Contestants will compete in teams of two. The two winning teams will each receive €2000.

Each of the four runner up teams will receive €1000.


Fun spot prizes throughout the day ... we won't spoil the surprise except to say ... DRONES! LEGO BATMAN!! We've said too much ...


So what is the DataHack? It's two separate programming competitions on the same day in the same place - a Datathon and a Hackathon. Last year's event saw 63 teams comprising of 126 students from 13 different Universities / Institutes of Technology attend. It was an awesome day and we hope this year will be even better.

Entrants are invited from Irish 3rd Level colleges to enter and attend the Datahack in AIB Bankcentre in Dublin on 12th November 2016 for a fun 12-hour event where they will compete for the great prizes.

Contestants will compete in teams of 2 and must provide their own laptops / kit. Food and refreshments will be provided for all participants throughout the day. (Assuming the AIB Innovation team don't eat it all first, they tried their best last year!)


This year's theme is Energy & Sustainability. Sustainable energy and being more energy efficient are of utmost importance to the environment, the economy and to AIB and our Customers.

At AIB sustainability has always been top of our agenda - in 2015 AIB won the Green Large Organisation of the Year award, Sustainability Team of the Year in 2016 and are current overall PAKMAN champion.

Max Cottica, AIB's Head of Data Science and Big Data Solutions says:

The smart technologies that we are using today generate large quantities of data which can be analysed for insights that can improve our lives such as promoting energy efficiency, improving healthcare or helping businesses understand customer behaviour. Many of the jobs of the future are likely to be in the area of data analytics. The government’s Expert Group on Future Skills Needs estimates c. 30,000 job openings in Big Data and analytics up to 2020, while AIB is also investing heavily in data analytics.

For the DataHack, we have partnered with Ireland's leading energy authority, the SEAI, who will be participating in the judging of the competition. Tom Halpin from the SEAI says:

There was an old energy adage which said “You can’t manage what you can’t measure”. Today, the challenge is one of gaining meaningful and useful insights from a sometimes overwhelming array of data. Clever interpretation and visualisation of data makes the job of optimising valuable resources easier. We are delighted therefore that AIB are focussing on sustainability as a theme for this year’s datahack. We wish all contestants good luck and look forward to seeing fruits of their endeavours.


In our Hackathon challenge, we are asking you to design applications that promote sustainable energy practices. Whether that be promoting energy efficiency in the home, using sensors, calculating prices to save money or utilising open datasets to create interactive maps & tools - or any other great idea you can think of. Helpful datasets can be found in our tutorials section.

Your app can be built on any mobile or web platform - iOS, Android, Windows, React Native etc - and with any programming language - Swift, Objective-C, Java, HTML, JS, whatever.

We're looking for innovation, creativity and imagination so don't be afraid to dream big! Now is the opportunity to build something that could make a difference.

Check out the info section for tips on app development and on the day our resident engineers will be let out of their cave to help out. Check out the Tutorials page for some helpful info.


In our Datathon challenge, you will be required to use analytical tools and machine learning models to solve an energy related problem. The challenge will not be revealed until the day of the event.

Participants will be required to prepare a dataset for analysis (the raw data for the challenge will be supplied to everyone on USB sticks) and to solve a problem based on this data. The problem has been chosen to be solvable using a large assortment of different analytical techniques, from using only SQL commands to advanced machine learning.

Participants are encouraged to use whatever programming language or analysis program they are most experienced with so teams are welcome to use R, Python, SQL, Excel, Matlab, Octave, Java , Weka or anything else they think might be useful. Over the course of the day Data Scientists from the AIB Data Innovation team will be available to help teams with any problems that might pop up. Don’t worry about annoying us with questions, we'll be there to help!

If you are interested in data analysis, math, programming and winning large cash prizes then the Datathon Challenge might be the challenge for you!


The DataHack is ran by AIB's Data Science and Innovation teams.
Here's some of us that'll be at the DataHack to help you out throughout the day

Knows how to operate a supercomputer. Still doesn’t know how to operate a manual transmission car. Passionate about Sustainability. And cats.

