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NVTC Hosts Inaugural Capital Data Summit


On February 15, NVTC hosted the inaugural Capital Data Summit at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner. With over 300 attendees, the Summit highlighted our region’s unmatched set of data analytics assets with keynote remarks by Clarabridge Founder and Vice Chairman Sid Banerjee, Hewlett Packard Enterprise President and CEO Meg Whitman and DigitalGlobe Founder, Chief Technical Officer and Executive Vice President Dr. Walter Scott, panel sessions led by data analytics experts from the public, private and academic sectors, and a top technology showcase.

The Summit program was emceed by Capital Data Summit Steering Committee Chair Tom Woteki, chief technology officer, Federal Services, MAXIMUS. Clarabridge Founder and Vice Chairman Sid Banerjee opened the morning session with an analysis of the shift in the data ecosystem today from traditional structured data models to the growing influence of unstructured data, especially in the consumer experience sphere. He shared the need for a new wave of emotionally empathetic computing that sources customer data across many digital channels to provide customer insights.

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Clarabridge Founder and Vice Chairman Sid Banerjee delivers morning keynote remarks at the Capital Data Summit on Feb. 15.

After Banerjee’s remarks, there were two morning panel sessions. In the first session on the Role of the CDO, panelists discussed the evolution of the Chief Data Officer role and how the position is structured within their organizations. The panelists stressed how data is an asset that must be supported by flexible architecture so it can be leveraged and utilized across different organizational teams.

In the second morning panel, VC and Growth Investing in Commercial and Government Data Opportunities, two top investors shared their approaches to financing and building successful data analytics businesses. They highlighted the unparalled data talent expertise in the Greater Washington region and how this talent provides a strong foundation for investments.

For a full list of Summit panel topics and speakers, click here.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise President and CEO Meg Whitman sat down with Inova Center for Personalized Health CEO and NVTC Board Chair Todd Stottlemyer for a “fireside chat” conversation. Whitman explained how big data is powering the next industrial revolution, allowing new insights through predictive analytics. She shared how innovations like memory-driven, rather than processing-driven, computing are allowing HPE to provide intelligent services “at the edge” where data is collected rather than on a central server. In discussing the future of the industry, Whitman stressed the importance of skilling the next generation of data employees and the pivotal role universities will play in partnering with the private sector to meet these talent demands.

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise President and CEO and Capital Data Summit keynote Meg Whitman sits down with Inova Center for Personalized Health CEO and NVTC Board Chair Todd Stottlemyer.

Attendees enjoyed lunch in the exhibit hall where they were able to network with many data analytics innovators, companies and universities supporting and growing the region’s data industry.

The second half of the day included five panels that addressed the latest hot topics and trends in data analytics, including smart cities, Internet of Things (IoT) security, big data ethics and sourcing talent for the next generation data analytics workforce.

DigitalGlobe Founder, Chief Technical Officer and Executive Vice President Dr. Walter Scott closed the Summit program. During his remarks, Dr. Scott discussed how satellite imagery and remote sensing are harnessing big data at a global scale. He explained trends that are enabling large scale analytics and shared how DigitalGlobe’s imagery and analytics solutions are being put into practice to serve a variety of customers and social causes.

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DigitalGlobe Founder, Chief Technical Officer and Executive Vice President Dr. Walter Scott gives remarks at the Capital Data Summit.

Throughout the upcoming weeks we will be sharing additional content from the Capital Data Summit and its panels on the NVTC blog. Please stay tuned!