INDUSTRY 4.0

It's All About the Data

ABOUT THE I4 CHALLENGE

WHAT IS IT?

The I4 Challenge is a high school level data-driven competition run by students at the University of Waterloo. The name comes from what is known as the fourth industrial revolution, involving the computerization of manufacturing and increase in big data and analytics.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

This competition will allow grade eleven and grade twelve students to learn about management engineering concepts including data analytics, operations research and critical thinking.

WHEN IS IT?

The first competition will run on February 7, 2020 from 8:00am - 4:00pm via our online competition platform.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

Through our one-day competition, you will be tested and improve on your analytical, time management and optimization skills!

WHAT CAN I EXPECT?

This year’s day-long competition will take teams of 3-5 students through part of a manufacturing process, analyzing a section of the production line. Teams will be provided visuals (video, blueprint) and data from the line and will be asked to use an engineering approach to analyze the process, layout, and efficiency. They will then prepare a short report with their analysis and a PowerPoint presentation with their recommendations for how the plant management can improve the area.

The competition is formatted such that there will be several milestones released on our competition platform throughout the day of the competition. Student teams will work on the milestone deliverables and submit them through our online competition platform by the specified deadlines. There will also be advisor check-ins twice during the competition, once in the morning and once in the afternoon.

About Us

In the Winter 2017 term, the 2021 Class of Management Engineering students started the formation of the Industry 4.0 Team. The team is advised by Professor Kenneth N. McKay, Department of Management Sciences, Faculty of Engineering, University of Waterloo.

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FAQ

The inaugural I4 competition will be held on February 7, 2020.
The competition is based out of Waterloo but is run virtually. Teams will participate at their own high schools.
Teams of 4 are recommended, but teams can have 3-5 members.
Yes, provided the teams do not share information or work together in any way.
The competition is open to students in grades 11 & 12.
To sign up a team, please complete the form here.
Students interested in participating in the competition should first get in touch with a teacher who would be willing to act as a supervisor. Your teacher supervisor must register your team here.
No, there are no participation fees.
Yes! However, exact prizing is to be determined.
Please contact us here. We are currently seeking financial sponsorship and industry professionals willing to act as team advisors.
This competition focuses on process improvement through data analytics. It provides an opportunity to develop your problem solving, analytical, Excel, and data analysis skills, among others. While these skills are exceptionally important in engineering, they are also invaluable in many other disciplines.
Management Engineering is the study and analysis of complex systems with the goal of improving efficiency and effectiveness. In many ways it could be seen as the industrial engineering of the future, going beyond traditional settings to impact all areas of the business. From process improvement to software development, project management, operations research, data science, and more, Management Engineers are well rounded and highly successful in diverse fields.
TBD; We'll be sure to update everyone when it's confirmed.
Please contact our outreach team at industry4team@uwaterloo.ca with your name, contact info, and what you can contribute to the team, and we'll be in touch! Resumes are appreciated but not required.

OUR TEAM (2019)

CHLOE DICKISON

Director

ZOE NAHMIASH

Team Manager

NINA DESOUZA

Manager of Communications

REMI SHAH

Marketing Lead

DEANNA DANELON

Marketing Lead

HASHIM VEKAR

Competition Lead

HANNAH CRANHAM

Competition Designer

SIDHANT VASHIST

Software Lead

JOSHUA D'SOUZA

Software Developer

FADEL NASEREDDIN

Business Lead