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Make Data Work
5–7 May, 2015 • London, UK

Business & Industry conference sessions

The rise of adaptive, data-driven organizations means that businesses die and grow faster than ever before. Those that make better decisions more quickly than their competition get to change the rules.

Tuesday, 05 May

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9:00–17:00 Tuesday, 5/05/2015
Location: Buckingham Room - Palace Suite
Average rating: ***..
(3.89, 19 ratings)
All-Day: For business strategists, marketers, product managers, and entrepreneurs, Data-Driven Business looks at how to use data to make better business decisions faster. Packed with case studies, panels, and eye-opening presentations, this fast-paced day focuses on how to solve today's thorniest business problems with Big Data. It's the missing MBA for a data-driven, always-on business world. Read more.

Wednesday, 06 May

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10:55–11:35 Wednesday, 6/05/2015
Location: Blenheim Room - Palace Suite
Christine Foster (ShopKeep)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 8 ratings)
How to make data and analytics valuable to a business. How to improve a business with data and analytics. I'm a business person first, and an analyst second. I have seen many excellent data scientists fail to implement their ideas. I have also seen many excellent business people fail to generate value from data. Read more.
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11:45–12:25 Wednesday, 6/05/2015
Location: Blenheim Room - Palace Suite
Edd Wilder-James (Google)
Average rating: ***..
(3.44, 16 ratings)
Creating value from data needs a new mindset. To fully exploit new big data tools and architectures, we need a new way of thinking: data as the raw material of growth. How do you share this understanding in your company, and how do you plan for success? Read more.
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13:45–14:25 Wednesday, 6/05/2015
Location: Blenheim Room - Palace Suite
Leslie McIntosh (Washington University School of Medicine)
Average rating: ****.
(4.25, 4 ratings)
Most health systems have been slow to embrace new techniques and technologies, despite the dire need to get more value from their data, more quickly. In this talk, I will discuss the state of health informatics; bringing new tools and processes to healthcare; navigating politics; and collaborating with industry and startups. Read more.
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14:35–15:15 Wednesday, 6/05/2015
Location: Blenheim Room - Palace Suite
Ankit Tharwani (Barclays UK), Aengus Rooney (Barclays)
Average rating: ****.
(4.67, 9 ratings)
At Barclays, we have succeeded in building initial info-led propositions based on the ability to analyze terabytes of data in seconds. We overcame the challenges of bringing together structured and unstructured data by employing innovative solutions. Read more.
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16:15–16:55 Wednesday, 6/05/2015
Location: Blenheim Room - Palace Suite
Lars Trieloff (Blue Yonder)
Average rating: ****.
(4.86, 7 ratings)
While many companies are struggling to adopt big data and unlock its potential, facing challenges of visualization and democratization of insight, a number of industry leaders are leapfrogging big data adoption to circumvent the analyst bottleneck by going straight to automation of core business processes. This requires overcoming a set of tough cultural, technical, and scientific challenges. Read more.
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17:05–17:45 Wednesday, 6/05/2015
Location: Blenheim Room - Palace Suite
Jason Foster (Marks and Spencer)
Average rating: ***..
(3.30, 10 ratings)
This session will look at the journey Marks & Spencer have been on and have ahead in using data to help turn it from a traditional British high street retailer into a global, multi-channel retailer. It will explore the impact on culture, technology, ways of working, and capabilities needed to drive the change. Read more.

Thursday, 07 May

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10:55–11:35 Thursday, 7/05/2015
Location: Blenheim Room - Palace Suite
Nathan Shetterley (Accenture), Hallie Benjamin (Accenture), John Miller (Accenture)
Average rating: ***..
(3.80, 5 ratings)
In this talk, John, Nate, and Hallie from Accenture's Technology Labs will explain their perspective on existing approaches to data strategy, and how a devoted data innovation lab can pull together open source technology and open data, create a visualization, and mock up a prototype, to help organizations pave the way for exploration of new data frontiers. Read more.
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11:45–12:25 Thursday, 7/05/2015
Location: Blenheim Room - Palace Suite
Oana Calugar (AliveShoes )
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 3 ratings)
Curiosity is one of the most valued skills for people working in Data Science. But how can we train it? Einstein said that "Curiosity is an important trait of a genius". Let’s explore how we can develop our curiosity with three exercises in the session: how to find pleasure in uncertainty; question the question we’re asking; and find a beginner's mind. With direct application to data science. Read more.
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13:45–14:25 Thursday, 7/05/2015
Location: Blenheim Room - Palace Suite
Scott Kurth (Silicon Valley Data Science), Julie Steele (Silicon Valley Data Science)
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 3 ratings)
As the necessity of having a data strategy is sinking in, the chief data officer (CDO) has emerged as a new member of the executive team focused on creating and implementing that strategy. This talk describes what that looks like across a variety of industries and organizations, and shares some best practices for getting the most out of your business data. Read more.
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14:35–15:15 Thursday, 7/05/2015
Location: Blenheim Room - Palace Suite
Sudeep Das (OpenTable)
Average rating: ****.
(4.75, 8 ratings)
I will talk about how we are using data science to help transform OpenTable into a local dining expert who knows you very well, and can help you and others find the best dining experience wherever you travel. This entails a whole slew of tools from natural language processing, recommendation system engineering, sentiment analysis to predictions based on internal and external signals! Read more.
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16:15–16:55 Thursday, 7/05/2015
Location: Blenheim Room - Palace Suite
Average rating: **...
(2.33, 3 ratings)
IDEO's Hybrid team brings all the design tools from IDEO's product design process to work with clients on data oriented projects. The team will share elements of their process and case studies to show how incorporating human-centered techniques from design can improve data as an input to decision making. Read more.
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17:05–17:45 Thursday, 7/05/2015
Location: Blenheim Room - Palace Suite
Andrew Fogg (import • io )
Average rating: **...
(2.67, 6 ratings)
How much does prostitution contribute to the UK economy? According to the UK’s Office of National Statistics the answer is £5bn, or 0.4% of GDP. But how did they calculate that number? With 10-year-old survey data and lots of assumptions, that's how. In this talk Andrew Fogg shows how he was able to add £3bn to the UK economy using some statistical sleuthing and modern web data techniques. Read more.