Award for Best Use of Data Science in an SME2018-09-12T10:01:36+00:00

Award for Best Use of Data Science in an SME

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Entry Criteria

Entries for SME of the Year must be self-nominated;

This category is open to any open to businesses operating within the Island of Ireland with less than 250 employees, with turnover less than €50 million.

Entries should provide detail on a data science project conducted by the SME that showcases why they should be SME of the Year

The data science project should have been conducted by the SME in the prior 12 – 18 months.

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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.

Pat Moriarty
Pat Moriarty

Technology Advisor | Enterprise Ireland

Freda Cunningham
Freda Cunningham

Director | Deloitte Ireland

Julien Goretti Storyful
Julien Goretti

Global Executive Director of Intelligence | Storyful

Lorcan Malone

Chief Executive - The Analytics Institute

Colm Carey
Colm Carey

Chief Analytics Officer | AA Ireland

Oisin Lyons
Oisin Fergal Lyons

Acting head of Data Science and Incubation | Aon Centre for Innovation and Analytics (ACIA)


SMEs will be scored on a number of different criteria, receiving a score out of 100:

Business Problem

Demonstrate the organizations understanding of the business problem, describe the key stakeholders and customers. Document how the project came about, how your organization got it off the ground and how it was funded. [10 Points]

Solution Overview

Document the solution developed for the business problem. Showcase the complexities and challenges in the project and how your organization overcame them. [15 Points]

Describe the data science skills, tools and techniques that were applied in order to deliver this project, in terms of both quantitative analysis of datasets and the application of machine learning for delivering predictions or recommendations. [15 Points]

Detail the team and infrastructure that was required to deliver this project. Was this all in place prior to the project or did your organization need to put it in place to deliver the solution? [15 Points]

Outline the innovation in your solution. What differentiates it from solutions that others may have taken to the same problem. [15 Points]

Business Impact

Describe the return on investment of the project to your business. What other effects has the project had within your organization? What new market opportunities are now available to you? [15 Points]


Describe the vision for data and data science in your business. Show us why you are the SME of the Year. [15 Points]

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