Big Data, Analytics & Data Science are taking off as regional economic development catalysts - and outcomes - around the world, and particularly so here (DC/MD/Northern Virginia) in what some call the "Big Data Capital" of the US (given the proximity and engagement of so many commercial, federal/state government, nonprofit and startup organizations in this field). A proliferation of local "Meetup" group attests to this, as do the events taking place in the area - with full support and sponsorship by big and small companies.
Two quick examples:
1) The Northern Virginia Technology Council's "Big Data & Analytics" Committee - is sponsoring an upcoming meeting about "How Walmart and local Virginia companies use Big Data & Analytics for Business Growth, Increased Revenues". Find out more and register here - and while you're there, check out all the Northern Virginia Big Data Committee events and information (Oracle is a member).
The program will begin with keynote remarks from the Senior Director of Walmart Technology, who will discuss Walmart's recent expansion in Northern Virginia, how Walmart Technology uses Big Data to support the company and its goals, and what he sees as the future of Big Data in our region. The program will continue with a panel discussion featuring four local Virginia companies (Logi Analytics, CustomInk, Zoomph and Neustar) discussing what they see as the opportunities and challenges in using #bigdata and #analytics to grow their businesses. Sponsors range from large companies to startups, as well as local economic development agencies and universities.
2) Oracle and the George Mason University Volgenau School of Engineering recently held a "Big Data Symposium", this January, presenting a day filled with speakers, students and data scientists sharing their knowledge, their research, and their perspectives regarding "Breakthroughs in Big Data Analytics in the Public Sector". Follow this link to the video presentations.