- Cailla O'Shea, Data Scientist

A data and advanced analytics philosopher, Max enjoys building robots and playing with Lego.

- Max Cottica, Head of Data Science & Big Data Solutions

One of the rare coders who can also draw beautiful pictures, Dave is beginning to realise Swift is much better than C# - and is a bit of a Photoshop Ninja

- David Maxwell, Innovation

Andy loves to code - apps, websites, wearables, VR, whatever. He wanted to build an actual Batcave in AIB HQ but was turned down. Or was he ...

- Andy O'Sullivan, Innovation

Kate has a PhD in Mathematical Biology, figuring out how cancer cells move. She's interested in using Data for social good and is an Ambassador for DataKind.

- Dr. Kate Byrne, Data Scientist

Zhengwei has a PhD in Computer Science from DCU. Known around the office as the Machine Learning and Spark expert. Catchphrase: “It’ll be fine”.

- Dr. Zhengwei Qiu , Data Scientist


  • ** The DataHack is now closed to registrations. If you have any questions please contact us at **


The DataHack is in AIB's HQ - AIB Bankcentre, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.


You can get the Dart to Lansdowne Road station. Exit the station to the left, take the left at the crossroads onto Shelbourne Road, then left again at next main crosswords, onto Merrion Road. Walk for a couple hundred metres, past the Horseshow House pub and AIB Bankcentre is on your left.


The AIB Bankcentre carpark will be open for participants. Consult your favourite navigation app for exact directions.

If you have any issues or questions just give us a ring or send us an email!


AIB Bankcentre


By submitting an entry, you agree to be bound by these Competition Rules and by the decisions of the Judging Panel.

1. Challenges:
The AIB DataHack consists of two separate competitions, the Datathon Challenge and the Hackathon Challenge.

2. Eligibility:
A. The AIB DataHack (“the AIB DataHack”) IS open to:

  • All Undergraduate and Taught Masters students (in either a full-time or part-time capacity) aged 18 or over on the 12th November 2016 and who are currently enrolled, across all third level institutions in Ireland.
B. The AIB DataHack (“the AIB DataHack”) is NOT open to:
  • Non-students
  • Students currently employed full-time in a Data Science or IT related field e.g. App Development, Data Science, Network or System Engineer, Software Engineering, Web Design or Development

3. How to Enter:
To enter the AIB DataHack, applicants must first register in teams of two during the registration period which runs from 3rd October to 3rd November (see below). Teams must register their interest in participating in either the Datathon Challenge or the Hackathon Challenge.

Registration does not guarantee a place in the AIB DataHack competition as places are limited. Teams will be contacted from the 4th November 2016 to confirm their participation. Teams will be selected to participate in the competition based on maximising the number of Irish third level institutes being represented.

The AIB DataHack will be held on November 12th 2016 in AIB’s Headquarters, AIB Bankcentre, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 and all participants must be available to come to Bankcentre on that date.

4. Entry Period:
You may begin registering online for the AIB DataHack at from Monday 3rd October 2016 and all registrations must be complete on or before 5pm Friday 3rd November 2016. Once submitted, all applicants commit to being available to attend the AIB DataHack and participate as specified by the AIB DataHack details.

5. Participation Criteria:
AIB DataHack submissions must include only ideas and materials created by the participating team or that are otherwise publicly and freely available and must not infringe on the intellectual property rights of any other person or entity. Submissions should not contain brand names, trademarks or company logos and personal information about another individual.

Only one submission per team will be accepted.

Teams may switch from participating in the Hackathon Challenge to the Datathon Challenge and vice versa by notifying a member of the AIB DataHack Team on the day of the competition.

AIB does not permit the infringement of others’ rights and use of materials not original to the participant is grounds for disqualification.

AIB DataHack submissions must not have been submitted previously in any competition or contest of any kind, or exhibited or displayed publicly, (i.e. beyond your immediate family and circle of friends) through any means previously.

All submissions must be received on the day of the AIB DataHack.

