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

The Case Competition allows undergraduate and graduate students to analyze real data from a non-profit organization to solve a pressing people-related challenge. This year, we are thrilled to partner with UNICEF and UNDP for the competition.

Startup Competition

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

Data Visualization Competition

The Data Visualization Competition allows participants to explore and visualize real data from a nonprofit partner organization to address a people-analytics related problem. This year, we are excited to partner with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) for the competition.

Research Paper Competition

The Research Paper Competition showcases the latest original, unpublished research in people analytics.

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White Paper Competition

The White Paper Competition promotes data-driven, actionable insights from industry practitioners.

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Ray Dalio

Founder, Chairman, and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Bridgewater Associates

Ray Dalio is one of the most influential economic thinkers, having pioneered industry-changing approaches to investing. He founded Bridgewater Associates in 1975 and applied his ideas to produce the largest returns of any hedge fund in history. He is the author of the New York Times #1 bestseller, Principles: Life and Work, which shares his tenets of corporate management and feedback that made Bridgewater Associates a success. Today, he is an active philanthropist who has signed The Giving Pledge, a commitment to donate more than half of his wealth to charity.


Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer of the National Basketball Association

Oris Stuart oversees diversity and inclusion strategies for the NBA, WNBA, and NBA Development League. He provides oversight, leadership, and best practices on diversity and inclusion matters to the league offices and teams, manages efforts to increase the number of minority- and women-owned suppliers, and supports initiatives to attract, develop, and retain diverse talent. Oris is also leading the creation of a global diversity and inclusion council to drive engagement on the league’s diversity and inclusion strategies at all levels. Prior to joining the NBA in 2015, Oris gained more than 15 years of experience as a business executive overseeing diversity and inclusion issues.

Tina Tchen

President and Chief Executive Officer of TIME’S UP

Tina Tchen is a renowned lawyer who has spent decades ensuring that work is safe, fair, and dignified for women. She established the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund in 2017, which has connected more than 4,000 people to legal or public relations support for sexual harassment. Prior to founding and leading TIME’S UP, Tina served as one of the Obama Administration’s leading advocates on working families and sexual assault in her roles as Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls and Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama.


Olympic Gold Medal Skier and 82-Time World Cup Skiing Champion

Lindsey Vonn is the most decorated American ski racer in history and is widely regarded as one of the greatest of all time. Lindsey is one of only two female skiers to have won four World Cup overall championships. She won the gold medal in downhill at the 2010 Winter Olympics, the first such title for an American woman. In 2016, she won her 20th World Cup crystal globe title, the overall record for men or women. Her total of 82 World Cup victories is also a women’s record. In February 2019, Lindsey announced her retirement from ski racing. With her vast social media following, growing portfolio of books and TV projects, and commitment to her namesake Foundation, Lindsey looks forward to the next chapter of her life as she continues to build her legacy and empower women of all ages across the globe.


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The Wharton People Analytics Conference is driven by a team of competitively selected students working in partnership with our faculty, and staff. As a result, the conference benefits from the full breadth of our collective perspectives and skills.



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