2015-2018 High School Big Data Challenges

2017-2018 Contest

Think Global and Act Local with Big Data

Students worked to solve the world’s leading issues through the use of open source climatological data, addressing the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals. This challenge was delivered under the patronage of CCUNESCO. 

Awards

  • $1000 monetary SAS prize
  • $1000 Digital Science monetary award
  • $500 Arnold Chan Student Award
  • Scholarly publication of all participating teams’ abstracts 
  • Full scholarly publication of top 3 teams
  • A tour of IBM Blue Gene SuperComputer labs 
  • Invitation to SAS corporate box for Raptor’s Game

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2016-2017 Contest

The Future of Science through the Prism of Big Data

Students was provided Altmetric Data reflecting the Internet’s effect on scientific publications, where they were asked to follow the growth and evolution of research ideas and field(s) of study that interests them. Students would be able to map leading names of scientists in a given field and predict the location of future innovations. 

Awards

  • $1000 monetary SAS prize
  • $1000 IBM Big Data University prize 
  • $1000 Altmetric prize 
  • Scholarly publication of all participating teams’ abstracts 
  • Full scholarly publication of top 3 teams
  • A tour of the SciNet SuperComputer Lab
  • SAS awarded tickets to the SAS box for a Toronto Raptors game, where students had the opportunity to watch the game while mingling with SAS executives and customers throughout the evening.

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2015-2016 Contest

Big Data Day in the City

Students were encouraged to develop assumptions and analysis around: city transportation, safety, healthy living, and entertainment. 

Awards

  • $1000 monetary SAS prize
  • Scholarly publication of all participating teams’ abstracts 
  • Full scholarly publication of top teams.

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2014-2015 Contest

Big Innovation

Students were provided data sets relating to grocery transactions carried out by shoppers and were asked to address one or more of the following questions.

● Predict next week’s shopping list for each consumer
● Attempt to classify the consumers by household size, income, demographics
● Classify consumers by lifestyle, political preferences
● Any other indicators the students find interesting

 

Awards

  • $1000 monetary SAS prize
  • 2nd and 3rd place teams awarded monetary prizes from accumulated participation fees. 
  • Scholarly publication of all participating teams’ abstracts 
  • Full scholarly publication of top teams.

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