5 Big Data and AI Startups to watch out for in 2017

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

5 Big Data and AI Startups to watch out for in 2017


Big Data may have fallen off the Gartner Emerging Technology Hype Cycle in 2016, but Big Data and Artificial Intelligence startups are however still in the spotlight. An increasing number of tech entrepreneurs are finding innovative ways to harness the power of analytics to bring value to a wide range of companies in many sectors.

Some of the "once-startups now-giants" of this world, such as Uber and Amazon, have made Big Data a core part of their strategy - but how many startups are creating the technology to enable this shift towards data-driven business models? On AngelList, 4372 Big Data startups are listed with an average valuation of $4.5m, whilst in the Artificial Intelligence category, there 1926 startups listed with an average valuation of $4.8m. 
Big Data: What's the economic value of it?

Monday, January 30, 2017

Big Data: What's the economic value of it?

How do we put an economic value on Big Data initiatives in our organizations? How can we measure the impact of such projects in our businesses? How can we convince senior leadership to continue and increase their investment? Today on our blog we share our perspective.
5 LUCA events for your diary

Friday, January 27, 2017

5 LUCA events for your diary


It's been a busy month here in LUCA HQ, with lots of things going on such as the presentation of our analytics dashboard to the Movistar cycling Team and our first webinar, which you can still attend by signing up here. So what is coming up this month and how can you get involved? We highlight our top 5 events:

Movistar Team: Los mejores ciclistas, el mejor cuerpo técnico, la mejor estrategia … y Big Data

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Movistar Team: Los mejores ciclistas, el mejor cuerpo técnico, la mejor estrategia … y Big Data

By Mikel Zabala, PhD (Sport Scientist, Profesor Titular de la Universidad de Granada y miembro del equipo de entrenadores de Movistar Team), Javier Carro (Data Scientist en LUCA) y Pedro A. de Alarcón, PhD (Data Scientist en LUCA).

Los mejores ciclistas, el mejor cuerpo técnico, la mejor estrategia...y Big Data. Cómo el Movistar Team seguirá siendo el mejor equipo en 2017.

29 de Agosto de 2016, 10ª etapa de La Vuelta a España en la que se subía a los lagos de Covadonga. A 40km de meta, el Mirador del Fito, un puerto de 1ª Categoría en el que el equipo Movistar tira del grupo con fuerza, evitando que un grupo de escapados se hagan con la etapa. La sorpresa espera a 7 kilómetros de meta, Alberto Contador lanza un fuerte ataque el cual es respondido por Nairo Quintana y juntos empiezan a alcanzar a fugados, y finalmente a 3.6km de meta, Nairo atrapa al primer fugado para marchar en solitario a meta. 
Movistar Team: the best cyclists, the best behind the scenes team, the best strategy and Big Data

Movistar Team: the best cyclists, the best behind the scenes team, the best strategy and Big Data

By Mikel Zabala, PhD (Sport Scientist, Lecturer at Granada University and member of the team of trainers for the Movistar Team), Javier Carro (Data Scientest en LUCA), y Pedro A. de Alarcón, PhD (Data Scientist en LUCA).

The best cyclists, the best technical body, the best strategy and Big Data. How will the Movistar Team continue being the best in 2017?

29th of August 2016 seen the 10th edition of the Tour of Spain moved to the lakes of Covadonga. A 40km stretch called "el Mirador del Fito" a top level port with which the Movistar team will be taking with force, trying to avoid letting one of the other teams run away with the title. The first surprise came jut 7km into the race when Alberto Contador gave Nairo Quintana a run for his money as they were battling it out for the lead, when finally 3.6km before the end Nairo managed to push ahead to to take the lead.

Big Data y Marketing: ¿Un matrimonio destinado al éxito?

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Big Data y Marketing: ¿Un matrimonio destinado al éxito?


No cabe duda que el Big Data y su tecnología están revolucionando la manera de hacer las cosas industria por industria. Muchos son los sectores en los que las técnicas del Big Data están aplicándose, si bien hay algunos más de moda que otros. Entre los sectores en los que más se oye el término Big Data encontramos el sector de la salud, con sistemas de inteligencia artificial que diagnostican y prevén enfermedades; el bancario, con productos personalizados para cada tipo de cliente y el turístico, por ejemplo con la dinamización de precios en los portales online gracias a técnicas de analítica.

LUCA at #HackForGood

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

LUCA at #HackForGood


Are you passionate about using technology to have a social impact? Do you believe in using hacking and data science techniques to change the world? Then put #HackForGood at the top of your list of events for 2017.

This year, from Thursday 9th to Saturday 11th March, "hackers" from all over Spain will take part in this initiative, organized by Telefónica, ETSIT (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid), MashMeTV and Fundación HazLoPosible.
Stanford University's "Women in Data Science" to debut in Madrid

Monday, January 23, 2017

Stanford University's "Women in Data Science" to debut in Madrid


On February 3rd, Synergic Partners, the niche Big Data consultancy wing of LUCA, will organize the "Women in Data Science" conference for the first time in Madrid - in collaboration with Stanford University. This event, which will take place in the Wayra offices in Gran Vía, aims to bring together Data Scientists and Big Data professionals, inspiring more women to pursue careers in the field with training and mentoring opportunities from other females from all over the world.

Our role in digitalizing Latin America with Big Data

Friday, January 20, 2017

Our role in digitalizing Latin America with Big Data


This week, Telefónica and the International Development Bank (IDB) renewed their strategic alliance to continue promoting digital transformation and socio-economic development programs in Latin America from 2017 to 2020. This time, the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) has also come on board, with the goal of strengthening collaboration with the private sector. 

Millennials want to use data for social good, but will privacy stop them?

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Millennials want to use data for social good, but will privacy stop them?


