SJ Data Project part of International Data Summit in Toronto

Smart & Connected Community Data Project heads to Toronto

The 4th Big Data & Analytics Summit will draw more than 200 thought leaders, experts and professionals from across North America in Toronto February 7th & 8th. Enterprise Saint John has been asked to present its Smart & Connected Community Data Project (SCCDP) at the summit.

“Saint John is a great example of how a small city can harness the power of data to engage with businesses, develop infrastructure, and drive innovation,” says Nicole Sinden-Hanson, Senior Marketing Manager for the Big Data Summit.

The project is the first of its kind in North America that is gathering anonymized private and public data all on one cloud-based platform. Data scientists and researchers will be able to analyze that data to look for trends, patterns and insights to help businesses and organizations become more efficient or solve a problem.

Saint John is a City of firsts – such as the first chartered bank, first police force; and in modern day Saint John, the first internet and voice mail.  We want people to know that we’re continuing to lead the way, and the Smart and Connected Community Data project is another first. We’ve been told Saint John is a trail blazer for doing this and we want those at the conference to know how it can be done in a small community like Saint John.  We want people to know our goal is to leverage this public and private data to solve challenges using data analytics and to drive innovation and growth for our community,” says Janet Scott, Enterprise Saint John’s, Director of Business and Community Development.

It’s also an opportunity for organizers of the data project to make so valuable connections in Toronto.

Over 40 Big Data leaders will be speaking from 15 different industries with 30 sessions, including specialized tracks and workshops. The Summit will cover the most pressing issues affecting data leaders in 2018 including Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning, Blockchain, data visualization, talent acquisition.

“The Big Data Summit Canada was developed 4 years ago as it became clear that a cultural shift was happening and many organizations, both in the private and public sector, were struggling to leverage their data to its full potential. The summit has since grown into a must-attend gathering for big data leaders who come from across the country to learn strategies to cut costs, improve data quality, drive revenue, learn about new technologies,” says Sinden-Hanson

Mirko Crevatin is the program manager for the Smart & Connected Community Data project and says he’s looking forward to sharing more about the project and possibly bringing back ideas that could help local businesses.

“This project is about bringing people together.  Those who would like to leverage data to solve problems, and those who would like to use data to build solutions. Leading vendors and customers will be at this conference. We’ll get to interact with them and they’ll get to hear the message that Saint John is a data analytics hub and that we, as a community, are ready to innovate,” says Crevatin.

“We want to have stronger companies, new investment, and develop new products and services that can be exported around the world from here, and we’re hoping this project will help us achieve that,” adds Scott.

In the meantime, the project is a few weeks away from having the data analytics platform ready for researchers, the tourism sector and other early innovators to use. Work is also continuing on expanding the city’s public Wi-Fi network which will mean better access to high speed Internet for the community and tourists who want to find information about local attractions and amenities, quickly. It will also mean better access to geo-specific data, such as traffic patterns, that can go into the project’s data platform.

Originally published in the Saint John Telegraph Journal, January 30, 2018