For the second year, the DatSci Awards are celebrating the very best of data science in Ireland across 8 categories that represent major advances throughout the Data Science sector.

The awards, hosted by Next Generation in association with CeADAR, have seen a huge uplift in interest and applications have had steep competition.

Speaking about the nominations, Linda Davis of Next Generation Recruitment commented – “Based on the success and interest of last year’s Awards we added two new Awards to the event; Best Use of Data Science in a Public Sector Body and Best Use of Data to Achieve Social Impact. This has allowed us to be inclusive of all areas of Data Science, a sector that continues to see demand for a huge variety of roles”.

The Finalists have been announced as follows:

DATA SCIENTIST OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Deloitte Ireland

  • Cian O’ Mahony,Creme Global

  • Sofiane Yous, Movidius, an Intel Company

  • John Hogan, Real World Analytics

  • Kevin McCarthy, RecommenderX

  • Ana Peleteiro Ramallo, Zalando

BEST USE OF DATA TO ACHIEVE SOCIAL IMPACT Sponsored by Deutsche Bank

  • IBM Research, Michele Berlingerio

  • Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, Herve Donald & Teguim Kamdjou

  • Real World Analytics, Adele Curran

LARGE COMPANY OF THE YEAR Sponsored by FTI Consulting

  • Bank of Ireland

  • Core Media

  • DePuy Synthes (companies of Johnson & Johnson)

  • Microsoft Ireland Operations Ltd

  • Vodafone Ireland

SME OF THE YEAR

  • Kitman Labs Ltd

  • Orreco

  • Real World Analytics

  • Zalando Ireland

START UP OF THE YEAR UP

  • CLIRINX – Clinical Research IT

  • Cx MOMENTS

  • RecommenderX

  • SmartTrace Software

  • Think Biosolution

STUDENT OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Core Media Ireland

  • Jane Delaney, Cork Institute of Technology,

  • Theo Dorman-Kade, Cork Institute of Technology

  • Eva Mohedano & Mark Marsden Dublin City University

  • Siobhan Grayson, Insight Centre for Data Analytics/UCD

  • Stefano Mauceri & Paulo Roberto De Oliviera Da Costa, UCD

AWARD FOR BEST USE OF DATA SCIENCE IN A PUBLIC SECTOR BODY

  • Central Bank of Ireland

  • Department of Social Protection

  • Garda Siochana Analysis Service

BEST CONTRIBUTION TO DATA SCIENCE FROM AN ACADEMIC RESEARCH BODY

  • Systems Biology Ireland, University College Dublin

  • The Irish Centre for High End Computing – ICHEC

Entries were judged by a number of leading data science experts from:

  • CeADAR Ireland, Edward McDonnell, Director

  • Deloitte, Freda Cunningham, Director

  • Deutsche Bank, Sheamus Causer, CCO & Head of Analytics

  • Dropbox, Tom Cockrell, Global Head of Decision Analytics

  • Enterprise Ireland, John Durcan, Software Technologist

  • AIB, Max Cottica, Head of Data Science Solutions

  • Independent News & Media, Dr. Mick Kerrigan, Principal Data Scientist

  • Intercom, Karen Church, Senior Manager Product Analytics

  • Currencyfair, Fionnán Alt, Head of Data Science & Analytics

  • FTI Consulting , Mark Higgins, Senior Managing Director Analytics

  • The Analytics Institute, Lorcan Malone, Chief Executive

  • Corvil, Fergal Toomey, Chief Scientist

  • Linkedin, Mel Furze, Senior Manager Insights, EMEA

  • Altocloud, Maciej Dabrowski, Chief Data Scientist

  • Revenue, Daniel Sinnott, Chief Analytics Officer

  • Central Bank of Ireland, Rory McElligott, Head of Function – Statistical Analysis

  • Zalando Ireland, Dr. Adam Bermingham, Delivery Lead

  • The Dock, Accenture, Medb Corcoran, Intelligent Enterprise Analytics Lead

  • SAP, Paul Pallath, Chief Data Scientist & Director – Advanced Analytics

The Finalists will now have to present to a panel of judges on August 17th and one winner will be chosen per category and will be announced during the ceremony on September 21st.

The DatSci Awards were created in an effort to celebrate the very best of Data Science talent in Ireland as well as to bring the Irish and International Data Science Community closer together.

Another key element of the DatSci Awards is their Scholarship partnership with UCD Michael Smurfit School. In an effort to pay it forward to the next generation of Data Scientists, proceeds of ticket sales will be put towards a Scholarship Fund for full fees for one individual for a Level 9 MSc in Business Analytics for the Academic Year of 2017 ? 2018.

The DatSci awards themselves have this week been nominated for the Event Industry Awards 2017 for Best Awards Ceremony.

For more updates or to get involved visit www.datsciawards.ie or follow @DatSciAwards