SAS and Goa Institute of Management's Bitathon Lead the Charge in Telecom Analytics Advancements

Mumbai, India (March 4, 2024)

AS, the global leader in AI and analytics, is proud to announce the resounding success of the 5th Annual Hackathon organized in partnership with the Goa Institute of Management (GIM). The event, held under the theme "Everything, Everywhere All at Once: Gen AI in Business & Innovation," showcased the immense talent and innovation among students. The hackathon, which attracted participation from 425 colleges, received an overwhelming response with a total of 1319 registrations. Students were provided with a dataset centered around the theme, encouraging them to identify unique problem statements and propose innovative solutions. Following a rigorous first-round assessment test, the top 70 candidates were invited to the GIM campus for the final two rounds of the competition. These rounds delved deeper into the application of AI in addressing real-world challenges, highlighting the participants' analytical and problem-solving skills.

The championship commenced with a keynote address by by Dr Naga Venkatesh Devaguptapu, DEAN(Academics) Goa institute of management “Data Science is now omni-present as a way of doing business and Big Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence are today a part of the must have skill-set package for managers across businesses. GIM envisioned this several years back and in line with this we were the first business school to offer a PGDM in Big Data Analytics. Our PGDM in Big Data Analytics program has been ranked as the 2nd best program in the country by Analytics Insight and 4th by Analytics India Magazine. Bitathon is an annual hackathon jointly conducted by GIM in association with SAS to challenge, engage and activate budding data scientists.”

Bhuvan Nijhawan, Sr. Director Education – Asia Pacific, SAS Institute India Private Limited said, “By providing budding data scientists with the necessary skills, tools, data, and environment, we can anticipate the emergence of innovative solutions capable of addressing societal issues. The teams participating in Bitathon utilized data analytics to predict trends within the Telecom Industry, thereby emphasizing the pivotal role that data analytics can play in identifying and managing challenges faced by the industry worldwide.”

The winners of Bitathon 2024 were:

  • Team 1: Team Amaze - Ravi Ranjan, Sanjeev Khatwani, Amit Kumar Singh from SP Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai.
  • Team 2: Team Trinity - Jayashankar A, Akash Chakilam, Aadharsh Girish from Goa Institute of Management (GIM), Goa.
  • Team 3: Team Stak Alliance - Tarun Bhardwaj, Sooraj K from Goa Institute of Management (GIM), Goa.

The winning team, Amaze, adopted a strategic approach by providing value-added recommendations centered around customer segmentation to maximize value. They conducted delinquency analysis, churn analysis modeling, and utilized sentiment analysis in real-time data to address the challenges faced by the Telecom Industry. 

About Bitathon:

BITATHON is a Data Analytics and Mining Championship hosted by the Big Data Analytics fraternity of the Goa Institute of Management (GIM) in collaboration with SAS. The hackathon was accessible to graduate and post-graduate students across India who have a passion for data crunching, data manipulation, and analysis. It serves as a platform encouraging young minds to engage with challenging data problems and address them meticulously. Bitathon assesses the intelligence and acumen of data enthusiasts through multiple rounds involving various concepts, including aptitude, Base SAS, data science, and statistics.

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