Get ready for this year's competition!
Registration for the 2020 Adobe Analytics Challenge opens September 4.
Be sure to check out this year’s calendar of events so you don’t miss a thing.
About the competition
For over 13 years, the Adobe Analytics Challenge has been a unique analytics-focused business case competition where university students are given the opportunity to use Adobe’s industry-leading analytics products and access to real-world data from leading organizations such as Major League Baseball, T‑Mobile, Starwood, Lenovo, Condé Nast, Comcast, Overstock.com, Backcountry.com, Sony PlayStation, and MGM Resort International.
“The competition has shown that regardless of discipline or technical background, data is critical in driving business objectives and helping a brand maintain competitive advantage. We’re proud to support and learn from this educational initiative.”— Barbara McHugh, MLB’s senior vice president of marketing
“Digital analytics practitioners often talk about how hard it is to find qualified analysts. If this year is any indication, help is on the way as these students seek internships and full-time employment.”— David McBride, Comcast
“The competition gives students access to real data and business challenges. We hope to maintain relationships with the finalists to discuss employment opportunities after graduation.”— Dan Stubbs, Condé Nast
“Students taking part in the Adobe Analytics Challenge get virtual training from Adobe to learn how to use its customer analytics program. Then the teams are set loose on the corporate partner’s data.” Fortune Read the article ›
“The winning team focused on streamlining the digital experience with T‑Mobile and presented a simplified version of the online path a potential customer might take, estimating their improvements would make T‑Mobile an additional $8.1 million in annual revenue.” CNBC Read the article ›
“The analytics challenge began as a recruiting tool to help uncover the brightest minds and most passionate talent in analytics. It has grown into one of the top business competitions in the country for college kids.” VentureBeat Read the article ›
“This year’s contest will be the first in the decade-old Adobe Analytics Challenge to include machine learning software among the tools to which students have access, namely Adobe Sensei, the artificial intelligence engine that powers much of the creative software giant’s customer targeting and predictive analytics suite.” AdWeek Read the article ›
Nationwide contest for up-and-coming analytics talent
Winning teams have come from universities across the nation, including NYU, Duke, Ross (Michigan), Northwestern (Kellogg), BYU, University of Utah, University of Texas‑Austin, UC‑Berkeley, Missouri, Yale, UCLA, USC and many others.
Through this program, Adobe has exposed thousands of students to the high‑demand fields of digital marketing and analytics. Selected individuals from the Adobe Analytics Challenge will be given the opportunity to interview for internships and full‑time positions at Adobe and our sponsor company.
Over the years, Adobe has hired more than 50 students from this program, and it has been a valuable recruiting pool for other companies and agencies looking for data‑driven talent.
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Faculty mentors can win prizes, too
Each of the finalist mentors will receive a free pass to the annual Adobe Summit event in Las Vegas. In addition, the winning team’s mentor will receive an all-expense paid trip to the Adobe Summit.
The different phases of the competition
At the beginning of the Adobe Analytics Challenge, we’ll have a one‑hour kickoff web conference with Adobe and a customer partner. You’ll receive an overview of the competition as well as information on the analysis project. You’ll have a few days to identify the team you will enter into the competition.
Registration & Training
Students can form teams of up to three students. You must pick a team name and have each individual complete the registration form on this site. Each individual will have to sign two non-disclosure agreements (one for Adobe and one for customer partner). Once you’re registered, you’ll be given access to Adobe Analytics and customer partner’s data. Your team will be invited to join a two‑hour live training session (optional but recommended). The training session will be recorded in case you have a scheduling conflict.
Project Work & Submission
You will have just over two weeks to analyze a company’s digital data in Adobe’s analytics tools and build a presentation for your analysis findings and recommendations. Your team will submit a PowerPoint file by the submission deadline. All of the submitted presentations will be screened and approximately 15–20 presentations will be selected for the first‑round judging.
Each of the semi‑finalists will be scheduled for a 20‑minute web conference. Each team will have 10 minutes to present their slides and three minutes showcasing their projects in Analysis Workspace to a panel of judges. For this round, the judges will be comprised of experienced analytics consultants. We expect all of the team members to present a portion of the presentation. You will have up to five minutes reserved for questions from the judges at the end. After the first‑round judging is complete, the judges will choose up to six teams that qualify for the final round in San Jose, California. Typically, we will choose no more than two teams from the same school for the finale.
Each of the finalists will be brought to San Jose for the final round. Adobe will cover the flights and accommodation expenses of the finalist teams as well as their faculty mentor. The finalists will have the opportunity to modify their slides, and they will have 15 minutes to present their findings and recommendations: 12 minutes spent presenting slides and three minutes spent in Analysis Workspace. The teams will have approximately five minutes at the end to answer questions. For this round, the group of judges will include representatives from Adobe, customer partner as well as other industry experts.