2019 COMPETITIONS

Our competitions are an annual opportunity to learn from new voices in the field and celebrate the innovation that is being created all around us – by academic researchers, industry practitioners, student teams, and startups alike.

CASE COMPETITION

We are thrilled to partner with Global Health Corps (GHC) for our fifth annual Case Competition.

STARTUP COMPETITION

The Startup Competition showcases cutting-edge startups working in the field of people analytics.

RESEARCH PAPER COMPETITION

Research Paper Competition showcases unpublished research in people analytics.

WHITE PAPER COMPETITION

White Paper Competition promotes actionable and thought-provoking insights that are grounded in research

CASE COMPETITION

We are thrilled to partner with Global Health Corps (GHC) for our fifth annual Case Competition.

RESEARCH PAPER COMPETITION

Research Paper Competition showcases unpublished research in people analytics.

STARTUP COMPETITION

The Startup Competition showcases cutting-edge startups working in the field of people analytics.

WHITE PAPER COMPETITION

White Paper Competition promotes actionable and thought-provoking insights that are grounded in research

CASE COMPETITION

We are excited to announce Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) as our 2019 Case Competition partner! Students are invited to analyze NFP’s data to recommend ideal caseloads for its nurses with the objective of improving the efficiency and effectiveness of its Nurse Home Visitors program.

Data Released: Mid-January
Application: Closed

Judging Criteria

Methodologically coherent and robust
Actionable insights
Creativity
Presentation

Case Competition Judges

Laura Gibson, Research Assistant Professor Of Medical Ethics And Health Policy for the University of Pennsylvania
Alex Nakahara, Senior Quantitative Analyst for the Philadelphia Phillies
Namita Nandakumar, Quantitative Analyst for the Philadelphia Eagles
Estelle Richman, Community Leader, Nurse-Family Partnership
Shannon Sainer, Senior Research Analyst, Nurse-Family Partnership
Bill Thorland, Director of Evaluation and Research, Nurse-Family Partnership
Sean Waldheim, Vice President, Admissions for Teach for America

Nurse-Family Partnership Mission

Each year, 380,000 children are born in United States to first-time mothers living below the federal poverty level. Recent research shows that the toxic stress of poverty and adverse experiences—especially neglect—can produce an impact on very young children that carries into adulthood. The birth of a child, particularly a first child, offers a pivotal chance to influence behavior change with mothers. Key health and development interventions during the first two years of a child’s life have been shown to have a dramatic impact on lifetime health and well-being.

Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) is a non-profit, evidence-based program that helps capitalize on these windows of opportunity to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. Since launching in 1996, NFP has served over 250,000 families. Over 35,000 new mothers across 42 states voluntarily enroll annually with no charge to them for NFP’s services.

Finalists & Winners

  • Shreyas Bhargav, Saswat Mishra, and Aditya Nanda (Indian Institute of Technology Madras)
  • Gabriel Chua and Meng Yuan Zhang (MIT Sloan School of Management)
  • Connor Joyce, Eric Lyons, and Amarachi Nasa-Okolie (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Louise Baldwin and Shreya Chatterjee (Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Business School)
  • Hanna Colin, Ann Farrell, and Jack Wang (Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University)

Problem Statement

NFP has recently embarked on an aggressive “Vision to Scale Plan” to dramatically expand enrollment within a relatively short period of time.  Their goal is to approximately double enrollment within the first seven years of the plan.  Fundamental to serving more clients is the need to build capacity by hiring more home visiting nurses and ramping up their caseloads as necessary.

Currently, NFP has set a target of 25 clients per full-time nurse home visitor. But does careful analysis of the data support this as a uniform target and one that fosters the most efficient and effective level of operations?  And, if not, what standard or standards would be more appropriate, and under what conditions?

RESEARCH PAPER COMPETITION

Our Research Paper Competition showcases the latest, unpublished research in people analytics.

Submissions this year involved a broad range including diversity, performance measurement, virtual teams, and the gig economy.

Abstract Submission Deadline: January 7, 2019
Application: Closed

Judging Criteria

Originality and creativity
Relevance and actionability
Rigor and validity
Clarity and presentation

Research Paper Competition Judges

Martine Haas, Associate Professor of Management, The Wharton School
Shane Jensen, Associate Professor of Statistics, The Wharton School
Jennifer Kurkoski, People Analytics Manager, Google
John Paul MacDuffie, Professor of Management, The Wharton School
Ashley Whillans,  Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Jeremy Yip, Assistant Professor of Management, Georgetown University

Finalists & Winners

  • Jiayi Bao, Approaching or Avoiding: Gender Asymmetry in Reactions to Past Job-Search Experience
  • Roman V. GalperinExtra-organizational determinants of careers: Gendered expert authority and attainment of patent examiners
  • Katharina LixExpressly Different: Interpretive Diversity and Team Performance
  • Wichinpong SinchaisriThe Impact of Behavioral and Economic Drivers on Gig Economy Workers
  • Bo Cowgill, Salary Disclosure and Hiring: Field Experimental Evidence from a Two-Sided Audit Study

WHITE PAPER COMPETITION

Our inaugural White Paper Competition, sponsored by Google’s People Innovation Lab, promotes actionable and thought-provoking insights that are grounded in research. Submissions this year involved a wide array of topics, such as skill identification, employee perks, and behavior change in the workplace.

Abstract Submission Deadline: January 7, 2019
Application: Closed

Judging Criteria

Actionable
Novel and thought-provoking
Grounded in research

White Paper Competition Judges

Julia Dahl, Senior Research Psychologist, United States Department of Defense
Don Gray, Senior Director, HR Advanced Analytics and Research, Microsoft
Shahar Gur, Manager, People Analytics, National Basketball Association
Margaret Knudsen, Vice President, Human Capital Insights, American Express
Brian Levine, Partner and Co-Leader of Mercer’s Workforce Strategy and Analytics Practice
Scott Parrigon, People Analytics Researcher, Google

Finalists & Winners

  • Nathaniel Bulkley, Michael ArenaDeveloping Adaptive Space: Advancing Social Capital Strategies to Help Organizations Succeed in Disruptive Environments
  • Schinria Islam Dan WillardBeyond Diversity: An Assessment of Employee Experiences with Workplace Inclusion
  • Brian JohnstonDomino reskilling: Sequential retraining that minimizes time to meet demand
  • Kelly MonahanUsing behavioral science to teach technical managers the benefits of employee coaching and development
  • Spencer Buja, Ankit TandonUnderstanding Developer Productivity via Windows 10 Telemetry

STARTUP COMPETITION

This year’s Startup Competition showcases cutting edge startups working in the field of people analytics, from predictive hiring to employee retention.

Application Deadline: February 15, 2019
Application: Closed

Judging Criteria

Problem solving and innovation
Data and analytics strength
Strong company foundation

Startup Competition Judges

Michael Cohn, Partner of GSV AcceleraTE
Karin Klein, Founding Partner of Bloomberg Beta
Kristina Kohl, Managing Principal, HRcomputes
Evan Lock, Global Leader for Strategy and Business Development, IBM Watson Education
Satyajit Naik, Workforce Analytics Manager, Vanguard
Tyler Wry, Assistant Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Finalists & Winners

  • Atipica, “Building the world’s first Inclusive AI platform for the talent life cycle”
  • OrganizationView, “Text insights for People Analytics teams”
  • OrgMapper by Maven 7 Solutions, “Leveraging networks to empower organizations”
  • PayAnalytics, “Closing the gender pay gap”
  • Worklytics, “Data-driven employee experience”