Those who do not follow all of the instructions or abide by these Competition Rules or other instructions issued by AIB may be disqualified.

Each participant team represents and warrants that their entry:-

(i) is wholly original and is not a copy or imitation of any other material/ideas, or the participant has obtained all necessary rights;

(ii) will not infringe or violate any third party rights whatsoever or violate any agreement binding upon the participant; and

(iii) is not subject to any threatened or pending litigation, claim or dispute that might give rise to litigation, which adversely affects or in any way prejudices, impairs or diminishes the rights granted to AIB in connection with the AIB DataHack.

Each participant agrees to indemnify AIB against any third party claim arising from any breach of any representations, warranties and agreements made by the participant in entering the AIB DataHack.

6. Intellectual Property Rights
Each participant upon submission of their entry to the AIB DataHack hereby confirms that he/she understands that they are entering this AIB DataHack and that his/her entry is made during the course of the AIB DataHack run by AIB.

AIB does not claim ownership of the copyright or any other intellectual property in the entry, which shall remain owned by the participant. However, by submitting an entry to the AIB DataHack, the participant grants AIB a licence to use the intellectual property in any submitted entry solely for the purpose of running the AIB DataHack competition, including for judging, promotional and publicity purposes in all media.

Participants agree that AIB shall have the sole discretion in determining the extent and manner of use of entries and shall be not obliged to use any entry.

Each participant acknowledges that other participants or AIB may have created, or may already be developing, ideas and concepts that are similar to those contained in the participant's own entry and participants will have no recourse against other participants or AIB because of such similarities. This does not affect participants' rights in any intellectual property that they own in their entry.

7. Prizes:
The Hackathon Challenge and Datathon Challenge will each have a separate prize pool consisting of:
  • Winning Team : €2,000
  • Runner Up Team : €1,000
  • Runner Up Team : €1,000

There will also be spot prizes available throughout the day.

8. Determining the Winners:
The winners of both Challenges will be determined by a panel of judges made up of representatives of AIB and/or industry experts. The AIB DataHack entries will be evaluated based on criteria determined by AIB which may include but not be limited to models that best accomplish the assigned Datathon Challenge or Hackathon Challenge. The decisions of the Judging Panel are final and binding on all matters relating to the AIB DataHack, including the winning entries and interpretation and application of these Competition Rules.

9. Winner Notification and Prize Award
The winners will be notified on the day of the AIB DataHack. Notwithstanding that a winner has been declared, if AIB discovers before the distribution of the prizes that for any reason under these rules a winner should not have been eligible to enter the AIB DataHack or if the entry should have been declared invalid, AIB reserves the right to determine that a winner is disqualified.

10. Use of Information
Registration Details Your personal details will be treated with the highest standard of security and confidentiality, strictly in accordance with the Data Protection Act. Any information submitted to the AIB DataHack through the on-line registration facility on will be used solely for the purpose of contacting you in relation to the AIB DataHack. Users of the AIB DataHack registration facility are deemed to have accepted these Competition Rules.

11. AIB DataHack Submissions
All submissions become the property of AIB on submission and will not be returned and therefore AIB will not be responsible for the return or preservation of entries. All entries may be published in any manner or medium.

By participating each participant consents to the use and disclosure of their name and image as a winner, (if successful) and he/she may be required to take part in publicity events.

The names of the winners may be published by AIB’s through any media, including its website and social media channels.

12. AIB/Promoter Reservations
By entering this competition you agree to be fully bound by these terms and conditions. The Promoter reserves the right to amend, withdraw or terminate the AIB DataHack or alter the format of the AIB DataHack without prior notice to entrants.

We hold the right to decide whether a winner should have been disqualified, even after being announced as the winner, if we regard the terms and conditions have been breached in any way.

The promoter is Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c. Registered in Ireland. Registered no. 24173. Registered office: Bankcentre, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c. is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.

Disclaimer: These terms and conditions are governed by the laws of Ireland and by entering this competition you are under the jurisdiction of the courts of Ireland should any dispute happen as a result of taking part.

Copyright © 2016 AIB. Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c. is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.