How I See The Opportunity
Why is this such a BIG deal to us in New Brunswick – and especially in Saint John?
Big Data is a huge (and growing) opportunity and we are well positioned to take advantage of it.
In Saint John, ICT (Information Communications and Technology) is one of the high-growth sectors identified in True Growth 2.0, our recently revised Regional Economic Development Strategy. I was honoured to be a member of the volunteer Steering Committee that spent four months interviewing community leaders to figure out how to renew and update Saint John’s regional development strategy. During those conversations, big data came up a lot – and not just with traditional ICT companies. Everyone is grappling with figuring out how to manage data, including how to create a workforce ready to meet this growing need. That’s why a Centre of Excellence makes so much sense to a growing number of people.
That’s why it’s so fitting the Big Data Congress take place in Saint John at Port Saint John’s two cruise terminals, overlooking the Bay of Fundy. This is the same location where a single cruise ship, redirected here due to a hurricane, ignited the idea of a cruise ship industry in Saint John. Since that time, we have welcomed over 1.5 million visitors – boosting the tourism sector in our region and across the province.
This event can be the same type of catalyst – learning from leading thinkers, identifying opportunities, and spurring action to move forward.
I hope you can attend and be part of this initiative!
Information is being frequently updated on the Leading Thinkers website:
Big opportunity. Big ideas. Big data.
T4G and the NBITC invite you to spend the day with some of North America’s leading Big Data thinkers, doers, and innovators on January 24th, 2013 in Saint John, New Brunswick. Data science is driving economic and technological change and the implications are limitless for the private and public sector.
Join us as we bring together Atlantic Canada’s emerging data science innovators with some of North America’s leading thinkers and doers for a day of open conversation to explore what big data means for us, our communities, and how it can reshape your business.
A trio of big data thinkers headline the Congress.
- Breakfast keynote: MIT researcher and author Andrew McAfee (Race Against the Machine; Enterprise 2.0)
- Lunch keynote: Harvard lecturer and Deloitte Analytics senior advisor Tom Davenport (Judgment Calls; Analytics at Work)
- Closing keynote: Wired contributing editor Steven B. Johnson (Future Perfect; Everything Bad is Good for You)
The Big Data Congress also features breakout sessions, workshops, a Big Data Kitchen Party, a Maritime dinner feast and a closing concert with award-winning Canadian rockers Joel Plaskett Emergency.
via Leading Thinkers
If you are interested in attending, sponsoring, or just looking for more information - please contact me!
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