TEXATA Finals Weekend in Austin, TX
Congratulations to Kristin Nguyen, TEXATA World Champion!
On Saturday November 7, the 12 Finalists from around the planet touched down in Austin, Texas to compete in the TEXATA Big Data Analytics World Championships Finals.
After a brief meet and greet between all the Finalists as well as the TEXATA team, the first item on the agenda for this action-packed weekend was a visit to the Texas Advanced Computing Center at the O’Donnell Computer Sciences Building on campus at the University of Texas. What followed was a quintessential Texan experience – going to the Texas Longhorns college football game. It was a rare chance for many of the Finalists, who for the first time got to attend a college football game amongst the fanfare of the 400-strong Longhorn marching band, fireworks, endless hotdog stalls.
The Finals testing held on Sunday morning at the Cisco facility in Austin comprised of a technical briefing session, 4 hours of testing as well as presentations to the judges and QDT by each of the Finalists about their models. After the gruelling testing session, the Finalists went on a relaxing bus tour through Austin. In the evening, they enjoyed a Texan BBQ Banquet where they were able to wind down and mingle amongst judges, event partners and the TEXATA team. During the dinner, we took the opportunity to announce the Top 5 from this year’s competition, who would go on to present their solution at Monday’s TEXATA Summit.
The Top 6 were: Antoine Amend (UK), Álvaro Barbero (Spain), Jurijs Jefimovs (Latvia), Sri Kanajan (6Sense), Kristin Nguyen (Vietnam) and Stéphane Sbizzera (France).
The TEXATA prizewinners were announced at the Live Finals Ceremony, held in conjunction with the TEXATA Summit on Monday November 9. Congratulations to:
Kristin Nguyen (HP Labs Singapore, Vietnam)
Kristin achieved 2nd place when she competed in TEXATA 2014, and nothing was going to stop her from competing again to get to the top spot. We were very happy to see Kristin amongst the top competitors throughout Online Round 1 and 2, and eventually qualifying herself for the Finals in Austin to give herself another chance at the grand prize. Suffice to say, 2014 was definitely no fluke!
Álvaro Barbero (Instituto de Ingeniería del Conocimiento, Spain)
Sri Kanajan (6Sense, United States)
Antoine Amend (Barclays, United Kingdom)
Top Student Award
Gerrit Gruben (University of Potsdam, Germany)