Keynotes: Strata Conference in London 2012

Alasdair Allan

Alasdair Allan, The Thing System, Inc.Co-founder

Alasdair Allan is a Scientist, Author, Hacker and Tinkerer, and co-founder of a startup working on fixing the Internet of Things.

He is the author of a number of books, and from time to time he also stands in front of cameras. You can often find him at conferences talking about interesting things, or deploying sensors to measure them. He recently rolled out a mesh network of five hundred sensors motes covering the entire of Moscone West during Google I/O. He’s still recovering.

He sporadically writes blog posts about things that interest him, or more frequently provides commentary in 140 characters or less. He is a contributing editor for MAKE magazine, and a contributor... Read More.

9:45 Tuesday, 2/10/2012
Big data isn't just multi-terabyte datasets hidden inside eventually-concurrent distributed databases in the cloud. It’s also about the hidden data you carry with you all the time, data that is generated for you and about you, but not necessarily by you. Hidden data, your data, carrying on its secret life without your knowledge, but with your implicit and implied consent.
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Mikael Bisgaard-Bohr, Teradata CorporationVP Marketing & Business Development - Europe, Middle East & Africa

As the VP Business Development for Teradata in EMEA Mikael Bisgaard-Bohr is responsible for identifying new trends and directions in the market for BI, Analytics and Big Data. He interacts with the largest and most sophisticated users of Teradata’s technology as well as leading minds in the industry to gain a better understanding for how technology is changing how organisations are run, products consumed and how organisations and consumers interact in the future. He frequently shares that insight with Teradata customers and prospects as well as at leading conferences across the EMEA region. Mikael has been working with BI for the last 18 years and prior to his current role he was a thought leader and business consultant focused on the retail industry.... Read More.

9:50 Monday, 1/10/2012
What will Big Data mean to us as users, consumers and organisations? And will it really be a big deal? In this presentation Mikael Bisgaard-Bohr will provide a fascinating view into where the Big Data wave is taking us, and why it is about so much more than just data.
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Kenneth Cukier

Kenneth Cukier, The EconomistData Editor

Kenneth Neil Cukier the data editor of the The Economist, and co-author of “Big Data: A Revolution that Will Transform How We Work, Live and Think” to appear in early 2013. Previously, he was the paper’s Tokyo correspondent and before that, its technology correspondent in London. From 2002 to 2004 Mr. Cukier was a research fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he worked on the Internet and international relations. Additionally, Mr. Cukier serves on the board of directors of International Bridges to Justice, a Geneva-based NGO promoting legal rights in developing countries.

11:55 Monday, 1/10/2012
Everyone uses the term big data but no on can agree on what it means or even if it's novel. However the label is useful to describe the radically new ways that the world interacts with information - for which the public, policymakers and even data geeks, are unprepared.
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Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino

Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, Founder of Good Night Lamp / Designswarm FounderFounder

Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino is an interaction designer & entrepreneur. She is the founder of Good Night Lamp, a family of internet-connected lamps. She also leads Designswarm an “internet of things” design studio & consultancy and works with clients who want to design next generation connected products. She also uses her expertise to help shape early business ideas around smart products. Her work has been exhibited at The Victoria & Albert Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. From 2007 to 2010, she co-founded and ran Tinker London, a smart product design studio. Focused on creating connected product experiences that linked the digital to the physical, Tinker was the first distributor of the Arduino platform in the UK, ran workshops around... Read More.

10:05 Tuesday, 2/10/2012
Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, Founder of Good Night Lamp / Founder of Designswarm
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Edd Dumbill

Edd Dumbill, Silicon Valley Data ScienceVP Strategy

Edd Dumbill is a technologist, writer and programmer based in California. He’s helping drive businesses with data as VP Strategy for Silicon Valley Data Science.

Edd was the founding program chair for the O’Reilly Strata, and chaired the Open Source Convention for six years. He is Editor in Chief of the journal Big Data.

Edd was the founder and creator of the Expectnation conference management system, and a co-founder of the Pharmalicensing.com online intellectual property exchange.

A veteran of open source, Edd has contributed to various projects, such as Debian and GNOME, and created the DOAP Vocabulary for describing software projects.

Edd has written four books, including O’Reilly’s “Learning Rails”. He writes regularly on Google+ and on his... Read More.

9:00 Monday, 1/10/2012
Program Chairs, Edd Dumbill and Kaitlin Thaney, welcome you to Strata in London
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9:15 Tuesday, 2/10/2012
Program Chairs, Edd Dumbill and Kaitlin Thaney, welcome you to the second day of Strata in London keynotes.
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George Dyson

George DysonAuthor

George Dyson is a historian of technology whose interests have included the development (and redevelopment) of the Aleut kayak (Baidarka, 1986), the evolution of digital computing and telecommunications (Darwin Among the Machines, 1997), and a path not taken into space (Project Orion, 2002). His latest book, Turing’s Cathedral: The origins of the digital universe, illuminates the transition from numbers that mean things to numbers that do things in the aftermath of World War II.

