If you have an interesting big data problem but are worried about finding - and more importantly affording - the right sort of skilled people to do the job then worry no more. Analytics businesses FICO and predictive analytics competitions business Kaggle have got to together to run and host your problems for free, to an audience of hundreds of thousands of big data gurus.
FICO and Kaggle will begin running analytics competitions later this summer. These competitions will give data scientists, including Kaggle’s community of 180,000 members, an opportunity to solve analytic challenges facing organisations in life sciences, financial services, retail, insurance and other industries. Besides the chance to win cash prizes and professional recognition, all contestants will enjoy free access to the FICO’s Solution Stack platform for Big Data analytics and decision management.
“Crowd-sourced innovation is an extremely exciting outgrowth of what we refer to as the democratisation of analytics,” said Doug Clare, vice president for cloud analytics at FICO. “Together with Kaggle, we’re eager to see what happens when some of the world’s greatest minds get their hands on some of the world’s most powerful analytic tools and applications in the FICO Analytic Cloud.”
“When you challenge a community of data scientists to solve data problems through an objectively judged competitive framework, you get solutions that are fresh, powerful and elegant,” said Karthik Sethuraman, Head of Analytic Solutions at Kaggle. “By partnering with FICO, we’ll be able to present our community members with an even wider array of real-world analytic problems from FICO’s diverse client base.”
Unfortunately you’ll need to wait a little longer to find out the full details of the offer as any further information on the Kaggle competitions won’t be released until sometime in the summer.