Data Scientist of the Year

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Entry Criteria

This award recognizes the outstanding contribution an individual has made to driving data science innovation and awareness within their organisation and/or the broader data science community. Entrants are required to provide demonstrable examples of how they have helped to drive awareness and use of data science, and provide an example of a high impact data science project they have completed within the preceding 12-18 months that showcases their technical ability.



Candidates will be scored on the following set of criteria, receiving a score out of a maximum possible 100 points.

Business Engagement

Demonstrate an understanding of business problems and the ability to deliver business value. [10 Points]

Describe how you work with other business stakeholders and overcome organisational barriers. [10 Points]

Skills, Tools, & Techniques

Demonstrate application of data manipulation skills, tools, and techniques to perform quantitative analysis. [10 Points]

Demonstrate application of machine learning skills, tools and techniques to create models and deliver predictions and recommendations. [10 Points]


Demonstrate usage of data visualization for the purposes of deriving business insights. [10 Points]

Demonstrate usage of advanced visualization techniques to demonstrate data or model complexities. [10 Points]

Note: candidates may provide up to 4 examples of their visualisations to demonstrate this skill.


Demonstrate the delivery of innovative business value through the application of data to existing or new business problems. [20 Points]


Provide examples of multi-dimensional communication that showcase your story-telling and communication skills, and demonstrate the impact of these skills on your organization and/or the broader data science community. [20 Points]


Michael Phelan
Dr. Michael Phelan

Business Technology Leader, Data Science | Johnson & Johnson

Laure Le Bars
Laure Le Bars

Research Project Director | SAP Research & Innovation

Freda Cunningham
Martin Perry

Senior Data Professional | Microsoft

Robin Hose
Robin Jose

Chief Data and Analytics Officer | wefox