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Challenge Us

An opportunity offered by SoBigData to companies who want to exploit the potential of data in their business. 

Your data drive your business!

All companies are welcome to submit their ideas for extracting value from their data. Researchers of the Challenge Us network offer free big data analysis services for selected projects.

How to participate

All companies are welcome to submit their ideas for extracting value from their data by 30 April 2023

Fill out the form and send it by email to


Download form: link

Sample form: link

Participation instructions: link


The SoBigData++ Challenge Us will take place in two phases: 

  1. Companies will describe in detail a project or problem they intend to solve and/or the data they intend to analyze with the support of SoBigData++ partners, possibly accompanying the proposal with a proposed solution. 
  2. SoBigData researchers will select the most exciting projects for which they will offer free advice by identifying possible solutions and will develop a feasibility study. 



Start with a real business problem or opportunity



Take real business data to RCG's Big Data Lab



RCG's Data Scientists apply Advanced Analytics



Get statistically significant business insights



Apply insights to solve the problem or act on the opportunity


How much time will the project development require? 

The project will be developed in maximum four months, from the date of proposal submission to the final presentation. 

  • Call opening on 15 March 2023 
  • Deadline to submit: 30 April 2023  Extended deadline: 10 May 2023
  • Notification to winners: 21 May 2023 - updated
  • Execution Period: 16 May - 30 August 2023
  • Final Event:  24 November 2023 - link


What will be the selection criteria?

A SoBigData++ scientific committee will select the most valuable submitted project, evaluating proposals according to both scientific interest and feasibility. 


Who should help my company with my project?

The SoBigData Challenge Us benefits from the contribution of data experts from CNR (National Research Council of Italy), Scuola Normale Superiore, University of Pisa, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and La Sapienza from Italy, University of Tartu in Estonia, University of Sheffield in U.K, ETHZ in Switzerland.


Why SoBigData offers its support for free?

Many companies provide proof of concept services that can cost up to tens of thousands of euros. SoBigData RI is supported by EU project No. 871042, which includes in its goals the dissemination of the big data culture among several stakeholders, including firms and private companies.


How will company data be protected? 

The collaborative project will include signing a confidentiality agreement (Non-Disclosure Agreement) to protect information and data that companies will share with researchers. The results obtained in this activity will remain company property. 

SoBigData will assure confidentiality measures, such as the anonymized or pseudonymized use of data and secure transmission. The project's business-specific information will be removed from public presentations also within the SoBigData network. The extent of any information shared will be pre-agreed with the company. 


What are SoBigData's purposes?

SoBigData's sole purpose in this initiative is the dissemination of the culture and potential of Big Data in industrial processes. 


Saverio Barabuffi,

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy


Paolo Ferragina,

University of Pisa, Italy


Adriano Fazzone,

University of Rome, Italy


Nino Antulov-Fantulin,

ETH Zurich, Switzerland


Kalina Bontcheva,

University of Sheffield, U.K


Todor Galev,

Center for the Study of Democracy, Bulgaria


Andrea Passarella,

CNR, Pisa, Italy


Rajesh Sharma,

University of Tartu, Estonia


Fabrizio Lillo,

Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy