Challenge Us: a brilliant opportunity for companies interested in exploring the potential of big data in their business

Companies produce a lot of data through electronic devices, technological machinery, sensor networks on a daily basis. Every time a machine is in operation, its internal computer records its consumption, wear, productivity and interactions with other machines. An analysis of these data can help to improve the efficiency of the machine, predict failures and reduce the number of defective parts brought to market. Many companies underestimate the fact that their presence on the Internet - through a company website and social network accounts - produces a whole series of data which, if properly collected and analyzed, can be useful in predicting new markets and being more competitive. Exploitation of existing data may increase firms’ innovation and production capabilities. 

The goal of the Challenge Us program is to give the possibility to all companies, including small and medium-sized ones to enter the world of big data and exploit its potential.

For any clarification, watch the video Challenge Us.

Important dates:

  • Deadline: 15 May 2021 new deadline 30 June 2021
  • Notifications to winners: 15 July 2021
  • Execution Period: 15 July - 15 October 2021
  • Final Event: 11 November 2021 

To participate, fill out the form and send it by email to

  • Download form: link
  • Sample form: link
  • Participation instructions: link

Technical support for drafting project proposals:

Press office: Beatrice Rapisarda: beatrice.rapisarda[AT], Valerio Grossi: vgrossi[AT]

Research team: 

  • Nicola Del Sarto, 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

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