Consultancy giant EY is targeting students studying at some of the top universities in the world to encourage them to consider a career in the data and technology sector with the launch of a global data science competition.
The EY NextWave Data Science Challenge is designed to test the skills of data science students who will use data from Skyhook, one of the pioneers in location technology and intelligence, to solve issues related to the future of mobility and smart cities.
Students at universities in 16 countries and regions have been invited to compete, with registration now open for the online challenge. Participating countries include the UK and the US, as well as Australia, Brazil, China, France, Indonesia, Nigeria, Spain, Singapore and South Africa.
Country winners will be awarded a monetary prize and a paid internship with an EY member firm. Three top winners from among all the participants will receive a badge in data science from the EY Badges programme, which recognises EY professionals who learn new skills in emerging technologies.
Beatriz Sanz Saiz, EY global data analytics leader, advisory, said: "The new generation of people entering the workplace are passionate about using their talents to help change the world for the better. We are equally passionate about showing students how they can have a career that marries technology with purpose, and where one can have a positive impact on businesses, governments, communities and people.
"We are looking for the most innovative and creative aspiring data scientists who will join the EY NextWave Data Science Challenge and engage with us in the mission to infuse data analytics into every business conversation to drive real-world benefits for people."