The Big Deal about Big Data - Expert Panel11:45am-1:30pm | The Fairmont Château Laurier - 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa
Join the ECC for a luncheon in tandem with Tech Day on the Hill- an exciting event designed to dramatically demonstrate to lawmakers and staffers the power and passion of the tech industry’s grassroots network.
Traditionally, there has been a large disconnect between the tech industry and lawmakers - why? Paul Zikopoulos, Vice President of Big Data for IBM’s Information Management division and Bruce Croxon, Co-Founder and Digital Investor for Round13 Capital, will discuss some of the obstacles those in the tech industry face in communicating with the Government of Canada, and the importance of embracing big data.
Investor and Co-Founder
Long before “social networking” became a buzzword, Bruce Croxon made his mark as a digital pioneer by co-founding Lavalife in 1987 and revolutionizing how people connect. Under his direction, he grew this early tech start-up into the marquee brand in online dating with over two million users. Partner, chairman and CEO, Croxon helped lead the company’s growth from four to 600 employees, and achieving revenue of just under $100 million. After its spectacular rise, he led the sale of the company for a stunning $180 million dollars. Since that time, Bruce has been active as both an investor and advisor in early stage companies in the technology and hospitality sectors, continuing to expand the reach of his entrepreneurial successes. As an ex Dragon on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, he adds a broad range of businesses and products to his portfolio that tap into his passion for digital media, health and marketing. Croxon currently helms Round13, a company dedicated to investment in growth stage digital Canadian companies. With a focus on healthy living, he also owns Vida, a chain of high-end holistic spas on the west coast of Canada.
Paul C. Zikopoulos, B.A., M.B.A.
Vice President of Technical Professionals for IBM’s Information Management division
Paul C. Zikopoulos, B.A., M.B.A., is the Vice President of Technical Professionals for IBM’s Information Management division and additionally leads the World Wide Competitive Database and Big Data teams. Paul is an award winning writer and speaker with more than 20 years of experience in Information Management and is seen as a global expert in Big Data and Analytic technologies. Independent groups often recognize Paul as a thought leader with nominations to SAP’s “Top 50 Big Data Twitter Influencers”, Big Data Republic’s “Most Influential”, Onalytica’s “Top 100”, and AnalyticsWeek “Thought Leader in Big Data and Analytics” lists. Technopedia listed him a “Big Data Expert to Follow” and he was consulted on the topic of Big Data by the popular TV show “60 Minutes”. Paul has written more than 350 magazine articles and 18 books, some of which include “Hadoop for Dummies”, “Harness the Power of Big Data”, “Understanding Big Data: Analytics for Enterprise Class Hadoop and Streaming Data”, “New Dynamic In-Memory Analytics for the Era of Big Data: DB2 10.5”, “DB2 pureScale: Risk Free Agile Scaling”, “DB2 Certification for Dummies”, “DB2 for Dummies”, and more. In his spare time, he enjoys all sorts of sporting activities, including running with his dog Chachi, swimming, and overall fitness training (he no longer worries about avoiding punches in his MMA training as an eventual understanding that he became too slow for full contact forced him into retirement). Ultimately, Paul is trying to figure out the world according to Chloë—his daughter.