Open data: from the refugee crisis to rugby

The European Data Forum 2016 was held in Eindhoven, Netherlands in June. Photograph: Courtesy ODINE

Europe’s leading data science conference, EDF 2016, took place in Eindhoven on 29-30 June

The European Data Forum (EDF) is one of the key events for industry professionals, researchers, policy makers, and members of community initiatives to discuss the challenges and opportunities of data-driven innovation in Europe.

Organised by the Data Science Centre of Eindhoven University of Technology, in cooperation with Amsterdam Data Science and the European Commission, the 2016 event provided a unique opportunity to hear speakers from the top echelons of industry and science, including Spotify, the BBC, Renault and Philips discussing how they use data science.

The event featured several high-profile speakers including Julien Barès, who spoke about how he uses data analysis to aid top European rugby club Stade Toulousain. Anders Arpteg, head of analytics at Spotify, explained how the platform creates ideal music advice and top user experience and Stef Oud of Deloitte discussed the initiative being taken by the company to use big data to help refugees integrate better in Europe.

Other topics on the program included big data’s role in shortening waiting times in the care sector, enhancing precision farming, better website personalisation, smarter reuse of data from scientific research and the privacy of connected cars.

Full details of the event can be found here.


(This article first appeared on The Guardian)