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Students, bring your classroom knowledge into the real world by applying critical thinking and innovative practices to assist decision makers by offering solutions to a practical, current Data Analytics Problems. Teams will submit their graphic and a brief description of their work and can work individually or in teams of up to four members.

The Analytics Challenge will take place through online submission, includes a reception at Statera offices on March 3, an Analytics panel and luncheon on March 4 on-campus and the winners will be announced at a reception held in Marcus Commons later that afternoon. Please check the website for additional updates between now and the event.

Winners Receive:

  • 1st place: $2,500
  • Runner-up: $1,000
  • Honorable Mentions: $500

Questions? Email Andrew Urbaczewski, Chair, Department of Business Information & Analytics, Andrew.Urbaczewski@du.edu

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Q&A with Denver Police Department Business Analyst representative

Tuesday January 5, 5 p.m., DCB 130

DU student submissions due

Friday February 19

Representatives/Teams from other schools

Notify DU by Thursday February 25

Opening Reception

Thursday March 3, 6 p.m., STATERA HQ in the DTC

Analytics Challenge

Friday March 4 all day

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DU Student Teams

Why Participate and Who Can Participate?

  • Graduates with experience in data intelligence disciplines are being hired in record numbers around the world and you will have the opportunity to network with top companies in the Industry.
  • The DU Analytics Challenge is open to any and all University of Denver students.
  • Students can work individually or in teams of up to four members. There is no need to register yourself or your team during the challenge.

What Can You Use?

  • To complete the challenge, you may use any software tool you choose. Past competitors have used software like Tableau, Excel, Photoshop, Qlikview and other similar packages.

What Are The Deliverables?

  • A file with your graphic. It can be static (an image), but if you choose, it can also be an interactive representation (such as Flash).
  • A one page or less (single spaced) brief description explaining your graphic and why you think it is effective.
  • Please be sure to label which challenge you are addressing.

How You Should Submit?

  • All submissions must be emailed to bia@du.edu by 6 p.m. on February 19.
  • The subject line of your email should read “Entry for Analytics Challenge.”
  • In the body of your email, state which challenge you are addressing, and provide the names, emails and phone numbers of all team members.
  • At the bottom of your email, provide your graphic and your description as attachments (in PDF format) in separate files.
  • Interactive visualizations must be viewable on any standard PC or Mac as part of the suggested student computing platforms. No other software beyond the standard OS (Windows or Mac) and a web browser should be required. You may want to check with the Business Information & Analytics department (bia@du.edu) before submitting.
  • The names and DUID’s of all team members must be clearly displayed on the graphic and on the one-page description

Consideration Process

Each DU student team will receive an email acknowledgement. DU student finalists will be notified by February 25 by the BIA department.

External Student Teams

Why Participate and Who Can Participate?

  • Graduates with experience in data intelligence disciplines are being hired in record numbers around the world and you will have the opportunity to network with top companies in the Industry.
  • The DU Analytics Challenge is open to any and all students from Colorado State University, University of Colorado, University of Colorado Denver, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado School of Mines and University of Wyoming.
  • Students can work individually or in teams of up to four members. 

What Can You Use?

  • To complete the challenge, you may use any software tool you choose.

What Are The Deliverables?

  • A file with your graphic. It can be static (an image), but if you choose, it can also be an interactive representation (such as Flash).
  • A one page or less (single spaced) brief description explaining your graphic and why you think it is effective.
  • Please be sure to label which challenge you are addressing.

How You Should Submit?

  • Work with your school’s coordinator to determine the submission date for each school’s team. DU should be notified by February 25.
    • University of Colorado
    • University of Colorado, Denver
    • Colorado School of Mines
    • Wyoming
    • Colorado State University
    • US Air Force Academy
  • The subject line of your email should read “Entry for Analytics Challenge.”
  • In the body of your email, state which challenge you are addressing, and provide the names, emails and phone numbers of all team members.
  • At the bottom of your email, provide your graphic and your description as attachments (in PDF format) in separate files.
  • Interactive visualizations must be viewable on any standard PC or Mac as part of the suggested student computing platforms. No other software beyond the standard OS (Windows or Mac) and a web browser should be required. You may want to check with the Business Information & Analytics department (bia@du.edu) before submitting.
  • The names of all team members and school must be clearly displayed on the graphic and on the one-page description

 

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The Denver Police Department would like to find insights that can be used to eliminate and/or reduce crime.  To do that, they have provided contestants with two data files about Denver crime over the previous 5 years:

GeneralOccurrences.csv – This file has instances of crime listed by the incident and by the individual involved in the crime, along with their relationship to the incident (e.g. victim, subject, witness).

StreetChecks.csv – This file is similar to the GeneralOccurrences file, but instead of being crimes these are instances where an individual was not charged with a crime but rather a report was made about the individual along with the reason why he/she was stopped.

A third file is included as a data dictionary to help you understand what each of the field names represent.

Rather than asking you to solve a particular question or problem (DPD could do that themselves), they are asking for your creativity and insight as you perform your analysis and develop your infographic to provide whatever information you think is the most valuable to them.  You may use whatever software you like to do the analysis and also whatever software you like to make the infographic.

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2015: RTD, the public transportation company in Denver.

View the winning solution»

2014: Scenarios from the City & County of Denver, DU’s Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures, and the Clery Act.

View the winning solution»

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Why Sponsor?

  • By investing in the Department of Business Information and Analytics, you are aligning your company with the values and goals that have made the Daniels College of Business a world leader in preparing the next generation of business leaders.
  • Graduates with experience in data intelligence disciplines are being hired in record numbers around the world, and your company will have the opportunity to network and recruit top University of Denver and Daniels College of Business students.
  • Sponsorship recognition on event web pages, event presentations, and event materials.

Sponsorship Levels & Benefits

BenefitsPresenting sponsor: $5,000Major Sponsors: $2,500Supporting Sponsors: $1,000
Opportunity to contribute a business problem as the subject of the challenge for which participating students provide an analysis.Included  
Opportunity to give remarks at the networking reception.Included  
Daniels College of Business Corporate Partner Program Member benefits.Included (Silver Level)Included (Bronze Level) 
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Special thanks to our host sponsor for support of the 2016 Analytics Challenge:

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