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Students: Use Data, Learn Decision-Making in Saaty Hackathon

University of Pittsburgh students interested in the use of data and decision-making techniques to solve complex problems are encouraged to participate in the T.L. Saaty Decision Making for Leaders Hackathon, hosted by the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business in collaboration with the Creative Decisions Foundation, on March 24-26, 2023.

The winning team of 2-3 students will receive a $2,000 award with $700 for second place and $300 for third. All participants will receive an Analytic Hierarchy Decision Making Using Python Entry Level Certification along with a Pitt Decision Making for Leaders Certification.

In its second year, the competition honors the legacy of the late Thomas L. Saaty, a Distinguished University Professor at Pitt known worldwide as the creator of the decision-making methods the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) and Analytic Network Process (ANP) to solve complex problems.

Students will receive intensive training in the AHP/ANP process on the first day. The training will be conducted by Dr. Elena Rokou, Chief Research Officer for the Creative Decisions Foundation. Then, the students will team up to define and solve a complex practical business problem using both hard data and their personal perspectives and experiences. The real-world business issue will be provided by Kate’s Real Food, a fast-growing organic snack company based in Bedford, Pennsylvania. Judging will be done by business analytics experts from companies and universities around the world.

Registration Deadline is March 22, 2023

Students who want to register for the Saaty Hackathon event should complete this form.  If you do not have a team, you can register as an individual and the organizers of the event will place you on an appropriate team.