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New Jersey Big Data Alliance 8th Annual Symposium (April 29th-30th, 2021)

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The NJBDA annual symposium is New Jersey's premier conference for big data and advanced computing

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New Jersey Big Data Alliance

8th Annual Symposium

Smart State: Big Data for Community Impact

Our 2021 event will showcase how our state, cities, and communities use big data to improve equity, sustainability, and prosperity for community members.​.​

Outstanding Keynotes:

Stephen Goldsmith, Derek Bok Professor of the Practice of Urban Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Tara Dawson McGuinness, Fellow and Senior Adviser, New Practice Lab

Event Highlights:

Welcome addresses from Andrea Goldsmith, Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Princeton University; and Beth Noveck, Chief Innovation Officer, State of New Jersey

Panel discussion - Smart data for communities: vision and implementation

Panel discussion - Smart data to illuminate community grand challenges

Research flash talks - big data for municipalities and communities, and more

Any current undergraduate or graduate students attending an institution of higher education may submit a project proposal to be featured at the symposium. More information can be found on the Student Research page. Project proposals are due on April 5.

For questions, please contact Spencer Reynolds, Princeton University, spencerr@princeton.edu.

The New Jersey Big Data Alliance Annual Symposium​ brings together academia, government and industry from across the state and beyond, to share information on the latest innovations, research and future directions in Big Data.

The NJBDA) ​is an alliance of 17 higher education institutions, as well as industry and government members, that catalyzes collaboration in advanced computing and data analytics research, education and technology. More information can be found on the Student Research page and the communication server on Discord


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Keynote Speaker: Stephen Goldsmith, Derek Bok Professor of the Practice of Urban Policy, Harvard Kennedy School


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Keynote Speaker: Tara Dawson McGuinness, Fellow and Senior Adviser of the New Practice Lab, New America

Agenda:

Day 1, Thursday, April 29

9:00 am: Welcome

Dr. Margaret Brennan-Tonetta, Director, Resource and Economic Development, NJAES, Rutgers University

Andrea Goldsmith, Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Princeton University

Beth Noveck, Chief Innovation Officer, State of New Jersey

9:15 am: Keynote - “New Tools and New Frontiers for Community Impact through Data”

Stephen Goldsmith, Derek Bok Professor of the Practice of Urban Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

10:00 am: Panel discussion - “Smart Data for Communities: Vision and Implementation”

Moderator: E. Steven Emmanuel, CGI Consulting, Former CIO, State of New Jersey, Former CIO, City of Newark, NJ. Panelists: Bernadette Kurcharczuk, Jersey City; Tim Moreland, Chattanooga; Ruthbea Yessner, IDC

Municipalities and states are leveraging data for community impact in myriad ways, often within a vision or framework providing context and priorities. This session will explore several municipal cases, and how the vision of data-enabled government co-evolves with the implementation, to address opportunities and challenges.

11:00 am: Workshops (two concurrent tracks)

Smart Cities practitioners track

Big Data Workshop: Using COVID Data Intelligence Programs to make critical decisions in NJ cities and counties

This workshop will exemplify academic-industry partnerships. It will focus on the use of data intelligence in providing states, counties, and cities with critical tools during disasters and will be run roughly in two parts. First, demonstrate the use of data intelligence in helping counties and municipalities to model morbidity, mortality, hospitalization and ICU bed rates, transience, vaccinations and school openings/ closings. Second we will look at socioeconomic, structural, and environmental factors that explain the varying impact of COVID-19 to different communities separated by location. We will inspect how these factors have common threads that run across communities and make some more vulnerable than others to various natural disasters including COVID-19.

Workshop leaders: George Avirappattu, Kean University; Madhu Chandran Sreekumuran Nair and E. Steven Emmanuel, CGI.

