Big Data, Internet of Things and Blockchain Conference
“The Internet of Things is the next stage of the information revolution, connecting up everything from urban transport to medical devices.” – George Osborne MP, former Chancellor of the Exchequer.
There are six billion devices connected to the internet globally, this will grow to more than 20 billion by 2020. Yet despite the massive potential for the Internet of Things (IoT) to transform the way services are delivered, the public sector has fallen behind in the latest stage of the big data revolution. Underinvestment and risk aversion mean opportunities are being missed to improve Government services, change the way our cities are run and solve the public health crisis. But are public sector leaders right to approach the IoT with caution? The advantages of better connected services come with an increased risk to cyber security and the potential for breaches of data privacy.
Join us for the Big Data, Internet of Things and Blockchain Conference where leading tech experts will provide invaluable insights on the very latest developments in the IoT. Learn how to harness and exploit the information revolution and how to solve the challenges these new innovations will bring.
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- Benefit from insights into the latest developments in the internet of things, Government policy and the use of big data.
- Have your questions answered by leading experts in big data analytics.
- Learn how pioneering businesses and public sector organisations are exploiting the big data revolution to deliver better services.
- Network with other delegates from across the IT sector and discuss solutions to shared challenges.
- Be the first to see new technology and software that could help your organisation make the most of big data and the internet of things.
- Hear from European industry leaders on the how Blockchain is revolutionising data and IoT
The Big Data, Internet of Things and Blockchain Conference boasts a variety of outstanding speakers from multiple sectors. Each one has been handpicked based on their experience and professional background to ensure that all delegates benefit from relevant, high-quality presentations. Expect speakers to cover a wide variety of topics including:
Digital infrastructure: The volume of digital information has increased exponentially in recent years, experts believe that 90% of the world’s existing data was collected since 2014. This presents a significant challenge to businesses and Government departments who are not equipped to collect and store such vast amounts of data. Aside from IoT devices and sensors required to collect mass data, IT managers must also have appropriate systems in place to store the information. From basic hard disks to massive data warehouses and cloud based alternatives, identifying the right storage solution is essential in order to exploit the opportunities provided by big data. Cyber security is also a major consideration when designing the next generation of digital infrastructure. In November 2016, the Government announced £1.9 billion of cyber security funding to make the UK one of the “safest places in the world to do business”. What are the infrastructure requirements of big data and how can your organisation make the most of the internet of things?
Revolution in analytics: Collecting, storing and protecting big data is a futile endeavour unless organisations know how to use that information to drive up standards. Analytic software can be used to find basic trends within large datasets, but more skills investment is needed to ensure staff are capable of interrogating complex data to a more advanced level. Analysis by IBM suggests there is a serious lack of analytics expertise in the global economy, arguing that the United States alone will need an extra 4.4 million data scientists in order to fully exploit the big data revolution. Appropriate visualisation is an often overlooked step in the data analysis process. Displaying the results of analytics clearly and communicating how these findings can be useful is essential for helping any organisation improve. What steps do organisations need to take to make sure they are getting the most out of their data?
Government and big data: New and pending legislation is designed to encourage the use of the internet of things and big data as well as transforming the way the Government operates. Former chancellor George Osborne identified big data as one of the UK’s “eight great technologies” and funded initiatives such as the Alan Turing Institute to help broaden the country’s knowledge base. As well as supporting the private sector and giving a boost to the economy, the Government is also motivated by the possibility of using big data to improve public services. The Digital Economy Bill includes provisions to allow different organisations to share relevant data to benefit service users. Big data can also assist the NHS by identifying public health trends in everything from diabetes to cancer diagnosis. What are the implications of new Government legislation on big data and what impact will the internet of things have of public services?
Turning data into profit: From customer details to interactions on social media, businesses hold a great deal of potentially useful information. Insurance companies can better match premiums to a driver’s ability while factories can use internet enabled censors to monitor and improve the manufacturing process. How can businesses make the most of big data and the internet of things?
Registration and Coffee
Opening Remarks and Session from Chair
Professor Terrence Fernando, Director of the THINKlab, University of Salford
Extracting value from Big Data and IoT
Mark Maidman, Regional Sales Manager, Actility
Paul Clarke, Head of Government Practice, Esri (UK) Ltd
The Internet of Things and Big Data: Why Location Matters
This session will explore how location information can be leveraged to correlate, filter and analyse the wealth of big data flowing into organisations from a wide range of sources including the IoT. The session will explore how Geographic Information System (GIS) technology enables this approach, describe some real examples from the public sector, and look at how this can strategically support smart cities and smart communities’ initiatives.
