SOURCE: Boston Data Festival

October 28, 2013 08:22 ET

Inaugural Boston Data Festival to Bring Data Leaders to Boston

Boston Data Festival to Showcase City's Leading Data-Centric Scene, Promote Data Science and Foster Collaboration

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - Oct 28, 2013) - Leading data executives, scientists and technologists will call Boston home during the first-ever Boston Data Festival on November 4-10. Organized by multiple data-centric meetup groups and volunteers, the Boston Data Festival will showcase the companies, both established and start-up, technologists and entrepreneurs driving the data revolution. 

Data Festival events are mostly free and will take place at multiple venues in Cambridge and Boston. Program and registration can be found at: www.bostondatafest.com.

"Business success in most any industry requires data innovations. The highly developed and advanced Boston data-centric community is on the forefront in developing the novel applications driving modern industries forward," said Sheamus McGovern, an organizer of the Data Festival.

John Verostek, another organizer, added, "Boston's grassroots data community and business ecosystem has grown rapidly -- a weeklong festival amplifies the opportunities for building relationships and learning about cutting-edge technology."

Events kick off on Monday, November 4 with a keynote by Dr. William Kahn of AIG, followed by an all-star data panel drawn from the world of venture capital, academia, and industry. Over the course of the week a wide variety of data-centric topics will be covered including data analytics, machine learning, big data, data visualization and predictive analytics. Specific session talks include mining highly imbalanced data, deep learning (the future of machine learning), and predicting stock prices with maximum accuracy. A hackathon, data-centric start-up showcase and coding workshop for local high-school students will also be featured as part of the seven-day event.

Sponsors of the Boston Data Festival include RapidMiner, McGraw-Hill Education, Hadapt, hack/reduce, O'Reilly, Sqrrl, Nutonian DataXu, Bentley University, and Luminoso.

Full details of all speakers and events can be found at www.bostondatafest.com.

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