Enova’s Data Smackdown Headed to University of Chicago

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October 6, 2014

Once more, Enova is taking its data analytics competition — a.k.a. Data Smackdown — on the road. For our next event on October 24, we’ll be heading to University of Chicago and asking teams of future analysts to compete for cash prizes.

Enova’s Analytics team uses data analysis techniques and modeling methodologies to boost decision-making processes, helping to increase profitability and improve the customer experience. Through the Data Smackdown, we offer students the opportunity to see how analytics can be applied in the case of real-world data analysis.

The University of Chicago Data Smackdown will take place Friday, October 24, from 6 p.m. to midnight. The event will be held in Harper 130. Attendees will need a laptop, power cord and a student ID to compete. Food will be provided by Enova.

Teams of 1 to 4 people will compete against each other, analyzing a data set in a business case. Work must be completed within the staging area of the competition (Harper 130), and prizes will be awarded at the end of the night to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams.

  • 1st place:    $1,000
  • 2nd place:   $750
  • 3rd place:   $500

Last year, we had a lot of great feedback about how to improve the event. Many of you said that you wanted to participate, but were not sure how to get started. Well, we listened!

This year the Data Smackdown will feature a “Beginner Team,” led by veteran Enova analysts. This is an option for people who want to learn the basics of data analysis, so they can have the skills to compete in future competitions. They will talk you through the basics of approaching the problem, and help you through the analysis. While the Beginner Team will not be eligible for prizes, they will leave the event with a great deal more Analytics knowledge than they arrived with.

Want more information? Contact recruitanalytics@enova.com!

Check official rules here.