Hyderabad: Nasdaq-listed Virtusa Corporation — a global provider of digital strategy, digital engineering, and IT outsourcing services — conducted its annual business analytics hackathon called The Business Cipher on data analytics. Around 400 students from 25 business schools participated in this competition.
At the first stage contestants completed an online course on Python which forms the base for students aspiring to become data scientists. 26 finalists from 10 B-Schools across the country took part in the grand finale between September 20 and 21. They were given a practical business case using a set of data to come up with conclusion based on their ability to solve the problem with best accuracy, presentation skills, code quality and team work.
The winning team comprised of participants from IIM Bangalore, IIM Trichy, Great Lakes Institute, Chennai and TA Pai Management Institute, Manipal.
Arvind Purushothaman, SV-P, global head, Data Practice said, “This is a great platform for students to showcase their analytical and problem-solving skills in a team environment. This also helps Virtusa identify and hire some of the best talent in the industry.”
At the grand finale, the contestants had to work on a real time Blockchain case using data sets to come up with a practical solution. Along with the prize money (Rs 50,000) the winners were also rewarded with pre-placement offers by Virtusa.