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Big Data London set to explore rise of genAI and data evolution

Taking place at London Olympia from the 20-21st September, this year’s Big Data London 2023 show is set to explore the rise in Generative AI and how this has created a shift in how we interact with and utilise data.

As highlighted by the organisers, the show will draw on the evolution of deep learning and natural language processing (NLP) technologies to drive the future of automation and shape the way we collect, process, and extract value from data. AI is a pivotal theme to the conference as businesses look to embrace Gen AI to stay competitive and innovative as the science of data continues to evolve.

Big Data LDN will address how we can transform data into actionable insights that drive impact, exploring themes from AI to Data Privacy and Security, Data Ethics, Data Culture and much more.

Conference programme

The event will feature a line-up of more than 300 expert speakers, spread across 15 technical and business-led theatres. These curated conference sessions will showcase exceptional experts who will share their stories, expertise, and real-world use cases. 

Visitors will have the opportunity to engage face-to-face with representatives and consultants from more than 180 exhibiting organisations, to explore effective solutions that address their data challenges and help to develop a robust data-driven strategy for their business. 

Bringing together bright minds, technologies, and knowledge, Big Data LDN promises a line-up of speakers, dynamic stages and seminars.

A stellar line-up

The keynote speaker line-up brings together prominent figures and industry luminaries from across the globe. With two keynote theatres for 2023, the X-Axis and Y-Axis, visitors will be spoilt for choice.

On Wednesday 20th, from 12:40pm to 1.10pm in the X-Axis Theatre, visitors can hear from Data Director at OVO, Katie Russell, and Monte Carlo CEO, Barr Moses, in a fireside chat to discuss the evolution of data at OVO, how they aligned their tooling decisions to company-wide KPIs, and why data observability is critical to their mission of helping customers reduce costs - and their carbon footprint - with reliable data.

This year’s Great Data Debate at Big Data LDN takes place from 4-5pm on Day 1, Wednesday 20th, in the Y-Axis Theatre, where conference chairman and industry analyst Mike Ferguson will host executives from leading software vendors to discuss challenges, trends and success factors in implementing data and analytics. 

The highlight of the show - renowned astronaut, Major Tim Peake, CMG, and the first British European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut to visit the International Space Station, is set to headline the event at 4:40pm on Thursday 21st September in the Y-Axis Theatre. He will share his journey to space and his unique perspective on the value of data and AI in space exploration, providing unparalleled insights and awe-inspiring stories of his experiences and the future of data.

Databricks, EMEA Field CTO, Robin Sutara will host a panel discussion along with Di Mayze, Global Head of Data and AI at WPP, Natalie Cramp, CEO, Profusion, and Richard Davis, Chief Data Officer of Ofcom, in the Y-Axis Keynote Theatre at 09:15 - 10:00, on Thursday 21st Sept. The discussion ‘People, process and platform – is Gen AI creating a Game of Thrones and how can we lead our organisations on the AI revolution?’, will cover the evolution of data culture resulting from the GenAI movement and the implications of generative AI on various aspects of organisations, including workforce dynamics, decision-making processes, and the role of human creativity.

Also, on Thursday 21st, from 2-2.30pm, Abi Gilbertson, Technical Analyst, McLaren Racing, will reveal ‘How McLaren Racing uses Alteryx to pursue efficiency’ and how McLaren’s relentless focus on leveraging innovation to perform, combined with Alteryx’s analytics automation software, drives breakthroughs to harness and find key insights in complex data with tremendous speed.

A jam-packed agenda

With 13 further theatres, including 3 new stages for 2023, the agenda is jam packed full of inspiring speakers and discussions.

The new Gen AI and Data Science Theatre for 2023 will address the future of AI, with talks including the transformative journey of Cereal Partners Worldwide (CPW), on Wednesday 20th September from 16:40 - 17:10, covering the challenges faced, strategies implemented, and the tangible results achieved in this ongoing journey towards democratised analytics.

The Teams and Talent Theatre will provide insights into talent acquisition and retention in the data domain, creating a positive Data Culture, and promoting Data Literacy. At 11:20 - 11:50 on Thursday 21st Sept, an all-female panel including Lindsay Mason, MoD, Vanessa Fernandes, Capgemini and Fiona Browning, DSTL will afford attendees the opportunity to hear how to sustain a learning culture within data teams. 

The new Analytics and Storytelling Theatre will equip attendees with the tools to unlock patterns and insights, empowering them to inform critical business decisions and effectively communicate their findings. 

The Modern Data Stack Theatre will discover exactly how businesses who have embraced the concept of a modern data stack have improved efficiency, reduced cost and technical debt whilst making their data more accessible to business users. Visitors can expect to hear from recognised names including HSBC, Experian and theatre sponsors, Starburst.

Join the likes of Harrods, Microsoft and The Department of Education and explore the increased importance of practices like MLOps where cross-team collaboration and automating as much as possible can lead to increased reliability and consistency from Machine Learning in the AI and MLOps Theatre.

Inna Weiner, Senior Engineering Manager, Google will take to the stage in the StreamSets sponsored Data Engineering Theatre at 1.20pm on Wednesday 20th on the topic of Protecting privacy in the kingdom of data. Hear how they have experienced first-hand the importance of balancing the collection of valuable data with personal privacy protection. Inna will examine real-life examples of privacy violations to emphasise the importance of privacy for data owners. 

The Fast Data Theatre investigates the increasing velocity of Big Data and explores how traditional “batch” processing is being replaced by event-streaming systems, promising instant data analysis and rapid insight-to-action.

In the Analytics and Decision Intelligence Theatre see how modern analytics software enables business users to access and draw conclusions from corporate data, even without a background in statistical analysis, business intelligence (BI) or data science. It will also cover how to minimise the risk of decision makers using data the wrong way and which environments prove to be most suitable.

The Data Governance Theatre will host speakers including IBM, CluedIn and Cancer Research UK to provide best practice, tips and advice from a wide range of experts and highlights the common mistakes that businesses make when governing, managing and securing data. In 2023 it will also cover the significance of recent and upcoming changes to relevant data regulations around the world.

With huge amounts of data being created, stored and analysed, both businesses and the public sector have significant opportunities to drive engagement and improve products and services through customer analytics whilst upholding the highest standards of privacy and security. The Customer Data and Privacy Theatre will delve into these issues.

In the DataOps and Data Observability Theatre speakers including the BBC, Adaptavist and Snowflake, will examine the tools and techniques required to collect, distribute, validate and control data. 

An evolving theme from last year’s Big Data LDN, Data Mesh will once again be at the forefront of discussions in the Data Mesh and Data Fabric Theatre which will be centred around the technology, processes, business culture and skills required to successfully adopt Data Mesh principles and includes talks from Hello Fresh and Porsche. Hear about the importance of aligning your business strategy with your data strategy and offer practical advice on how to improve data maturity within your organisation, in the Data Strategy Theatre.

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