The Principal Cup: An OR/MS Analytics Challenge

Hi everyone,

Please see below for the information about The Principal Cup: An OR/MS Analytics Challenge. The deadline is Aug 30th, 2018. In the registration form, you may indicate University of Toronto as your INFORMS student chapter.

The INFORMS student chapter at the University of Michigan and Principal Financial Group have come together to create The Principal Cup: An OR/MS Analytics Challenge – a data analytics challenge tailored to the skills of INFORMS student chapter members across the world. Each quality submission (up to 3) yields $300 to the submitting team’s INFORMS student chapter. Furthermore, finalists are eligible for:

·       a travel stipend to present their solution and approach at the Challenge Showcase event,
·       the opportunity to publish their work in a refereed journal, and
·       the top three teams win cash prizes (1st place: $4,000; 2nd place: $2,000; 3rd place: $1,000).

The Principal Cup Challenge Showcase event will be hosted by the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI on September 28, 2018. In addition to the finalists’ presentations to the panel of judges, there will be a networking social event for all participants. The challenge will launch on July 15, 2018 and final submissions are due on August 30, 2018. To learn more about the challenge and register, visit:

I would strongly encourage your INFORMS student chapter to organize teams of your best students to prepare for this Analytics Challenge. In addition to showcasing your student talent, there is an opportunity to secure funding to support local chapter activities and cash prizes for the top 3 teams.

We are looking forward to your INFORMS Student Chapter participation! (Please note these can be multiple teams from your chapter.)

For any further information, please contact:
Lawrence M. Seiford
Goff Smith Co-Director of the Tauber Institute for Global Operations
The University of Michigan
1205 Beal Avenue, room 2731
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2117   USA
Voice: (734) 764-9422