• HSB Data Analytics Competition

    First annual business analytics competition

    When: Friday, April 20, 2018, 1–8 p.m.
    Where: Hamline University, Saint Paul, Minnesota
    Who: teams of two to four high school students
    Cost: Free! Prizes available, snacks and dinner provided.

    Do you like numbers? Do you want to understand how Facebook and Instagram know which ads to put on your feed? The Hamline School of Business is proud to announce its 1st annual high school analytics competition. This one-day competition, hosted on Hamline’s Saint Paul campus, invites teams from local high schools to dive into a data set and present their findings to local judges. No specific coursework or skill set is required, though knowledge of spreadsheet software and basic statistics is recommended. The competition is really about solving a puzzle, finding patterns that may not be obvious, and being able to “tell a story” about the data.

    During this competition, you will:

    • Learn about business analytics and the ways they’re used in our data-driven society.
    • Be coached by college students on how to best utilize desktop tools such as Microsoft Excel and Access to conduct an analysis.
    • Compete against local high school teams by presenting your findings to an expert panel.
    • Meet Twin Cities executives working in the analytics fields.
    • Have fun on a college campus!

    Event schedule:
    1 p.m. - arrival, welcome, keynote speaker
    1:30–2:30 p.m. - round I: individual team presentations to judges
    2:30–5:30 p.m. - round II: teams are given a smaller set of data to analyze
    5:30 p.m. - dinner (provided), students continue to work on round II data
    6:30 p.m. - round II presentations begin, family and friends are welcome to attend
    7:30 p.m. - judges convene to score round II and determine final results
    7:30–8 p.m. - results announced and prizes awarded

    Why should I do this? What’s in it for me?
    Data is everywhere. Organizations are relying more than ever on big data to make informed decisions, thus creating an increasing need for people with skills and knowledge in analytics. You will learn and gain practice on how to go about doing data analysis and, more importantly, have a chance to demonstrate your new skills to others.

    I’ve never done anything like this before. How does it work?
    This first competition is a pilot with a limited number of teams invited. We are modeling the high school competition after similar competitions done at the college level. Teams will have the opportunity to work with Hamline students in the business analytics program, who will act as mentors leading up to the competition. Your teacher will also assist in preparing for the competition. In mid-February, teams will receive a “basket of data” and start analyzing it. Using a poster or slide presentation, each team will present its findings in round I of the competition. Students will have 10–15 minutes to present with Q&A at the end. There will be an initial score based on round I.

    Round I? What about round II?
    After round I, there will be a short break, and students will be given additional data related to the first dataset. Teams will have four hours to analyze the complete set of data, taking into consideration the extra data they receive. The teams will then present their new findings and conclusions to the judges.

    Who are the judges? How will I be judged?
    Judges will consist of industry executives in the Twin Cities and faculty members of the Hamline School of Business. Teams will be judged on their ability to tell a story with the data. Excellent presentations will be innovative in approach, produce creative summaries and graphics, and communicate outcomes in an understandable way.

    What should I bring?
    Teams should bring their round I presentation in poster or slide format. You may bring your own laptop, however, one laptop per team will be provided with the data and Microsoft software loaded. Additionally, you may bring any reference materials that may be helpful, such as textbooks or notes from class.

    Questions? Want to sign up your team?
    Email jlocher01@hamline.edu