10:05 Monday, 1/10/2012
Mapping real-world correspondence to data structures populating a storage matrix currently expanding by some 5 trillion bits per second is the challenge that brings us here.
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Ben Goldacre

Ben Goldacre, Bad Sciencedistractible

Ben is a best-selling author, broadcaster, medical doctor and academic who specialises in unpicking dodgy scientific claims from drug companies, newspapers, government reports, PR people and quacks. Unpicking bad science is the best way to explain good science.

Bad Science (4th Estate) has sold over 400,000 copies, is published in 18 countries, and reached #1 in the UK paperback non-fiction charts. His book exposing bad behaviour in the pharmaceutical industry will be published in 2012 by 4th Estate.

Ben has written the weekly Bad Science Column in the Guardian since 2003. It’s archived on this site along with blogposts, columns for the British Medical Journal, and other writing.

There are lots of clips of Ben on telly here, and a talk at... Read More.

10:25 Tuesday, 2/10/2012
Data is great. Data is powerful. But when some data is missing, bias can be introduced, distorting the overall picture.
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John Graham-Cumming

John Graham-Cumming, CloudFlareProgrammer

John Graham-Cumming is computer programmer and author. He studied mathematics and computation at Oxford and stayed for a doctorate in computer security. As a programmer he has worked in Silicon Valley and New York, the UK, Germany and France. His open source POPFile program won a Jolt Productivity Award in 2004.

He is the author of a travel book for scientists published in 2009 called The Geek Atlas and has written articles for The Times, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, New Scientist and other publications.

He can be found on the web at jgc.org and on Twitter as @jgrahamc.

If you’ve heard of him at all, it’s likely because in 2009 he successfully petitioned the British Government to apologize for the... Read More.

9:20 Tuesday, 2/10/2012
It's 1951 and you've got the world's first business computer and you've just been handed a Big Data problem. Go!
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Kathryn Hurley

Kathryn Hurley, GoogleDeveloper Programs Engineer

Kathryn Hurley recently joined Google as a Developer Programs Engineer for Fusion Tables. In this role, she helps spread the word about Fusion Tables by presenting at conferences and developer events. She recently worked on Google’s 2010 U.S. Election Ratings gadget. She received an MS in Web Science from the University of San Francisco and a BS in Genetics from the University of California, Davis. Prior work experience includes research in mobile and peer-to-peer computing.

11:00 Monday, 1/10/2012
Data provides critical insight into the way government works. When the UK government published every item of spending over £25,000, the data was hard to parse. The UK Guardian Datablog cleaned it up and asked readers to help pore through the numbers, making everyone a data journalist. We’ll cover the technologies the Guardian uses to analyze, visualize, and share data with the world.
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Mark Madsen

Mark Madsen, Third NatureResearch Analyst

I design and build analysis and decision support systems, and building data management and access infrastructure. Research focus these days is on analysis techniques, emerging technology and practices in analytics, BI, information management, user experience for data access & delivery applications. I speak at a lot of conferences on anything data, with a bunch of history of science and technology mixed in.

I focus on two types of work: using data to make decisions and manage organizations, and building data technology infrastructure. A big part of making decisions and using data in a corporate setting is ensuring that the right data capture and data delivery infrastructure is in place to manage the business. As a result, I do as much information strategy and IT architecture... Read More.

11:35 Monday, 1/10/2012
The real challenge ahead of us is not accumulating more information, or processing more information, or analytics, or replacing relational databases, or scaling data (i.e. not the 3 Vs). The real challenge is solving the information glut problem.
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Liam Maxwell

Liam Maxwell, Cabinet Office of the UK GovernmentExecutive Director of the IT Reform Group

Liam Maxwell is the Executive Director of the IT Reform Group in the Cabinet Office and was appointed the Deputy Government Chief Information Officer (CIO) in April 2012.

His team is responsible for the delivery of the Government IT Strategy and Technical Leadership across government. He leads the spend control process for IT which is part of the Efficiency and Reform Group programme to save multiple billions across government.

Previously, Liam was Lead Member for Policy at the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead where his brief covered IT, sustainability and the council’s role as a “government lab” where he introduced innovative policies at the heart of the Big Society agenda and delivered the lowest council tax in Britain outside London.

As well as academic... Read More.

