The participants of the Master of Science in Big Data Analytics for Business have recently taken part in the program’s annual Big Data Analytics hackathon organized this year in collaboration with four companies: Oney; Mealhero; Delaware Consulting; and Crédit Agricole Nord de France.
The goal was to provide participants with the opportunity to work one of four real business issues, identified by the companies, using the various techniques and methods that they have learned throughout their entire program. The students were split into small groups from January and had the opportunity to work on one of the topics put forward by the companies, which include; developing a decision support system for efficient food delivery; developing a strategy for predicting prices in the French electricity market; or untangling drivers of success for targeted calling; and predicting appetite for product subscription.
The winning teams were last week (24th May) invited to present their solutions in front of representatives of the companies.
Academic Director of the program Dr. Kristof Coussement, noted: “The hackathon is one of the highlights in the program for our participants, as it enables them to use much of the data science skills they have developed during the last months and apply them to real-life data. Working in teams they are able to really discover the business relevance of the data science tools they are learning to master.”