The world’s largest big data conference comes to Sydney: Groupon, Microsoft, Alibaba, Huawei and Facebook reveal the future
The world’s foremost researchers and practitioners from data mining, knowledge discovery, data analytics and big data – including Microsoft, Facebook and Groupon – will converge at Hilton Sydney from 10-13 August 2015.
The 21st ACM Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining conference (KDD15) is considered the premier conference in big data and data mining in the world.
NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres MP, welcomed the event and also confirmed that he will be a guest speaker during the conference.
“This is the first time that Australia will host this prestigious event and only the second time that it will be held in the Asia Pacific region.
“It’s a great opportunity to highlight Australian achievements in big data.
“Worth more than A$2 million to our economy, this conference will also support thousands of jobs,” added Minister Ayres.
Milestone for Sydney
CEO of Business Events Sydney, Lyn Lewis-Smith, said that winning this prestigious conference was a major milestone for Sydney.
“This conference is usually held in the northern hemisphere and so it is unlikely to return to Australia for many years,” said Ms Lewis-Smith.
“We’re proud to host a stellar line-up of industry leaders on big data from Microsoft, Google, HP, Amazon, Alibaba, Huawei, Groupon and Facebook here in Sydney.
“This is an unprecedented summit for Australian audiences to gain a better understanding of the future of big data and analytics while networking with the many of the world’s best," she added.
KDD15 General Chair and Director of the Advanced Analytics Institute at University of Technology Sydney, Professor Longbing Cao, said that over 1,000 participants would attend.
“This event will provide an opportunity to develop Australian innovation, enterprise and improve education outcomes through idea exchange and collaboration,” said Professor Cao.
“64% of the nation's technology start-ups are based in New South Wales and Sydney is home to more than two thirds of Australia's ICT headquarters, so it’s no wonder that Sydney was chosen to be the first-ever Australian host city," he added.
KDD15 will cover the education, public policy, industry, government, healthcare, e-commerce, telecommunications, law and non-profit sectors.
The event is co-located with the Big Data Summit, held 9-10 August at Hilton Sydney.