This year's SBP Grand Challenge problem asks participants to consider the following question, "how can we use publicly available data on the web and elsewhere to find social inequality and to aid the disadvantaged?"
From the Arab Spring to the recent Gamergate scandal, the use of social media in understanding and mitigating social inequalities and prejudice has increased at a rapid pace. At the same time, data used for decades to study the ways in which social inequalities permeate every facet of social structure have become increasingly accessible. While many have taken advantage of these resources to produce new and interesting approaches to understanding social inequalities and ways to prevent them, there is much interesting and useful work still to be done. For example, the following questions may be of interest:
These are by no means the only questions of interest, and are only intended to give a rough idea of what might be an interesting topic to explore for this challenge problem.
All submissions must be in the form of a 4-6 page single column paper with a minimum font size of 10. Note that only the abstract will be included in the proceedings, and thus should not conflict with any concurrent or future submissions of this work to other venues. Submissions will be judged by a based on their novelty, adherence to relevant social science literature, and technical rigor.
All submissions must be made to our submission site, https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=sbpgdc2015
This year's winners will receive $1,000 in travel funding to present their work at the conference, a $300 cash prize, and plaques declaring their victory in the competition. Second place will receive a $200 cash prize.
We have provided some sample datasets to get contestants started on their submissions. These datasets are merely intended to provide a starting point, and are not required for the submission. Contestants are encouraged to provide their own datasets for the community. All of the datasets that follow are available on the SBP Grand Challenge website (http://sbp-conference.org/challenge/):
Please direct all questions to the SBP Grand Challenge Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org