Created in 2016 by Next Generation together with CeADAR, the National Centre for Applied Data Analytics to connect bustling Data Science community. Since it’s inception, the Awards are supported by the DatSci & AI Awards Advisory Committee who create and refine the Award Categories and the Entry Criteria each year to ensure the Awards are evolving with the roles and advancements in the Data Science Ecosystem. In 2019 the  Awards welcomed the Big Data Value Association (BDVA) who are an industry-driven international not-for-profit organisation present in 28 European countries with around 200 members all over Europe. The mission of the BDVA is to develop the Innovation Ecosystem that will enable the data and AI-driven digital transformation in Europe delivering maximum economic and societal benefit, and, achieving and sustaining Europe’s leadership on Big Data Value creation and Artificial Intelligence.