Imperial Business Analytics held a virtual awards ceremony on 13 July to honour the work of its Data Spark students
The Data Spark placement scheme uncovers fresh insights into data while providing an opportunity for top students to apply the methodology and skills they have developed to real-world business problems, with the help of academic mentors.
Students who took part in this year’s Data Spark programme attended along with the organisers of the scheme, academic mentors from Imperial College Business School and Imperial College London, as well as representatives from Data Spark corporate partners, including KPMG, DLA Piper and KPMG’s client, a global oil and gas company.
I really enjoyed the chance to hear about the other projects the students had done and just to take time to recognise their achievements
There were several awards categories, with Simon Thomae winning for ‘Outstanding individual contribution in analytics’; Maria Tan for ‘Outstanding individual contribution in communication’; ‘The Breakthrough Award’ was awarded to one of the three teams on this year’s programme, comprising Felix Heinemann, Samuel Heng, Furkan Olcay, Adrien Talbot and Simon Thomae; 'Best visualisation' went to Callum Fenn-Macalister and Thibault Lavallée. Meanwhile, Sadia Haider, a Research Associate in Imperial College’s Faculty of Medicine, National Heart & Lung Institute, won the ‘Star Mentor’ award.
During the event, the three teams presented their projects, which this year covered legal analytics; operational efficiencies and commercial performances; and digital transformation of procurement processes.
“I really enjoyed the chance to hear about the other projects the students had done and just to take time to recognise their achievements. Working with Imperial and KPMG has been a great experience for us here and it truly shows me what a world-class institution Imperial College is. Organising it online was no mean feat either,” Business Development Director Finance, global energy company.