Big Data – from Science and Medicine to Business Innovation

This event is organised by the Welsh Node of the Cisco National Virtual Incubator (NVI Wales) – part of a ground breaking UK wide virtual network – based at ehi2, College of Medicine, Swansea University.


Date: Thursday 23rd October 2014

Time: 12.30pm – 3.00pm

Venue: ILS 2, Swansea University

Cost: free to attend (buffet lunch provided)

Book: Click this link to book your free seat at the event.


This NVI Network event will bring together key note speakers from across the UK – to explore how Big Data is offering key insights and emerging trends in data, which can be used for medical and business innovation.

Data collection and exploitation is a growing phenomenon.  Every single minute, the world generates 1.7 million billion bytes of data, over 6 megabytes of data for each person every day. As a result, the data sector is growing by 40% per year, 7 times quicker than the overall information and communications market, and big data is already helping us speed up diagnosis of brain injuries, avoid traffic congestion, forecast crop yields in developing countries to name a few examples. 

It is estimated that global big data technology and services will grow to USD 16.9 billion in 2015 and data will create hundreds of thousands of new jobs in Europe. Businesses that build their decision-making processes on knowledge generated from data see a 5‑6% increase of productivity. (EU PR, Brussels, 2 July 2014).


Keynote Speakers:

  • Who’s Big Data is it anyway - Professor Rick Chandler, BCS.  London Node.
  • Super Computers and Super Bugs - Farzana Rahman, University of South Wales (speaker supported by High Performance Computing (HPC) Wales www.hpcwales.co.uk).  Welsh Node, Swansea University.
  • Text Similarity Analysis with Big Data a case study from ErrorJoy.com - Dan Thompson, D4 Software.  Birmingham Node, Innovation Birmingham.
  • Data Driven business Models - Dr Mohamed Zaki, Research Associate at Cambridge Service Alliance. Cambridge Node.

This is a UK wide Cisco National Virtual Incubator event, with guest speakers and live audiences at NVI Nodes including: Innovation Birmingham, Swansea University, Ideal London and Accelerate Cambridge.