Viafoura is bringing Big Data Week back to Toronto!


Viafoura is bringing Big Data Week back to Toronto!

Monday May 5, 2014  Time: 7pm – 9pm Location: Viafoura Office

Last year we brought Big Data Week to Toronto, connecting a community of big data geeks through a series of meet-ups, networking events and an exciting Hack-a-thon. Together, we brought out over 500 attendees and 30 start-ups across the GTA and had a rockin’ good time talking about everything ‘data’.

This year, we’re doing it again! Come join us at Big Data Week as we geek out on everything data.
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Below are all the event details and it is free to register. So what are you waiting for?

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Big Data Week 2014 kicks off in Toronto! Join us at the Viafoura office as we talk about the big picture with big data from industry executives. Stick around, ask questions, and make new friends.
Speaker 1:
Pete Forde
CTO, BuzzData
Pete is the Founder and Chief Technical Officer of BuzzData. He was also the co-founder of Unspace Interactive. He is based in Toronto, Canada. A thought leader in the Toronto software community, Pete started the first Ruby on Rails consulting company in the world in late 2004. He was a curator of the RubyFringe and FutureRuby conferences in 2008-09. Working with Meghann Millard, he has hosted over 50 ‘Rails Pub Nite’ events since 2005, setting the stage for Toronto to become the largest community of Ruby developers on Earth. He is a frequent guest speaker at various business and technology conferences around the world.
Speaker 2:
Joy Robson
Owner, Vitae Enterprises
Producer, Data for Good
Joy’s LinkedIn
A pioneering industry executive, Joy was the 1st Facebook user in Canada. She’ll tell you the story if you ask. With a proven track-record leading strategy, analytics, business development, marketing and project-based teams in highly competitive markets, Joy is determined, resourceful, spirited but diplomatic. Having worked both client-side and agency-side, she is able to connect internal and external people with technology to make improbable ideas a reality.

Tech Talk Meetup 2: Big Data Infrastructure

Tuesday May 6, 2014
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Location: Viafoura Office
Capacity: 50
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This meetup is for the data infrastructure geeks. We will cover some of the more technical aspects of how to actually store and process all of that data. Love Cassandra (the database of course!) So do we. More details to come.
Speaker 1: 
Victor Anjos
Chief Data Scientist & Engineer Team Manager, Viafoura
Co-Founder & Chief Technologist, Data For Good
Victor’s LinkedIn
Victor is Chief Data Scientist and Engineering Team Manager at Viafoura, leading all their Big Data initiatives. Victor also runs the Cassandra meetup group in Toronto and is a very early adopter of Cassandra, having used the technology since release 0.8.  Further, Victor is the Co-Founder and Chief Technologist of Data For Good, a Canadian Not-For-Profit that runs DataThons to help other Not For Profits and NGOs understand the mountains of data that they acquire. Victor is a graduate of the University of Toronto, with a degree in Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics. He is a detail-oriented, experienced data scientist and architect with 13 years of hands-on software development with an emphasis on research, design, and creation of Artificial Intelligence software products.
Speaker 2: 
Joe Hohertz
Senior Architect, Viafoura
Joe’s LinkedIn
Having 17 years of working in systems and networking, in different roles and in different capacities, Joe endeavors in every respect to be multidisciplinary, comfortable with broad areas of computing and the manners in which technology affects people. Joe enjoys learning and continues to develop professionally in his free time, keeping himself adapted to the industry as it evolves.

Tech Talk Meetup 3: Big Data Visualization

Wednesday May 7, 2014
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Location: Viafoura Office
Capacity: 50
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This meetup is for the data visualization peeps. How the heck do you display all that Big Data? It’s so big! We will show you.
Speaker 1:
Paul Butler
Data Scientist, Chango
Paul’s LinkedIn
As a seven-year-old, Paul climbed to the top of the playground and made a histogram of foot-traffic with pencil crayons. Since then, he’s had a passion for using visualization as a tool to understand and communicate data. His work has appeared in The Economist and the Harvard Business Review. Originally from Halifax, Paul moved to Toronto after studying mathematics at the University of Waterloo. He now makes sense of massive datasets as a data scientist at Chango.
Speaker 2:
Myles Harrison
Senior Associate, Marketing Strategy & Analysis, SapientNitro
Myles’ LinkedIn
A digital analyst and blogger, Myles currently works for SapientNitro, one of North America’s largest digital marketing agencies, in analytics consulting. Prior to that, he was employed in technology in the finance and banking industries, and also worked for the Canadian Government in geophysics, doing statistical analysis of large data sets and building mathematical models. Myles writes about data visualization, data science, and the analysis of everyday life on his blog everyday analytics ( He has previously given other talks, primarily on visualization and quantified self.


Cocktails and Panel Night

Thursday May 8, 2014
Time 7pm – 10pm
Location TBD
Capacity 50
Speakers: TBD
Registration link: Coming soon
Let’s do some schmoozing and unwinding with some good drinks and better dialogue. The event will include a panel discussion on ‘Big Data In The Media Industry’ between 3 leading executives from top-tier media brands.
The invitation-only attendance will be a hand-picked list of 200 media industry executives, thought leaders and decision makers, not to mention a strong presence of prominent bloggers and journalists. We’re planning for a lively conversation, not to mention some great food and drinks. Don’t worry, it’s Friday tomorrow!

The Big Data Codefest

Saturday May 10, 2014
Time: 9am – 9pm
Location: TBD
Capacity: 100
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Calling all GTA developers, statisticians and data scientists! Team up, rack your brains and code! The industry’s most driven and brightest will come together to write applications, liberate data, create visualizations and publish analyses using closed media data to show the world what Toronto has to offer in the data sector and encourage the adoption of BIG data by the world’s publishers, locally and internationally.

About Big Data Week

Big Data Week is one of the most unique global platforms of interconnected community events focusing on the social, political, technological impacts of Data.
It brings together a global community of data scientists, data technologies, data visualizers and data businesses spanning six major commercial, financial, social and technological sectors.
The festival connects a number of global cities through locally hosted meet-ups, events, networking functions, data visualization demos, debates, discussion and hack-a-thons. Events are designed to provide a platform to educate, inform and inspire – organized by people who are passionate and knowledgeable about data. Big Data Week is a self-organizing community where anyone is able to host and create an event during the festival, making the platform completely open and community driven.
We connect communities of specialists – Data Scientists, Data Technologies, Data Visualization and Data Business – across major industry sectors and themes; Media and Entertainment, Health and Science, Financial Sector, Retail and FMCG, Public and Government and Social and Personal.
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