Synergic Partners, part of LUCA, the Data Unit of the Telefónica Group, specialized in Big Data and Data Science, has opened a new call for candidates for the Data Science Awards 2017, which for the second year in a row, aims to recognize big data professionals, the best business initiatives and data journalism in this field in order to promote analytical talent in Spain.
For this round, there are once again three categories of awards: Best Data Scientist, Best Big Data Business Initiative and Best Data Journalism Piece. All three are open from today until June 30th. In the second round, until September 15th, those selected will present their projects before a panel presided over by Carme Artigas, CEO of Synergic Partners and including national and international experts on big data from Columbia University, O’Reilly Media, CEOE and Telefonica. The panel will analyze the proposals received for each category. The decision will be announced on September 25th and the awards will be presented on Tuesday, October 24th at the Fundacion Telefonica during Big Data Week in Madrid.
Following the success of the first edition with more than 300 data scientists participating, the Data Science Awards are the top awards for the Big Data and Data Science world in Spain.
As Carme Artigas, CEO at Synergic Partners, points out: “There is a lot of talent in our country and the quality of work presented in the first edition is just further proof of the potential that Spain has in big data. The Data Science Awards are an opportunity to award the best proposals in this field in which Spain has such a bright future.” Elena Gil, Global Director of Big Data at Telefonica and CEO of LUCA stated, “Big Data is a strong bet for Telefonica and that is why once again we will support these awards that promote analytical talent in Spain, encompassing the whole ecosystem of big data as it is an open call and features various categories.”
In the 2016 edition, the prizes awarded were: Best Business Initiative and Best Big Data Corporate Strategy in Spain, Tableros Tradema and Banco Santander Spain, respectively; for Best Data Journalim, Marcos Gonzalez from Join SP and Lorenzo Lara Rodriguez, a journalist from Marca, for their piece “Predicting the 2016 Champions League Final,” in which they predicted the results of the match by applying data predictive analysis techniques; for Best Data Scientist, Antonio Pita Lozano, Head of Business Analytics at Liberbank, for his project recommending movies using an innovative solution of human evaluation of content; and for Best Data Engineer, Iñigo Gonzalez Ponce, Big Data and Machine Learning product owner at Mobile One2One for his project titled “Detecting Service Quality at Netflix.”