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April 24, 2013 12:06 ET

Media Thought Leaders and Industry Experts Discuss Big Data

"Media Meets Big Data" panel discussion and cocktail soiree on April 25 is the marquee event of Toronto first Big Data Week

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 24, 2013) -

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Co-hosted by Viafoura and Ryerson University, Toronto's first ever Big Data Week takes place April 22nd to 28th. The week-long event brings together business and technology leaders to explore the challenges and opportunities inherent in 'big data'. The Toronto edition is part of an international affiliation of Big Data Weeks, 25 of which will concurrently take place in cities all over the world.

Big Data Week Toronto's marquee event is a cocktail and networking soirée. Senior executives from three media companies will convene for a panel discussion titled "Media Meets Big Data," exploring the unique challenges and opportunities that big data holds for the media industry.

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WHAT: "Media Meets Big Data" panel discussion and cocktail event
WHO: Nearly 200 media industry executives, thought leaders and decision makers will be attending. Panelises include:
- Tom Cochran, Chief Technology Officer, Atlantic Media
- Craig Saila, Director of Digital Media, the Globe and Mail
- Tessa Sproule, Director of Digital, CBC
WHERE: The Drake Hotel Lounge, 1150 Queen Street West, Toronto
WHEN: 6 to 10 p.m. Panel will begin at 7 p.m.
MEDIA CONTACT: Chris Advansun
Cell Phone: 647.966.6743


"Humans now create in two days the same amount of data that it took from the dawn of civilization until 2003 to create." -Eric Schmidt, Chairman of Google

The term 'big data' has emerged in recent years to refer to the proliferation of data that has resulted from the advent of the Internet, social media and other digital technologies. Experts warn that the current pace and scale of data generation will bring about significant technological and societal challenges. Conversely, entrepreneurs and business leaders see 'big data' as a potential treasure trove, a resource with which entirely new products, services and even industries will be built.

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