The seminar provided very useful info to take back to management in order to make better decisions in our use of social media tools. - Web Communications Advisor, Health Canada

Big Data and Analytics for the Public Sector

Advance your knowledge in government-utilized predictive analytics, data visualization and artificial intelligence

Seminar: February 20-21, 2019  ·  Vancouver, BC
Day Two Program Agenda: Thursday, February 21, 2019
7:30 - 8:30        Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:40
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair
Nicolas Jeffery, Founding Partner, Impresario Consulting
8:40 - 9:40
Case Study
Edmonton thrives by using Open Data
Karen Parker, Program Manager, Business Analytics, Analytics Centre of Excellence in Financial & Corporate Services, Edmonton
  • Being an early adopter - open data programs for the citizens
  • Leveraging Data - The Edmonton Analytics Centre of Excellence
  • Understanding the value of big data at the grass-roots level
  • Data visualization and interpretation - the strength of numbers
  • Relationship building in the public sector is critical to big data success
9:40 - 10:00        Networking Break
10:00 - 11:00
Interactive Data Visualization for Perinatal Services BC online
Theo Rosenfeld - CEO of Engage Data
  • Examining maternal health outcome using interactive visualization
  • Creating a public resource for health clinicians, health care leaders, health care managers, policy makers, planners, researchers - and the general public
  • Applying cognitive science to data visualization and user experience
  • Watching out for the pitfalls of a data-driven approach as opposed to purpose driven
  • Context is everything - data does not speak for itself
  • Focusing on the outcome when building tools to augment intelligence
  • Interactive data visualization based on design methodology and user experience
11:00 - 12:00
AnalyticsCalgary- Working Horizontally in a Siloed Organization
Lisa J. Sierra, Manager, Innovation, Data & External Access, Corporate Program Lead, Analytics Calgary, City of Calgary
  • Interpreters Needed! Understanding data as a common language and asset across services
  • Uncovering the path to move forward with the right tools
  • Creating a movement - ripples of discovery in the process
  • Building momentum - Developing essential and robust learning communities
  • A Guide to Mobilizing your teams
  • Shared success - finding partners and projects to support your vision
  • The Data Story - practical tools and templates to tell your big data story
12:00 - 1:15        Luncheon Break
1:15 - 2:15
Empowering Individuals Through Data Sovereignty and Decentralized Platforms
Chris Rowell, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of British Columbia
  • Issues surrounding the ownership, access, and transfer of personal data and digital assets
  • How blockchain can enable "data sovereignty" and the decentralization of digital platforms
  • Examples from healthcare and Indigenous data protocols
  • Principles for designing ethical data ecosystems
  • From plutocracy to meritocracy: How data sovereignty and decentralized platforms change firm strategy
2:15 - 2:30        Networking Break
2:30 - 3:30
Need to Know - IoT applications for Today's Public Sector
Greg Johnston, President, Carl Data Solutions
  • Data: the starting point
  • Expanding data collection and deriving value from existing data
  • ilot projects: POC's & KPI's
  • IoT: An "ecosystem" - multiple parties involved in the delivery
  • Finding pathways to End-to-end solutions
  • Execution of solutions - investments for the citizens
  • Finding sponsors with the vision - the business unit within the city
  • Involving Operations: Keeping people involved in change management
3:30 - 4:30
Canada's Digital Technology Supercluster - A Special Information Session
Bill Tam, Co-Founder and VP Business Development, Canada's Supercluster

The Digital Technology Supercluster is a consortium of some of the world's biggest names in healthcare, telecommunications, natural resources and computing, along with start-ups, SMEs, researchers and post-secondary institutions - all working together to solve some of the most pressing productivity, health and sustainability challenges facing Canada and the world today.

4:30        End of Day Two



The amount of data that's available for public use is exploding, and as such, implementing big data projects is becoming a major priority across the public sector. Big data, analytics, and business intelligence provide limitless opportunities for improving service delivery, informing policy decision-making, and boosting organizational performance. The public sector is under increasing pressure to ensure ease of use, reliability, speed, and access to their services, for all citizens.

However, there are still numerous hurdles to overcome before you can take advantage of big data's opportunities. These challenges include securing organizational buy-in, complying with privacy and legal regulations, and breaking down silos to effectively collaborate with different departments.

INFONEX's two-day Big Data & Analytics for the Public Sector will help you understand the benefits and pitfalls of big data and how it can be used to improve business functions and secure competitive advantage. Our faculty of leading experts will provide you with strategies for overcoming hurdles, securing buy-in, gathering and integrating your data, and leveraging your data to improve services and policy decisions.

Learn how to extract relevant information from data that can be used to make better organizational decisions. Get tips for overcoming challenges of implementing and maintaining a data governance program. Uncover ways to mitigate performance risks with business intelligence. Examine proven techniques for measuring the performance of your analytics and manage legal and privacy issues surrounding business intelligence.

Join us in Vancouver to learn the best practices for collecting and leveraging big data and analytics. Register today!

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