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December 5-6, 2016: Training
December 6–8, 2016: Tutorials & Conference
Joerg Blumtritt

Joerg Blumtritt
CEO, Datarella

Website | @jbenno

Joerg Blumtritt is the founder and CEO of Datarella, a computational social science startup delivering mobile analytics, self-tracking solutions, and data science consulting. After graduating from university with a thesis on machine learning, Joerg worked as a researcher in behavioral sciences, focused on nonverbal communication. His projects have been funded by an EU commission, the German federal government, and the Max Planck Society. He subsequently ran marketing and research teams for TV networks ProSiebenSat.1 and RTL II and magazine publisher Hubert Burda Media. As European operations officer at Tremor Media, Joerg was in charge of building the New York-based video advertising network’s European enterprises. More recently, he was managing director of MediaCom Germany. Joerg is the founder and chairman of the German Social Media Association (AG Social Media) and the coauthor of the Slow Media Manifesto. Joerg blogs about big data and the future of social research at and about the Quantified Self at


4:15pm–4:55pm Thursday, December 8, 2016
Design, visualization, and VR
Location: 310/311 Level: Non-technical
Joerg Blumtritt (Datarella), Heather Dewey-Hagborg (School of the Art Institute of Chicago)
Average rating: ***..
(3.60, 5 ratings)
Data already plays an important role as raw material for art, from algorithmic visualization and parametric architecture to works created entirely by autonomous machines. With data-driven art, data science now touches even the most human aspects of culture. Heather Dewey-Hagborg and Joerg Blumtritt share examples and discuss possible routes for future data art. Read more.
5:05pm–5:45pm Thursday, December 8, 2016
Law, ethics, open data
Location: 310/311 Level: Beginner
Joerg Blumtritt (Datarella), Heather Dewey-Hagborg (School of the Art Institute of Chicago)
Average rating: ****.
(4.75, 4 ratings)
Data ethics covers more than just privacy. In a connected world where most people rely on data-driven services, opting out and locking data away is hardly an option. More important than keeping data private is ensuring fairness and preventing abuse. Joerg Blumtritt and Heather Dewey-Hagborg show how to deal with data in an ethical way that has sound economic value. Read more.