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2016 NJ Big Data Alliance Syposium

March 9, 2016, All Day
Location Feliciano School of Business
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The NJBDA’s third Annual Symposium, Big Data and Innovation, will delve into the ways in which Big Data has become integral to innovation across numerous sectors, and how it is transforming day-to-day life through the emergence of Smart Cities and the Internet of Things.  Join us at Montclair State University on March 9th to learn more and to network with industry, government and academic visionaries working in this exciting new space.


8:00 – 9:30: Industry Networking Breakfast

The Industry Networking Breakfast is a unique opportunity to not just network with major players in the Big Data space but also students who are looking for opportunities in the field. This event will be kicked off by Liz Rowe, the Chief Data Officer of the state of New Jersey and co-hosted by* Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) and New Jersey Technology Council (NJTC). Other speakers include:

  • Kathy L. Grise, Senior Program Director, Program Director –Big Data Initiative, IEEE
  • David Belanger, Co-Leader, IEEE Big Data Initiative
  • Joshua T. Hewitt, Academic Outreach and Collaborations Manager, SAS Education Practice
  • Melanie Willoughby, Chief of Government Affairs, NJBIA and innovation trend.
  • Edward Chapel, Senior Vice President, NJEDge.Net, Executing the big data agenda in NJ: contribution of Research and Education Networks

* James Barrood, President, New Jersey Technology Council (NJTC)
* John Galandak, President, Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ)

Featured Speaker:
Liz Rowe, Chief Data Officer State of New Jersey

9:30 – 10:00:  Registration and Refreshments

10:00 – 10:15:  Welcome Remarks

10:15 – 11:00:  Morning Keynote on “Rise of the connected world – A look at how Internet of Things and wearables are changing the game”

AJ Bubb, Accenture Emerging Technology

11:00 – 11:45:  Panel 1 – Smart Cities

Moderator:  Dr. Munir Cochinwala, Executive Director and Chief Scientist at New Jersey Innovation Institute Data Analytics
Confirmed Panelists:
Mr. Seth Wainer, Chief Information Officer at the City of Newark
Dr. Christian Borcea, Chair, Department of Computer Science, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Zenobia Fields, Department Director of Planning, NJTPA

11:45 – 12:45:  Lunch, Industry Exhibition and Poster Displays

Would you like to have your research featured in the poster session?  Respond to our Call for Posters by February 24th.  

1:00 – 1:45:  Panel 2 - Innovation, Big Data and the Financial Sector

Moderator:  Dr. Stanislav Mamonov, Assistant Professor, Information Management & Business Analytics at Montclair State University

Confirmed Panelists:
Irene Aldridge, Managing Director, R&D AbleMarkets and ABLE Alpha Trading, Ltd.
Matthew Sattler, VP, Data Analytics Manager, HSBC
Justin Zhen, Co-founder ThinkNum, a FinTech Analytics startup

2:00 – 2:45:   Panel 3 – Innovation, Big Data and Healthcare

Moderator:  Dr.Rashmi Jain, Chair, Information Management & Business Analytics at Montclair State University 

Confirmed Panelists
Jason G. Cooper, Vice President & Chief Analytics Officer, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Steve LoSardo, Senior Principal, Real World Evidence Solutions, IMS Health
Jeremy Racine, Healthcare Director, SAS State & Local Government Practice
Faisal M. Khan, Senior Director of Data Science, Aetna

3:00 – 3:45:  Afternoon Keynote:
Jay Pederson, Software Strategy Leader, Micro Strategies

4:00 – 5:00:  Networking Reception


Here is a list of local hotels in the Montclair Area:

Holiday Inn
1 Route 46 West
Totowa, NJ 07512

Crowne Plaza
690 Route 46 East
Fairfield, NJ 07004

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