9:10 Monday, 1/10/2012
Liam Maxwell, Executive Director of the IT Reform Group in the Cabinet Office
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Jake Porway

Jake Porway, DataKindData Scientist

Jake Porway is a machine learning and technology enthusiast who loves nothing more than seeing good values in data. He is the founder and executive director of DataKind, an organization that brings together leading data scientists with high impact social organizations to better collect, analyze, and visualize data in the service of humanity. Jake was most recently the data scientist in the New York Times R&D lab and remains an active member of the data science community, bringing his technical experience from his past work with groups like NASA, DARPA, Google, and Bell Labs to bear on the social sector. Jake’s work has been featured in leading academic journals and conferences (PAMI, ICCV), the Guardian, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and he has... Read More.

9:35 Monday, 1/10/2012
For all of our machine learning algorithms and big data tools, so many of the problems we solve day-to-day are decidedly "first world": figuring out how to get the biggest ROI on ad dollars or crafting personalized movie recommendations. Can we use our skills as data scientists to solve social problems as well, helping people find clean water as easily as they can find good restaurants?
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Kim Rees

Kim Rees, PeriscopicPrincipal

Kim Rees is a founding partner of Periscopic: http://www.periscopic.com, an award-winning information visualization firm. Their work has been featured in the MoMA as well as several online and print publications, including CommArts’ Interactive Annual, The Information Design Sourcebook, Print magazine, and numerous websites, blogs, and regional media outlets. Periscopic’s body of work was nominated for the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards.

Kim is a prominent individual in the information visualization community. She has published papers in Parsons Journal of Information Mapping, was an award winner in the VAST 2010 Challenge, and is an advisor to the Congressional Budget Office. Kim has presented at several industry events including Strata, Wolfram Data Summit, Eyeo, VisWeek, and various data visualization groups among others. Recently she has also been... Read More.

11:20 Monday, 1/10/2012
Nobody knows statistics. They are as esoteric as chemical compounds are to chemistry. Yet data visualizations often incorporate a logarithmic scale, density traces, or seasonally adjusted numbers among other things. If this is the data deluge, we're bound to find everyone swept downstream. How do we prepare the average data consumer?
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Simon Rogers

Simon Rogers, GuardianEditor, Datablog and Datastore

Simon Rogers is editor of the Guardian’s Datablog and Datastore, an online data resource which publishes hundreds of raw datasets and encourages its users to visualise and analyse them. He is the author of Facts are sacred: the power of data available now on Kindle. Simon is also a news editor on the Guardian, working with the graphics team to visualise and interpret huge datasets. He was closely involved in the Guardian’s exercise to crowdsource 450,000 MP expenses records and the organisation’s coverage of the Afghanistan Wikileaks war logs. Previously he was the launch editor of the Guardian’s online news service and has edited the paper’s science section. He has edited two Guardian books: How Slow Can You Waterski and The Hutton Inquiry... Read More.

11:00 Monday, 1/10/2012
Data provides critical insight into the way government works. When the UK government published every item of spending over £25,000, the data was hard to parse. The UK Guardian Datablog cleaned it up and asked readers to help pore through the numbers, making everyone a data journalist. We’ll cover the technologies the Guardian uses to analyze, visualize, and share data with the world.
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Jeni Tennison

Jeni Tennison, Open Data InstituteTechnical Director

Jeni Tennison is the Technical Director of the Open Data Institute. As a developer, she specialises in open data publishing and consumption, including XML, JSON and linked data APIs. She trained as a knowledge engineer, gaining a PhD in collaborative ontology development. Jeni was the technical architect and lead developer for legislation.gov.uk and worked on the linked data aspects of data.gov.uk. She is author of several technical books and was appointed to the W3C’s Technical Architecture Group in 2011. She is also a member of the Open Data User Group and of the UK Government Linked Data Group.

9:25 Monday, 1/10/2012
Jeni Tennison, Technical Director of the newly formed Open Data Institute, will describe the ODI’s twin aims of helping data owners achieve their organisational objectives through publishing open data, and helping those who reuse that data to add value responsibly and effectively, thereby turning open data dreams into reality.
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Kaitlin Thaney

Kaitlin Thaney, Mozilla Science LabDirector

Kaitlin is the director of the Mozilla Science Lab, a new open science initative at Mozilla to help researchers use the power of the web to change science’s future. She’s previously worked at Digital Science, a technology company out of Macmillan Publishers, as well as Creative Commons, where she managed their science program. She also advises the UK government on digital technology and data-intensive science and business, and is on the board of DataKind UK. You can follow her at @kaythaney.

9:00 Monday, 1/10/2012
Program Chairs, Edd Dumbill and Kaitlin Thaney, welcome you to Strata in London
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9:15 Tuesday, 2/10/2012
Program Chairs, Edd Dumbill and Kaitlin Thaney, welcome you to the second day of Strata in London keynotes.
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Location: King's Suite

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