It’s Big Data Week Around the World

In case you weren’t aware of it, we are right in the middle of Big Data Week 2013.  This is a global event featuring a series of community-led Big Data conferences, meetings, workshops, networking events and hackathons.

The event, which runs from April 22-28, has a somewhat British flavor, being produced by media 140 Worldwide headquartered in London. They anticipate that by the end of the week more than 5,000 Big Data practitioners from 20 countries and four continents will participate.

Typical events include:

With more than 200 events, Big Data Week is a platform for thousands of data scientists, data technologists, data visualisers and leaders from the business, not-for-profit and governments sectors to share how Big Data is impacting their organisations,” according to the conference organizers.  “‘Big data has gone from a buzz word to a business reality. Now is the moment to learn from each other to advance the art and science of harnessing data to benefit all aspects of society,’ said Kenneth Cukier, a co-author of the book Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think and the data editor at The Economist, who is keynoting an event on 25th April at Imperial College London.”

The full list of the 200+ events can be found here.

And here’s one of the week’s interesting activities: Teams from around the world will be tasked to find the world’s healthiest city using publically available data sources. They will develop models for ranking the health of a city using sources such as government statistics, weather patterns, Twitter sentiment and any other publically available data sets.

Will London be the winner?  Only Big Data and time will tell.

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