Frequently Asked Questions

Why were the European DatSci & AI Awards created?

The European DatSci & AI Awards were established to recognise the gold standard for Data Science & AI in Industry, Education and Social Responsibility and to continue to grow and connect the Data Science community across Europe. 

Who is behind The European DatSci & AI Awards?

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. 

When are The European DatSci & AI Awards taking place?

The 5th annual Awards will take place in Dublin in Autumn 2020.

Where are The European DatSci & AI Awards taking place?

Dublin, Ireland

What are the Award Categories?

This year there are 14 Award Categories to enter: 

  1. Data Scientist of the Year 
  2. Best use of Data Science/AI for Customer Experience
  3. Best use of Data Science/AI for Health, Wellbeing & MedTech
  4. Best technical advance in the field of Data Science/AI from a research organisation either in academia or industry 
  5. Best use of Data Science in SME/Start Up 
  6. Best use of Data to Achieve Social Impact 
  7. Data Science Student of the Year
  8. Best Application of Trustworthy AI
  9. Award for Exceptional CEO/Leader in the field of Data Science/AI
  10. Best use of Data Science/AI in Supply Chain, Mobility & Transport
  11. Best use of Data Science/AI in Public Services
  12. Best use of Data Science/AI in Environment, Agriculture & Food
  13. Best Data Science/AI solution in FinTech
  14. Best Data Science/AI solution in LegalTech

When is the opening date for entries?

We will open for entries on the 27th March 2020. The entry portal will stay open for 2 months, until the end of May.



How can I enter?

Once you have decided what category you wish to enter, you will need to register your details on the Awards entry platform. When you register you will receive a mail with the link to your user area, keep these credentials safe as this will give you access to your submission during the entry window. 

How do I submit my application?

When we open for entries, you will find a link on each category page that will bring you to the Entry Portal. When you register you will receive a mail with the link to your user area, keep these credentials safe as this will give you access to your submission during the entry window. When you are happy that you have answered each section be sure to select ‘submit’ so that your entry is submitted. 

Who should fill out the application form?

It is recommended that your application is submitted in data science context rather than marketing literature as each submission will be marked against the criteria set out and will be reviewed by a data science professional.  

Is my project eligible?

Your project is eligible if you meet all of the criteria set out in the category entry criteria page. 

What is the definition of Data Science/AI?

For the purposes of these awards, Data Science /AI is defined as:

Data Science – the manipulation and analysis of structured and unstructured data to generate useful insights, and encompasses a range of fields including Data Mining, Visualisation, and Artificial Intelligence.

Artificial Intelligence – any technique, code or algorithm that seeks to enable machines to mimic the behaviour and/or thought processes of human beings. Key sub-categories of AI include Machine Learning, Deep Learning and explainability.

Where are applications accepted from?

Nominations are open to individuals and teams residing in The Continent of Europe (including teams representing academic/commercial/not-for-profit organisations which have European based operations)  

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czechia
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • Vatican City

What language does the application need to be submitted in?

For the 2020 competition, we will only be accepting applications written in English. 

I am a part time student, can I enter the Student of the Year category?

Yes, as long as the submission was initiated and completed during the course and is directly linked to the pursuit of your educational studies (i.e. is assessed or a prerequisite for completing your course). Distance learning entries will also be supported on this basis.

Can I submit multiple entries?

It is permissible to submit multiple entries to the competition only if the projects are distinctly different.  It is advised that you assess the individual criteria to decide which category your entry is most suited for. You can not submit the same project to multiple categories.

For larger organisations, it is recommended that a single point of contact is nominated to liaise with different teams and departments across European divisions to determine which applications are the most suitable to enter the competition. 

Can my entry be moved to a different category?

During the judging phase, if required the judges will advise if your application is more suitable for a different category than to the one you originally submitted to. 

What is the time-frame for participating projects?

Please check the individual category criteria. For the most part, projects must have been completed in the last 12 – 18 months, with the exception of the Research Organisation & Exceptional CEO/Leader categories.

Will the information I submit be kept confidential?

In submitting your application, you agree to provide the European Data Science & AI Awards with confidential information and intellectual property to be used for the sole purpose of matching your application to the award criteria and to be judged by the Judges, as selected by the DatSci Awards. The European Data Science & AI Awards will protect your confidential information as they would their own and will not use it for a purpose other than the competition unless expressly agreed to by you. All intellectual property submitted will remain the property of the applicants and will not be used by the European DatSci & AI Awards or the judges in any other way that compromises the ownership of such intellectual property.

What permissions to I need to submit my application?

It is the responsibility of each applicant to have the consent of the relevant stakeholders to submit the application and all the information contained within.  It is advised that entrants should only share the information they are comfortable with and not to share highly sensitive personal or company information or data. 

Who creates the entry criteria?

Each year the Advisory Committee create and refine the Award categories to ensure that the Awards are evolving with roles within the Data Science Ecosystem. The judging panel consists of Data Science Leaders from across industry and academia to ensure transparency and fairness across the competition. 

How do I become a judge?

If you are interested in participating in the judging panel for 2020, register your interest by mailing 

When are the different stages of the competition taking place?

  • Midday 25th March 2020 – Midday 27th May 2020: Entry window open 
  • June 2019: Judging & Finalists selected 
  • End of June 2019 – Finalists announced 
  • w/c 20th & 27th July 2020: Finalists presentations (remote)
  • Autumn 2020: Full day event in Dublin with winners announced 

When will the winners be announced?

The winners will be announced on Event Day in Autumn 2020.

How will I know if I have made it to the final stage?

Finalists will be announced at the end of June 2020 and notified via the contact information that was supplied during the registration phase.

Both successful and non-successful applicants will be contacted. If you have not been contacted, please get in touch via

I got an email saying I had made it to the next round, whats required of me?


Finalists will be required to be available to present to the judging panel the w/c 20.07.2020 and w/c 27.07.2020. Presentations will be done remotely using an online video conferencing platform which will be decided by The European Data Science & AI Awards.

Finalists are also invited to attend the event in Dublin in Autumn 2020.

What language will the applications and Finalist interviews be in?

All applications and interviews will only be held in English.

How can I contribute to the DatSci & AI blog page?

You can check out our blog guidelines here.

I am a Finalist, I received my presentation time, can I change it?

Unfortunately, we can not facilitate changes to schedule times.

I am a Finalist, what is involved in the Presentation?

Your presentation will be done remotely. You will be sent log-in details for the platform we are using.

Your presentation is to be kept to 15 minutes. It will be followed by a 10 minute Q & A with the judges.

I am a Finalist, can I attend the awards?

Yes! The Awards day is all about you, the finalists! Each finalist entry receives a ticket for Awards Day. (1 ticket per project)

Additional tickets can be purchased by getting in touch with us directly (sammy.murphy [at]datsciawards[dot]com).

I am a Finalist, what are the Finalist Poster Boards and what do I need to do?

The Finalist Poster Boards are displayed at the Awards. This is your way of letting the attendees know about your projects. We will send you more details of word count and images. For now, you can check our last year’s projects here.

Me and my team are attending the Awards Day, is there somewhere we can stay close by?

Yes, Dublin has plenty of hotels and accommodation options. Please get in touch with us directly if there is something specific you are looking for hello[at]datsciawards[dot]com

We will have discount codes available for local hotels which will be made available closer to the date.

What will be happening on Awards Day?

You will have an opportunity to meet our finalists, judges, sponsors and partners. We will be celebrating all of the high calibre entries that made it to the final round. We will have delicious food, great drinks, fun gadgets, hilarious games, puzzling prizes, and lots of great networking opportunities!