This article was originally posted by Florence Broderick on the WEF Live blog as part of the 2017 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos.

Imagine a world where the billions of Google searches we make every year could be used to treat dengue fever. Imagine a world where our daily interactions with mobile networks could be used to help our local governments understand traffic to make our cities greener. Imagine a world where our social media updates could be used to predict crime hotspots. Today, all of the above (and much more) is possible.
54% of organizations now have Chief Data Officers, but should mine?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

54% of organizations now have Chief Data Officers, but should mine?


With Big Data becoming such a big deal in the world of business, it is no surprise that the Chief Data Officer (CDO) has managed to wriggle its way into an extra seat around the boardroom table. Increasingly more organizations, in both the private and public sector, consider data to be a strategic asset, and for this reason, the most forward-thinking companies are appointing CDOs. In fact, according to this survey, 54% of firms now report having appointed a CDO, up from just 12% in 2012.
Tarde de datos en DataBeers Madrid

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tarde de datos en DataBeers Madrid


El pasado jueves tuvo lugar otra edición de DataBeers Madrid, esta vez organizada conjuntamente con Telefónica y en la que LUCA estuvo muy presente. 

Para los que no conozcan la serie de eventos DataBeers, os contamos un poco. La historia comenzó en Madrid, dónde un grupo de apasionados de los datos se unieron para intercambiar historias y experiencias en un ambiente informal. Así nació DataBeers, convirtiéndose en un nuevo punto de encuentro para profesionales y no profesionales del dato, que pronto se expandió a otras ciudades como Londres, Málaga, Turín y Barcelona. Ingredientes como la informalidad de este espacio y su capacidad para relajarse al calor de unas cervezas ha hecho que hoy en día la iniciativa haya cruzado el charco, contando con DataBeers en ciudades como Buenos Aires, Argentina y Medellín, Colombia.
What does Big Data tell us about the way people move around Brazil's favelas?

Monday, January 16, 2017

What does Big Data tell us about the way people move around Brazil's favelas?


Brazil has seen its fair share of the world's media spotlight in the past year, with positive storylines around the success of the Rio Olympics, as well as more negative headlines about its continued problem with corruption in politics and the pressure of its economic crisis with almost 12% unemployment and stubbornly high inflation.

Cómo el Big Data puede prevenir el fraude con tarjetas de crédito

Friday, January 13, 2017

Cómo el Big Data puede prevenir el fraude con tarjetas de crédito


Imagina que te encuentras de vacaciones en alguna isla, pasando unos días de relax y desconectando de la rutina. Imagina que tienes sed o quieres comprarte algún souvenir para poder recordar esos días cuando vuelvas a tu querido lugar de residencia. De repente vas a pagar con tu tarjeta de crédito, y aparece el temido mensaje: "Pago rechazado. Tarjeta bloqueada".


Big Data: moneymaker and force for social good?

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Big Data: moneymaker and force for social good?





This article was originally posted by the Chairman of Telefónica, José María Álvarez Pallete, on the World Economic Forum blog.

Big data and, more recently, artificial intelligence have become some of the world’s favourite boardroom buzzwords in the past three years. Every CEO feels some level of nervous excitement about the immense opportunity of big data, with the International Data Corporation predicting revenues will rocket from $122 billion last year to more than $187 billion in 2019. Forrester Research forecaststhat the big data technology market will grow three times faster than the IT market overall.


Our "telco" take on Uber Movement

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Our "telco" take on Uber Movement


This week Uber excited transport planners around the world sharing the news of the launch of their Uber Movement product. Often dubbed as the world's leading "taxi" company, Uber has revolutionized personal transport in many cities around the world with their first-class interface and their customer-centric, peer-to-peer approach - valued at approximately $66bn in 2016.


Nicolas de Cordes: "It's time to scale up Big Data for Social Good"

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Nicolas de Cordes: "It's time to scale up Big Data for Social Good"



This week we interviewed Nicolas de Cordes, Director for Marketing Anticipation at Orange and a pioneer in the field of Big Data for Social Good. After spending his career between strategy and innovation, both in consulting at Boston Consulting Group and in marketing and innovation at Orange, Nicolas has more recently become a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Data-Driven Development and the Council on the Future of Humanitarian System, as well as being a key part of the UN Secretary General’s Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution for Development. We quizzed Nicolas on his experience in using data to have a social impact as well as gaging just how big this opportunity could be in the next few years.



LUCA and the UN World Data Forum: 7 ways mobile data is being used to change the world

Monday, January 9, 2017

LUCA and the UN World Data Forum: 7 ways mobile data is being used to change the world


It's just 6 days now until the United Nations World Data Forum in Cape Town and today we are honoured to be featured as guest contributors on their blog, alongside a wide range of other organizations and thought leaders who are passionate about the power of Big Data for Social Good.


Aim for 2017: Change the World

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Aim for 2017: Change the World

Have you already made your New Year’s resolutions? How would you feel if one of those was to change the world?

Three nights ago millions of people had 12 grapes (as the Spanish custom dictates) with the hope of a better 2017. Using Figure 1 we can get an idea about the proportion of men and women who attended to one of the most emblematic places of Madrid for New Years: Puerta del Sol. We can also identify their normal place of residence the rest of the year and their age.

Distribución asistentes Puerta del Sol
Figure 2: Breakdown of those who celebrated New Year´s Eve in Puerta del Sol (Madrid) by age, gender and place of residence.
Próposito de este 2017: Cambiar el Mundo

Próposito de este 2017: Cambiar el Mundo


By Javier Carro and Pedro de Alarcón PhD, Data Scientists at LUCA.

¿Ya has hecho tu lista de propósitos para el año nuevo? ¿Qué te parece que esta vez uno de ellos sea cambiar el mundo?