Session A – Differentia
Session B – ESRI
Paul Clarke, Head of Government Practice, Esri (UK) Ltd and Emma Sandison, Government Practice, Esri (UK)
Crowd sourcing from the public and managing field staff to respond
An interactive session demonstrating crowd sourcing information from the public, analysing the response and managing field staff to follow up on reported incidents.
Sponsored Speaker - Differntia
Belinda Dhillon, Marketing Manager, Differentia
Rafael Cuesta, Head of Innovation, Transport for Greater Manchester
Dr Rafael Cepeda, Senior Manager, InterDigital Europe Ltd
Big Data Making Smart Cities Smarter
Richard Kastelein, Founder at Blockchain News (Canada)
An introduction to the Five Levels of Blockchain
Richard leads into the event with a short introduction to Blockchain and his five states of Blockchain awareness. From the rock ledgers of the Sumerians to the Stone Coins of Yap Islanders and their island consensus mechanism, he will kick off the programme with some funky narrative and storytelling
Tjibbe Veenstra, Co Chairman at BECON | Blockchain Ecosystem Network (Ireland)
An introduction to the Blockchain Ecosystem Network
We’ll explore how stakeholders in governments, enterprises, academic institutions and knowledge centres are working together to develop a platform for collaboration, networking and advancing Blockchain industry solutions.
Wilfried Hoffman, Co-Founder at Tymlez (Germany / Netherlands)
Blockchain as a Service
Wilfried will share his ideas on using blockchain as a service, how to implement on existing infrastructures, and the underlying methodologies behind blockchain which create completely new business models.
How Blockchain Methodology applies to various industries
John Verwaaijen, General Manager at Magic Software (Netherlands)
Blockchain and Human Resources
John will share a real-life use case how a temporary staffing organisation made a large impact on their overall business results by deploying a decentralised solution to an existing process.
Panos Panay, Founding Director at Open Music Initiative (USA)
Blockchain and Music & Entertainment
Panos co-founded the non-profit Open Music Initiative, in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab, and its mission is to promote and advance the development of open source standards and innovation related to music to help assure proper compensation for all creators, performers and rights holders of music.The initiative launched with more than 60 companies involved including: Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, BMG, Spotify, YouTube, Pandora, SoundCloud, Netflix, SiriusXM as well as a number of rights related Blockchain startups. In November 2016, Open Music Initiative announced a further 80 partners, including Dubset, Napster, Red Bull, The Orchard, Sonos, SoundExchange, Viacom, GMR Marketing, 7 Digital and performing rights societies SOCAN (Canada) and Buma/Stemra (Netherlands).
Karl Hoods, CIO at Save the Children (UK)
Blockchain and Charities
When you think about blockchain applications for charities, the first thing that pops into your mind is probably finding quicker and cheaper ways to raise money and accept donations.
Karl is going to share a different story, however. By using Blockchain technology, Save the Children is able to create transparent and secure digital passports for their relief workers, which enables them to quickly deploy help in disaster-struck locations across the world. They can bypass vetting and screening procedures that tend to takes weeks to complete, which is crucial in managing emergency relief.
Mariel van der Linden, Global Maritime Services at Ericsson (Netherlands)
Blockchain and IoT in the supply chain
Ericsson’s contribution to the World Port Hackathon (Rotterdam Harbour and MPA Singapore) was the Disrupt the Port challenge, using Open Data & Blockchain technology in the prototype. Among other things, Mariel will share how the maritime and air freight sectors can benefit from Blockchain methodology and Internet of Things.
Professor Terrence Fernando, Director of the THINKlab, University of Salford
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- Understand how the UK’s digital infrastructure can adapt to take advantage of the internet of things of things and big data.
- How to use analytic software and data science to interrogate digital information.
- Understand the latest legislation and how it will help the big data and IoT sectors.
- Learn how big data can transform public services and improve public health.
- Discover innovative ways for businesses to utilise the data they hold to improve products and services.
- Know how Blockchain will impact the future of data protection and use