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Syngenta Crop Challenge offers a chance to win up to $5,000

Syngenta Crop Challenge offers a chance to win up to $5,000

Source: Syngenta

The 2019 Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics, brought to you by the Analytics Society of INFORMS, is now open. By accepting the crop challenge, you and your team will be asked to demonstrate how data can be used to feed the future world. The winning team will receive $5,000, while $2,500 be awarded second place and third place will receive $1,000.

The population of the Earth is growing by 200,000 people per day and is projected to reach 9.8 billion in 2050, yet our world is running out of cropland – land needed to produce food. And we’re currently using arable land and water 50 percent faster than the planet can sustain. At the same time, crops face an unprecedented set of obstacles due to increasingly limited growing conditions and climate change. How will we be able to grow enough food to meet the world demand?

In particular, this year’s competition focuses on the following two research problems that could potentially help plant breeders develop more resilient crops:

  1. Can environmental data be aggregated into useful metrics representing stresses encountered by corn hybrids throughout a growing season?
  2. Can these metrics be used to discriminate between corn hybrids tolerant and susceptible to the stresses they represent?

To sign up, visit https://www.ideaconnection.com/syngenta-crop-challenge/?utm_source=INFORMS&utm_campaign=newsletter. For more information and to download the submission template, click “Learn More.” For answers to questions, fill in the email template under “Contact.”

Submissions are due Jan. 18, 2019. Finalists will be announced in March 2019 and will present their work during the INFORMS Business Analytics Conference April 14-16, 2019, in Austin, Texas, and winners will be announced near the end of the conference.

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