NVTC, the George Washington University and Attain LLC released a research report at a launch event on Friday, May 9. The report, Big Data and Analytics in Northern Virginia and the Potomac Region, was conducted by Chmura Economics & Analytics and highlights the depth and breadth of Big Data experience, expertise and assets in Northern Virginia and the Potomac region.
The report concludes that the area — dubbed the nation’s data capital — is a natural leader in the evolving field of Big Data and Analytics. With a concentration of data analytics businesses and workers, historic expertise in managing and interpreting data, the educational capacity to train future data scientists and analysts, Big Data-related university research initiatives, and the strong presence of the federal government, the region is well positioned to compete as the leader for market share and seize opportunities presented by the explosive growth of the Big Data and Analytics market.
|The audience at the May 9 Big Data event, which featured two panels of technology industry and academic leaders.|
During the May 9 symposium held at the George Washington University’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus (VSTC), Ali Eskandarian, dean of the VSTC and College of Professional Studies, welcomed attendees and GW President Steven Knapp, an NVTC Board member, provided opening remarks highlighting GW’s focus on growing its research capacity, particularly in disciplines related to Big Data. Following Dr. Knapp’s remarks, NVTC Board member Greg Baroni, chairman and CEO of Attain, previewed the report and introduced lead researcher Christine Chmura of Chmura Economics & Analytics, who presented the research findings.
The event also featured two panels of technology industry and academic leaders. During the first panel moderated by Dr. Leo Chalupa, vice president for research, The George Washington University, Dr. Keith Crandall, director of GW’s Computational Biology Institute, Gary Shiffman, president and CEO of Giant Oak, LLC, and Frank Stein, director of the Analytics Solution Center at IBM Federal, discussed industry and academic institutions should work together to grow the region’s Big Data and Analytics workforce.
NVTC Vice Chair Anne Altman, general manager, U.S. Federal and Government Industries of IBM, moderated the closing panel on Big Data Challenges and Opportunities, with NVTC Board member Mike Bradshaw, director of Google Federal, Dr. Don Brown, director of the University of Virginia Data Science Institute, Aneesh Chopra, co-founder and executive VP of Hunch Analytics, and Justin Langseth, founder and CEO, Zoomdata.
|Big Data Challenges and Opportunities panel, from left: moderator Anne Altman, Mike Bradshaw, Don Brown, Aneesh Chopra and Justin Langseth.|
NVTC will be creating a Big Data and Analytics committee. Any member interested in participating in a brainstorming discussion about the future committee, please contact Allison Gilmore, NVTC’s vice president of communications and strategic initiatives.
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