About the Challenge

AnalyticsChallengeGraphThe Temple Analytics Challenge: Making Sense of Big Data is a new student competition starting fall 2013. The challenge in 2013 will focus on making sense of big data through visualization. Visualization is a key component of data analytics, and experts cite visualization as a path to a “hot job” in big data.

The challenge is open to all Temple University students. Students, in teams or as individuals, will create an original visualization that provides clear and meaningful insight into a problem. Both the data sets and the problem scenarios will be determined by an advisory panel of industry leaders from Walmart, Independence Blue Cross, the World Bank, Merck, Electronic Ink, and the City of Philadelphia. The contest will culminate in a half-day event, where the finalists present their work before a panel of judges.

Student teams can choose the software tools they use to create their entries. The challenge does not require the use of specialized tools and we will provide coaching and workshops to guide teams through the process.