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Schedule: Connected World sessions

Less than a generation ago, humans weren’t connected. Today, we live two lives—one in the physical world, and one online. Heads-up displays and Augmented Reality let us see both worlds in new ways. In this track, we explore the promises and perils of an always-on, increasingly quantified, society.

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Jon Bruner is a quantitative journalist at O'Reilly, where he writes about anything numbers-related and develops interactive visualizations. He was previously data editor at Forbes Magazine. He earned a B.S. in mathematics and economics at the University of Chicago.

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Mission City M
Bob Filbin (Crisis Text Line)
Average rating: ****.
(4.25, 4 ratings)
The measure of success for a data scientist is not number of insights, but impact on co-workers' behavior. Moving from insight to action requires an art underutilized by the data science community: storytelling. I will cover techniques including the Fogg model, loss aversion, and minimum viable stories, using examples of my failures and successes in driving behavioral change with data. Read more.
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Mission City M
Max Shron (Polynumeral)
Average rating: **...
(2.71, 14 ratings)
Why have powerful tools if you aren't asking the right questions? Good questions trump shiny tools, but our community has done little to improve how we train people in the "soft side" of data science. We will show how to borrow ideas from design, the humanities, consulting practices to structure problems and improve the questions we ask of our data. Read more.
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Mission City M
Moderated by:
Michael Dauber (Amplify)
Panelists:
Renee DiResta (OATV), Jake Flomenberg (Accel Partners), Matthew Ocko (Data Collective), Ross Fubini (Canaan Partners)
Average rating: ****.
(4.25, 4 ratings)
A group of VCs who invest from very early, through later stage investments talk about all things Big Data. There will be no “3 Vs” discussion here. The Panelists are committed to making this a lively discussion about topics ranging from the typical (what sectors do they want to invest in) to the atypical (what’s out there that they don’t like? Read more.
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Mission City M
Kai Trepte (Harvard Clean Energy Project)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
The present fossil fuel based economy must give way to a renewable energy based future. The Harvard Clean Energy Project set out to discover new molecular materials for the next generation of organic solar cells. In studying 2.3 million (m) compounds with 24m conformers in 150m density functional theory calculations, this Big Data project will benefit mankind aiding the quest for clean energy. Read more.
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Mission City M
Monica Rogati (Jawbone)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 10 ratings)
We optimize ads, but not our mood. We know more about our tweets than our own bodies. That's all about to change. As wearables transform the 'quantified self' from a niche to a mainstream market, they are generating vast amounts of data about our health, habits, and lifestyles Read more.
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Mission City M
Max Richman (Mobile Accord - GeoPoll)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)
At GeoPoll we are building a mobile integration platform to poll millions around the world via their own mobile phones. We do this by integrating with mobile carriers in places like Afghanistan and Congo to target users by location, make messages free, & pay users directly. This is hard. We have learned many dos and don'ts which we would like to share. Read more.