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Forecasting Challenge

Our Forecasting challenge aims to secure students to join our summer internship programme in a commercial analyst role within our retail energy management business area. Retail energy management is the part of our business which is responsible for pricing and buying all the gas and electricity that our customers need, and managing the cost of getting it to where it’s needs to go

So what’s the challenge all about?

We are challenging you, the students of Britain, to beat our forecast. Over the course of 3 rounds, you and your team of up to 4 members will receive weather data. You will need to build a model and forecast the energy consumption in the missing fields.

Each week we will update the league table on this page so you can track how you are doing. The top 5 teams will be invited to the final at our offices to present their model and the chance to win £1000 and a paid summer internship at npower.

It’s a perfect opportunity for students studying analytical or numerate degrees to put their mathematical skills to the test, and try out some real life forecasting. To find out more about the challenge, have a read of the brochure.



It’s really easy to register, and best of all, you can do the whole thing in less than 5 minutes. All we need is your name and email addresses plus university details for your whole team. Registration closes on 1st November 2017, and we’ll be in contact then to send you the first round of data.

Supported by our partner My Kinda Future, we have a collection of mentors who have been part of the competition before, they will be able to answer any questions you might have about the competition and the application process.Click here to access our mentors through the connectr service.


Forecasting Challenge Leader board


Eligible team:

Place: Team  Round 1  Round 2  Round 3  Average
     Average MAPE  Average MAPE  Average MAPE  Average MAPE
1 4C 14.26% 4.36% 5.84% 8.15%
2 Spectral 10.80% 6.85% 6.99% 8.21%
3 dRagons 9.02% 6.42% 13.16% 9.53%
4 Deepredict 13.77% 10.14% 9.32% 11.08%
5 The_Vision 22.81% 5.51% 7.06% 11.79%
6 NPower Rangers 15.68% 10.29% 10.64% 12.20%
7 Category 3 17.16% 4.76% 15.32% 12.41%
8 Leeds 20.22% 11.43% 7.55% 13.06%
9 Data Seers 14.37% 14.68% 12.10% 13.72%
10 JJJ 13.43% 12.47% 16.03% 13.98%
11  The hardest part of a competition is choosing a team name 24.73% 5.19% 12.35% 14.09%
12 Geodudes 19.70% 13.03% 13.23% 15.32%
13 Forecasting Force 23.66% 7.60% NO SUBMISSION 15.63%
14 Trigen 14.76% 17.10% 18.94% 16.93%
15 Newbee 23.25% 10.15% 25.74% 19.71%
16 Hurricane 35.20% 15.14% 12.18% 20.84%
17 Just a bunch of EEE 31.57% 14.62% NO SUBMISSION 23.10%
18 NUIS 22.13% 14.39% 33.46% 23.33%
19 danhuaelm 25.24% 17.68% 132.67% 58.53%


Other teams:

 Position Team  Round 1  Round 2  Round 3  Average
     Avg MAPE  Avg MAPE  Avg MAPE  Avg MAPE
 1 Vinayaksharma@uncc 6.92% 3.48%  4.83% 5.08%
 2 adityakumar@uncc 9.78% 4.42%  5.25% 6.49%
 3 NikkishPrabhakaran@UNCC 8.47% 5.77%  5.56% 6.60%
 4 GaemDae 7.03% 3.65%  9.72% 6.80%
 5 HM_Caspian 8.59% 5.00%  7.19% 6.93%
 6 TrushilPatel@uncc 7.64% 6.36%  7.18% 7.06%
 7 DhruvaGoel@UNCC 7.74% 6.56%  7.99% 7.43%
 8 bartagergo 11.19% 4.10%  8.17% 7.82%
 9 BESTpre 9.82%  8.39%  8.17% 8.80%
10 Ahmed@UNCC 14.53% 6.85%  8.79% 10.06%
11 SriramakrishnaTuraga@UNCC 14.55% 9.83%  7.74% 10.70%
12 Llamas with Power 19.66% 6.63%  6.42% 10.90%
13 MatthewWithrow@UNCC 13.68% 6.70%  12.79% 11.05%
14 HanuVegunta@UNCC 14.99% 11.65%  6.76% 11.13%
15 Sparks 14.24% 13.85%  6.78% 11.63%
16 SanchayaThakur@UNCC 11.60% 17.67%  6.78% 12.02%
17 ChukwunonsoOkeke@UNCC 24.45% 5.67%  5.98% 12.03%
18 Dishant_Banga@UNCC 24.66% 8.64%  4.65% 12.65%
19 MaheshAlapati@UNCC 15.18% 7.35%  16.34% 12.96%
20 RIT Tigers 12.63% 11.46%  17.37% 13.82%
21 RoopaliKhapre@UNCC 10.14% 13.02%  20.68%  14.61%
22 MESH 22.16% 13.97%  12.79% 16.31%
23 UtilAnalyticsTeam 22.48% 11.65%  28.75%  20.96%
24 Kevin Mullins_UNCC 21.01% 29.74%  12.18% 20.98%
25 Gecad_PT 22.14% 19.08%  21.88% 21.03%
26 Don't Trend on MAPE 11.71% 15.28%  38.06% 21.68%
27 MasoudSobhani@UNCC 17.43% 5.72%  90.17% 37.78%
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