Synergic Partners, the Telefonica Group company specializing in Big Data and Data Science, has already closed the call for Data Science Awards Spain 2018, awards that, for the third year in a row, aim to recognize Big Data professionals, the best business initiatives and data journalism in this field and thus boost the analytical talent in Spain.
The Data Science Awards, the first awards in Spain that recognize the best initiatives in the field of Big Data, are becoming the benchmark awards in the world of Big Data and Data Science in Spain. They stand out, this year, for the high number of registered people that exceeds 60% compared to the previous edition, as well as for a commitment at the social level of the use of data and a growing interest in data journalism, with a considerable increase in registrations that They opt for the prize for “Best journalistic work”, having presented the main media of both press and television.
It also highlights the interest on the part of candidates to present projects with an impact on society and the use of data in order to improve the quality of life of people, as shown by the statistics of the competition in which a The majority of the participants in the “Best Data Scientist” category decided to develop one of the four proposed challenges: to predict the pre-Alzheimer’s state using non-invasive techniques of magnetoencephalography (MEG).
For this challenge, we have the data provided by the Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience Laboratory in Madrid, which includes information on brain activity collected by the MEG machine from more than a hundred anonymous patients and 25,755 variables that represent brain activity. . The objective, therefore, is to create an automatic learning model, capable of estimating whether a patient is in an early phase of Alzheimer’s disease (MCI) or not (Control).
To develop these projects, the contestants have the support of Google Cloud that makes available to the participants in the technical challenge the use of capacity credits in the cloud for the development of the challenges.
The contest has attracted people from 40 provinces throughout Spain, highlighting Madrid, Barcelona, Vizcaya, Seville, Valencia, Granada, Pontevedra and the Balearic Islands. Of the total of 350 registered, 73% are men and 27% women and the majority profile of enrolled is that of Data Scientist, with 59% of enrollees and that of Data Engineer and Data Architect.
The projects will be delivered in September and evaluated by a jury made up of experts from the Big Data world, and both the ruling and the delivery ceremony will take place in October at an event open to the public, which will also present the latest news from Big Data technologies and other exponential technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain, among others.