It's All About the Data
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.
This competition will allow grade eleven and grade twelve students to learn about management engineering concepts including data analytics, operations research and critical thinking.
The first competition will run on February 7, 2020 from 8:00am - 4:00pm via our online competition platform.
Through our one-day competition, you will be tested and improve on your analytical, time management and optimization skills!
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.
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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