AIS Student Competitions

College of Business - ISBA

Arturo Castellanos, PhD Candidate
Information Systems and Business Analytics

Data is the new oil Forbes

Data is the new oil Forbes

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The second best time is NOW.

AIS Challenges

1. Bright ICT IMB Bluemix

2. Security: Mutual insurance company

3. Analytics Challenge

4. Video competition

5. SAP Innojam

Analytics Challenge

Create a graphic that addresses one or more of the questions in the problem description. The visualization should provide insight in addressing the problem.


Teams submit their graphic and a one page description highlighting its key features. Students can use any tool to create their entries.


Problem Statement

  • Where and how should the vaccine be deployed to achieve the greatest impact?
  • How fast does the virus spread, and how quickly can the vaccine begin to lower the spread? 

Outbreak Data –  historical trends on outbreaks.

Vaccination Rates – historical data on vaccination rate across time, across geographies (countries).

Problem Statement

  •  What are the potential untapped markets?
  • What is the role of location in the products (i.e., ticket packages) sold?
  • Is there are relationship between potential donors and ticket sales? By location? By other demographics?
  • How can PAB use their advertising budget to increase public awareness and reach their target audience/donors?

Ticket Sales, 2014-2016 Seasons (Excel file, ~7.5 MB) – data and metadata are on separate tabs

Problem Statement

  • What are the products and product categories that sell best in the US market?
  • How effective are QVC’s campaigns in driving product sales?
  • How effective are QVC’s on-air broadcast and on-air personalities in driving product sales?
  • What is the impact of QVC’s social networking presence on driving product sales?

The data is a 3 month sampling of QVC data that comprises 20% of the actual volume.

QVC Sales and Campaign Data (zip file ~100MB)

QVC Data Dictionary (Full explanation of tables and fields)

AIS Analytics Challenge

What happens after you submit

  • You will receive a confirmation email acknowledging your entry.
  • Finalists will be notified by email on February 22, 2016 or before.
  • Finalists will present their work at the AIS Student Chapter Conference April 1-3, 2016.


  • October 9, 2015 Challenge starts. Students given data set and rules
  • February 10, 2016 Challenge ends. Submissions due
  • February 22, 2016 Finalists announced
  • April 1-3, 2016 Final Judging and Awards Event


1st $2000
2nd $1250
3rd $750
Honorable Mentions (2) $500

Tableau Resources: Tableau KB

"For the things we have to learn before
we can do, we learn by doing." Aristotle

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QVC Challenge Example

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