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Kansas City joins global Big Data Festival this week

Updated: 2013-11-18T23:51:34Z

By MARK DAVIS

The Kansas City Star

Kansas City will take part in a global big-data festival this week.

Big Data Kansas City has lined up speakers and break-out sessions and plans a “hackathon” during two days of the four-day Big Data Festival that starts Nov. 18 and encompasses 25 cities worldwide.

Kansas City’s effort runs Nov. 20-21 at the Kansas City Convention Center. Tickets cost $50 and are available along with additional information at www.bd-kc.com.

The local event promises demonstrations, presentations and “real-world technology implementations” in big data, which is the effort to collect, analyze and make use of the vast amounts of data generated in the information age.

Subjects on planners’ agenda include data-driven health care, business startups and big data, security and privacy, open data and data commons, warehousing and mining big data, and visualization techniques.

Kansas City’s hackathon is forming teams to compete in building projects from openly available data. The goal is to “liberate” data from often “antiquated” public sources to make it more useful, said Rachel Scott, with event co-sponsor Single Wing Creative, a marketing and design firm in Kansas City.

Scott said the hope is that teams will be able to publish results and possibly create apps from their work. It’s a competition with prizes awarded based on creativity, usability and community impact.

Other sponsors of Big Data Kansas City are DST Systems Inc., a data services company, and Launch KC, a city initiative to attract information technology professionals and entrepreneurs.

To reach Mark Davis, call 816-234-4372 or send email to mdavis@kcstar.com.

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