On February 26, 2016 the SAS Canada Academic Program hosted its first event with the brand new Zone for Learning Analytics School (ZLAS) at Ryerson University.
Ryerson created ZLAS in an attempt to bring analytics to all students across Canada and, so far, it’s working! Students from Ryerson University, the University of Toronto, and McMaster University were in attendance throughout the day. The SAS Canada Academic Program hosted a half-day workshop using SAS University Edition. Chris Battison, a long-time SAS user and the President of the SAS Canada Health User Group, ran the workshop for over sixty students. For many of these students, this was their first time learning and using SAS University Edition. The students then spent the afternoon using SAS University Edition with an open data source. They analyzed Toronto Blue Jays data to find one area for the team to improve upon and then find two players in the MLB who can boost performance in this chosen area. Both a highly topical and exciting competition if you’re a Jays fan.
The event was a success! The winning team, “the ZLAS Sports Analytics team,” received the top $1000 prize and the second-place team, the “SAS-inators,” received $500. The winning teams consisted of students from the University of Toronto and Ryerson University. James Tieu, the co-founder and co-executive director of ZLAS stated: “All and all, the day was a great success and we are really looking forward to running it again next year with more students.”
The SAS Canada Academic program is currently working with ZLAS to create another competition for Fall 2016 and recently attended the ZLAS Year End Summit and Career Fair on March 30, 2016. Stay tuned for more competitions and SAS University Edition learning opportunities!