With only 1 week to go the pressure is on to get your submission to the next stage!

The Awards are now in their 4th year and each year the competition has gone from strength to strength. Each year we evolve the Award Categories to align with changes within the Data Science & AI community, this is made possible by our Advisory Committee who we partner with to review and refine the entry and scoring criteria year on year.  The Awards are also supported by our 30 + judging panel, who are Data Science & AI Leaders from across Europe.

Competition Stages:

  1. May 2019: Shortlisting Stage: This is where are judges will review all of the applications to see if they meet the entry criteria.
  2. June 2019: Judging Stage: Each panel will review the each application in their category in line with the predefined scoring criteria to determine who will make it to the finals.
  3. July 2019: Finalist Presentations: virtual presentations will take place across 5 days from July 22nd. Each finalist will have 15 minutes to present their submission followed by a 10 minute Q & A to impress the panel as to why they deserve to win their respective category.
  4. September 2019: Awards Day: the 10 winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony held in Dublin, Ireland.


Tips for filling submitting your application:

  1. Remember the entry deadline is 24th May 2019 – so you must submit your application on the entry portal on or before this date!
  2. Ensure that you meet the entry & scoring criteria for the category you have selected to ensure that you make it past the shortlist stage.
  3. When submitting your application ensure that you have answered all of the questions that are asked – and stick to the criteria.
  4. Pay attention to the marking scheme and create your answers accordingly, marks for some questions can range from 10/100 to 50/100.
  5. Your application will be reviewed by Data Science & AI Experts – so ensure that you submit your application in a Data Science/AI context rather than submitting marketing literature.


We caught up with some of this year’s judges to reinforce the tips above:

What do you feel is the most important thing for an entrant to consider when submitting their entry to this year’s Awards?

  “I think it’s most important for entrants to carefully read the entry criteria and scoring for the category they are submitting to. As judges, we will be looking at all of the different aspects of the submission. I have seen so many cases in previous years where entrants have over-focused on one aspect of their submission, which makes it harder for the judge to award points in the categories that the submission doesn’t go into detail on.”

Mick Kerrigan, Advisory Committee | Chief Science Officer, RecommenderX


“Its important for entrants to clearly describe in a factual manner the outcomes the solution architecture has (or will) provide whether it be time or monetary savings, streamlined process improvements or a potential disruptive innovative impact. Data and analytics thought leaders and companies must clearly outline the potential business impact of their work. The submission should show the agile nature of the research, how data-centric the architecture is and adaptiveness to the constant rate of external change.”

Pat Moriarty | Technology Advisor, Enterprise Ireland


“At the end of the day, the thing that is the primary critical success factor for any analytics/AI project is the impact it creates for the company, society, and ecosystem. So I’d suggest that applicants keep that foremost in their mind when they are crafting their entries.”

 Edward McDonnell, Advisory Committee | Centre Director, CeADAR National Centre for Applied Data Analytics & AI


“3 areas for special consideration when submitting your application:

  1. Commercial application of you/your team’s work
  2. Repeatability and potential application in similar/different business areas
  3. Why you are passionate about the solution”

Freda Cunningham, Advisory Committee | Director, Deloitte


“I will be looking for the impact of the applications I am judging this year.  Can the entrants answer the question ‘Why is this work important?’.”

Martin Perry | Senior Data Professional, Microsoft


“I will be looking for a high degree of innovation, i.e. projects with a lot of potential to enter the market with a new product or service capable of helping to solve real industry problems and societal challenges. Building on top of existing knowledge, tools, services or even products to create a new offering is always welcome if it contributes to help society in meaningful ways.” 

Dr. Ricardo Simon Carbajo | Head of Innovation & Development, CeADAR – The National Centre for Applied Data Analytics and AI


“Address each section directly and as comprehensively as possible, paying attention to the marks on offer. Each sentence / paragraph should be another point in favor of your submission! It might sound simple, but have someone independent review your submission to check for clarity, readability and ensure you have addressed all the points.”

