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Challenge:

Data Science in Research & Development

This Challenge is

CLOSED

Data Science in Research & Development

Key Dates

Challenge Starts

October 10, 2019

Solutions Due By

October 27, 2019

Virtual Pitch

November 19, 2019

Winners Announced

November 21, 2019

Data Science in Research & Development

The Opportunity

PepsiCo is looking for talented Graduate and PhD students to become a part of their summer 2020 intern team to help them create the unexpected!

If you’re interested in this internship opportunity, then sign up to participate in the two-week PepsiCo Data Science Challenge, where solvers completing graduate school, or who are currently enrolled in a PhD program, will have the opportunity to create a model that predicts the shelf life of snack products. This is your chance to showcase what you can do. Your talent, our stage!

Winners of this Challenge will have the opportunity to join PepsiCo from May 18th - August 7th, 2020 as a R&D Engineer Intern, R&D Food Scientist Intern, or a R&D Global Functions Specialist Intern in the USA, Ireland or the United Kingdom.

The challenge begins on October 10, 2019. To participate, all you need to do is sign up!

What You Need To Know

After signing up

Students will receive two separate teaser questions via email around September 30th that will help them practice and prepare for the challenge.

After the Challenge starts

On October 10, 2019, students will be emailed the official Challenge question. Solvers will use a programming language of their choosing (including R, Python, MATLAB, and more) to create a model that predicts the shelf life of snack products. The solver will submit the code and language they used to build the model by October 27, 2019.

After submitting solutions

All submitted solutions will be evaluated. Ten individuals with leading solutions will be invited to a virtual pitch session on November 4, 2019 with the Challenge judging panel, which includes PepsiCo employees from the Human Resources, Data Science and R&D teams, as well as from the New York Academy of Sciences’ challenge design team.

Up to three solvers from the virtual pitch session will be selected as Challenge winners and be announce on November 21, 2019.

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Data Science in Research & Development

Key Dates

Challenge Starts

October 10, 2019

Solutions Due By

October 24, 2019

Virtual Pitch

November 4, 2019

Winners Announced

November 21, 2019

Grand Prize

Winners will receive a PepsiCo R&D internship for the summer of 2020
Winner(s) will receive a complimentary 1-year membership to The New York Academy of Sciences

About The Internship

  • Interns will receive an hourly wage as well as a sign-on bonus (which may be used for summer housing and relocation costs).

  • PepsiCo will place R&D Interns/ Full- Time hires primarily in the five headquarter locations: Plano, TX; Chicago/Barrington, IL; Purchase/Valhalla, NY; Beaumont Park in Leicester, United Kingdom; or Cork, Ireland. Location preferences will be discussed in the interview process.

  • Internships are project based, and the interns would be working on 1-2 projects related to one of PepsiCo’s chosen categories.

  • In addition, there are several events throughout the summer such as baseball games, lunch and learns, pizza tours and more that will make the summer more than just work!

Additional details about the internship can be found on the Pepsico website.

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Data Science in Research & Development

Key Dates

Challenge Starts

October 10, 2019

Solutions Due By

October 24, 2019

Virtual Pitch

November 4, 2019

Winners Announced

November 21, 2019

Challenge Rules

  • The official challenge rules can be found here. Individuals must acknowledge that they have read the challenge rules before completing the sign up 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 completing graduate school or currently enrolled in a PhD program. Participants must be eligible to work in the United States, United Kingdom and/or Ireland without work authorization sponsorship.

  • Participants must be at least 18 years old as of October 10th, 2019.

  • The challenge commences on October 10, 2019 at 12:00:01 AM ET and ends on October 24, 2019 at 11:59:59 PM ET (“The Challenge Period"). The Challenge Period is 14 days.

  • When the challenge begins on October 10, 2019, the challenge statement will be released containing the detailed question and judging criteria.

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Data Science in Research & Development

Key Dates

Challenge Starts

October 10, 2019

Solutions Due By

October 24, 2019

Virtual Pitch

November 4, 2019

Winners Announced

November 21, 2019

+ What are the age requirements?

To participate in this challenge you must be 18 years of age or older. At the time of registration participants must have been born before October 10, 2001.

+ Where do I find the detailed challenge question and judging criteria?

The challenge opens on October 10, 2019, at which point a link to the detailed challenge question and judging criteria will be emailed to everyone who has signed up.

+ 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.

+ Who are the judges?

For more information, you can explore their profiles under 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 challenge statement to be released on October 10, 2019 when the challenge begins.

+ English is not my first language and I would like to communicate with my team members in my native language. Is that allowed?

No, unfortunately in order to preserve transparency and ensure all participants respect our online code of conduct, we require that all communication be in English.

+ When will the winners be announced?

Winners will be announced in November 21, 2019.

+ What is the virtual pitch?

The PepsiCo judging team will review and select the top 10 to invite to a virtual pitching session. Solvers will be given one week to put their pitch together. The Virtual session will be comprised of PepsiCo employees from the Human Resources, Data Science and R&D teams as well as from the Academy’s challenge design team.

+ If I win the internship, what are the next steps?

The PepsiCo team will work with the winners on the logistics of travel and getting started with the internship.

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