Better Working World Data Challenge 2022

World Data Challenge

The Ernst & Young (EY) Better Working World Data Challenge 2022 is opening applications. Get prepared, the challenge is open to all university students and early career data scientists. The Better Working World Data Challenge challenged university students and young professionals to create an automated fire-edge detection and prediction model that would aid firefighters in making more timely and informed decisions, ultimately saving lives, property, and biodiversity from wildfires as biodiversity refers to life in all of its forms.

This species diversity is critical to ecosystem function, forest health, and ultimately human prosperity. The winning results will aid scientists, policymakers, and governments protect and forecast biodiversity richness in a particular region.


Participants can select among three different levels of challenges, from beginner to advanced; everyone is welcome. EY, Data Camp, and Microsoft have designed learning packages to assist the applicant in preparation.

Level 1: Using TerraClimate variables, create a Species Distribution Model for the frog species “Litoria Fallax” in Australia.

Level 2: Using a range of open-source geographic datasets accessible on Microsoft Planetary Portal create a Species Distribution Model for estimating the occurrence of 9 frog species across Costa Rica, South Africa and Australia.

Level 3: Develop a mixed regression model to forecast frog population density for South Africa, Australia and Costa Rica.

Here are more details about the Better Working World Data Challenge

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  • Financial coverage: Fully Funded
  • Deadline: June 3, 2022
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    Eligibility Criteria :

    Following applicants will be eligible for the Ernst & Young (EY) Better Working World Data Challenge:

    • Any university student with interest in data science can enter and participate.
    • If the applicant has less than two years of professional experience, then he or she can also join the challenge.
    • If the applicants have less than 2 years of experience, they will need to pay to use Azure.
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    Benefits :

    Following are the benefits of the Ernst & Young (EY) Better Working World Data Challenge 2022.

    • Opportunity to work with people from all over the world.
    • Access to tutorials and training is also available.
    • Students can use Azure, Microsoft’s cutting-edge technology stack, for free and receive free Microsoft IT certifications.
    • There’s also the possibility to win cash prizes of up to $10,000.
    • EY will provide mentorship to the top 30 finalists in each challenge.
    • Participants can utilize whatever technology and/or approaches they believe are most suited to their task.
    • They will have to disclose any code and external datasets they utilized, so make sure that the applicant only used publicly available data, and that code and methods are reliable and reproducible.

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    Application Process:

    • The applicants can register through the official link of the Ernst & Young (EY) Better Working World data challenge.
    • The results must be submitted using the platform.
    • Participants will get instructions on how to submit their results and supporting documentation if they are selected as a finalist.
    • Finalists should also include a video presentation of their work in their submission.
    • Following the announcement of the finalists, the evaluation criteria will be provided.
    • The deadline for the challenge is 3 June 2022.

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