Decisions about the use and impacts of working remotely, both on a micro and a macro level, could affect many sectors including government agencies, industry structures, real estate values, the environment, population densities and even career choices.
Providing insight to make these important decisions using quantitative analysis of some of the variables is valuable. What percent o f jobs are remote-ready? Of the jobs that are remote-ready, can we predict whether individual workers will be permitted to work remotely, and who will choose to do so? For a given city or metro area, can we predict the percentage of workers who will go remote? These issues and questions were all part of this year’s MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge.