Saturday, November 15, 2014

Big Data Policy Conference in Canberra

There are still some free tickets left for the "Big data, big opportunity" conference, at the Australian National University in Canberra, 19 November 2014. This features Pia Waugh, Director of Coordination and Gov 2.0, Australian Government. This is a PHD conference, where the program is mostly research students presenting their work in short snappy presentations (along with some keynotes by celebrities).
The Big Data, Big Opportunity conference will examine opportunities presented by effectively harnessing big data, and in particular will look at how open data (across the Academy, government and industry) can enhance research, shape policy development, and impact on innovation. The conference will provide a forum for PhD students, academics, policymakers, and industry to jointly discuss the implications and challenges of moving towards open access data.
The conference will run the following topic streams:
• Economics/economic policy
• Public policy and governance
• Environment, development and resource management

My picks for the day

Time Session
0845 Registration
0915 Welcome: Arjuna Mohottala, President, Crawford PhD Conference 2014 Organising Committee, Molonglo Theatre
0920 Keynote: John McMillan, Australian Information Commissioner, Molonglo Theatre
1010 Morning tea.
1030 Griffin Room: ‘Putting a Value On It’. The value that New Zealand educational entrepreneurs plan to create, Steve Thomas
1100 Lennox Room: Applying reinforcement learning to single and multi-agent economic problems, Neal Hughes
Discussant: Akshay Shanker
1130 Griffin Room: Where big data meets no data, Belinda Thompson
1200 Griffin Room: Facing our demons: Do mindfulness skills help people deal with failure at work? James Donald
1230 Lunch.
1300 Griffin Room: Giving rights to nature: A new institutional approach for overcoming social dilemmas? Julia Talbot-Jones
1330 Molonglo Theatre: Small states, big effects? Oil price shocks and economic growth in small island developing states, Alrick Campbell. Discussant: Arjuna Mohottala
1400 Griffin Room: Open access spatial data for effective disaster risk reduction, Christina Griffin
1430 Lennox Room: Could order and ambition emerge from the fragmented climate governance complex? Eliza Murray
1500 Afternoon tea.
1520 Panel session: The successes, challenges, and future potential of big data, Molonglo Theatre
Chair: Jenny Gordon, Principal Adviser Research Canberra, Productivity Commission
• Andy Heys, Software Architect, IBM Australia
• Greg Laughlin, Principal Policy Adviser, Australian National Data Service
• Duncan Stone, Senior Manager, Open Innovation, Price waterhouse Coopers
• Pia Waugh, Director of Coordination and Gov 2.0, Australian Government
1645 Wrap-up: Arjuna Mohottala, President, Crawford PhD Conference 2014 Organising Committee
1700 Close

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