About

What is it?
The Melbourne Business School’s ‘Business Analytics Datathon’ with $25,000 prize money is aimed at showcasing how advanced analytics can ‘Transform decision making’ using SAS analytics software and Data Republic’s data sharing platform. The final data sets and question will be revealed on the kick off weekend but the data may include financial, retail, loyalty, and health data.
Who is it for?
The Datathon is aimed at both corporate and student teams with not only advanced analytics and data science capabilities, but the ability to generate and communicate insight to ‘Transform decision making’.
Why do it?
The mission of Melbourne Business School’s (MBS) Centre for Business Analytics is to ‘Transform decision making through business analytics’. The final pitches of the Datathon are being held as the finale of MBS’s ‘Melbourne Business Analytics Conference’ in front of ~400 Australian senior executives where Australia’s top analytics talent will showcase what is possible through advanced analytics and actually solve a real business problem that could impact on the lives of all Australians.

Sponsors & Partners

WHEN & WHERE

WHEN?

SATURDAY 7TH JULY

START: 9AM

 

SUNDAY 8TH JULY

END: 11.59PM

 

FINAL SUBMISSION:
THURSDAY 12TH JULY

 

FINALIST PITCHES
THURSDAY 19TH JULY
4PM – 5.30PM
MBS Business Analytics Conference

WHERE?

 

Melbourne Business School

 

200 Leicester Street
 

Carlton, VIC 3053

DATATHON FAQS

What data do we get and what is the challenge about?

The Datathon ‘problem to solve’ and data sets will be revealed on the kick off weekend, but the theme of the event is ‘Transforming Decision Making’.

We will be looking for teams to use the provided datasets to explore both government and private sector opportunities to use data to drive:
a) Increased productivity outcomes for business and government
b) Innovative problem solving approaches to well-known business problems across industries

Will the data be explained? Can I use additional data?

Yes. The data contributors will provide an overview of the data structure and also a data dictionary but not much else will be revealed. It is up to your team to analyse data and generate insights.

No, you can’t use publicly available data. The only data sources allowed to be used for the Datathon will be on the Data Republic platform.

What technology platform will be used? For how long?

MBS has partnered with SAS to ensure that your team has the best tools for the job! Through the SAS analytics solutions you will also be able to use open source software like R and Python and also Excel.

Do I need to have a team?

Registrations are only open to teams of 4-6 participants for several reasons. Firstly, Analytics used to identify business insights are rarely performed in isolation, so we believe team work is essential. Secondly, deeper insights should be identified through team work as the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

Can I form a team during the Kick-Off weekend?

You must pre-form teams and register before the event. Give thought to your team name because if you make the finals, this team name will be displayed to judges and an audience of 350-400+ people.

What will be the criteria?

The mission of MBS’ Centre for Business Analytics is to ‘Transform decision making through business analytics’ so the judging criteria will be focused on both generating valuable and actionable insights through analytics, and also effectively communicating those insights to influence decision-making.

Is the Datathon free to enter? What are the prizes?

Application and participation in the Datathon is free! There is a total of $25,000 in prize money. The top student-only team will be awarded $5,000. The open first prize is $12,500. Second prize is $5,000 and third prize is $2,500. To be eligible to win the student-only prize, all team members must provide student numbers to register, and student cards need to visualised (no exceptions).

Do I need to be a data scientist or an advanced analytics expert to enter?

No, the Datathon is open to people of all skill sets and capabilities, but it would be advised to have strong analytics capability in your team to generate the insights.

Do I need to attend both the Kick-Off weekend and the final pitches during the Business Analytics conference on July 19th?

To be eligible to enter and win the Datathon, all registered teams must attend the kick-off weekend to:
a) Obtain the data
b) Discuss initial findings

If your team is selected as a finalist, you will need to pitch in front of judging panel and audience at the MBS Business Analytics Conference on Thursday 19th July.

What are the other rules?

You can only enter teams of 4-6 participants. You can only be a member of one team. You can’t enlist any help from anyone outside your team. To be eligible to win the student-only prize, all team members must provide student numbers to register, and valid student cards need to visualised (no exceptions). Teams from data contributors and sponsors are not eligible to win prize money, although they are eligible to be selected as finalists.

Will there be food and drink provided?

You will be well fed and hydrated throughout!

SAS TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES

What analytics technology will be available to the Datathon participants?

SAS’ industry recognised, open source integrated analytics platform, SAS Viya will be available to the Datathon participants, including; SAS Visual Analytics, SAS Visual Statistics & SAS Visual Data Mining and Machine Learning. The SAS Studio web browser interface will also be available.

Where can I access SAS Viya training? Do I need an activation code?

The SAS Viya virtual learning environment can be accessed from http://support.sas.com/training/elearn/access.html.

Yes, An activation code will be emailed to you once your application to participate in the Datathon has been confirmed

What training does the virtual learning environment include?

The virtual learning environment includes tutorials explaining how to get started as well as how to manage and visualize data. The virtual learning environment also includes tutorials showing how to program in SAS Viya, use SAS Visual Analytics and SAS Visual Statistics and how to use SAS Studio.

How do I access SAS Viya for training purposes?

Access to SAS Viya and SAS Studio will be provided via the SAS virtual learning environment.

How can I learn about and access SAS for free after the Datathon?

Check out the SAS Video Portal and the tutorial library – video.sas.com
Also, SAS provides a range of free eLearning programs – support.sas.com/edu/elearning.html”
Plus, you can review learning pathways to start your learning journey – http://www.sas.com/offices/asiapacific/sp/training/paths/

Download SAS University Edition to access SAS for FREE for learning purposes for non-commercial use – www.sas.com/universityedition

If I’m a student where can I read more about how SAS supports students?

The SAS Academic Program Student site (https://www.sas.com/students) provides further information about how SAS supports students.

If I’m a student can I join a SAS community?

Yes – you can join the SAS Analytics U Community (https://www.sas.com/en_us/learn/academic-programs/resources/sas-university-community.html).

How does the Melbourne Business School and SAS collaborate?

Melbourne Business School offers a Master of Business Analytics (https://mbs.edu/education-development/degreeprograms/masterofbusinessanalytics), where you will learn SAS and receive a Certificate in Business Analytics from SAS in recognition of your skill in using its world-leading analytics software.

SCHEDULE

Saturday 7th July

8:30

Registration Opens

9:00

Welcome Introduction and Logistics, datathon questions announced and data sets provided

11:00

Hacking Begins

13:00

Lunch Break

17:30

Networking Drinks

19:00

MBS Venue closes

Hacking continues (at home or work)

Sunday 8th July

23:59

Hacking Ends

Thursday 12th July

23:59

Final Submissions Due

Friday 13th July

17:00

Finalists Announced

Thursday 19th July

15:45 – 17:00

Finalists Pitch at the MBS Business Analytics Conference

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Registrations Opening Soon!

VENUE

Melbourne Business School

Address Detail

200 Leicester Street, Carlton, VIC 3053