From the 12th to the 14th of November, the European Big Data Value Forum was a hotspot for researchers, politicians and business people burning for big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence. Many experts from the Know-Center also shared their expertise at the Austria Centre Vienna.

More than 600 experts from science and industry met with policy makers from the European Commission and the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in Vienna to discuss the challenges and opportunities of data driven artificial intelligence in Europe. The European Big Data Value Forum 2018 (EBDVF 2018) has successfully invigorated the big data community in Europe, facilitating networking between politics, industry, startup founders, research institutions and funding agencies, enabling consensus building between European and national stakeholders on a distinctive European vision of the data driven economy and AI, and disseminating insights from successful projects and visionaries. Participants from close to 40 countries have demonstrated the vitality and resolve of the European Big Data community for cooperation, opening up opportunities for joint projects and future initiatives. Established ICT players and newly emerging platforms have actively participated in creating a joint vision of the transformation process enabled by Big Data drive Artificial Intelligence.

Die beiden General Chairs des European Big Data Value Forum ’18, Laure Le Bars und Stefanie Lindstaedt bei der Eröffnung. ©BKA/Christopher Dunker

As a EU presidency event, the EBDVF 2018 has contributed to the Austrian efforts for maintaining Europe’s competitiveness through digitalisation. Technical solutions for General Data Protection Regulation compliance were presented, illustrating the impact of European regulation on Big Data. Panel speakers and participants also reflected on the revision of the European legislation on the re-use of public sector information proposed by the Austrian presidency and discussed it’s potential impact on European Data Flow and opportunities for the European data economy. Ethical, economic and technological aspects of regulation were discussed in multiple keynotes and sessions, highlighting the path towards creating a regulatory framework which anticipates new circumstances and which highlights the added value of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence.

Mark Shuttleworth, Ubuntu-Gründer und erster afrikanischer Weltraumtourist, lieferte in der Panel Discussion spannende Inputs. ©BKA/Christopher Dunker

Norbert Hofer, Bundesminister für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie (FPÖ), hielt am EBDVF die Eröffnungsrede. ©BKA/Christopher Dunker

EBDVF: Come Together des Organisationskomitees 2018. ©BKA/Christopher Dunker

Stefanie Lindstaedt, Geschäftsführerin des Know-Centers, unterzeichnet die Data Intelligence Offensive für Österreich. ©BKA/Ines Bind

Neben Keynote-Vorträgen waren Podiumsdiskussionen ein spannender Bestandteil des EBDVF ’18. ©BKA/Ines Bind