Over 260 Join the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub’s 2018 Summit

Did you participate in our 2018 Summit? Share your thoughts with us here on what you liked, and what you’d like to see in future.

Thank you to everyone who made our 2018 Annual Summit a success!

Every year, we bring our growing community together for a day of expert talks, discussions, and collaborative breakout sessions focused around high-priority topics in data science.

This year, participation doubled: over 160 of you joined us in person plus over 100 more via livestream, for our Annual Summit on March 27th. We heard from Corinna Cortes (Head of Research, Google NY) about data-driven approaches her team uses to address the challenges posed by “fake news.” A panel of Big Data leaders drawn from academia and the private sector shared their insights on how they’ve approached rapid advancements in digital media – both in maximizing the benefits and minimizing the potential drawbacks. We heard updates from our Spokes, highlighting their progress on projects ranging from establishing a licensing model and ecosystem for data sharing, to building capacity in data-driven education, to developing a search engine to find environmental and phenotypic factors associated with disease and health. And then we came together in three hands-on breakout sessions oriented around the topics of data literacy, ethics, and health, to explore how our community might collaborate to spark new activity in these critical areas.

“Two and a half years ago, I participated in the Hub’s first annual meeting as a guest. I was struck by the tremendous amount of energy and cross-fertilization among this community,” said René Bastón, Executive Director for the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub. “It was clear that the Hub would be a place that builds bridges between academia, industry, government and non-profits to create Big Data solutions to big challenges. Now, as the Hub’s Executive Director, I’m encouraged by how we continue to grow and evolve – thanks to to our engaged community.”

Many thanks to everyone who joined us at our Summit! Special thanks to our incredible speakers, breakout session organizers, and volunteers, and our partner Microsoft.




View videos from our event in the below playlist, or by checking out our YouTube channel.