Our Topic: «Big Ideas for Big Data»

BIG DATA is a buzzword that we encounter regularly in the news. Organisations, governments and companies collect a vast amount of data from all the devices and services we use every day. Every interaction with a connected device, be it a smartphone, a credit card or a surveillance camera is a data point that can be harvested, combined and analysed. Meanwhile, more and more connected sensors and gadgets are being added to our environment.

All this data is potentially valuable and interesting, because it allows governments, health providers, corporations and organisations to better tailor their offers to individuals and target groups. The opportunities of open data for future entrepreneurs, for instance, are significant.

But as we stand at the beginning of an exciting journey with «Big Data», there are also many questions: Under which governance should the collection and use of data be allowed? How can corporations and governments protect our privacy? What happens when data is exposed that should not be? Who owns the Intellectual Property (IP) of the data? What will Big Data allow us to achieve in combination with novel technologies? What new services and products in different industries will be created thanks to Big Data?

These are some of the questions that we will tackle at the «Swiss Talent Forum 2016». We are looking forward to five exciting days.