The Mind Museum. J.Y. Campos Park, Third Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, 1634


March 24, 2018

Be part of CONVERGENCE, the culminating event of the Accenture Data Challenge. A data science competition that aims to improve the way the world works and lives through the power of analytics. Watch the finalists battle for the top spot. Join workshops that will expand your analytics skills, and explore exciting data science careers.




Get insights from JP Palpallatoc, Digital Lead in the Philippines – Accenture Technology, as he discusses the Accenture 2018 Technology Vision, an annual report on technology trends and innovations that will help shape businesses in the next three years.

JP Palpallatoc

Keynote Speaker

JP Palpallatoc
Digital lead in the Philippines – Accenture Technology
Accenture Advanced Technology Centers
Mobility Capability Lead
Accenture Advanced Technology Centers APAC Area Lead

With experience in the digital and technology landscape that’s over 28-years’ strong, JP Palpallatoc is the Lead of the Accenture Advanced Technology Center in the Philippines’ Digital group responsible for delivery and capability building in the areas of Applied Intelligence, Data and Analytics, Interactive, Mobility, and Industry X.0.


See our finalists present their thought-provoking ideas on using data to derive fresh insights, forecast results and help solve real-world problems.

Get to know our esteemed panel of judges.

Each finalist will present their ideas to a panel of judges consisting of Accenture leaders and industry experts.

JP Palpallatoc
JP Palpallatoc
Stephanie Sy
Stephanie Sy
Dominic “doc” Ligot
Dominic “doc” Ligot
Praveen Taita
Praveen Taita
Karen Espana
Karen Espana
JP Palpallatoc

JP Palpallatoc

Managing Director / Digital lead in the Philippines
Accenture Technology

With experience in the digital and technology landscape that’s over 28-years’ strong, JP Palpallatoc is the Lead of the Accenture Advanced Technology Center in the Philippines’ Digital group responsible for delivery and capability building in the areas of Applied Intelligence, Data and Analytics, Interactive, Mobility, and Industry X.0.  His client portfolio includes top businesses in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. JP is passionate about the future of digital and how the human being is coming back to the center of the digital ecosystem.

Stephanie Sy

Stephanie Sy

Founder and CEO of Thinking Machines

As a hands-on CEO of a growing startup, her work touches every aspect of the company. This includes company strategy, productization, operations, and team management. She also serves as technical lead on machine learning projects. Before Thinking Machines, she was a product analyst at Google HQ and the Chief Technology Officer of Focus Global, Inc. She finished BS Management Science and Engineering from Stanford Univeristy.

Dominic “doc” Ligot

Dominic “doc” Ligot

Founder, Chief Technology Officer
CirroLytixResearch Services

Doc’s career spans nearly 20 years of experience balancing data technology, advanced analytics, and business experience. Doc is the founder of CirroLytix, a data analytics company that focuses on developing data management solutions for small and medium enterprises. He co-founded fintechlender which uses digital platforms to tap underbankedindividuals. Doc’s applied analytics background includes fraud and risk management, finance, and digital marketing. Doc previously held executive roles in global banks HSBC and ANZ, and was Asia-Pacific Practice Partner for Advanced Analytics at data warehousing firm Teradata. Doc also teaches digital marketing analytics for the CDM program and financial analytics for IFC and IFPM. He holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of the Philippines and Certificates in Data-Driven Marketing and Advanced Marketing Research from Cornell University.

Praveen Taita

Praveen Taita

Business Excellence Leader
F&A, and HR Clients
Accenture Philippines

Praveen is currently working as the Business Excellence Leader for all Finance and Accounting and HR Deals based out of the Philippines. He leads Business Excellence for over 40 clients ranging from Oil and Gas, Real Estate, Hotel, Retail and Confectionary verticals.

He is responsible for driving Lean Six Sigma Projects, Operational Maturity Framework and ensuring end to end Process Transformation using Robotics and through implementation of disruptive technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Advanced Analytics, and Agile workforce to improve process effectiveness and efficiencies.

He has more than 18 years of work experience, predominantly in driving Continuous Improvement Programs using Lean Six Sigma and is a certified LSS practioner and trainer.

He holds a MBA in Operations Management from IMT Ghaziabad, India.

Karen Espana

Karen Espana

Analytics Lead for Accenture Operations

Karen has twenty years of IT experience focused on developing and delivering business analytics solutions for various industries. She is also responsible for deploying AI solutions for Accenture Operations. An MBA graduate, PMI certified Project Manager and agile certified Scrum Master.


We are excited to announce the top 15 finalists for the Accenture Data Challenge! Watch our finalists present and defend their entries to our esteemed panel of judges at the Convergence - The Accenture Data Challenge: The Final Pitch, happening on March 24, 2018 at the Mind Museum, J.Y. Campos Park, Third Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, 1634. From 9:00am to 6:00pm.

