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The 2017 Watson Analytics Global Competition

Call for Registration


The Watson Analytics Global Competition (WAGC) is a worldwide inter-varsities

competition aimed at generating innovative analytics solutions from students using IBM
Watson Analytics.

Teams of 3 students at undergraduate or graduate level and an academic
Note: Each team must have an academic supervisor.


The topic will be on environmental issues. Your main task is to apply Watson Analytics
(including data refinement, exploration, predictive model, social media analytics &
dashboard functions) and develop innovative analytics solutions with regards to
environment, e.g. climate change, energy consumption, carbon footprint-GDP
correlation, greenhouse gas emission, air quality-health impact dashboard, etc. Besides
the suggested datasets/sources, you may apply any other real-world dataset to
illustrate your approach (the different datasets/sources can be combined).

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Some possible datasets/sources:

For more details on Watson Analytics (and sign up a free student account):

Watson Analytics Tutorials:

Want to learn more? You can:

Download step-by-step workbook and dataset from

Watson Analytics More useful links:

Note: Watson Analytics is a user-friendly tool and normally students can master the tool
within days by working through the tutorials.


Grand prize for top two finalist teams: To be announced

Top 10 finalist teams: A finalist certificate for each team member and supervisor.

Conditions of participation

This is a worldwide competition which allows students to apply Watson Analytics to

develop innovative analytics solutions.

Participation: Submissions are welcome from teams of 3 students at undergraduate

or graduate (e.g. US masters programs) / postgraduate (e.g. master programs in UK or
Australia) level. The participation of students from analytics, data science, MBA,
information systems disciplines is highly desired. (PhD or Master by research students
are not eligible).

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Submission: The submissions should include a report (with dashboard screenshots and
commentary, predictive models, social media analytics, recommendations etc, and
Watson Analytics login detail) and a 5 to 10 minutes video presentation link of the
teams solution (to be uploaded to YouTube). Your presentation document should
explain the purpose and benefits of your solution. Feel free to make reasonable
assumptions as needed.
Submission page:

Evaluation criteria: Submissions will be judged based on Innovation/ creativity of the

solution, Quality of commentary and recommendations, Expected benefits for users
and relevant stakeholders, Organization and presentation of the submission.

Please refer to the marking rubric of WACG2017:


Register your team here:

Important dates
Registration deadline: 31 October 2016 (*registered teams will get support/enablement
sessions from IBM)
Submission deadline: 31 March 2017
Top 10 finalists shortlisted: 1 June 2017

Organizing Committee

Organizing Committee Co-Chairs:

William Yeoh, Deakin University
Greg Richards, University of Ottawa
Michael Gendron, Central Connecticut State University
Gandolfo Messina, IBM Corporation

Competition Sponsor:
IBM Corporation


More info, visit Watson Analytics Global Academics Network: (see News section - WAGC category)

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