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Greater Washington’s Data Analytics Leaders Convene at Second Annual NVTC Capital Data Summit

On February 28, over 280 of the region’s big data and analytics leaders came together at NVTC’s second annual Capital Data Summit at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner. The Summit featured keynote remarks by GE Digital’s Bill Ruh and Amazon Web Services’ Alan Halachmi and Ben Snively, a new University Data Challenge, engaging panel sessions, and a top data analytics technology showcase.

The Summit program was emceed by MAXIMUS Chief Data Scientist and Capital Data Summit Steering Committee Chair Tom Woteki. Bill Ruh, CEO of GE Digital, and Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer at GE, opened the morning session with keynote remarks, discussing GE’s digital journey. Ruh highlighted how digitization is transforming business models across every industry, from automotive to industrial to telecommunications. He emphasized how digitization is driving new insights that enable companies to offer a more compelling user experience and deliver more value to customers.

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GE Digital’s Bill Ruh provided keynote remarks at the Capital Data Summit on Feb. 28.

Following Ruh’s remarks was the Summit’s new University Data Challenge where student teams from George Mason University, The George Washington University, University of Virginia and Virginia Tech came together to address an important issue: Veteran suicide. Students shared how they leveraged data science tools and techniques to analyze the demographics of Veteran suicide. They proposed ways in which social media and other data can be used to identify and locate at-risk Veterans and offered solutions to addressing the issue.

The second Summit keynote was provided by Alan Halachmi, Senior Manager, Solutions Architecture, Amazon Web Services, and Ben Snively, Principal Solution Architect, Data and Analytics, Amazon Web Services. Halamachi discussed the rapid growth of the big data ecosystem and shared how organizations must have strong metadata management and accessibility in order to fully leverage real-time data insights. Snively shared how Amazon Web Services’ analytics solutions in artificial intelligence and deep learning are being put into practice to serve a variety of customers and causes.

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Amazon Web Services’ Alan Halachmi addresses the Capital Data Summit crowd on Feb. 28

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Amazon Web Services’ Ben Snively at the Capital Data Summit on Feb. 28.

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 day also featured three panels that covered approaches to building and financing successful data analytics growth companies, the latest innovations in advanced analytics, and big data in government. Panelists included:

Spotlight on a Successful Local Big Data Firm and One of Its Local Venture Capital Investors:

  • Patrick Kerins, Partner, NEA
  • David Link, CEO, ScienceLogic
  • Moderator: Rodney Lusk, Director, National Marketing Division, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority

  • Opportunities, Challenges and Future Trends in Advanced Analytics:

  • Arief Bavan, Data Solution Architect, Microsoft
  • Dr. Uday Kamath, Chief Analytics Officer, Digital Reasoning
  • Nathan Self, Research Associate, Computer Science and Discovery Analytics Center, Virginia Tech
  • Dr. Onur Seref, Associate Professor, Business Information Technology, Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Tech
  • Moderator: John Eberhardt III, CTO, ATA, LLC

  • Big Data in Government:

  • Isaac S. Cronkhite, Vice President, Enterprise Analytics, United States Postal Service
  • Jennifer Hanna, Enterprise Data and Information Management, General Services Administration
  • Tim Perez, Enterprise Solutions Architect, Tantus Technologies
  • Moderator: David Gagliano, CTO, Global Solutions Division, General Dynamics Information Technology

  • The event’s closing reception featured the announcement of University of Virginia as the University Data Challenge winner.

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    The University Data Challenge first place team from University of Virginia poses with MAXIMUS Chief Data Scientist and Capital Data Summit Steering Committee Chair Tom Woteki.

    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!