Here are the top 15 finalists (in no particular order):

Best 5 Visualization Entries Best 5 Predictive Models Best 5 Breakthrough Ideas
Myra Saet & Rafael Bunye Leo Karlo Dela Cruz & Michael Ruta Raphael Bunye & Aldrin Lambon
Elizabeth Joy Santos Dessa Clemenia & Cherry Mae Cristobal Dominic Dayta
Jecca Narvasa Myra Saet & Aldrin Lambon Yesha Alfafara & Jhenina Sta Cruz
Celso Bejec Dominique Hanna Sy Rafael Rivera & Karlo Pornasdoro
Oscar Porras Ryan Liwag Beatrice Adajar & Miguel Galace

A big thank you to everyone who submitted an entry. Though only a few made it to the finals, we have enjoyed reviewing and evaluating your work and hope that it was also a good learning experience for you.

Don’t forget to RSVP to the event, where more learning and exciting prizes await you! Get a chance to bring home cool gadgets and prizes! Oh, and did we mention it comes with a free buffet for the first 250 on site registrants? So, come early!

See you all at Convergence! Registration starts at 8:00am


What does a data scientist do exactly? Find out at our panel discussion that will tackle in-demand data science roles and the skills you’ll need to succeed in the industry. Ask your burning questions during our panel discussion, and discover how Accenture can help you navigate endless possibilities using the power of data.


Edsel Ryan Alimasa

Edsel Ryan Alimasa
Digital Data Engineer,
Associate Manager, Accenture

Edsel is a Digital Data Engineering Associate Manager. He has worked in startups, retail and telco and has interests in Python, R, NLP, image processing and machine learning. Has worked in various projects such as language processing, chat bots, image processing and  recommendation engine.

Prateek Khurana

Prateek Khurana
Sr. Data Scientist

Prateek has 10 years of experience into Data Analytics and consulting. Throughout his career he has supported clients across the globe with multiple industry expertise i.e. Healthcare, Utilities, CPG, HR and Finance & Accounting. In his current role, he is leading utilities and HR tower for Analytics and AI.

Raina Cheng

Raina Cheng
Analytics & Modelling Associate Manager,

Raina has been with Accenture for the last 5 years handling different accounts under Finance and Accounting and Network Services. She spent her first 2 years with Business Excellence doing process improvement, where she has helped build a culture of operational maturity and drove cost-reducing projects for Accenture Operations. She later moved to the Analytics Team where has spent the next few years generating business insights, driving analytics projects and deploying analytics assets to help deliver client value.

Vhie Cruz

Vhie Cruz
Technology Architecture Delivery Associate Director,

Vhie currently leads the Global Database Architecture team. Her group is part of the CIO Enterprise Architecture which provides architecture direction both in areas of data and application. As a Data Architect, her job is to focus on the strategic blueprint of how data will be managed, collected, stored and retrieved.


Speakers from Accenture and Thinking Machines, a data science consulting firm will share insights on effective data storytelling, how to start a data science project and innovating with data.


Pre register to this workshop

In this workshop, participants will learn the fundamental and best practices of data storytelling and visualization through hands-on activities. The module includes:

  • Identifying your audience and knowing your purpose

  • Exploring your data and finding the key message

  • Choosing the best chart types

  • Crafting the story

  • Hands-on work: building a chart using an available data set

Pia Faustino

Pia Faustino
Data Storytelling Team Manager - Thinking Machines

Pia oversees the Thinking Machines’ data storytelling practice and data visualization projects.

Pia oversees the growth of the storytelling practice and the company’s data visualization projects. A hands-on manager, she ensure the growth and well-being of the storytelling team. Prior to her data science role, Pia was a TV producer at a local TV-network. She graduated from Ateneo de Manila University with a bachelor of arts degree in communication.


Pre register to this workshop

In this workshop, learn tips, techniques and best practices in starting your own data science project. The workshop includes:

  • Techniques in exploratory data analysis

  • Choosing the “best” data science algorithm and technique to build a predictive model

  • How to put your models into action


Vladimir Malabanan
Accenture Data Science Practitioner

Vlad is a statistician with more than 8 years of experience in doing analytics work. He is knowledgeable in different data analytics tools such as SAS (Base Certified), SPSS Statistics and Modeler, R and Python.

He has experience in end-to-end project involvements using agile and traditional software development methods -- from business gathering up to reports development, statistical modeling, machine learning and deploying projects into production. He joined Accenture in Dec 2016 and became part of Accenture Operations Analytics-as-a-Service team and is currently leading the analytics support for health administration BPO tower.

Vlad has bachelor’s and master’s degree in Statistics from University of the Philippines-Diliman.


Pre register to this workshop

Lecturer: Jay Gamilla

Description: Learn how to set up open source development environment for AI projects

  • How to set up environment
  • Build basic chat bots
  • build basic image recognition


Jay Gamilla
Digital Data Engineer

Jay specializes on Big Data analytics, Artificial Intelligence (Chat Bot, Image Recognition), SQL business intelligence, analytics, and data visualization which deals with Extract, Transform and Load (ETL) development and Business Intelligence. He also has working experience in VMWare Virtualization, Windows Server and Database Administration and is responsible for Enterprise Content Management. Prior to Accenture, he was a Technical Project Lead delivering various technology and solutions.


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