Sebastian W. James | Global Big Data Week 2012-2014
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Global Big Data Week 2012-2014


From 2012 to 2014, I produced and managed the Chicago presence of Big Data Week.  Big Data Week is a unique global platform of interconnected community events focusing on the social, political, and technological impacts of Data. It brings together a global community of data scientists, data technologists, data visualizers and data businesses spanning six major commercial, financial, social and technological sectors.


The festival connects a number of cities through locally hosted meetups, events, networking functions, data visualization demo’s, debates, discussions and hackathons. Events are designed to provide a platform to educate, inform and inspire – organized by people who are passionate and knowledgeable about data. It’s a self-organizing community where anyone is able to host and create an event during the festival; making our platform completely open and community driven.


The number of participants was fluid from year to year.  Big Data Week 2013 was the biggest one locally as well as around the world.  Globally the event saw 27 participating cities including Beirut, London, San Francisco, Kuala Lumpur and Toronto.  Using INXPO’s platform, Cook County and the City of Chicago held 32 virtual and physical events, the most of any participating city.


Here are some key links to my involvement with Big Data Week:



March 22, 2016