Data Science Student of the Year

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Most exciting use of Data Science to address a defined business problem by an under or post graduate student of an Irish higher education institution.

Entry Criteria

Entries for student of the year would preferably be self-nominated; however supervisors may nominate their students.

For this category, for students that carry out their dissertation project in pairs, joint submissions will be accepted for the award.

Entries should provide detail on a data science research project conducted by the student that showcase why they should be student of the year.

Research projects should have been conducted by the nominee in the prior 12 – 18 months.


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Nominees will be scored on a number of different criteria, receiving a score out of 60:

Research Problem

Describe the research project, demonstrating your understanding of the research problem and the work you performed to gain that understanding. [20 Points]


Describe the solution that you created for the research problem, showcasing the data science tools, techniques and skills that you applied for quantitative analysis and any machine learning tools, techniques, and skills that you applied to create models or deliver predictions and/or recommendations. [20 Points]

Visualization & Story-telling

Demonstrate how you used visualization and story-telling to communicate complex data sets in a visual and accessible way and/or to reveal hidden insights. [20 Points]

Note: Nominees may provide up to 2 examples of their visualizations to demonstrate this skill.

Instructions for Entry Submissions


Due to popular demand the entry deadline has been extended to 16:00 on 09.06.2017

Late entries will not be accepted

Finalists will be announced early July 2017

Finalists will be required to present to the judging panel on 17.08.2017


After Downloading and completing your entry form, submit it below.

A link to the application page will also be on the entry form.

Category Judges

We are proud to present our Judging Panel. We have assembled some of the finest intellects in the community who will judge and score all entries to select this year’s deserving winners.

Simon Cocking

Senior Editor Irish Tech News

Sheamus Causer

Chief Country Officer Deutsche Bank

Dermot Casey

Venture Investment Leader, NDRC

David Scanlon

Venture Investment Leader NDRC

The Finalists

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Cian Gallagher

Griffith College

Sebastien Rudder

NUI Galway

Mark O’Connell

NUI Maynooth

Kevin Brosnan

University of Limerick