Dr. Michael Phelan, 2018 Data Scientist of the Year Winner | Business Technology Leader, Data Science, Johnson & Johnson


We also asked what entrants can  do to overcome the limited word count available in the entry process: 

 “Articulating complex challenges and solutions is always challenging and even more so when the number of words is constrained. The word count constraint really forces applicants to focus in on the value, and impact that they’ve created and really pares the answer back to the bare essentials. George Bernard Shaw once famously said he would have written a shorter letter to a friend if he had had more time. So if the great GBS found if difficult articulating concepts succinctly then it’s doubly challenging for the rest of us!”

Edward McDonnell, Advisory Committee | Centre Director,CeADAR National Centre for Applied Data Analytics & AI


“Focus on what is special or different about your submission. Try to set yourself apart from the competition.”

Mick Kerrigan, Advisory Committee| Chief Science Officer, RecommenderX


“Data Science is often referred to as an “art” and a “science”. Part of the art is the ability to succinctly communicate your message (e.g. results, recommendations or in this case submission) and influencing the intended audience. The DatSci Judges are seasoned Data Science and AI professionals, so cut to the chase, support your case and don’t pad your answers for the C-Suite!”

Dr. Michael Phelan, 2018 Data Scientist of the Year Winner | Business Technology Leader, Data Science, Johnson & Johnson

Why should you or your team enter the European DatSci & AI Awards?

“These awards provide an opportunity to get recognition for the hard work and its impact on an organization, institute, or our society in general. The recognition leads to new business opportunities, career progressions, or greater recognition in our society, providing a vision for where our field is heading.  In addition to this recognition, these awards also help us to witness the inspiring work others are doing which I find very motivating.  Lastly, It provides a great networking opportunity to discuss common issues we are facing as a community and helps us to find each other and work together to propose and implement solutions, as in this case, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. “

Mohammad Karzand | Applied and Data Scientist, Microsoft


 “The DatSci & AI Awards are now expanding to Europe, after their success in previous editions, and are receiving a high number of applications from a variety of countries.  Considering the interest at an EU level, for an individual or company to participate in the awards, be selected as finalist, let alone winning an award, it is a recognition of excellence in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, which will highly increase their profile. In addition, attending the awards ceremony is an opportunity to network with the right people in the sector, whether you are looking for a job or collaboration.”

Dr. Ricardo Simon Carbajo | Head of Innovation & Development, CeADAR – The National Centre for Applied Data Analytics and AI


“Entering an award is making a statement of the pride in the leading edge Data Science Activity being showcased.  A case of sharing best practice.”

Martin Perry | Senior Data Professional, Microsoft


A word from our 2018 winners:

  “When I prepared my submission for the DatSci Awards 2018 I thought it would be a great opportunity to showcase the research work taking place in the ADAPT centre – I never thought I’d win! The DatSci forum gave me an opportunity to see what other people in our domain are doing and inspired me to drive my research forward.  Winning the DatSci Award for ‘Best Contribution to Data Science from an Academic Research Body’ in 2018 meant a lot to me on both a personal and professional level. It has been a milestone in my career and a great personal achievement but most importantly the support and goodwill I received from my colleagues within ADAPT, and getting the recognition from an audience all across Ireland, was the greatest feeling of all.”

2018 Best Contribution to Data Science from an Academic Research Body Winner

Murhaf Hossari | AI Architect, ADAPT Centre


“The DatSci Awards for EdgeTier were a great chance to get recognition for the AI and data science work we’ve been doing over the last year, to showcase the impact that our new products are having with clients, and to expand our reach amongst potential investors and clients. We’ve already been contacted by a number of companies and contacts that heard of our success at the awards and were interested to know more about our customer service products!”

2018 Data Science Start-up of the Year Winner | Shane Lynn | CEO, EdgeTier

You can see all info about all to the 2018 Winners here or in our 2018 winners’ video.

The clock is ticking so be sure to submit your entry today and get recognized and celebrated on a European stage!

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