Experiential Learning thru Capstones: Opportunities and Challenges

The workshop will highlight the partnership between universities and industry necessary to provide experiential opportunities to the students in the form of Capstone courses. Capstone courses are an integral part of the culminating experience of academic programs. These are immensely helpful opportunities for the students to prepare for careers in the industry. Experiential learning is learning by doing. Doing high-impact learning practices requires substantial student participation and effective faculty advising. Employers and hiring managers value college candidates with experiential learning across individual disciplines in real or very like real-world settings. An approach that has worked effectively is to involve the industry stakeholders in defining the problem scope and working closely with them for the accomplishment of the students’ deliverables.

The workshop will cover research on experiential learning and how its unique characteristics lends itself for capstone courses in business. We will share experiences of successful partnerships, what works and what does not, issues and challenges, and lessons learned. The role and responsibilities of the students in deriving the best out of such experiences will also be covered.

Workshop leaders: Rashmi Jain, Montclair State University; Adam Spunberg, AB InBev

Student Projects track

Any current undergraduate or graduate students attending an institution of higher education may submit a project proposal to be featured during this workshop track. More information can be found on the Student Research page and the communication server on Discord. Project proposals are due on April 5.

12:30 pm: End of Day 1

Day 2, Friday, April 30

9:00 -9:15 : Welcome

Dr. Margaret Brennan-Tonetta, Director, Resource and Economic Development, NJAES, Rutgers University

Dr. Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah, Dean, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University

9:15am : Keynote – “Power to the Public: The Promise of Public Interest Technology”

Tara Dawson McGuinness, Fellow and Senior Adviser of the New Practice Lab, New America

10:00 am: Panel discussion - “Smart Data to Illuminate Community Grand Challenges”

Moderator: Piyushimita Thakuriah, Dean, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University; Faculty panelists to be announced

What are the grand challenges of urban communities today, and what are the key dynamics within these challenges? This session will explore the innovative ways that university research faculty are using big data to understand these challenges, and point the way to effective and efficient solutions.

11:00 - 12:30: Academic Research Tracks (two concurrent tracks)

Big Data for municipal/community application track (5 flash talks) Other topics in Big Data – open category (5 flash talks)

12:30 pm: End of Day 2

To request accessbility-related accommodations, please contact Neal Bituin at fbituin@princeton.edu no later than three working days prior to this event.

You can download event agenda as PDF file from here

Keynote Bios:

Stephen Goldsmith

Derek Bok Professor of the Practice of Urban Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Stephen Goldsmith is the Derek Bok Professor of the Practice of Urban Policy and the Director of the Innovations in Government Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He directs Data-Smart City Solutions, the Project on Municipal Innovation, the Civic Analytics Network and Operational Excellence in Government. Previously, he served as the Deputy Mayor of New York City and the Mayor of Indianapolis. His most recent book is A New City O/S: The Power of Open, Collaborative, and Distributed Governance.

Tara Dawson McGuinness

Fellow and Senior Adviser, New Practice Lab, New America

Tara Dawson McGuinness founded the New Practice Lab, a research and design lab focused on family economic security. She teaches public policy at Georgetown University and is the co-author of the upcoming book Power to the Public: The Promise of Public Interest Technology. Her work lies at the intersection of policy creation, implementation and citizen and community voices. McGuinness joined New America after leaving the Obama administration where she oversaw the federal teams working alongside city, non-profit, and philanthropic leaders in Detroit, Baltimore, and Flint, and many other communities. McGuinness researches how networks, technology, management and data practices can be used to tackle inequity and solve other challenges.

In 2013, McGuinness was tapped by President Obama to run the organizing and communications effort to sign up millions of Americans for healthcare. Her innovative use of data and new media platforms was critical to providing 15 million people with insurance in the first six months of open enrollment. She also served as a senior adviser in the White House Office of Management and Budget where she oversaw the federal government’s initiatives to support cities and towns. While at the White House she directed the White House Task Force on Community Solutions, a team of Cabinet members working to improve how agencies worked together, using data in new ways to tackle entrenched poverty and to deliver results in communities across the country.

Prior to joining the Obama administration, McGuinness was the executive director of the Center for American Progress Action Fund. She has spent nearly two decades working with local leaders, foundations, and citizen networks on a wide range of projects aimed at elevating citizens in the policy process. McGuinness is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania in urban studies.


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