This INFORMS Competition, now in its second year, challenges undergraduate and master's level students to solve a real-world business problem, using real company data.

Student teams are given the same business problem, data sets, and access to software. A panel of industry and academic experts judge written submissions based on teams’ use of the full analytics process, from framing the problem to methodology selection, data use, model building and innovation. Teams selected as finalists present their solutions to a judging panel at the INFORMS Business Analytics Conference in April, with the winners announced at the conference. Students:

  • Gain practical experience in taking a business problem and solution through the complete OR/analytics decision process.
  • Work on a real business problem, of critical importance to the company serving as Title Sponsor.
  • Demonstrate skills in organization, teamwork, communication, and presentation.
  • And win valuable prizes and bragging rights for their school! 



The registration deadline has passed. However, teams interested in registering late should email to request permission.  The deadline to submit an entry is January 29, 2018. Teams must register before submitting an entry.  While some opportunities to interact with Principal staff and Committee experts have already taken place, late-registering teams will have access to recordings of webinars and office hours, as well as written questions submitted by teams with answers provided.