FAQs and Tutorial Schedules
||March 28, 5:00PM AEDT (90 minutes in duration)
||April 4, 5:00PM AEDT (60 minutes in duration)
||April 11, 5:00PM AEDT (60 minutes in duration)
Meeting invitations for these sessions will be sent to all confirmed participants after March 23. These sessions will be run by S&P Global experts who will provide more information about the competition, Workbench functionality including notebooks, and details about the different data sets that will be available.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Further Q&A may be added during the course of the competition based on inquiries so participants are encouraged to check back frequently for updates.
Q. Has S&P Global previously run data hackathons?
A. Yes. S&P Global Market Intelligence ran an inaugural competition in 2020 in USA, however it had a more limited range of data sets, a different challenge and expected deliverables, and the competition was completed within one day.
Q. Why is S&P Global running this hackathon?
A. S&P Global established the hackathon competition to provide a stern test of research and analytical skills in advancing insights on a key challenge facing industry. In 2022, we want to promote new ideas in sustainable investing.
Q. Do the data sets provided in this competition represent the entire collection of data sets offered by S&P Global.
A. These data sets are a subset of what is available from S&P Global. The data provided is drawn from S&P Global Market Intelligence, S&P Global Platts, S&P Dow Jones Indices and S&P Global Sustainable1. For the data sets provided for the competition, we have also limited the longitudinal span to 2016-2021.
Q. Can I get access to more data sets and more historical data on the information already provided?
A. We will not be releasing more data for the competition than what has already been specified. Interested parties can visit www.spglobal.com
and navigate through the divisional sections for more information, or contact S&P Global for a discussion about your needs.
Q. Is the S&P Global Workbench platform the way that I would receive data from S&P Global if I was to subscribe to your data services?
A. The S&P Global Workbench
platform is a method by which we make data sets available for interested parties to become familiar with our content before purchase. For subscribing clients, we typically deliver our content through desktop or data feed services (more information via S&P Global Marketplace).
Q. What is the relationship between S&P Global and Portfolio Construction Forum?
A. S&P Global is an academic partner of Portfolio Construction Forum. S&P Global is also a sponsor of the S&P Global Marketplace
Hackathon, in association with Portfolio Construction Forum.
Q. Will this competition be run again in 2023?
A. We intend this to be an annual program.
Q. Will this competition be open to university students in the future?
A. Depending on the success of the 2022 competition particularly with academics, we would like to explore expanding the competition to students provided it is part of the university curriculum.
Q. Can I download and use the S&P Global data beyond the competition?
A. No. Competition participants can securely access the data (and notebooks / models) from within the S&P Global Workbench
platform and downloading capability is not provided.
Q. Other than S&P Global Workbench platform, will I be able to use other external software/platforms that are not under S&P Global?
A. The hackathon competition is design to provide a stern test of research and analytical skills using the wide range of data sets across various divisions within S&P Global. Hence, we allow only the use of the S&P Global Workbench platform to access those data sets in order to build the submission components required for the competition.
Q. Are the data sets focusing on companies on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX)?
A. Participants will be exposed to a wide range of data sets on companies globally.
Q. Who are the judges for the Hackathon and how were they selected?
A. The judges are a diverse set of industry experts and academics, drawn from the superannuation, asset management, and academic sectors. Their names were revealed when the competition was launched at the Portfolio Construction Forum Markets Summit on February 23. View our judges' biographies here
Q. What are the key criteria used for judging the winners?
A. All submissions will be assessed with a view to the creativity, relevance and veracity of the proposition, together with the way data, research, modelling and visualization has been used to support.
Q. Are we able to ask questions outside of the Tutorial sessions and if so, who should they be directed to?
A. All questions about the competition should be directed to [email protected]
Q. What are the prizes on offer?
A. Three teams will receive attractive financial awards and have the opportunity to showcase their submissions to the industry:
• 1st $10,000
• 2nd $6,000
• 3rd $4,000