UNC Charlotte's Data Science and Business Analytics Initiative presents: "Harnessing the Power of Data" conference

The race is on to establish key hubs for Big Data across the country. Charlotte is uniquely positioned to serve as a leader in the new data-driven economy  based on the  concentration and spectrum of data-driven industries in the state, including energy, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, and retail.

The Data Science and Business Analytics (DSBA) Initiative, led by UNC Charlotte and a top university priority designated by Chancellor Phil Dubois, is an industry-university-state partnership designed to broaden and deepen North Carolina's business analytics talent and stimulate strategic innovation. Its goal is to support high-end job creation and business investment in the Charlotte region and across the state.

The lead partners in this unique collaborative initiative are the Belk College of Business, the College of Computing and Informatics and the College of Health and Human Services.  Each has a long and successful history of fostering strategic relationships with the business community. This team will provide intellectual capital, academic programs, and outreach activities to meet the needs of employers in the new data-driven economy, by developing a highly-trained workforce and in providing cutting-edge research to address the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly evolving business environment.

UNC Charlotte’s Data Science and Business Analytics Initiative presents “Harnessing the Power of Data,” a follow-up to the highly successful conference, “Charlotte Informatics 2012:  Competing and Winning Through Analytics.”  This one-day forum brings together leading experts from industry and academia in the country to discuss the most recent trends in the technology and strategy of Big Data implementation.  Join us to learn how firms are integrating Big Data into everything they do to better serve their customers, to create strategic advantages for themselves, improve patient outcomes and to better deploy scarce resources. This forum will also address the challenges of technology integration and how to find the human talent needed to be successful in these efforts.

“The era of Big Data is upon us,” says Bob Morgan, President and CEO of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.  “These data are critical to the future of productivity, competitiveness, and even survival of business in the 21st Century.  Organizations and regions that effectively use Big Data first and best will win the day.”

The conference will be held on Tuesday, May 13 from 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton in Uptown Charlotte.

Keynote speakers include Eric Siegel, Ph.D., Columbia University, founder of Predictive Analytics World and author of “Predictive Analytics:  The Power to Predict Who Will Click, Buy, Lie, or Die,” David Kiron, Ph.D., executive editor of MIT Sloan Management Review’s Innovation Hubs, Beth Noveck, the first U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer from 2009-2011, founder and Director of the Governance Lab and Jacob K. Javits Visiting Professor at New York University.

Other speakers include Mark Bell, North Carolina Hospital Association, Stephanie Alexander, PeraHealth, Inc.; Eric Brinsfield, SAS; State Senator Jeffery P. Tarte; State Representative, Jason Saine; Rishi Bhatnagar, Syntello; Kelly Ross; Finance, Measure & Evaluate, Steve Cranford, Charlotte Business Journal; Bob Morgan, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Allen Naidoo, Carolinas Healthcare System; Michael Dulin, Carolinas HealthCare System; Yi Deng, UNC Charlotte; Nancy Fey-Yensan, UNC Charlotte; Steve Ott, UNC Charlotte; Nancy Fey William Ribarsky, UNC Charlotte; Derek Wang, UNC Charlotte; and Sunil Erevelles, UNC Charlotte.

To register, visit bigdata14.uncc.edu

This year’s sponsors include:  Bank of America, BB&T, Carolinas Healthcare Systems, Cap Tech, Charlotte Chamber, CRI, CTS, DataChambers, Deloitte, Duke Energy, Family Dollar, Forrester, Ingersolls Rand, Lash Group, Lowes, Mariner, Pactera, PMMC, Syntelli, UNCC Belk College of Business, UNCC College of Health and Human Services, and Quaero.

For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Marjorie Bray (Marjorie.Bray@uncc.edu).

Date Published: 
Thursday, March 6, 2014