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Data & Beyond

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 9:00AM - 9:00PM
Indian Institute Of Management - Bangalore , south bangalore
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“Data, I think, is one of the most powerful mechanisms for telling stories. I take a huge pile of data and I try to get it to tell stories.” – Steven Levitt, Co-author of Freaknomics

In a world where everybody is inquisitive for insights, making inferences and strategizing their way to the top, the field of data analytics is gaining prominence quickly.

 Show your mettle in a battle of numbers, prediction and accuracy!

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Event Format

Event Format

Round 1, Phase 1 (Pre-Vista Prelims):

  1. This is an online elimination round which is hosted on our Platform Partner, Analytics Vidhya’s website.
  2. This round will be held from 00:00:00 hours, on 18th August 2017 till 23:59:59 hours, on 1st September 2017.
  3. PDF containing the case, Training dataset and Leaderboard dataset will be provided to the teams.
  4. Participants can use Excel/R/SPSS or any other tool for modelling. They must submit their models on Analytics Vidhya website and the platform will build a leaderboard based on the model’s accuracy.
  5. Participants are required register on Vista website first BEFORE registering on ‘Data & Beyond’ contest on Analytics Vidhya. (More details in Rules section)

Round 1, Phase 2 (Pre-Vista Prelims):

  1. This round will be held from 2nd September 2017 till 23:59:59 hours, on 6th September 2017.
  2. Models submitted in Round 1, Phase one will be tested on a private Test dataset.
  3. Top 15 teams from this evaluation will be invited to send the following:

  • A PPT explaining the code used for modelling and their strategic reasoning behind their approach
  • A CSV containing predictions using the leaderboard dataset

Round 2 (On-Campus Finals):

  1. 6-8 shortlisted teams will present in front of our panelists during Vista and explain the rationale of their model

One winner and one runner-up to be declared among the teams



  1. This is a team event, with each team consisting of 2 participants. Members of the team can be from different institutes.
  2. Teams are required to first register for the event on the IIMB Vista website and then register on partner website to obtain the case, access the submission portal and leaderboard. Any team which does not register for the event on Vista website will be disqualified.
  3. Teams can register for ‘Data & Beyond’ contest in Analytics Vidhya website from 15th August 2017 The link for ‘Data & Beyond’ contest on partner website will be updated here on this event’s page.
  4. Both team members are required to register for the event on the partner website. Instructions to form virtual teams will be available on the partner website.
  5. The case will be released on the partner website on 18th August 2017. Participants can begin testing the accuracy of their models on partner platform from 18th August 2017 till 1st September 2017.
  6. Multiple teams from the same college are allowed.
  7. The submissions are to be attempted as a team, not individually. Multiple submissions can be made by a team as they improve their model and a leaderboard will be updated to rank the teams according to their relative accuracy. The latest submission made by a team will be taken as final.
  8. IIM teams with students going on exchange are welcome to participate as long as one team member is available during Vista.
  9. The participants must carefully read through and agree to the following Terms & Conditions before registering:

All decisions in matters of eligibility, authenticity and final judgments will be with organizing committee of VISTA, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore.

The format and structure of events is subject to change before the actual beginning of the event.

Available documents:

  1. Detailed Rules Document with the Case
  2. Training dataset (To be used for building the model)
  3. Leaderboard dataset (To be used by Analytics Vidhya to build the leaderboard)
  4. Test dataset (To be used by “Data & Beyond” team to shortlist the teams)
  5. Data dictionary

All these documents will be available for participants from 18th August 2017 onwards on the partner website.


Teams getting the maximum correct predictions on the Test dataset will be shortlisted for the next round.


Submission Details

Submission Details

Round 1 (Pre-Vista Prelims):

  1. Team must first register on Vista website.
  2. Starting from 18th August 2017, teams are required to register on partner website to access the case and participate in Round 1.
  3. Registrations can be done throughout the duration of Round 1 i.e. till: 11:59:59 hours,1st September 2017.
  4. Shortlist for Round 1, Phase 2 will be announced on 2nd September 2017. Submissions for this round must be sent before: 11:59:59 hours,6th September 2017.
  5. Submissions for Round 1, Phase 2 must be sent to: databeyond[@]
  6. Subject line of Email: DATA&BEYOND_<TeamName>
  7. Body of Email: Name, Contact Number, Email Id, Team Registration Id, Institute Name of each team member.
  8. File 1: CSV file containing predictions on the leaderboard dataset which must be named as DATA&BEYOND_<TeamName>.xlsx
  9. File 2: PowerPoint explaining Code/Steps used for modelling named as DATA&BEYOND_<TeamName>
  10. Results and round 2 shortlist to be announced on 9th September, 2017.


Round 2 (On-Campus Finals)

  1. Submissions to be sent before: 11:59:59 hours,20th September 2017
  2. Submissions to be sent to: databeyond[@]
  3. Subject line of Email: DATA&BEYOND_<TeamName>
  4. Body of Email: Name, Contact Number, Email Id, Team Registration Id, Institute Name of each team member
  5. Submission format: .ppt/.pptx
  6. Elaborate instructions would about the presentation would be sent to the shortlisted teams


Judging Criteria:

  1. Round 1 shortlist would be made on accuracy of the predictions (More details will be provided along with the case)
  2. Round 2 judging criteria would be communicated to the shortlisted teams later



  1. The data used is purely fictional and any resemblance to any company is purely coincidental
  2. Teams to limit themselves to the data provided in the case and any assumptions are to be clearly stated in the slides
  3. Teams to present their cases on campus (Further details to be communicated after first round).

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Indian Institute of Management - Bangalore Bannerghatta Road, Sundar Ram Shetty Nagar, Bilekahalli, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560076, India
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