Big Data Challenge 2016 Help Students To Recognise Their Potential In Data Science

Group picture of the winning teams with the panel of judges and organising committee.  Presenting their findings and outcomes to the panel of judges which were made up of the industry players. 
Participants worked in groups to analyse the data set provided on the spot.   
Big data is a popular term used to describe any big volume amount of structured, semi-structured and unstructured data. As big data has the potential to be mined for information, it is important to business and society, simply because more data may lead to more accurate analyses.  

In an era where everything is predominated by digital information, the world needs talents who are innovative in data processing. The challenges of handling big data include analysis, capture, data curation, search, sharing, storage, transfer, visualisation, querying and information privacy.

To create awareness of big data among tertiary students, as well as to nurture future talents in this field, KDU University College’s School of Computing and Creative Media (SCCM) organised the Big Data Challenge 2016 on 27 May 2016. This event saw participants from Universiti Malaya (UM), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) and KDU University College, who worked in groups to analyse the data set provided on the spot.  

The groups were given a two-hour period to process and analyse the data given using Rapidminer, a Big Data Analytics tool, and later, presented the best outcome of the analysis to the judges.
“Prior to this, we conducted the Big Data Workshop KDU, to introduce the participants to the Big Data ecosystem and give them some hands-on experience in using analytics tool. At the competition, we encouraged them to further generate ideas and exposed them in ways of handling Big Data. In a nutshell, we are promoting problem solving techniques using Big Data,” said Mr. Tan Chin Ike, Head of the School of Computing and Creative Media.

There were 3 teams from UM, 2 teams from IIUM, 1 team from UTAR and 3 teams from KDU participating in the competition. Each team were given 10 minutes to present their findings and outcomes on the business problem, data preparation and transformation techniques, model development and evaluation. This was followed by a 5-minute of questions and answer session with the panel of judges.
The panel of judges comprised of Mr Somasundaram Nagappan and Mr Peter Kua from Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDeC); Ms Rachel Teoh Phaik Lin from OCBC Bank and Mr. MK Lim from Quandatics.

After careful consideration and deliberation from the panel of judges, it was Team Awesome of UM that eventually walked away with the 1st Prize of RM2500 cash, whilst Team Sky Ace of UTAR won 2nd Prize of RM1500 cash and Team Data Explorer of UM the 3rd Prize of RM1000. The cash prizes were sponsored by OCBC Bank. Other sponsors of the event include Digi Telecommunications, F&N Marketing Malaysia and Quandatics.