The three awards are for: Best Data Scientist, Best Big Data Business Initiative, and Best Data Journalism Story in Spain.

Synergic Partners, a Telefonica company specialised in Big Data, Data Science and Data Engineering, together with Telefonica, recently announced the Data Science Awards Spain 2016, the first awards in Spain to recognise the best individual and company initiatives and data journalism story in the field of Big Data.

There are three categories of awards: Best Data Scientist in Spain, divided into three categories (Data Science, Data Engineering, and Data Visualisation), Best Company Initiative in Big Data in Spain, and Best Data Journalism Story in Spain.

This is without a doubt a wonderful occasion to recognise the talent that exists in our country and to foster entrepreneurship. Data Science currently holds a decisive role in managing organisations and society in general, which is why it is a key factor in our path toward the future. If we know how to understand, interpret and apply the knowledge obtained from data, we can cover much more ground. Spain currently has the third largest community of Data Scientists in Europe. It is logical to assume that Data Scientist will be one of the strongest professions of the future. These are professionals who, in addition to studying sciences, maths and statistics, must also have a command of programming and its various languages, computer sciences and analysis. They must also understand technology and databases in order to modify and improve the business direction for the company they work for. This is why the intention of these awards sponsored by Synergic Partners and Telefonica is so important.

The awards will be determined after an online competition which includes two challenges. The first involves 20 questions, with the top 50 participants continuing to the second challenge which requires solving a problem. The award for best Data Scientist includes three specialities: Data Scientist, Data Engineering y Data Visualization.

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Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 de Mayo de 1971, Salamanca, España) Catedrático en la Universidad de Salamanca. Ha sido Vicerrector de Investigación desde el 2013 hasta el 2017 y Director del Parque Científico de la Universidad de Salamanca. Elegido dos veces como Decano de la Facultad de Ciencias, es Doctor en Ciencias de la Computación por la Universidad de Salamanca y, además, es Doctor en Inteligencia Artificial por la University of the West of Scotland. Dirige el Grupo de Investigación Reconocido BISITE (Bioinformática, Sistemas Inteligentes y Tecnología Educativa), creado en el año 2000. Director del IOT Digital Innovation Hub y presidente del AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado también es Profesor Visitante en el Instituto Tecnológico de Osaka desde enero de 2015, Profesor visitante en la Universiti Malaysia Kelantan y Miembro del Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado ha sido presidente de la asociación IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics, y coordinador académico del Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Arte y Tecnología de la Animación de la Universidad de Salamanca e investigador en las Universidades de Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) y en el Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). En la actualidad compagina toda su actividad con la dirección de los programas de Máster en Seguridad, Animación Digital, Telefonía Movil, Dirección de Sistemas de Información, Internet de las Cosas, Social Media, Diseño e Impresión 3D, Blockchain, Z System, Industria 4.0, Gestión de Proyectos Ágiles y Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings​, en la Universidad de Salamanca y su trabajo como editor jefe de las revistas ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) o Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado desarrolla principalmente trabajos en proyectos relacionados con Inteligencia Artificial, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids y Análisis de sentimiento.

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