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2021 Better Working World Data Challenge

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Want to use data and tech to help build a better world?
If you’re a student or data scientist with less than two years’ experience, we want you!

Put your tech skills to the test and use applied AI to make a real-world impact on how bushfires are managed. Learn from industry experts, collaborate with students around the world and gain free Microsoft IT certifications.

On 1 March, EY launched the 2021 Better Working World Data Challenge for university students and early career data scientists, part of an annual global data science program looking at how we can use data and AI to find tangible solutions to real-world problems and help build a better world.

In close partnership with Microsoft, the 2021 Better Working World Data Challenge tasks students with developing an automated fire-edge detection and forecasting model using airborne and satellite imagery from NASA, to help tackle the global threat of bushfires.

What’s in it for students?

  • Free access to Microsoft’s cutting-edge technology stack, Azure
  • Access to industry expert tutorials and training
  • Free Microsoft IT certifications
  • The opportunity to collaborate with students around the world
  • The chance to win up to US$10,000 in cash prizes
  • The top 60 global finalists will be offered mentoring from EY

Eligibility:

  • All university students, both undergraduate and post-graduate
  • Professionals with less than two years of experience in data science or an associated field
    • While students have free access to Azure, professionals will need to buy their own Azure credits
  • Participants can work individually or in teams of up to 4

How to enter:

  • Registration opens 1 March; no closing date, participants can join at any stage of the 12-week challenge
  • Participants may submit their results between 24 March and 15 June 2021 (GMT). Multiple submissions allowed.
  • Top 60 global finalists will be notified and required to present a video with their findings, methodologies and assumptions, and provide any artefacts such as code base to the judges as requested. Finalists will also be required to attend the global virtual awards ceremony in the first half of July 2021.

Prizes: two winners per challenge

  • Fire Mapping Challenge: 1st prize $6,000; 2nd prize $3,000
  • Fire Behaviour Challenge: 1st prize $10,000; 2nd prize $5,000

All participants will gain access to industry expert tutorials and training. Learning webinars will be co-delivered by technologists from EY and Microsoft to provide participants with additional information about tasks and help familiarize them with Azure, develop additional skills and refine their work.

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Other Opportunities

Date: Monday, 1 March 2021 – Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Industries: Consulting, Research and Services

Faculties: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, NUS Business School, School of Computing, School of Design and Environment, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Engineering

Target Audience: All students

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