Some exciting news to report from DatSci HQ, the Awards will now be known as the European DatSci & AI Awards due to the expansion of the competition across Europe and the long anticipated collaboration with the Big Data Value Association (BDVA), the private counterpart to the EU Commission to implement the Big Data Value PPP program.

The 4th annual Awards Ceremony will take place on the 5th September 2019. The full-day event and Awards, hosted at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland will connect and celebrate the best of the data science and artificial intelligence ecosystem across Europe.

The Awards will recognise excellence in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence across industry, education and social responsibility in Europe in 10 Award Categories.

“We’re delighted to welcome the BDVA on board and look forward to working together,” says Linda Davis, founder of the DatSci Awards  and CEO of Next Generation. “The BDVA is present in 28 European countries and has approximately 200 members across Europe, and we want to work with them to grow and sustain Europe’s leadership on big data value creation and artificial intelligence.”

Driving data science forward

Secretary General, Ana Garcia of the BDVA said, “BDVA has a strong focus on developing the European Innovation ecosystem that supports the data and AI-driven digital transformation of our industries and society: Our collaboration with European DatSci & AI Awards will bring great opportunities for sharing ideas and best practices across Europe and give recognition to the best applications and professionals in Data Science/AI.”

Edward McDonnell, Director of CeADAR, The National Centre for Applied Data Analytics & AI says, “The Europe-wide expansion of the DatSci Awards in 2019 is a fantastic achievement. It signals Ireland’s international strength in the field, and the transformative impact Data Science and AI are having.”

“The relentless pace and expansion of the analytics industry is reflected in the addition of new award categories covering AI, Industry 4.0, health & wellbeing. In fact, there are very few industries today that are not experimenting with or implementing analytics and AI solutions,” he adds.

Growth of the Awards

Each year the Awards have gone from strength to strength with 24 Winners to date from across all sectors including the 2018 Winners: Michael Phelan of Johnson & Johnson, Genesys, HerdInsights, EdgeTier, Accenture The Dock , National Biodiversity Data Centre,  AIB Analytics Factory, Pobal, ADAPT Centre,Trinity College Dublin and Luke Kelly from NUI Galway.

Linda Davis adds that the European Commission released a report in 2017 that the amount of data workers in Europe will grow to 10.43 million by 2020.  “The DatSci & AI Awards is on a mission to raise the profile of data science in Europe, especially with the exponential growth expected in the next two years,” says Linda. “The awards in 2019 are the biggest to date, and the event itself will highlight the tremendous impact Europe’s data scientists are making across all fields.”

This year the Awards will be accepting applications from individuals and teams from across Europe in 10 categories.

The 2019 Awards will include the introduction of 4 new Award categories:

  1. Best of use of Data Science/AI for Customer Experience
  2. Best of use of Data Science/AI for Health & Wellbeing
  3. Best of use of Data Science/AI for Industry 4.0
  4. Best technical advance in the field of Data Science/AI from a research organisation in academia or industry

The Next Generation of Data Science Talent

A central initiative of the European DatSci & AI Awards is paying it forward to the next generation of Data Scientists with proceeds of ticket sales funding a Scholarship for full time fees for a Level 9 MSc in Business Analytics at UCD Smurfit School, which was recently ranked as 13th in the world in the QS World University Rankings.

The 2018 recipient was Eoin Cotter, a recent graduate of the BComm in UCD Quinn School. Eoin explained his wish to participate in the MSc, “The skillset I will develop will allow me to take advantage of the immense opportunities that the information explosion has created and will continue to create in the future. I am particularly impressed by the programme’s commitment to delivering an end-to-end view of analytics”.

This Scholarship supports the increasing importance of data science and this growing global sector, by offering a full scholarship to cover full-time EU Fees. The 2019/2020 Scholarship will be open for applications from 27th March 2019 until 28th June 2019.

Get involved

Each year the Awards evolve to ensure they consistently break the mould of a traditional Awards ceremony and to challenge expectations.

The Awards entry window will be open from March to May 2019, with applications accepted online for individuals and teams. One winner will be awarded for each category and will be announced at the Awards on 5th September 2019.

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