About Our Sponsors


Continuum Analytics


Continuum Analytics develops Anaconda, the leading modern open source analytics platform powered by Python. Continuum’s Python-based platform and consulting services empower organizations to analyze, manage and visualize big data - turning massive datasets into actionable insights and business value. Built on proven open-source technology and easily integrated within existing IT environments, Anaconda allows organizations to make critical business decisions based on their data quickly, easily, inexpensively, and with flexibility. Without having to worry about how to access their data, organizations can free up resources to solve actual problems. Continuum’s founders and developers have created or contribute to some of the most popular data science technologies, including NumPy, SciPy, Pandas, IPython, and many others. To learn more about the Anaconda platform, training and consulting services, visit continuum.io.




Dato is the maker of GraphLab, the machine learning platform that is transforming the way data scientists and developers use machine learning to build, deploy and manage intelligent apps. Dato's customers use machine learning to drive competitive advantage in their industries - they are the thought leaders and the most innovative companies in their fields. Dato's products include GraphLab Create, Dato Predictive Services, and Dato Distributed.


Rocket Internet SE


Rocket Internet SE is much more than a venture capital firm or an incubator. We bring together all key elements required to create great companies: team, concept, technology, and capital. We are 100 percent operationally involved in building our companies and cover all critical functions with our expert teams. They work together seamlessly in order to ensure that best practices are implemented in all key areas.




Bakdata is an independent IT service provider from Berlin/Germany focused on individual consulting and development of bespoke data-heavy software solutions. As a vendor-independent one-stop shop for data engineering/analytics, bakdata provides the full stack of relevant expertise comprising heterogeneous system design and automation, distributed data processing ("Big Data" - Hadoop eco-system, Spark, Flink, etc.), polyglot data-oriented Software Engineering (in particular using Python, R, Java, Scala, SQL, C/C++), Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, Information Integration, Machine Learning, Data Science.



JetBrains delivers intelligent software solutions that make developers more productive by simplifying their challenging tasks, automating the routine, and helping them adopt the best development practices. PyCharm is the Python IDE for Professional Developers by JetBrains providing a complete set of tools for productive Python, Web and scientific development, available in three editions. The free and open-source PyCharm Community Edition is perfect for pure Python coding. PyCharm Professional Edition is designed for professional Python and Web developers. PyCharm Educational Edition helps novice programmers learn programming with Python easily and effectively.

Blue Yonder


Blue Yonder is the leading provider of cloud-based predictive applications for retail. Our SaaS-solution enables retailers make better decisions using data for price optimization and replenishment. Blue Yonder works with some of Europe’s biggest retail brands in grocery, fashion, consumer electronics and eCommerce, including Natsu, Kaufland, and Otto. Blue Yonder’s mission is to reduce surplus inventory, and most importantly, improve overall customer experience through better offers and product availability.

The company was founded in 2008 in Karlsruhe, Germany by ex-CERN researcher, Professor Michael Feindt and is backed by leading private equity firm Warburg Pincus and the Otto Group. Its algorithm uses data to extract information with scientifically-based and innovative techniques such as predictive modeling and machine learning to help retailers boost their revenues, increase margins, reduce waste and improve their customers’ experience in the omnichannel world. In January 2014, Blue Yonder created the Data Science Academy to provide enterprises with relevant specialized knowledge and to train decision-makers from management to IT departments . Blue Yonder's work has won many awards, among them the Technology Innovator Awards 2015, the IoT Award 2014, BT Retail Week Technology Award, the German Innovation Prize, and the FOCUS Digital Star Award.



Zalando is transforming from an e-commerce company into a multi-service platform that provides fashion as a service. We make it our mission to imagine and predict the infinite points of interaction between fashion and people - and develop the technology to make them possible. The 1200+ members of Zalando Technology build most of our 40+ platform products in-house and open source- from our logistics software to our mobile applications. We work in Scala, Java, Python, Clojure, Spark, Docker and 40+ other tools.

When it comes to how we work, we believe that trusting each other is key. Through our culture of Radical Agility, we let the principles of Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose guide us. Our 110+ engineering teams are made up of over 70 nationalities. Diversity is a key factor to our success - from the variety of skill sets and interests to the tools and languages our teams choose to use.

Central European University


Central European University (CEU) is a U.S.- and Hungarian-accredited institution of graduate education specializing in the social sciences, humanities, public policy, and business. It seeks to contribute to the development of open societies in Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and emerging economies worldwide. CEU is an advanced center of teaching and research. CEU’s Department of Economics is a research-oriented department with an international faculty holding PhDs from some of the best universities in the world. We offer four master’s programs and a PhD in economics.
The overarching mission of CEU Business School is to nurture and grow superior professional management and entrepreneurship in our region and emerging markets throughout the world. To achieve this goal the School blends critical thinking, advanced managerial approaches, the creativity and zeal of modern entrepreneurship, and deep familiarity with business practices on the ground. Leveraging a dynamic tension of professionalism, entrepreneurialism and tacit knowledge of the region, CEU Business School and its community stay at the cutting edge of business practices and opportunities. The institution thereby possesses a unique capacity to educate new generations of successful business leaders and entrepreneurs for fast-growing economies worldwide. Particularly important in support of its mission is CEU Business School’s focus on the following high-impact strategic anchors: innovation and entrepreneurship; business and society (especially integrity education and anti-corruption); leadership and strategy in emerging regions; and financial services in emerging regions
CEU Business School offers MBA Programs and several Master’s programs: MSc in Business Analytics, MSc in Finance, MSc in IT Management.



Pivigo is building a data science marketplace, connecting clever academics and professionals with companies seeking freelance data scientists. Pivigo also runs Europe’s largest data science training programme S2DS, or Science to Data Science. We are passionate about people, data and connecting the two.

Python Academy


Python Academy is a specialized Python training company. We offer open courses
for individuals as well as customized on-site courses for companies and
institutes. We cover a wide range of Python topics from introductory to
advanced, Python for scientists and engineers, big data, web development, code
optimization and many more.

In addition to training, we consult companies that migrate to Python and
develop high-quality Python software often in combination with training. Our
special expertise is scientific and technical software development with Python.



AgProp is a Berlin-based interdisciplinary creative agency for digital concepts, specializing in UI / UX design and coding. Our members come from such various fields as design, technology and art.
We support the PyData because we are interested in creative ways of staging data through visualizations and interactive concepts.
We believe that in order to deal with the increasing complexity of this field, playful approaches can help to explore new perspectives and solutions. So if you need support for your project, or just want to drop by at our studio to swap some ideas, feel free to reach out.




Founded in 2004, Pluralsight is the global leader in online learning for professional software
developers, IT specialists and creative technologists. As the world’s largest curated professional development platform, the company offers instant access to more than 4,000 courses authored by top experts. With customers in more than 150 countries, Pluralsight serves as a career catalyst, delivering hands-on, practical training for the most in-demand and understaffed jobs of today. For more information, visit Pluralsight.com.




spaCy (https://spacy.io) is a library for industrial-strength natural language processing in Python and Cython, licensed under MIT. In recent peer-reviewed evaluations it was found that spaCy is the fastest and among the most accurate syntactic parser in the world.