DatSci Awards 2017

Data has never been such a highly valued commodity globally and Ireland has once again shown
its entrepreneurship by recognising this trend and becoming a prominent and respected voice for analytics in the global arena. The DatSci Awards 2017 brought these voices together to celebrate Ireland’s amazing accomplishments in Data Science.

Breaking the mould of a traditional awards ceremony, the DatSci Awards is fun, interactive, social and self-deprecating. We created a unique industry network, and 2017 brought together over 300 leaders and doers from all walks of the community to play with the latest technology in our GeekOut Zone and feast together whilst enjoying a spectacular show and watching 2017’s winners unleash their success.

The Independent judging panel consisted of some of Ireland’s leading Data Science industry

The DatSci Awards partnered with UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School to offer Award Despina Dovletoglu the first MSc Business Analytics Derek O’Connor Scholarship.


paul hayes
Paul Hayes

Beachhut PR



Barry Smith
Prof. Barry Smyth, PhD, BSc., DTech (Hons), MRIA

Insight Centre for Data Analytics, University College Dublin


Data Science: A Healthy Obsession

Our world is awash with data. Much of it, our own creation. We might be reading a book, watching a movie, listening to music, and all the while data is being created and stored. And nowadays, even when we are shopping for groceries, exercising in the park, and even taking a nap, data is being created, from our food choices to our step-counts and heart-rates, and even our dreams! Well ok, maybe not our dreams, but it’s a lot of data!

Over the last decade or so all of this data has led to new types of companies and business opportunities, as the data-driven trail-blazers like Google, Facebook, Netflix, Apple and Amazon have shown. But as we move beyond movies, music, books, and advertising where will we find the next data frontier? The answer? You!

Barry will explore some examples of how all of this data — our data — might help each of us to live happier, healthier, and more productive lives. We will take a look at some exciting research at the intersection between big data and machine learning. In the future, it will lead to safer medicines, more personalised healthcare, healthier lifestyles, helping us all to live longer, more productive lives. We might even find that the secret to our future happiness lies in the data we create today, as long as we know where to look for it and how to use it.

2017 DatSci Awards Gallery