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Please find below the draft conference programme. More details will be made available shortly, but for further information in the meantime contact the event organiser Dan Craft on +44 (0) 2920 783 021 /

Please note: Speakers still to be confirmed are indicated with a *


Tuesday 1 October, 2013


08:30 – 09:00

Welcome Coffee and Registration

09:00 – 10:40

Session 1: The ‘big ticket’ - Developing the European data eco-system

Big data is already described by many as ‘the engine driving the online economy’.

- Taking it one step further, can data-driven innovation be the stimulus to finally turn around the European economy?
- How can we ensure that the huge economic potential of big data is achieved?
- Does Europe have the skills and knowledge base to fully benefit from big data?

Moderator: Magnus Franklin, Journalist, MLex

09:00 – 09:10

Introductory Video Presentation

Neelie Kroes, Vice President and EU Commmisioner for Digital Agenda, European Commission (video presentation)

09:10 – 10:40

Panel discussion

Thibaut Kleiner, Advisor to Vice-President Kroes, European Commission
Max Nathan, Senior Research Fellow, NIESR, Research Fellow, London School of Economics
Cornelis-Mario Vis, Policy Analyst, Bureau of European Policy Advisers, European Commission
Wieland Holfelder, Engineering Director, Google
Gunther Grathwohl, Counsellor for telecommunications and information society, audiovisual media and postal affairs, Permanent Representation of Germany to the EU

10:30 – 11:00

Morning Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30

Session 2: Maximising the potential - The benefits of data analysis

Being able to capitalise on the potential that big data carries will involve the development of new eco-systems and business models. These systems and models should enable industry and governments to utilise data so that there is an economic and social benefit respectively. This session will ask:

- How can organisations use the collection and analysis of big data to deliver clear and tangible gains and improve management decisions?
- What innovative tools and technologies are available to companies to help ensure that they are able to realise the full benefits of big data?
- What are companies already doing in the area of big data analysis?
- Where can the funding be found to enable European industry to develop innovative tools to extract big data, train the skilled personnel needed to mine it, and ultimately take the global lead in data?

Moderator: John Burn-Murdoch, Data Journalist, Financial Times

Jean-Claude Burgelman, Head of Unit, Relations with stakeholders (ERIAB), European Commission
Simon Williams, CEO, QuantumBlack
Angela Brand, Professor of Social Medicine & Public Health Genomics, Institute for Public Health Genomics (IPHG), Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University
Michael May, Head of the Technology Field Business Analytics & Monitoring, Siemens Research and Technology Center


12:30 – 13:30

Lunch Break

13:30 – 15:00

Session 3: The bigger picture – Revolutionising the public sector

Big data has the potential to revolutionise the way the public sector operates and processes information. New tools to increase and improve levels of service delivery providing greater value for tax payers is within reach. This session will ask:

- What role can big data play in facilitating more innovative and flexible public service delivery and how can the public and private sectors interact to deliver such innovation?
- To what extent can data-driven innovation help to increase evidence based policymaking, and what societal benefits can this provide?
- What would be the benefits of making this public data available, transparent and accessible for all, and what needs to be done at an EU and national level to achieve this?
- Will the proposed pan-European data portal lead to greater integration of open, available data across member states, and what hurdles still need to be overcome before this is achieved?

Moderator: Frances Robinson, EU Correspondent, Wall Street Journal / Dow Jones

Ivailo Kalfin MEP, European Parliament
Orlando Agrippa, Director of Business Informatics, Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust
Paul Suijkerbuijk, Chief Data Officer, ‘’, Dutch Ministry of the Interior
Christian Morales, Vice President and General Manager for EMEA, Intel
Sergej Koperdak, Adviser - New Technologies and Social Media, DG Education and Culture, European Commission

15:00 – 15:30

Afternoon Coffee Break

15:30 – 17:00

Session 4: Unleashing the power of data-driven innovation for growth - Achieving an appropriate regulatory environment

The regulatory dimension is vital in facilitating the development of big data analysis and the associated businesses, services and investments that are developed in order to address needs. This session will focus on the following questions:

- From a regulatory perspective, how can policymakers support big data and its analysis? Are there policies or laws that may threaten or slow-down data driven-innovation?
- What role should business play in this process?
- How will Europe’s policies and regulations fit in the global big data context?
- What needs to be done at an EU level to deliver an environment that allows the potential of big data to be fulfilled for the benefit of citizens and businesses everywhere?

Moderator: Paul Adamson, Senior European Policy Advisor, Covington & Burling LLP

Richard Szostak, Member of Cabinet of Vice-President Reding, European Commission
Marta Nagy-Rothengass, Head of Unit, , DG CONNECT, European Commission
John Boswell, Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, SAS
Jacques Bughin, Director, McKinsey & Company, Brussels Office



Tuesday 1 October, 2013
08.30 to 17.00




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