Welcome to the DU Analytics Challenge

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 February 16, an Analytics panel and luncheon on February 17 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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Schedule

Q&A with Special Olympics CO representative
Tuesday, January 3, 5 p.m., DCB 200

DU student submissions due
Wednesday, February 8

Representatives/Teams from other schools
Notify DU by Friday, February 10

Opening Reception
Thursday February 16, 5:30 p.m., STATERA HQ in the DTC

Analytics Challenge
Friday, February 17, all day

Challenge Guidelines

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 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 10.
    • 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
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 10.
    • 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

 

This event is a critical ‘real world’ experience for both the students and the judges! It is a great opportunity for students to work in teams with real data and find meaningful insights. As judges, we are challenged to select a single winner. It is great to see how many academic institutions are teaching applied skills that can immediately add value to any organization by joining multiple data sources then unearthing new insights.

EVAN HOLLADAY
Vice President Enterprise Intelligence, Catholic Health Initiatives 

The Challenge

4th Annual DU Analytics Challenge: Helping Special Olympics Colorado make better decisions through data

This year’s edition of the Special Olympics is presented by Westerra Credit Union and OGX Consulting

SPECIAL OLYMPICS IS A GLOBAL MOVEMENT THAT UNLEASHES THE HUMAN SPIRIT THROUGH THE TRANSFORMATION POWER AND JOY OF SPORTS, EVERY DAY AROUND THE WORLD.

Using sports as a catalyst and programming around health and education, Special Olympics is fighting inactivity, injustice and intolerance. As a result, people with intellectual disabilities become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all. Special Olympics is still the largest sports organization in the world serving over 4.2 million people with intellectual disabilities worldwide. And sports are still the core of what we do. But, our athletes inspire us to continue to evolve as an organization as they tell us their stories and share their dreams for the future. Today we use sports as a catalyst to help enhance the growth for all people who participate and compete with Special Olympics. (cite: http://www.specialolympicsco.org)

Special Olympics Colorado is just one state chapter in the U.S. sanctioned by Special Olympics North America and Special Olympics International. The state office in Englewood, just south of Denver, is the headquarters for its business operation and the majority of the Programs staff. Special Olympics Colorado has satellite offices for some Area Managers who work with athletes, families and volunteers in Colorado Springs (serving the southeast Colorado area) , Glenwood Springs (serving the western Colorado area) and Fort Collins (serving the northeastern Colorado area). (cite: http://www.specialolympicsco.org/about/faq/). Special Olympics Colorado serves athletes of all ages. Athletes in community programs are ages 8 through adulthood. In addition school and community programs start at age 2, but athletes cannot officially compete until they are 8 years old.  School-based programs service those up to college age.

Special Olympics Colorado currently serves over 20,000 athletes in the state. While they have made great progress in reaching those athletes in the last 10 years, they know there is more to go.  Using their commonly held estimate of 2-3% of people having intellectual disabilities and Colorado having a population of approximately 5.5 million (cite: http://population2016.com/population-of-colorado-in-2016.html), they believe that there are approximately 150,000 people in the state with an intellectual disability.  If we assume as they do that 1/3 have no interest in sports, that would mean there are about 100,000 people that are potential athletes and they are currently only reaching 20% of them.  Given their goals but also the constraints that most charities face, Special Olympics Colorado needs to develop a strategy to be efficient in reaching new markets and expanding existing ones.  That’s where you come in.

In order for Special Olympics events and leagues to take place, they need several resources.  These would include coaches, donors, event staff, and facilities.  While some events like flag football could theoretically take place anywhere there is an open piece of ground, other more specialized events like skiing and swimming require mountains and pools.  Also, if there are 200 people interested in flag football but yet only two coaches, many more coaches need to be recruited.  Issues that compound this include athletes having limited access to transportation therefore needing coaches in select areas so athletes don’t have to travel far to join a team.  Another issue is that our school programs are now in 235 schools and those athletes need to be able to join community teams in their local area as youth but most importantly as they graduate high school.

 

Special Olympics Colorado would like to know the following:

  1. What coaches are needed for particular sports, by age group and by geographic constraints?
  2. What is the most efficient/effective expansion plan for their school programs?
  3. What areas might be underserved?

Special Olympics Colorado has provided you with the following data files:

  1. A roster of current athletes (de-identified), with basic geographic and demographic data, along with sports played
  2. A listing of the current school programs
  3. A roster of their current coaches (de-identified) and the sports each of them coach
  4. A listing of their different community divisions (21 in total)
  5. A listing of the sports they offer and the seasons in which they are contested

You are encouraged to get data from other outside sources to help you in this analysis.  These sources might include:

  1. Colorado Division of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (Department of Health Care Policy and Financing)
  2. Parks and Recreation Departments of cities and counties
  3. Colorado.Gov
  4. Census.Gov

 

Past Challenges

2016: Denver Police Department.
View the winning solution»

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»