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Digital World 2013 Understanding the Data Revolution

4/26/2013 3:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Digital World 2013

Understanding the Data Revolution

Friday 26 April 2013 2:30 - 9:00pm

Birmingham Science Park (Faraday Wharf), Holt Street, B7 4BB

@ScienceCapital + Tags: #DataRev + #BDW13

Event Agenda

Be INFORMED by this event. Learn about the Digital & Data Revolutions which are taking place today, and how anyone can use data to improve their life or business.

Feel ENGAGED with the topics discussed and understand what you can do with data, and what data will do for you in the future.

Get CONNECTED with big business and decision makers, local SME's and Government, thought leaders and academics, and other individuals who are interested in understanding and doing more with data.

We are working hard to provide one of the best networking opportunities of the year by collaborating with others communities and with the Global

Find ANSWERS to your questions during a panel discussion with the industry expert speakers as they interact with the audience. This is a two-way conversation event!

Seek GROWTH - We have a special Growth Accelerator session in the middle of the event chaired by Anne Wilkinson from 4:15pm - 5:40pm to provide advice on commercialising your ideas and growing your SME business.

Food & Drinks will be served during breaks throughout the day, and during networking in the evening which is included in the (not-for-profit) ticket price.

Featured Speakers

Part I: Landscape of the Digital World (2:30 - 4:00pm)

Dr Mike Short CBE, Vice President, Telefonica Europe / O2 will speak on the "Internet for all:As the Digital economy progresses how connected and accessible is Data for innovation. Do we need a Sector by Sector Digital switchover strategy or just better, faster pipes?" Mike was the President of The Institution of Engineering and Technology from 2011-2012, and chair of the Steering Board for the TSB-supported ICT KTN since 2007.

Amish Patel, IBM's leader for Big Data solutions, will talk about "Data Driven Smarter Cities". He has been helping clients implement strategic imperatives to optimise their business outcomes enabled by innovative “Big Data” capabilities. Under his leadership, IBM has helped C-level executives improve citizen-centricity, reduce fraud; reduce costs and tax gap in the order of millions of euros.

Jennifer Stirrup, Director at Copper Blue Consulting, has recently been given a SQL Server MVP (Most Valuable Professional) award. She is an consultant who specialises in Business Intelligence, with a focus on Data Visualisation. Jen has conducted projects in the UK and mainland Europe. She has presented at events across the UK and Europe on the topic of Business Intelligence and Data Visualization.

Part II: Data Driven Growth Acceleration (4:15 - 5:40pm)

Anne Wilkinson is a Growth Manager for GrowthAccelerator,and works closely with senior management of ambitious SME companies Birmingham, Solihull & Bromsgrove with the potential to double turnover in 3 years to help them achieve their growth ambitions. GrowthAccelerator is a partnership between private enterprise and government and aims to build a community of ambitious, like-minded entrepreneurs and high growth businesses.

Peter Roper established four businesses; two of which he says have been fantastic failures - and fortunately two others which have been stunning successes! Following a successful corporate career with PHH Arval he went on to become a bestselling author and business development expert with Positive Ground.

Tom Gatten, CEO of Growth Intelligence, on Tracking Productivity of Millions of Companies with Web-Scale Data. Growth Intelligence tracks the performance and activity of all the companies in the economy in real-time using web data. Companies leave a digital fingerprint on the web, which GI picks this up and uses advanced machine-learning & Big Data techniques to deliver.

David Reynolds, PHD Student Warwick University will speak on "Creating Radical Business Innovation in the Connected Digital Economy". He is also the Social Media Manager at Warwick University for the NEMODE Project which aims to engage with SMEs to stimulate new ideas and the creation of new markets.

Part III: Understanding and Using Data (6:00 - 8:15pm followed by networking with drinks & buffet)

Ian Nabney, Head of Computer Science & Mathematics at Aston University will speak on Visualising Complex Data to make it Easy to Understand.

Ian is a member of the Non-linearity and Complexity Research Group and is also currently writing a proposal for an EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in the area of Big Data Analytics.

Joe Parry, CEO of Cambridge Intelligence, has 15 years of experience designing and developing network visualisations for the security sector both in the UK and US. He founded Cambridge Intelligence to create technology to visualise & analyse big data networks after heading i2 Inc's research, and earning a PhD at the University of Cambridge as a member of Stephen Hawking's group.

Chris Harris, EMEA Solution Engineer at Hortonworks

Chris will explain what lies at the center of the big data and the next-generation of enterprise data platforms which captures, processes and shares enormous amounts of new, multi-structured data that doesn't fit into traditional systems. Discover how this could fit into your big data strategy.

Ric Roberts , CTO at Swirrl, on The What, Why and How of Linked Data, and the place of linked data in the Big and Open Data ecosystem, and how it can help organisations. Ric co-founded Open Data Manchester, a community group who want to see Manchester open up its data, and are working to make it happen, and developed publishmydata, a platform for publishing Linked Data on the Web so that it's easy for people to find, understand & re-use.

Alex Howard O'Reilly Media Washington DC Correspondent.

Alex will speak from America via Skype about "What can we learn from the US about Open Data?" Alex regularly writes about open innovation, open data, open source software, the intersection of government, the Internet and society, including how technology is being used to help citizens, cities, and governments solve large-scale problems. He is widely considered an authority on collaborative technologies for enterprises, social media & digital journalism.

Big Data Week Events

This event is being run in collaboration with the international BigDataWeek which runs from Mon 22nd to Sun 28th April 2013. For more information about this exciting week of events see: and/or the official Twitter hashtag: #bdw13.

Contact Us

To ask anything about this event please contact the event organiser Gavin by email: or send a tweet to @ukgav on twitter.

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"Data is to the Digital Revolution what Coal was to the Industrial Revolution

~ Gavin Broughton, Jan 2013.

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