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McKinsey’s Datathon: The City Cup

November 23, 2019 – Madrid, Munich and Moscow

Calling all coders and data scientists

We invite you to join McKinsey’s in-person Datathon in one of three cities – Madrid, Munich, or Moscow - on November 23, 2019. At The City Cup you will gain insight into the types of problems that our McKinsey data scientists solve daily. You will leave with a better understanding of the meaningful work we do with clients and the impact we create, as well as the various opportunities that McKinsey offers for tech talent. In addition to the hands-on hacking exercise, you will have ample time to network with our colleagues and ask them any questions that are on your mind.

City cup prizes

1st prize

Attendance at ICML, including accommodation + gadget

2nd prize

Attendance at local conference of your choice, including accommodation + gadget

3rd prize

One-year subscription to Data Camp + gadget

Event details and requirements

Event date
November 23, 2019
9:00 - 23:00

Madrid, Munich, or Moscow

This program is intended for individuals based in Europe. It is one of our many worldwide programs aimed at helping all candidates get to know McKinsey better.

Eligibility requirements

  • University students in relevant bachelor’s or master’s studies
  • Current PhD students
  • Professionals with fewer than 5 years of work experience

All attendees must be fluent in English, and ideally in the local language of the country where they attend The City Cup.

Application process
To express your interest, please submit your CV and application form by October 27. If your application is successful, you will be notified by November 4.

Team formation

Once successful applicants have been notified, we will create a virtual group on Slack (owned by McKinsey) where participants will have 14 days to connect and form teams.

Our recommendation is to form a team of 3, however, teams of 2 are also welcome. In the case you don’t form a team, we will assign you to one.

On the day of the event, you can withdraw from the competition, however, to compete for prizes, your team needs to have at least 2 members until the end. Teams of 1 will be able to stay and complete the challenge, but they will not be eligible for prizes.

Applications are now closed


Inside McKinsey’s Datathon: The City Cup

In November 2018 we hosted The City Cup in Amsterdam, Stockholm, and Zurich. More than 120 talented tech professionals participated in the 14-hour event where they spent half the time modelling road accident severity based on location, type, speed and other elements.

Past participant feedback

“I didn’t know McKinsey worked with machine learning and analytics before joining the event and was very pleased to learn that there’s a data science community at the firm.”

“I didn’t know what to expect from the day, but it ended up being a great learning experience for data science and informal way of meeting McKinsey consultants and recruiters.”

“The event gave me a good insight into McKinsey Analytics, both in the work they do and people working there. I considered the day to be a great success!”

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