Digital World 2013

Understanding the Data Revolution

Friday 26 April from 2:30 - 9:00pm

Birmingham Science Park, Faraday Wharf, Holt Street, B7 4BB

Programme Participants Map Twitter: @ScienceCapital #DataRev #BDW13

Event Agenda

Be INFORMED by this event; learning about the Digital & Data Revolutions which are taking place today, and how anyone can use data to improve their life or business.

Feel ENGAGED with the topics discussed and understand what you can do with data, and what data will do for you in the future.

Get CONNECTED with big business and decision makers, local SME's and Government, thought leaders and academics, and other individuals who are interested in understanding and doing more with data.
We are working hard to provide one of the best networking opportunities of the year by collaborating with others communities and with the Global

Find ANSWERS to your questions during a panel discussion with the industry expert speakers as they interact with the audience. This is a two-way conversation event!

Seek GROWTH - We have a special Growth Accelerator session in the middle of the event chaired by Anne Wilkinson from 4:15pm - 5:40pm to provide advice on commercialising your ideas and growing your SME business.

Food & Drinks will be served during breaks throughout the day, and during networking in the evening which is included in the (not-for-profit) ticket price.

Part I: Landscape of the Digital World (2:30 - 4:00pm)

Mike Short

Dr Mike Short CBE, Vice President, Telefonica Europe / O2 will speak on the "Internet for all:As the Digital economy progresses how connected and accessible is Data for innovation. Do we need a Sector by Sector Digital switchover strategy or just better, faster pipes?" Mike was the President of The Institution of Engineering and Technology from 2011-2012, and chair of the Steering Board for the TSB-supported ICT KTN since 2007.


Amish Patel, IBM's leader for Big Data solutions, will talk about "Data Driven Smarter Cities". He has been helping clients implement strategic imperatives to optimise their business outcomes enabled by innovative “Big Data” capabilities. Under his leadership, IBM has helped C-level executives improve citizen-centricity, reduce fraud; reduce costs and tax gap in the order of millions of euros.


Jennifer Stirrup, Director at Copper Blue Consulting, has recently been given a SQL Server Most Valuable Professional award. She is an consultant who specialises in Business Intelligence, with a focus on Data Visualisation. Jen has conducted projects in the UK and mainland Europe. She has presented at events across the UK and Europe on the topic of Business Intelligence and Data Visualization.

Part II: Data Driven Growth Acceleration (4:15 - 5:40pm)

AWAnne Wilkinson is a Growth Manager for GrowthAccelerator,and works closely with senior management of ambitious SME companies Birmingham, Solihull and Bromsgrove with the potential to double turnover in 3 years to help them achieve their growth ambitions.GrowthAccelerator is a partnership between private enterprise and government and aims to build a community of ambitious, like-minded entrepreneurs and high growth businesses.

PRPeter Roper established four businesses; two of which he says have been fantastic failures - and fortunately two others which have been stunning successes! Following a successful corporate career with PHH Arval he went on to become a bestselling author and business development expert with Positive Ground.

Tom GattenTom Gatten, CEO of Growth Intelligence, on Tracking Productivity of Millions of Companies with Web-Scale Data. Growth Intelligence tracks the performance and activity of all the companies in the economy in real-time using web data. Companies leave a digital fingerprint on the web, which GI picks this up and uses advanced machine-learning and Big Data techniques to deliver.

DRDavid Reynolds will speak on "Creating Radical Business Innovation in the Connected Digital Economy", and is the Social Media Manager at Warwick University for the NEMODE Project which aims to engage with SMEs to stimulate new ideas and the creation of new markets.

Part III: Understanding and Using Data (6:00 - 8:15pm)


Ian Nabney, Head of Computer Science & Mathematics at Aston University will speak on Visualising Complex Data to make it Easy to Understand.
Ian is a member of the Non-linearity and Complexity Research Group and is also currently writing a proposal for an EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in the area of Big Data Analytics.

Joe Parry

Joe Parry, CEO of Cambridge Intelligence, has 15 years of experience designing and developing network visualisations for the security sector both in the UK and US. He founded Cambridge Intelligence to create technology to visualise & analyse big data networks after heading i2 Inc's research, and earning a PhD at the University of Cambridge as a member of Stephen Hawking's group.

Chris HarrisChris Harris, EMEA Solution Engineer at Hortonworks on beyond the Big Data hype - how does it affect the status quo? Chris will explain what lies at the center of the big data, the next-generation enterprise data platform that captures, processes and shares enormous amounts of new, multi-structured data that doesn't fit into traditional systems, and how it could fits into your big data strategy.

RRRic Roberts , CTO at Swirrl, will speak on The What, Why and How of Linked Data, and the place of linked data in the Big and Open Data ecosystem, and how it can help organisations. Ric co-founded Open Data Manchester, a community group who want to see Manchester open up its data, and developed a platform for publishing Linked Data on the Web so that it's easy for people to find, understand and re-use.


Alex Howard will speak on "What can we learn from the US about Open Data?" is the Government 2.0 Washington Correspondent for O'Reilly Media, where he writes about the intersection of government, the Internet and society, including how technology is being used to help citizens, cities, and governments solve large-scale problems. He will skype in from Washington. Alex is an authority on collaborative technologies for enterprises, social media and digital journalism. He has reported on open innovation, open data and open source software.

6.5 hour webstream

Present Your Plan

Are you looking for finance, investment or business support? If you have a business or idea that you are looking to pitch and would like expert feedback from our panel of specialists, then obtain detailed feedback on your business idea and develop new connections by registering below.

Students, scientists, engineers, start-ups and SMEs are invited to pitch their idea for free in 1 minute or present their plan in 5 minutes for a private consultation during this 12-2:30pm session with a supportive panel of legal, business, financial and investment experts.

Those presenting plans on April 26 include Actatek, D4 Software, EURETAIL and Wewanna:Play founders and academics from Aston University and Birmingham University.

Pro-bono follow up support is available to successful presenters from expert advisors, and optional video taped interviews are offered to help get your message across. More details on the session agenda and presentation format.

Growing Businesses?

Before the keynote speakers event we have a business plan session from 12:30 - 2:30pm where you can present your business plan in private to experts and recieve free advice.

Academics, directors of small companies and start-ups give a short (1 or 5 minute) presentation followed by a round-table discussion and 1-1 feedback.

Professional advisors provide pro bono follow-up consultations to help you get your ideas off the ground.

During the GrowthAccelerator session from 4:15 - 5:40pm learn about how big data can help your business grow.

Join the Hackathon

A data focused Hackathon is being organised for a weekend in the near future, with the TSB providing £1000 investment for winning app's and plans.


For more information about this event please contact Gavin Broughton at
(@ukgav on twitter)

Big Data Week

Big Data Week

This event is the largest being run in Birmingham in conjunction with the international Big Data Week which runs from 22 - 28th April 2013.

Charity of the Event

Cancer Research UK

Supporting Citizen Science, a data-intensive project involving the public to diagnose cancer.

Birmingham Cancer Showcase: Find out how researchers are fighting cancer on April 10 (3:30-7:30pm) at the Medical School, University of Birmingham (free).

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