Africa, the UK, and the US.

Beatriz Sanz Saiz, EY Global Data Analytics Leader, Advisory, says:

“The new generation of people entering the workplace is passionate about using their talents to help change the world for the better. We are equally passionate about showing students how they can have a career that marries technology with purpose, and where one can have a positive impact on businesses, governments, communities and people. We are looking for the most innovative and creative aspiring data scientist who will join the EY NextWave Data Science Challenge and engage with us in the mission to infuse data analytics into every business conversation to drive real-world benefits for people.”

Manik Bhandari, EY Asean Analytics Leader adds:

“With Singapore’s increasing participation in the digital economy and vision to be a Smart Nation, data science as a field of study is growing in relevance. Given that data analytics and artificial intelligence are relatively new disciplines and the body of knowledge is still evolving, it is important to provide opportunities for future generations to go beyond the classroom and apply data management and advanced analytics to real-life challenges and opportunities.

With this challenge, we hope to accelerate the development of the local talent pool, and also help uncover promising talent that can further build the Singapore brand in the emerging technology space globally.”

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.

The top three winning teams from Singapore will receive cash prizes of S$3,000, S$2,000 and S$1,000, internship offers as well as 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.

Out of the 16 participating countries including Singapore, the three country winners with the highest rankings in the overall challenge will advance to complete for the grand award of US$8,000, US$5,000 and US$2,000 for first, second and third position respectively.

To learn more, visit ey.com/datasciencechallenge

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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.