The Accenture and MIT Alliance in Business Analytics have launched an annual data science challenge for 2014 that is being conducted in collaboration with the city of Chicago.
The challenge invites MIT students to analyze Chicago’s publicly available data sets and develop data visualizations that will provide the city with insights that can help it better serve residents, visitors, and businesses. Through data visualization, or visual renderings of data sets, people with no background in data analysis can more easily understand insights from complex data sets.
Participants in the 2014 challenge will use information publicly available through Chicago’s Data Portal — such as the Chicago Traffic Tracker and Census data — to develop data visualizations.
David Simchi-Levi, an MIT professor and co-head of the Accenture and MIT Alliance in Business Analytics, said, “We are very pleased to launch the annual Accenture and MIT Data Science Challenge with the city of Chicago. We believe that this challenge, bringing together MIT students with the city of Chicago’s data sets, will assist the alliance’s research and help serve the city’s utilization of government data and engagement with their community.”