Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC)

Big Data Conference - Friday 8th July 2016

Many sectors are now making great advances with big data and unlocking its value to aid decision making and discover new knowledge that can help their business. With more capabilities in analysing big data and better technology many organisations are turning big data into valuable information. This is happening in health, policing, government, finance and industry. Small insights from big data can yield incredible results when spread over a large customer base or population. Yet few can doubt that we are only at the start of a long journey with big data and the capabilities developed now will have significant implications for decades to come. 

Leeds University Business School hosted a Big Data Conference: Turning Data into Value on 8th July at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Leeds. The conference was part of the Ideas in Practice seminar series which aims to bring business people, policymakers and academics together to discuss important topics and share ideas. 

The Big Data conference has two broad aims: 

  • To look at what the Leeds City Region has in the way of strength and expertise in big data. Leeds has emerged as a centre for excellence in big data and analytics due to the development of first class analytics infrastructure and a critical mass of highly innovative and talented businesses.
  • More advances can be gained by sharing and pooling expertise and capabilities.  In the spirit of open innovation, we want to bring sectors together to look at what they can learn from each other and where there might be opportunities for collaboration. 

Speakers at the Conference include Rashik Parmar, Lead IBM Cloud Advisor, Europe; Helen Brown, Head of Analytical Services – Data Flows, NHS England; Andy Peloe, Concept Manager, Callcredit Information Group; Mark Birkin, Director of Leeds Institute for Data Analytics; Andrew Bolton, Chief Data Officer and Director, Fraudscreen Limited; Stephen Blackburn, Senior Information Governance Officer, Leeds Data Mill; Elaine Taylor-Whilde, Chief Executive Officer, Nine Health CIC and Professor Christopher Holland, Professor of Information Systems, Manchester Business School.

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