Jeremy Jaech

Jeremy Jaech

Jeremy Jaech, CEO of SNUPI Technologies, opened the event with a talk on sensor data and Seattle's assets as a hub of big data innovation.

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Ada Developers Academy

Ada Developers Academy

It was great to have a contingent from the new Ada Developers Academy in attendance.

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Investor-Entrepreneur Chat: Context Relevant

Investor-Entrepreneur Chat: Context Relevant

Tim Porter, managing partner, Madrona Venture Group, and Stephen Purpura, CEO of Context Relevant.

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Big Insight audience

Big Insight audience

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Platforms panel

Platforms panel

From left, moderator Kristina Kerr Bergman, partner at Ignition Partners; John Slitz, CEO of SpaceCurve; Jock Mackinlay, VP of visual analysis, Tableau Software; Peter Godman, CEO of Qumulo; Robert Bismuth, VP of business development, Pivotal.

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The venue: 415 Westlake

The venue: 415 Westlake

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Steve Sliwa

Steve Sliwa

Seeq CEO Steve Sliwa

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Cookies

Cookies

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Networking break

Networking break

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Stan Humphries

Stan Humphries

Zillow chief economist Stan Humphries described the evolution of the Seattle housing information company and its data.

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Big Insight audience

Big Insight audience

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Applications panel

Applications panel

From left, moderator Emily McReynolds of UW Tech Policy Lab; Julie Penzotti, principal data scientist at Globys; Bryan Mistele, CEO of INRIX; and Kevin Merritt, CEO of Socrata.

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Ed Lazowska

Ed Lazowska

UW computer science professor Ed Lazowska led a panel on data-centric scientific research and entertained several audience questions.

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Science panel

Science panel

From left, Joe Hellerstein, of Google and UW; Roger Barga of Microsoft; and Bill Pike of Pacific Northwest National Laboratories.

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Big Insight audience

Big Insight audience

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Oren Etzioni

Oren Etzioni

Oren Etzioni, executive director of the new Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, closed the program with a hilarious talk about the challenge of machine reading.

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Conversation

Conversation

Joe Hellerstein in conversation after the event.

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Reception

Reception

Ed Lazowska speaks with attendees.

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Reception

Reception

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Reception

Reception

Stan Humphries chats at the reception.

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There are a wide range of people and companies working on many aspects of the big data challenge in Seattle and we heard from many of them at a packed event Tuesday.

Thanks to all of our speakers, attendees, and sponsors for helping make Big Insight—Making Sense of Big Data in Seattle a successful event.

We tried to dispatch with hype around the term big data, and get down to what everyone’s really after: managing our data abundance to get to new discoveries, businesses, and insights.

Speakers covered everything from advanced sensor networks, to the data engines underlying major consumer-facing services like Zillow, to the future of data-centric science and artificial intelligence.

Check out these images from photographer Tyler Sipe to get a feel for the afternoon’s proceedings. And read John Cook’s story at GeekWire on Seattle as Datatown USA for more.

 

Benjamin Romano is editor of Xconomy Seattle. Email him at bromano [at] xconomy.com.