O'Reilly Strata Online Conference
Strata Santa Clara Preview: Towards the Quantified Society

Agenda/Schedule | Program Chair

This February, O'Reilly's Strata conference returns to Santa Clara. Strata brings together the world's leading thinkers and innovators in the fields of business, data, and disruption. After last year's sold-out inaugural event, it's clear that Big Data is here to stay, and that Strata is the place to learn about it.

In this online conference, we'll look at hot topics, brewing controversies, and cutting-edge technologies that promise to change how we live, work, play, learn, and love. Hear from some of Strata's marquee speakers about what's consuming them in the Big Data world in this web-based event.


Speaker: Alistair Croll (Solve For Interesting)

Strata chair Alistair Croll will set the stage for the coming event, offering a quick overview of what’s happening online and in person with this year’s Strata events.

John Wilbanks Speaker: John Wilbanks (Kauffman Foundation for Entrepreneurship)

Most privacy choices come down to Yes, No, and Maybe. Many users are willing to let their personal data be used in a research context, or if they get something back in return for their data. Data privacy is a hot-button topic for 2012, and in this preview, we’ll learn how findings from the Consent to Research project in personalized genomics, quantified self, and other personally identifiable data project can inform privacy policy.

Edd Dumbill Speakers: Edd Dumbill (Silicon Valley Data Science), Alistair Croll (Solve For Interesting)

Whether you’re talking about agile businesses, e-government, digital healthcare, or personal analytics, we’re quickly moving towards the Quantified Society. How should we prepare for the Feedback Economy, where competition is about the best data, the right questions, and the fastest, most accurate feedback loops? Strata chairs Edd Dumbill and Alistair Croll discuss the advent of the Quantified Society, and what 2012 holds in store for how we live, love, work, play, and learn.

Paul Dix Speaker: Paul Dix (InfluxDB)

At Strata 2012, we’ll get an inside look at how analytics and ad platform Flurry analyzes data from over 300 million mobile devices every month atop a big Hadoop/HBase cluster. Here, Paul Dix gives us a quick overview of what attendees will learn.

Noah Iliinsky Speaker: Noah Iliinsky (IBM)

Visualization can appear to be purely art, but has a healthy dose of science behind it. Successful visualizations are the result of a process that ensures you’ve considered all of the relevant factors as you make design choices. Noah will give a brief overview of the main considerations, from audience and data to position and color, necessary for designing effective data visualizations.

Bitsy Bentley Speaker: Bitsy Bentley (GfK Custom Research)

Data visualization is a powerful tool for revealing simple answers to complex questions, but context is key. User-centered design methods ensure that your audience receives the information they need in a usable and actionable way. Data visualization and user experience practices are not mutually exclusive. They work best when they work together.
In this preview, we’ll look at what it takes to make data interactions that have real meaning to their audiences and users.

Speaker: Alistair Croll (Solve For Interesting)

We’ll close with a look at the next Strata events and some of the online resources you can use to get up to speed on Big Data.

Program subject to change. The entire conference will be recorded and made available to attendees free of charge afterwards.

Sponsorship Opportunities

A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are available for Strata Online Conference. To sponsor Strata Online Conference and for general sponsorship information, contact Susan Stewart at sstewart@oreilly.com.

Strata Online Program Chair

Alistair Croll Alistair Croll
is the founder of Bitcurrent, a research firm focused on emerging technologies. He's founded a variety of startups, and technology accelerators, including Year One Labs, CloudOps, Rednod, Coradiant (acquired by BMC in 2011) and Networkshop. He's a frequent speaker and writer on subjects such as entrepreneurship, cloud computing, Big Data, Internet performance and web technology, and has helped launch a number of major conferences on these topics.

Alistair has co-authored three books on Internet technology, including Web Operations (2010, O'Reilly), Complete Web Monitoring (2009, O'Reilly), and Managing Bandwidth: Deploying QOS in Enterprise Networks (1999, Prentice-Hall). A product manager by trade, he's also an advisor to a number of venture firms and the founder of the Bitnorth conference.

Most of what he says winds up on his blog, solveforinteresting.com, or on Twitter (@acroll).

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