Signals from Strata + Hadoop World in San Jose, CA, 2015

From data-driven government to our age of intelligence, here are key insights from Strata + Hadoop World in San Jose, CA, 2015.

Experts from across the big data world came together for Strata + Hadoop World in San Jose, CA, 2015. We’ve gathered insights from the event below.

U.S. chief data scientist

With a special recorded introduction from President Barack Obama, DJ Patil talks about his new role as the U.S. government’s first ever chief data scientist, the nature of the U.S.’s emerging data-driven government, and defines his mission in leading the data-driven initiative:

“Responsibly unleash the power of data for the benefit of the American public and maximize the nation’s return on its investment in data.”

Age of intelligence

Lisa Hammitt, big data and communities executive at Salesforce, describes three case studies illustrating the confluence of data science, wearables, and community cloud management. “I think we’re in the age of intelligence, even amidst plethora,” said Hammit, “and I think it’s a net positive in our life. … The tipping point is behavioral, because what’s happening now in these systems of engagement is they’re giving way to systems of intelligence.”

Data-driven policy design

Solomon Hsiang, assistant professor of public policy at UC Berkeley, talks about data science and climate change management: “We have the data and analytics to really understand what is happening and to conquer this challenge intelligently and effectively while rationally managing this transition … We are now entering a new era where data, evidence, and analytics are not just moving the dial, but they’re playing a central role in the way in which we govern ourselves.”

Building a bed of data science assets

John Carnahan, executive vice president of data science at Ticketmaster, talks about his holistic approach to data and data analysis to bridge the gap between the products they build: “We want to build a bed of data science assets…build a platform that can really leverage those assets beyond the small niche products…rather than think of those as verticals or silos.” Carnahan also talks about his background in population genetics and how it informs his work in the big data landscape.

You can see more coverage in our Strata + Hadoop World in San Jose 2015 playlist.

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