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Spark new insights and value from your data

It’s not how much data you have that matters, it’s how you use it. Leveraging some of the world’s best academics, industry experts and technologies, the Data Spark scheme provides agile and innovative research and development platform that enables business leaders to experiment, test new ideas, and create PoC’s.

Data Spark tackles real-life problems faced by business decision-makers to drive fresh insights into their data and business.

  • Strategic business challenge
  • Vanguard methodology & technologies
  • Experimental R&D platform

How does it work?

For business leaders, making data driven decisions is critical but sometimes it’s hard to spot the opportunities in the data and developing trends that are going to make the difference.

That’s why we have developed The Data Spark.

An innovative student projects scheme designed to uncover fresh insights into your data, whilst providing an opportunity for our very best students to apply the methodology and skills developed at Imperial College London to real-world business problems. All under the close mentorship of world-leading academics.

Your data, your challenge, our expertise

  • Innovative six week exploratory student project (three weeks for DS Intensive)
  • Rapid, tangible results
  • Five-person student team
  • Academic mentor with speciality in the problem domain
  • Supported, targeted recruitment
  • Projects designed to support longer-term research
  • Visualise your data in the KPMG Data Observatory (secondary research project)
Imperial Data Science Intensive Course

Imperial Data Science Intensive Course + Data Sparks

In this online programme brought to you by the Data Science Institute at Imperial College London and Le Wagon, we have incorporated our flagship Data Spark programme.

In 10 intense weeks participants will learn about a range of data science topics, from Python to advanced machine learning, and how to code your own data projects. The course consists of seven weeks live teaching, plus three weeks of project work based on the Data Spark framework. Projects may be based on a company-specific problem data or a wider challenge based on open-source data.  

More information on the course can be found here.

Data Spark case studies

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Industrial collaborations

We believe that organisations of the future will be radically reconstituted by breakthroughs in data science and business analytics, bringing fundamental changes to how companies manage people, operations, and marketing.

We are interested in high-impact Data Spark projects which fit this profile, if you are interested in our scheme then get in touch


We have two rounds of applications

  • Students studying on Imperial Data Science Intensive will join a three-week version of the Data Spark programme at the end of their training
  • Students studying at Imperial College London on full-time degree programmes will be invited to apply annually in October/November
The students did an impressive job of exactly what we see from really good analytics projects. On the one hand, it’s powerful to have beliefs and hunches confirmed by data, which they did. Even better, it’s great when you also see creative combinations of data to produce proxies of things you don’t have measures for, which they also did. For example, the students were able to determine if managers were likely working outside their country of origin, and that in some circumstances this may be a group that would benefit from additional support.
Robert Carlyle
Senior Director, RBC
The insights our team derived from analysing the big data made available to us were extremely surprising. In such a global financial organisation, one would assume that gender biases would not play any role, however we found evidence of some underlying unconscious bias. What was reassuring about this project was that it was clear from the very start the organisation was forward-thinking and seeking to actively curb any such biases. We were pleased to be able to provide valuable insights to the company which will help to contribute to their gender equality strategy.
Devanshi Shah
FT MBA 2017
Devanshi Shah

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