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City of Saint John proudly supports Big Data Congress


On February 24, Saint John will welcome a top line-up of world renowned big data thinkers, doers and innovators for the 2014 Big Data Congress II, hosted by T4G. This is the second year in a row that the congress will be held in the port city, and the City of Saint John is proud to support the event.

The congress will take place February 24 to the 25 at the Saint John Trade and Convention Centre and will feature key note speakers, expert panels, and technical sessions. Last year, the event sold out with over 500 participants from across North America. Conference organizers are expecting an even greater turnout for this year’s congress.

City of Saint John Mayor Mel Norton is pleased that Saint John has been chosen as the host city for the second year in a row and sees the direct benefit it brings local businesses and the City, “The event attracts some of the biggest and brightest minds to our City, and gives local enterprises an opportunity to participate in leading edge discussions on innovative ways to use big data to make smart decisions.”

The City of Saint John has already seen an increase in productivity, efficiencies, performance and transparency through the use of big data. Highly integrated web-mapping capabilities that can be found at www.saintjohn.ca, open data and information initiatives, and the analysis of local weather  to predict and mitigate the impact temperatures are likely to have on energy use, are just a few examples of initiatives the City has underway to capture, analyze and present large data sets in a meaningful way.

In addition to the two day conference, congress organizers will host a free Student Superpower Challenge, an event aimed to ignite brilliant ideas and merge high school students’ personal passions with the power of technology. More than 600 New Brunswick high school students will participate in the challenge.

More information on the Big Data Congress, and student event, can be found at http://bigdatacongress.t4g.com/.