Big Data & AI Case Competition

Big Data & AI Case Competition

The 2020 Big Data & Artificial Intelligence Case Competition

A Collaboration:

the Institute for Management & Innovation (IMI), and
the BIGDataAIHUB at the University of Toronto Mississauga

The combination of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence is reshaping the way we think, work, and live.  New career opportunities are emerging and traditional ones are being transformed or eliminated.  As Undergraduate students at one of the top universities in the world it is important to stay on top of current and emerging trends, to pursue continual personal development, and to have some fun in the process.  This event is designed to achieve all three.  It is a collaboration between Scotiabank, the Institute for Management & Innovation at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), and UTM’s BIGDataAIHUB.

Team application deadline: December 24th, 2019 at 12 pm
(acceptance will be on a “first come first served basis”)

Case Competition date: Saturday, January 25th, 2020 from 8:30 am to 5 pm

*Entry Is FREE and open to ALL UTM undergraduate students*



The 2020 Big Data & Artificial Intelligence Case Competition is a new event for UTM.  It is a multi-faceted competition that is open to any Undergraduate student from any academic discipline, in any year of her or his academic career at UTM. It is only open to UTM students.  No specific prior skills in big data or artificial intelligence are required however participants are expected to attend a three-hour educational briefing session designed to significantly assist them in this competition.

The event is designed as developmental opportunity for students. If selected to compete, they will gain hands on exposure to big data and artificial intelligence as well as an opportunity to practice their formal presentation skills in a safe, fun and collegial yet competitive environment.


There are various components:

  1. Team applications will be accepted until December 24th, 2019 at 12 pm, however acceptance will be on a “first come first served basis”. Teams are to apply through Eventbrite.
  2. Participants are to register in teams of four (4). The number of teams will be capped at twelve and therefore up to forty-eight participants will be accepted.  After that others will be added to a waiting list however these additional registrants may still be able to participate in the education briefing and have access to the data (yet to be determined).
  3. While no prior exposure to big data or artificial intelligence is required, teams would find it very beneficial to have at least one team member with some background in data analysis and / or computer science and / or programming (e.g. Python).
  4. In January participants will be provided with a large data base of real-life Scotiabank Retail Banking data.  (This data has been encrypted so that it will only be possible to examine trends and not information by individual customer.)
  5. It is anticipated that least one a three-hour educational briefing session will held and each team is expected to have participants attend it.  This session is intended to provide participants with at least the basic knowledge to be able to analyze and interpret the data.
  6. The comingling of students from different academic disciplines on each team is actively encouraged, but not a requirement.
  7. After working with the data on their own and at their own pace, teams are to prepare a 15-minute (maximum) PowerPoint Presentation outlining their findings and the methodology they used. This will be followed by a question and answer period with the judging panel.
  8. The actual competition will take place on Saturday, January 25th, 2020 to 8:30 am and 5:00 pm:
    • The competition presentation day will have “run-off presentations” in the morning.  These presentations will take place concurrently in different rooms with an estimated three judges per room.  Only the team presenting and judges may be in the room when these presentations take place in the morning.
    • One winning team from each presentation room will advance to the finals from the morning session with 3-4 finalist team presentations in a larger room in the afternoon.  The afternoon session will be open and others are welcome to watch these presentations.
    • There will be a reception between the final presentation and when the winners are announced while the judges make their final decisions.
  9. Additional details about the competition and specifically with respect to the judging criteria, etc. will be provided at a later date to those students accepted to participate in this event.