The Big Data for Productivity Congress Set for October 19-21, 2015 in partnership with World Confederation of Productivity Science



HALIFAX, Feb. 18, 2015: October 19 to 21, 2015 will see Halifax hosting one of the world’s premiere Big Data for business conferences. Halifax will host this international conference bringing business, government and academia together to explore, debate and understand the impacts of big data on productivity in our world. World-renowned futurist Ray Kurzweil will deliver the keynote address.

This is not simply a technology conference, it is also a business conference. The Congress will focus on the application of productivity and analytics, as they relate to these three themes: the Internet of Everything, Smart Cities and Industrial Efficiency. The Congress will feature a global trade mission and internationally recognized speakers.

Co-Chair, Dr. Michael Shepherd, Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science for Dalhousie University says, “the past two years saw this event grow in importance. Big Data is having a profound effect on our world and this year we are delighted to be partnering with the World Confederation of Productivity Sciences to expand the event across three days.”

Launched three years ago by leading Canadian IT services firm T4G, the event is moving to Halifax in 2015 from Saint John, New Brunswick, as Atlantic Canada begins to spread its wings to become a Canadian hub for the exploration and impact of Big Data.

The Big Data Congress has partnered with the World Confederation for Productivity Science (WCPS) for 2015. Founded in 1969, the WCPS is globally known and highly influential for its work around productivity.

Productivity is the simple ratio of output to input – improving productivity means getting the most out for the least put in. It is important to companies, to nations (since it is a major determinant of national competitiveness) and to the world.

Co-Chair Peter Watkins, president of the World Network of Productivity Organizations adds, “Big Data is having an incredible impact on productivity in government and industry. We believe this may be one of the most important Big Data conferences in 2015.”

Atlantic Canada is becoming a recognized global centre of excellence for Big Data. Across the region in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador innovative research and applications of Big Data are happening. From aerospace and defence, to agriculture, smart cities, oceans and beyond, Big Data projects are helping improve our world. The Congress brings together academia, industry associations, businesses and government. For more information on the congress visit the website and for the WCPS visit .


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About The Big Data Congress

The Atlantic Canada Big Data Congress is a non-profit, volunteer driven organization whose focus is an annual conference on the technology and business issues behind Big Data. In addition to exploring the impact of Big Data on industry and society, it features a technology track, trade mission component and education track for high school students. The Big Data Congress is made possible with the tremendous support from its sponsors and Atlantic Canadian organizations and industry associations such as:  Digital Nova Scotia, NBICT, ADIANS (Aerospace & Defence Industry Association of Nova Scotia), as well as  Dalhousie University Faculty of Computer Science, Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), T4G Inc., and others. Atlantic Canada is rapidly growing as a centre of excellence in Big Data, especially in the oceans, aerospace and defence and agricultural sectors.


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