Last month we celebrated the Microsoft Data Insights Summit with a Data Analytics Challenge, and as usual we were highly impressed with all the submissions!

We asked for entries in three different categories: Complex Data Preparation, Advanced Analytics, and Just for Fun. Entries were judged on the following criteria:

  • Data Prep: How well you tackle the data prep challenges associated with the dataset
  • Insightfulness: How well you answer the analysis topic, and what insights you uncovered
  • Data visualization and storytelling: How well you create a report and visuals to explain your insights
  • Creativity: What you do to surprise us, for example mash together an interesting additional dataset, or use a clever presentation trick

Take a look at the great videos and insights uncovered by the three winning submissions.

Complex Data Preparation

Congratulations to Rishi Sapra and the Altius team! Rishi's submission featured two videos: one narrating insights, and one outlining their approach to the challenge. See the report.


Advanced Analytics

Congratulations to Scott Ferguson! See the report.


Just for Fun

Congratulations to Kane O'Donnell at Aware Group! They trained a recurrent neural net on script data from television show "The Simpsons", so that they could generate ‘new’ script lines for each character. We've embedded the cool report below:


All of the winners will receive a Super Prize Pack and free pass to the 2018 Data Insights Summit. We very much enjoyed everyone's submission, and they all will be receiving credit for the Microsoft store. Thanks again to everyone who entered, and see you next year!