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The Data Debate

 The Data Debate 

 Managing the impact of rapid data growth
 18:00 - 21:30 
 Wednesday 29 January 2020 
 Andaz Studio, London, EC2M 7QN

The world is increasingly datafied. Human experience and action is discoverable on an unprecedented scale. Entire cities, in all their complexity, can be visualised and analysed.

These vast volumes of data offer new opportunities for growth and innovation. But they also place unique pressures on data strategy and architecture.

Join our evening event to explore the challenges of operating in a high growth data environment, how to exploit rapidly expanding and new data sources, and which technology approaches will underpin the global data-driven business.

18:00 Registration opens.  Drinks reception

18.25 Welcome and introduction

18.30 Top trends in data

Dr. Mark Coté, Kings College London

18.45 The borderless business / Dealing with exponential data


19.00 Architecting a future-proof data strategy 

19.15 Panel Discussion

  • What are the components of great data strategy?
  • How is a reliance on data affecting global multi-site organisations?
  • What business risks are opening up as a result of data? 
  • Privacy, regulation and the tech giants: what might stem the data tide? 
  • What are the sustainability issues arising from the data boom? 

20.00 Closing remarks

Drinks, canapés and networking

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Speaker - Dr. Mark Coté

Untitled design (15)Dr. Mark Coté is a leading researcher on the social, cultural, and political economic dimensions of big data, algorithms and machine learning. Mark is a Senior Lecturer in Data Culture and Society in the Digital Humanities department at King’s College London. Since joining King’s in 2013 he has received more than £2.15 million in research funding from the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and European Commission’s Horizon 2020, partnering with the Open Data Institute, British Library, the University of Pisa, Tactical Tech Collective and many others. He research has been widely presented, including at the British Academy, the European Parliament, Transmediale, the Bank of England, the Royal Society, and the Italian National Research Council. He is the director of the MA Big Data Culture and Society.

Speaker - Paul Brook

2-11As author of Life of AI and The Shape of Data, Paul Brook is a respected authority on digital transformation and advanced technologies. In his role as Chief Technology Officer for Data Analytics, High Performance Computing and AI, his focus is on listening and “asking better questions” to help businesses and public sector organisations prosper in the cloud-native world. As Dell Technologies CTO for customer that include big cloud builders and high performance computing to start-up innovators and technology leaders, he enjoys the “privilege of meeting a stunningly impressive range of people and subject matter experts” and building on the expertise accumulated during 20+ years in business consultancy.

Speaker - Wayne Speechly


Wayne Speechly, previously Group Principal Director of Dimension Data’s Digital Advisory, is now Group Vice President of newly formed NTT’s Digital Transformation practice. Established to help clients with their digital and organizational transformation opportunities and goals. Wayne helps organizations to face the challenges involved with thinking, behaving and realizing value in this ever-evolving digital age. 

Wayne leads a team of exceptional strategists, specialists, and execution accelerators who are experts in customer and employee-centric digital transformation, helping organizations act innovatively by leveraging the right technology capabilities.

Wayne completed his MBA with his dissertation on intrapreneurship, has studied law and other business strategy and technology courses, and developed a number of digital and organizational transformation skills. 

Speaker - Bethan Cater

Bethan Carter

Bethan Cater will be joining us on the panel discussion. She has worked at Wilmington for over 20 years and is currently the Head of PMO, Data & Analytics and DPO.


This is a private event for members of our community. Membership is free and takes less than 5 minutes. As a member, you will have access to this and other complimentary events. Learn more

This event is for 30 x VPs, Directors, Heads, Senior Managers and the drivers of live projects whose responsibilities include data, information, technology, cloud, platform, IT, architecture, innovation, infrastructure, information security or cybersecurity.

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