Pentland and Keen debate the Big Data phenomenon

Two of the most renowned international protagonists of the digital transformation debate will join the "digitising europe initative 2015": Alex Pentland and Andrew Keen.

The collection and analysis of data is fundamentally changing the way in which we interact, learn, work and do business. How can Europe realise the full economic potential of the data revolution in a human-centered way?

We cordially invite you to attend the inauguration of digitising europe 2015. At this exclusive event, we will engage in a dialogue on the data revolution and discuss the unique advantages and significant challenges it poses for policymakers, corporations, and civil society.

Business leaders, political decision makers, young innovators, and renowned experts from across sectors will convene and contribute to a high-level discussion on the legal, ethical, and social implications of Big Data analytics. Join the conversation with some of the most renowned international protagonists of the debate on digital transformation.

Will the data revolution improve our lives?

12 November 2015 | 7.00 p.m.
Doors open at 6.30 p.m.
F.A.Z. Atrium Berlin
Mittelstraße 2-4, 10117 Berlin, Germany

sp1009290Professor Alex „Sandy“ Pentland is a pioneer in organisational engineering, mobile information systems, and computational social science. As the Toshiba Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT and Academic Director of Data-Pop Alliance, he is one of the most-cited computer scientists in the world and was named by Forbes as one of the world‘s seven most powerful data scientists. Pentland co-leads the World Economic Forum Big Data and Personal Data initiatives, directs MIT’s Human Dynamics Laboratory and the MIT Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program, and is a founding member of the Advisory Boards for Nissan, Motorola Mobility, and a variety of start-up firms.

20018Andrew Keen is amongst the world’s best-known and controversial commentators on the digital revolution. He is the author of three books: “Cult of the Amateur”, “Digital Vertigo”, and the internationally acclaimed “The Internet Is Not The Answer”. Mr Keen is executive director of the Silicon Valley innovation salon FutureCast, the host of Internet chat show „Keen On“, a Senior Fellow at CALinnovates, and columnist for CNN. A highly sought-after public speaker around the world, he was included in GQ Magazine’s 100 Most Connected Men in 2015.

Fotos: F.A.Z. Atrium, Alex “Sandy” Pentland and Andrew Keen
(Credit: F.A.Z. Atrium, Promo, @ Michael Amsler Photography)

About the digitising europe inititative

digitising europe is an initiative of the Vodafone Institute to advance the pan-European discussion on the digital economy of Europe. The initiative launched with a high-level summit in December 2014 opened by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Business leaders, startup founders, and policymakers participated in cross-sector dialogue on the digital transformation of education and the world of work. This year, the Institute will usher the initiative into its second year with a comprehensive series of research publications, workshops, events, and lively debates on an increasingly relevant and controversial subject – the data revolution.

About Data-Pop Alliance

Data-Pop Alliance is a global coalition on Big Data and development created by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), MIT Media Lab and Overseas Development Institute (ODI) that brings together researchers, experts, practitioners and activists to promote a people-centered Big Data revolution through collaborative research, capacity building, and community engagement.