FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Please be sure to read the entirety of the LinkedIn Economic Challenge Rules and eligibility criteria before submitting a proposal.


What is the Economic Graph?

What is the LinkedIn Economic Graph Challenge?

Who are the winners of the Economic Graph Challenge?

How were the winners selected?

Who reviewed the submissions?

How many total submissions did LinkedIn receive?

How is LinkedIn protecting its members' privacy?

What will research award recipients receive?

What happens now?

Will the findings of each team’s research be published?

Does LinkedIn plan to do the LinkedIn Economic Graph Challenge regularly?

I am a member of the media and have questions about the Economic Graph Challenge. Who can I contact?

Why is the LinkedIn Economic Graph Challenge limited to US residents only?

What is the Economic Graph?
LinkedIn's vision is to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce. The Economic Graph is our vision to digitally map the global economy, providing all the necessary elements to connect talent with opportunity at massive scale.

Specifically, we aim to have a profile for every one of the more than 3 billion members of the global workforce, a profile for every company in the world – and who you know at those companies up to three degrees – all the job opportunities those companies offer, every skill required to obtain those opportunities, and a presence for every higher education organization in the world offering a way to acquire those skills. It will overlay the professionally relevant knowledge of every one of those individuals, companies and universities to the extent that they want to publicly share it.

The Economic Graph will allow all forms of capital – intellectual, working, and human – to flow to the areas where it can best be leveraged, giving all LinkedIn members the means to begin, grow, and transform their careers.

What is the LinkedIn Economic Graph Challenge?
The LinkedIn Economic Graph Challenge is our latest initiative to encourage researchers, academics, and data-driven thinkers to propose how they would use data from the LinkedIn Economic Graph to solve some of the challenging economic problems of our times.

Who are the winners of the Economic Graph Challenge?
The winning teams, along with a summary of their proposals, can be viewed here.

How were the winners selected?
Proposals were judged to determine the best ideas for using LinkedIn data to create positive economic opportunity and impact for members of the global workforce. Each proposal was carefully evaluated and scored based on the following criteria:
  • Novelty: Takes into account the thoughtfulness and originality of the entry, including its unique approach to taking advantage of data from the Economic Graph.
  • Impact: Considers the potential benefits to the region, country and the world, as well as the extensibility of the proposal.
  • Feasibility: This criterion will weigh the practicality of the submission, measuring the likelihood it can be researched and implemented within a reasonable time period and the types of data from LinkedIn that will be necessary for the proposed research.
The proposals with the higher overall scores were identified as finalists. The winners were selected from the finalists after a negotiation to confirm the eligibility of the participants and the feasibility of the proposed projects.

Who reviewed the submissions?
A review committee representing LinkedIn's Engineering, Data Science, and Legal departments reviewed the eligibility of each proposal and evaluated each proposal for novelty, impact, and feasibility.

How many total submissions did LinkedIn receive?
We received and evaluated hundreds of submissions.

How is LinkedIn protecting its members' privacy?
Protecting the privacy and security of our members is one of our priorities. We are taking a number of steps to protect member privacy and to ensure that the data which will be made accessible to winning teams is completely in adherence with our privacy policy. Any data provided to winners will only be made available through a monitored sandbox environment, on the LinkedIn network, under the guidance of a LinkedIn collaborator. For additional details, see Data and the contest rules.

What will research award recipients receive?
A winning team or individual will receive a one-time $25,000 (USD) research award. For winning teams, this cash grant will be distributed to the team leader, who shall have the responsibility for allocating it among team members. Winners will also receive two trips to LinkedIn’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, to participate in the LinkedIn Economic Graph Challenge Research Reception (May 2015) and Final Presentation (early 2016).

What happens now?
Over the course of the year, the winning teams will conduct their proposed research, under the mentorship of a LinkedIn employee collaborator. Upon completion of the research, the teams will present their findings to LinkedIn, at which point we will determine if the research will be published externally.

Will the findings of each team’s research be published?
LinkedIn will be working closely with all winning teams to help ensure each team is successful in their research goals. However, LinkedIn reserves total control as to whether or not the final research resulting from the Economic Graph Challenge will be published.

Does LinkedIn plan to do the LinkedIn Economic Graph Challenge regularly?
This is the first time that we’ve done this, and depending on the outcome we will determine whether future iterations of the LinkedIn Economic Graph Challenge will be proposed.

I am a member of the media and have questions about the Economic Graph Challenge. Who can I contact?
Please contact press@linkedin.com.

Why is the LinkedIn Economic Graph Challenge limited to US residents only?
This is the first LinkedIn Economic Graph Challenge, so we decided to keep things simple logistically and legally by limiting entrants to current residents of the United States. Future contests may be available to residents of other nations.