Celebrating data science success

Award...Dr Brian Moore, Founder and MD of ORRECO.
Award...Dr Brian Moore, Founder and MD of ORRECO.

A Galway-based company, which has worked with Olympic athletes and elite professional sports teams around the world, has just landed a major national award.

Orreco joined the best and brightest Data Scientists in Ireland, all recognised at the annual DatSci Awards for their contributions to one of the fastest growing sectors in Ireland.

The Galway company saw off the competition to be named SME of the Year, sponsored by Enterprise Ireland.

The awards, organised by The National Centre for Applied Data Analytics, were created in an effort to celebrate the very best of data science talent in Ireland as well as to bring the Irish and international data science community closer together.

For nearly 20 years, Orreco scientists have led the science of biomarkers as drivers of athletic performance.

More recently, Orreco data scientists have led new approaches to mining, modelling and getting meaning from a wide variety of team and athlete data sets.

The company has profiled more than 2,000 athletes, including Mark Cuban’s Dallas Mavericks, NBA player Wilson Chandler of the Denver Nuggets, and pro golfers Henrik Stenson and Patrick Reed.

Orreco CEO, Dr. Brian Moore, was delighted with the company’s success. “It’s great to have DatSci recognise the impact Orreco’s analytics and machine learning solutions are having on elite sports,” he said.

There were eight categories featured at this year’s Awards, reflecting the wide range of stellar contributions to data science on this island.