DataIQ 2020 Awards reveals finalists after ‘record year’

Anita Fernqvist (Online)DataIQ, the UK membership business for the data and analytics community, has revealed the shortlist for its 2020 Awards, with Barclays, NatWest and Wunderman Thompson leading the field.

Now in its 8th year, the awards programme is designed to showcase the best of the data and analytics industry.

Hosted in partnership with Tableau, this year’s awards attracted a record number of entries, with submissions up 62% on 2019. Over 200 entries were whittled down by a 29-strong panel of senior data industry professionals from brands including GSK Consumer Healthcare, Samsung, Telegraph Media Group, WarnerMedia, the National Trust and Guardian Media Group.

Zurich Insurance UK chief data officer Anita Fernqvist (pictured), who is chair of the judging panel, commented: “If there’s one thing judging the awards has demonstrated, it’s the excellent work going on across our industry. The standard of entries indicates the data industry continues to innovate and is in a strong position, despite today’s challenges.”

In recognition of the difficulties faced by organisations this year, the awards included initiatives to ensure no one was excluded from entering.

A new Not-for-Profit category sponsored by the DM Trust was created, with funding provided for charitable organisations wanting to enter the awards. DataIQ’s hardship fund also supported entries from businesses lacking the resources to showcase their successes, due to current financial or commercial pressures.

DataIQ chief executive Adrian Gregory said: “There is much to celebrate in data, and we should not let circumstances overshadow achievement and innovation. The awards also underline the significance of data as a catalyst for change. In this evolving world, the quality of entries for our ‘Data for good’ stream highlight data’s growing importance at a social level as well as for business.”

The full shortlist is available from the DataIQ website here>

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