Digital World 2014: Doing Business With Data Conference

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Time: 3:00pm

Room MP382, Millennium Point

This Science Capital event, led by Science Capital Director Michael Overduin, aims to showcase how Big Data can be used effectively by individuals and companies looking to grow.  The conference is open to all, including those who revel in or rebel against big data, and those who create, visualise, analyse and exploit the data universe.


Caroline Beavon


Caroline Beavon is a former broadcast journalist who now specialises in data journalisminfographics and visualisations. She works with a wide range of companies (including local authorities, SME’s, charities, technology corporations, emergency services and publishers) to help them communicate efficiently through online and printed materials. She specialises in public-facing data and press/PR graphics.


Vicky Sargent


Vicky Sargent co-founded Boilerhouse in 1992, and works with public sector organisations including government departments, local authorities, the education sector, and trade and professional bodies by providing online and digital communications expertise. Boilerhouse also runs The Information Daily, an independent news analysis site, which informs thousands of UK and international policy and decision makers.




Robin Vickers is Founder and Executive Director of Digital Life Sciences, which won Start-Up and NHS Partnership Awards from Medilink West Midlands in 2013. He is driven to stimulate economic growth by developing digital tools including Healthcare Without Wallsand the NHS Information Revolution, and advised on digital activation of NHS London for the 2012 Olympic Games.





Andrew Mackenzie is a Freelance researcher and member of theWest Midlands Open Data Forum steering group, Cabinet Office Open Data User Group and founder of the West MIdlands Open Data User Group aka Open Mercia. His current projects include a documentary on Open Data, for which he is interviewing people in the open data world including developers, policy makers and activists.



Steffan AquaroneSteffan Aquarone is an entrepreneur and co-founder of mobile money app Droplet, which lets you load money onto your phone and send payments to anyone for free. His projects involve disruptive business models and collaboration between large groups, and include the feature film Tortoise in Love, which involved an entire village in Oxfordshire. See also


Finding useful solutions to such complex issues including delivery of data-intensive healthcare systems and patient information portals to billions of people living in diverse environments requires working together in new ways as a collaborative community, and is our goal.

Integration of insights from the computational, life and physical sciences and social and economic spheres is needed and starts with developing mutual understanding and trust.

We welcome anyone interested in learning about and participating in our open forum for defining the nature of global problems and searching for innovative solutions.

The event includes Free Advice on business plans, tax and accounting with the opportunity to win up to £2000 from TSB.

Format: Reception from 5.30pm with presentations on the Giant Screen, followed by panel discussion with the audience from 6-8pm and networking over dinner until 9.30pm

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