Over 200 industry leaders and Data Science specialists gathered at the Aviva Stadium yesterday for the DatSci Awards 2016. After months of planning it was incredible to finally see the event come to life. Along with celebrating the Data Science industry, and of course our twenty-one finalists were recognised for their contributions to the field of Data Science and technology. Many of those celebrated are the emerging talent within the data science community, along with progressively thinking organisations and Data Scientists within Ireland.

Paul Hayes, technology communications consultant and founder of Beachhut PR and our MC for the evening, put on his tinfoil hat for fear his mind was being hacked, and challenged the panel is “Skynet” really coming?  It created a great and exhilarating platform to discuss the future of Data Science, with a real community feel to it.

Linda Davis, CEO of Next Generation, and Edward McDonnell Centre Director at CeADAR, opened the awards and promised that the day would be no ordinary occasion.  Everything about the day was like no other, starting off with Gin o Clock at 12.30 and a DJ set by We Are Red Head,  setting the platform for all to relax into the event and get talking about how they are all going to change and how our world will look in the future.

The day was full of interactive futuristic gadgets with a little 80’s weird science throw in.  Everything about the day was designed to create a stage for meeting and learning for everybody in the room.   The street food made this feel really on trend and served street cart style allowed everyone to mingle as we waited for our turn.

Speaking about the running of the day Linda Davis said, “Through the course of the day you will get to experience fantastic and exciting projects. Data Science is now impacting nearly every aspect of our lives and the cornerstone of these awards is about putting Ireland on the global map as a hub for innovation in cutting edge technology.”

Co-founder of the DatSci Awards, Edward McDonnell, Director of CeADAR stated “The CeADAR centre is delighted to be part of this great initiative in recognising and celebrating Ireland’s talent in the field of Data Science.  So many companies are centering their global analytics centres of excellence here because of this wealth of talent and expertise and this event celebrates this bright future for the industry.”

You couldn’t help walking away with a feeling that a new data addiction is growing inside you

All finalists gave short video intros into their projects and the winners announced throughout the event are as follows:

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Left to Right

CarTrawler Start Up of the Year Award Winner – Barry Greene – Chief Technical Officer – Kinesis,Deutsche Bank Student of the Year Award  Winner – Kevin Brosnan – University of Limerick, Optum Data Scientist of the Year Award Winner – Dave Sheehan – Data Scientist, AIBDun & Bradstreet Academic Research Team of the Year Winner Oisin Boydell – CeADAR & Jing Su – CeADAR, Pegasus Indigenous Irish Company of the Year Award Winner  – Fergal Toomey – Chief Scientist at Corvil, Accenture Digital Multinational Company of the Year Award Winner – Abhishek Kumar Singh –Pramerica

Data Scientist of the Year (Sponsored by Optum)

Winner: Dave Sheehan, AIB

Student of the Year (Sponsored by Deutsche Bank)

Winner: Kevin Brosnan, University of Limerick

Team of the Year for Academic Research (Sponsored by Dun & Bradstreet)

Winner: CeADAR

Multinational Company of the Year Award (Sponsored by Accenture Digital)

Winner: Pramerica

Indigenous Irish Company of the Year (Sponsored by Pegasus)

Winner: Corvil

Best Start-up of the Year (Sponsored by CarTrawler)

Winner:  Kinesis Health Technologies

 

Closing the ceremony was Laura Kennedy, Head of Data Science Recruitment at Next Generation.

Laura stated “Until recently the value of data has not been recognised. However, businesses big and small are now moving into a digital age by harvesting this data and incorporating it into their decision making throughout their business. The DatSci Awards, we believe, will be one of the building blocks for Ireland to become the European Data Science Hub”. 

And to close there was a big reachout thanking the sponsors for their support including Title Sponsor Optum, Silver Sponsors  Accenture Digital, Deutsche Bank, Dun & Bradstreet, Cartrawler, Pegasus, Associate Sponsors Enterprise Ireland, Zalando and the IDA.

All the ticket sales went to a scholarship fund to give a deserving Data Scientist the chance of a  Masters programme in Data Science/Business Analytics commencing during the academic year of 2017/2018.

 

 

 

 

With an intimate and engaging atmosphere it felt like this event will only go from strength to strength next year, although we will be taking a few days off before planning DatSci Awards 2017.

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