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December 1–3, 2015 • Singapore

Smart cities conference sessions

According to a 2014 U.N. report, 54% of the world's population resides in urban areas, and is projected to grow to 66% by the year 2050. This surge in population has encouraged local and national leaders to rally around smart cities – a collection of digital and information technology initiatives designed to make urban areas more livable, agile, and sustainable. Learn more about smart cities in the sessions below.

11:50am–12:30pm Wednesday, 12/02/2015
Feng-Yuan Liu (Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore)
At IDA’s Government Analytics department, our team of data scientists work with bus operators to offer demand-driven express bus routes by combining crowdsourcing and big data. We use Apache Spark to analyze ticketing, taxi, and crowdsourced data to find bus routes that are both time-saving and financially viable. We show how these insights are delivered into a new transport option for commuters.
1:30pm–2:10pm Thursday, 12/03/2015
Evan Chan (Tuplejump)
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This talk will show architectures and techniques for combining Apache Cassandra and Spark to yield a 10-1000x improvement in OLAP analytical performance, and introduce a new open source database that takes advantage of these techniques.
4:50pm–5:30pm Wednesday, 12/02/2015
Hong Eng Koh (Oracle), Vladimir Videnovic (Oracle)
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Public safety and national security are increasingly being challenged by technology; the need to use data to detect and investigate criminal activities has increased dramatically. But with the sheer volume of data and noise, law enforcement organisations are struggling to keep up. This session will examine trends and use cases on how big data can be utilised to make the world a safer place.
2:20pm–3:00pm Thursday, 12/03/2015
Fangjin Yang (Imply)
Organizations frequently rely on dedicated query layers, such as relational databases and key/value stores, for faster query latencies; but these technologies suffer many drawbacks for analytic use cases. In this session, we discuss examine using Druid to power applications designed to analyze sensor data, and why the architecture is well suited for different use cases in “smart cities”.
11:00am–11:40am Thursday, 12/03/2015
Felipe Hoffa (Google), Kalev Leetaru (GDELT Project (
The GDELT Project is a real-time open data global graph over human society, inventorying the world’s events, emotions, and narratives in 65 languages, used by organizations from the UN to Wall Street. Google BigQuery enables real-time querying and whole-of-data analysis of GDELT, such as exploring the cycles of world history through mass cross-correlation.
4:50pm–5:30pm Thursday, 12/03/2015
Majken Sander (Majken Sander), Joerg Blumtritt (Datarella)
Algorithms are what make things "smart." More or less arbitrary, subjective decisions are regularly built into our connected things, when we choose a certain method or set parameters. These underlying value judgments imposed on users are hardly present in the privacy discussion or business point of view. However, they may be more important than the more obvious data collection and security.
11:00am–11:40am Wednesday, 12/02/2015
Amy Shi-Nash (Singtel)
This talk will broach the topic of how DataSpark has created an innovative way of understanding people and what is important to them, by leveraging advanced data science and the wealth of data in an aggregated manner, while adhering to high standards of data privacy.
9:00am–9:15am Thursday, 12/03/2015
Vivian Balakrishnan (Government of Singapore )
Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan is the Singapore Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister-in-charge of the Smart Nation Programme Office.
2:20pm–3:00pm Thursday, 12/03/2015
Eric Frenkiel (MemSQL)
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Eric Frenkiel, CEO/cofounder, MemSQL, will demonstrate a prototype of a futuristic smart city where all household energy devices are tracked in real-time. He will show the challenges, design choices & architecture required to enable urban planners/energy companies to see what is possible for efficient energy consumption through a real-time data pipeline combining Kafka+Spark+an in-memory database.
11:50am–12:30pm Wednesday, 12/02/2015
Thomas Holleczek (Singtel)
We present a traffic measurement system that monitors subway and expressway traffic from telco location data.
1:30pm–2:10pm Thursday, 12/03/2015
Markus Kirchberg (Deep Labs Pte. Ltd.)
In this talk, we will first take a look at current IoT standards, solutions, and common challenges; change management; and near real-time decision-making capabilities that are yet to be adequately addressed.
11:00am–11:40am Thursday, 12/03/2015
Oliver Chen (DataKind Singapore)
Private sector companies are becoming more data-driven, but what does it take to help the social sector become data-driven? DataKind is a global nonprofit that harnesses the power of data science in the service of humanity. Learn about two DataKind Singapore projects that brought together data science volunteers and nonprofit organizations to move the needle in the fight against climate change.