2020 Champion® Analytics Case Competition

February 21-22, 2020 at Elon University

The Elon Center for Organizational Analytics partners with HanesBrands to host the Champion® Analytics Case Competition (CACC) at Elon University. The collegiate competition provides students with an opportunity to build and demonstrate their data analytics and visualization skills to professionals in the data analytics community.

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The competition is limited to 12 teams (graduate or undergraduate, representative of different analytics areas on campus, e.g., data science, computer science, math, statistics, business, and media analytics) from top public and private universities throughout the United States.


October 31, 2019 – Deadline to register. Teams are responsible for arranging and paying for their own travel and lodging.

November 15, 2019 – Team members’ information due.

January 22, 2020 – Case revealed via email.

January 31, 2020 – Team Hype video due

February 21, 2020 – Teams will be expected to check in to the competition no later than 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 21.

February 22, 2020 – Teams are invited to attend the awards ceremony and dinner from 5:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Skills Requirements

Business Understanding – Understanding the problems and opportunities that drive the analysis. This is typically an issue that the sponsor wants to understand using analytics.

Data Understanding – Understanding the data that is to be analyzed. This includes defining each of the variables in the analysis process.

Data Preparation – Cleaning up any issues in the data to allow it to be analyzed using various software tools.

Data Modeling – Analyzing the cleaned data using supervised and unsupervised modeling to discover useful insights from the data that can help address the sponsors’ problems and opportunities.

Evaluation – Comparing the results found in the modeling phase to the original issues provided by the sponsor to see if the issues have been addressed. This phase also looks at recommendations for future projects.

Presentation – Delivering a strong, professional presentation to the HanesBrands Inc. executive team.

Passion for learning and problem solving plus some Excel skills qualifies any student to take part in the challenge. We recommend students team up with others with complimentary skillsets for a successful challenge experience.

Role of Faculty Mentor

Teams may have a faculty advisor, however, at no time should the advisor provide explicit direction, instructions, or analysis support to the business problem or final presentation/report.

About HanesBrands

HanesBrands is a socially responsible leading marketer of everyday basic innerwear and activewear apparel in the Americas, Europe, Australia and Asia-Pacific. We own some of the world’s strongest – and most iconic – brands, including Hanes, Champion, Bonds, Maidenform, DIM, Bali, Playtex and Alternative.

Each year, our company produces roughly 2 billion pieces of apparel, manages half a million SKUs and ships to tens of thousands of retailers in more than 40 countries. We harness the power of advanced analytics to dissect millions of production, distribution, inventory, sales and other data points to fuel our business – from guiding the company’s innovation strategy … to ensuring supply meets demand down to the SKU level … to identifying the right information to deliver to the right consumer at the right time.

The company actively partners with universities to sponsor advanced analytics case competitions. The events augment the efforts of our talented team of professionals, generate diverse ideas and approaches to business challenges, and provide real-world experience to some of our country’s best and brightest talent.

Get in the game during the Champion Analytics Case Competition!


Scott Ryan
Senior Manager, Global Advanced Analytics

Haya Ajjan
Associate Professor of Management Information Systems
Gordon Professor in Entrepreneurship
Director of the Center for Organizational Analytics
Elon University

Participating Schools

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