OPENS AT: Jul 06, 2018, 06:00 PM

CLOSES AT: Jul 22, 2018, 11:00 PM

DURATION: 16 days 5h

ZS Data Scientist Challenge – Summer 2018

Challenge Over

Social Share


ZS is at the frontier of advancing data science. One of their recent innovations, an intelligent personal assistant, uses AI to help identify physicians with patients who can benefit from life-improving treatment. It has already led to patients getting better care, faster.  

ZS is looking for the next generation of data scientists to join their team at the intersection of data science and real-life business problem-solving. These individuals should be highly skilled in spaces such as deep learning and conversational AI. In their opinion, the best data scientists have strong business acumen and can help them continue bringing data science innovation to their clients.
This Hackathon is an exciting opportunity for you to solve a multi-faceted problem, which is designed to provide you a sneak peek into the kind of work done at ZS. Their goal is to evaluate:  

  • How you handle data to pre-process and generate relevant features and insights for modeling 
  • Your knowledge of machine learning / statistics 
  • Your proficiency in identifying the right techniques to approach the problem 
  • How you translate the findings into actionable business insights

During the challenge, you will be expected to build a model using the provided sample dataset(s). You're free to use any method or tool of your choice and upload your results in the designated format. 

What’s in it for you in addition to the Prizes

  • Top participants will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the ZS Los Angeles Office to present their results in front of industry leaders and experience what a day is like at ZS   
  • A chance to take part in an expedited interview process with ZS, with the opportunity to join our Data Science team!   
  • Bragging Rights. ZS will publish a list of winners on our website  
  • Opportunity to solve a real-life healthcare challenge which may improve patient care and even save lives



Data Science Consultant / Associate Consultant
Experience: 0-7 years
Compensation: Best In Industry
Job Location: North America
Openings: 7

ZS Data Scientists design, develop and execute analytic techniques on large, complex, structured and unstructured data sets (including big data) to help clients make better fact-based decisions. ZS Data Scientists will research and develop new offerings/solutions, deliver client impact by collaborate to deliver client solutions and develop the ZS point of view in this space.


  • Develop advanced algorithms that solve problems of large dimensionality in a computationally efficient and statistically effective manner;
  • Execute and teach application of statistical and data mining techniques (e.g. hypothesis testing, machine learning and retrieval processes) on large, unstructured data sets to identify trends, figures and other relevant information;
  • Lead conversations with clients and other ZS stakeholders to effectively integrate and communicate analysis findings;
  • Evaluate emerging datasets and technologies and help define our analytic platform;
  • Own development of select assets/accelerators that create scale;
  • Contribute to thought leadership through research and publication;
  • Guide and manage project teams of Associates/Associate Consultants.


  • ZS is looking for participants with 0-7 years of work experience, and who are not enrolled in undergraduate/graduate studies after July 2018
  • Experience with big data/advanced analytics concepts and algorithms (e.g. text mining, social listening, recommender systems, predictive modeling, etc.);
  • Relevant programming background (e.g. Java/Python/R);
  • Strong understanding of relevant tools/platforms (e.g. Hadoop eco system and database systems);
  • Agile project planning and project management experience;
  • Team management and skill development experience;
  • Relevant domain knowledge preferred; (healthcare/transportation/hi-tech/insurance);
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Strong attention to detail, with a research-focused mindset;
  • Excellent critical thinking and problem solving skills;
  • High motivation, good work ethic and maturity.

Since ZS is a global consulting firm; fluency in English is required, additional fluency in at least one European or Asian language is desirable.
Candidates must possess work authorization for their intended country of employment. An on-line application, including a cover letter expressing interest and a full set of transcripts (official or unofficial), is required to be considered.

ZS offers a competitive compensation package with salary and bonus incentives, complete medical/dental/life insurance programs and retirement savings benefits. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.


ZS is a leading global consulting firm that’s proud to do things a little differently. ZS believes individual growth is driven by passion for solving complex problems by wo...



This contest is open to all, however, students currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate studies with graduation dates after July 2018 are not eligible to win prizes....



Sample challenge

1. Can I participate in a sample challenge?

Yes, we recommend that you participate in our sample challenge.This challenge enables you to understand how to ...

View All Notifications