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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 innovative ideas aimed at extracting value from their data. Within the Challenge Us network, our researchers are ready to offer comprehensive big data analysis services to selected projects.



All companies are welcome to submit their project by 31 MAY 2024

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Participation instructions: link

The Challenge Us 2024 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 plan 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.



Call opening: 22 March 2024

Submission of proposals:  22 March - 15 May 2024 NEW DEADLINE: 31 May 2024

Evaluation of the proposals and selection of the winners: 01 June - 10 June 2024

Notification to the winners: 14 June 2024

Development of the winning projects in collaboration with researchers from the SoBigData++: 17 June - 15 November 2024 

Demonstration of results: Oct-Nov 2024



Giulio Ferrigno, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy 

Paolo FerraginaUniversity of Pisa, Italy

Adriano Fazzone, University of Rome, Italy

Nino Antulov-Fantulin, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Kalina Bontcheva, University of Sheffield, UK

Todor Galev, Center for the Study of Democracy, Bulgaria

Andrea Passarella, Roberto Trasarti, Michela Natilli, Valerio Grossi, CNR, Pisa, Italy

Rajesh Sharma, University of Tartu, Estonia

Fabrizio Lillo, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy




Challenge Us 2023 proof-of-concepts showcase


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.


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?

Challenge Us 2024 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 does SoBigData offer 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 to which any information is shared will be pre-agreed with the company. 


What are SoBigData's purposes?

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