TELUS/IEEE Smart Cities Datathon

This fall, TELUS and the IEEE invite undergraduate and master’s students to partake in our Datathon. The IEEE/TELUS Smart Cities Datathon is facilitated by the TELUS Graduate Engineering Leadership Program (GELP), in collaboration with the IEEE Vancouver section. Generous support has been provided from IBM, City of Surrey, TELUS Chief Technology Office (CTO), and TELUS FALCON/IoT teams.

What do you have to do?

The goal of the Datathon is to select, analyze, correlate, and visualize data gathered from the City of Surrey. With the available data sets, students will be asked to find key insights for a Smart Cities problem given on the first day of the competition. Every team will be using IBM’s Bluemix Cloud App Development Platform, and open web APIs during the three-week development time frame. By the end of the Datathon, teams will present their findings and solutions to a panel of judges.

  • Deadline to Register: October 28, 2016 (October 7, 2016)
  • Date of Orientation: November 4, 2016 (October 12, 2016)
  • Date of Presentation: November 21, 2016 (November 2, 2016)

Why you should compete?

  • Cash prizes
    • $3000 for first place, $2000 for second place, and $1000 for third place
  • Development opportunities:
    • Hands-on experience with IBM’s Bluemix Platform and development with open web APIs.
    • Strengthen problem-solving skills with real world data analysis and visualization.
    • Opportunity to purpose and present ideas to TELUS, IEEE, City of Surrey, and IBM judges.
  • Opportunity to netOpportunity to network with current TELUS team members, develop entrepreneurial skills, and demonstrate your creativity.
  • Free food!

Who is eligible to compete?

  • Participation is open to graduate and undergraduate level students.
  • No prior industry experience necessary.
  • Teams must have a minimum of two and a maximum of four members. Single participants will be paired up to form new teams (or join smaller teams).
  • For team composition, consider finding members with skills in the following: Programming, databases, data visualization, data analysis, idea generation, business analysis, and presentation.

When/Where will you compete?

Datathon Ramp up and Orientation: October 12, 2016 from 9 AM to 3:30 PM.
Datathon Presentations: November 2, 2016 at 11 AM.

  • Held at the TELUS Garden Innovation Centre (5th Floor, 510 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B0M3)
  • All members of a competing team must attend both events.

Deadline to Register: October 7 before 5 pm , 2016

To register, fill in the form below, and email it to with “TELUS Datathon – [team name]” in the subject line.

  • Team Name
  • Team members
  • Email of all members
  • School
  • Program
  • Program year
  • Food allergies

What is the GELP at TELUS?

The Graduate Engineering Leadership Program is a specialized growth platform for high achieving recent graduates in the engineering or computer science fields, who want to grow into professional roles and further develop their technological knowledge and skills.

The GELP is currently accepting applications until October 14th 2016. Visit for information.

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