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Innovation Challenge:

PepsiCo Data Science

This Challenge is

OPEN

PepsiCo Data Science

Key Dates

Registration Opens

August 14, 2020

Registration Closes

September 24, 2020

Challenge Begins

September 25, 2020

Solutions Due By

October 7, 2020

Virtual Pitch

October 26, 2020

Winners Announced

November 2020

Create the Unexpected

PepsiCo is looking for talented Undergraduate and Graduate students to become a part of their summer 2021 intern team! One challenge winner will have the opportunity to join PepsiCo in Summer of 2021 as an R&D Intern in one of the U.S. headquarter locations: Plano, TX; Barrington, IL; Valhalla, NY. (Location preferences will be discussed with the selected intern.) To be eligible for the challenge and prize, participants must be enrolled in undergraduate/graduate studies in the United States and must have an expected graduation date of 2022. Now is your chance to help PepsiCo create the unexpected!

The Challenge

In this challenge, solvers will use an analytics software of their choosing (including but not limited to R, Python, MatLab) to create a predictive model based on the sample agricultural data. The solver will need to submit the code used to build the model and indicate which software was used to write the code. Solvers will also be asked to explain their model.

How It Works

Webinar

After signing up to participate, solvers will be invited to register for the webinar PepsiCo Perspective: Leveraging STEM Skills on September 18th, 2020 to hear from PepsiCo on why they’re recruiting talented STEM professionals. You’ll also get a glimpse into why your STEM expertise is vital and how you can leverage your STEM skills.

Challenge Teaser

Prior to the start of the challenge, participants will receive one teaser question via email aligned to the challenge topic. These additional questions are designed as a “knowledge check” to prepare participants for the challenge and will be accessible from Microsoft Forms.

Challenge Dataset

On September 25th, 2020, participants will receive an exclusive link to gain access to the sample agricultural dataset with a full story for model building. Solvers will work independently to develop a predictive model based on the available dataset within 14 days. All solutions should be submitted before October 7th, 2020. All solutions will be judged based on model performance and short answer questions.

Virtual Pitch

The top 5 individuals will be invited to a virtual pitch session with the Challenge Judges as well as members of the Academy’s challenge design team. The virtual pitch will take place on October 26, 2020 and individuals chosen to present will be given two weeks to prepare. Upon completion of the virtual pitch, Challenge Judges will select one winner who will have the opportunity to complete an internship at PepsiCo in summer 2021.

Judges

Robert Nolan
Robert Nolan

Senior Director of Digitization and Data Engineering, PepsiCo

Hua Xu
Hua Xu

Data Scientist and Software Engineer, PepsiCo

Jason Parcon
Jason Parcon

Senior Principal Scientist, PepsiCo

James Yuan
James Yuan

Sr. Director of Data Science & Analytics, PepsiCo

Jingting Hui
Jingting Hui

Senior Data Scientist, PepsiCo

Sponsor

Key Dates

Registration Opens

August 14, 2020

Registration Closes

September 24, 2020

Challenge Begins

September 25, 2020

Solutions Due By

October 7, 2020

Virtual Pitch

October 26, 2020

Winners Announced

November 2020

Grand Prize

  • The winner will receive a PepsiCo R&D internship for the summer of 2021

5 Finalists

  • 5 individuals will be invited to “pitch” their solution to the Challenge Judges on October 26, 2020.
  • 5 individuals will receive a complimentary one-year membership to The New York Academy of Sciences

About the Internship

  • In order to be eligible for the internship, participants must be enrolled in undergraduate/graduate studies in the United States and must have an expected graduation date of 2022. Proof of enrollment will be required before internship offers are made. Additionally, intern candidates must be eligible to work in the United States without needing sponsorship now or in the future from PepsiCo.
  • This internship is a paid opportunity and will include a sign-on bonus (which may be used for summer housing and relocation costs).
  • PepsiCo will place R&D Interns in one of the U.S. headquarter locations: Plano, TX; Barrington, IL; Valhalla, NY. (Location preferences will be discussed during the interview process). Internships will be conducted in-person unless unforeseen circumstances prevent in-person work from taking place. It is at the discretion of PepsiCo to determine if/when an internship will be conducted remotely.
  • Internships are project-based, and the intern would be working on a few projects related to one of PepsiCo’s chosen categories.
  • In addition, there are several intern events throughout the summer that will make the summer more than just work!

Key Dates

Registration Opens

August 14, 2020

Registration Closes

September 24, 2020

Challenge Begins

September 25, 2020

Solutions Due By

October 7, 2020

Virtual Pitch

October 26, 2020

Winners Announced

November 2020

Challenge Rules

The official challenge rules can be found here. Individuals must acknowledge that they have read the challenge rules before completing the signup process.

  • The Challenge is open and offered to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia and participants from all countries except those subject to U.S. sanctions who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate school.
  • In order to be eligible for the internship, participants must be enrolled in undergraduate/graduate studies in the United States and must have an expected graduation date of 2022. Proof of enrollment will be required before internship offers are made. Additionally, intern candidates must be eligible to work in the United States without needing sponsorship now or in the future from PepsiCo.
  • All finalists will be asked to complete a PepsiCo internship application prior to being offered the internship.
  • Participants must be at least 18 years old as of August 14, 2020.
  • The challenge commences on September 25th, 2020 at 12:00:01 AM ET and ends on October 7th, 2020 at 11:59:59 PM ET (“The Challenge Period"). The Challenge Period is 14 days.
  • The challenge statement containing the detailed question and judging criteria will be sent to participants via email on September 24th, 2020.

Key Dates

Registration Opens

August 14, 2020

Registration Closes

September 24, 2020

Challenge Begins

September 25, 2020

Solutions Due By

October 7, 2020

Virtual Pitch

October 26, 2020

Winners Announced

November 2020

Eligibility

+ What are the age requirements?

In order to participate in this challenge, you must be 18 years of age or older at the time challenge registration begins on August 14th, 2020.

+ Are there any additional requirements?

In order to be eligible for the internship, participants must be enrolled in undergraduate/graduate studies in the United States and must have an expected graduation date of 2022. Proof of enrollment will be required before internship offers are made. Additionally, intern candidates must be eligible to work in the United States without needing sponsorship now or in the future from PepsiCo.

+ Does participation cost anything?

No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter, participate in, or win the challenge. The purchase of any good or service will not increase a participant's chance of winning the challenge.

+ Do I need to travel anywhere to participate in the challenge?

No travel is necessary to participate. The Challenge takes place virtually.

Judging

+ Who are the judges?

Find more information about the judging panel in the Judges section of the Overview tab.

+ How are the solutions scored?

Solutions will be scored by a panel of experts based on judging criteria outlined in the official challenge statement to be released on September 25, 2020.

+ When will the winner be announced?

The finalists will be announced two weeks before the Virtual Pitch. The winner will be announced in November 2020.

+ I have more questions about the Challenge, who can I contact?

For more information about the Challenge, please email us at PepsiCoDataChallenge@nyas.org