In 2017, two Roundtable events will be held.
This Roundtable will focus on the Promises and Pitfalls of Big Data. For our other Roundtable on Ethics, please see here.
This Roundtable is co-organised with UNSW’s Big Data Modelling for Policy Evaluation Research Network.

TIMING AND VENUE: Friday, 24 November, 12:30 – 6 PM, location to be announced to invited participants (the venue is downtown, near Martin Place)


Light lunch (12:30 – 1:15 PM)

Block 1: Challenges of Big Data (ca 1 hour 45 minutes, 1:15 – 3 PM)
Moderator: Andreas Ortmann, Professor, UNSW School of Economics
  • John Roberts, Professor, UNSW School of Marketing (15 minute talk about the promises and pitfalls of Big Data)
  • Rob Nicholls, Senior Lecturer, UNSW School of Taxation and Business Law (15 minute talk: “But the algo made me do it! Data ethics in algorithmically driven businesses”.
  • Pascal Bourgeat, Director of Behavioural Science, Ipsos Australia (15 minute talk: “Data science meets behavioural science: the eyes-brain team for behavioural insights about the promises and pitfalls of Big Data”)
  • Discussion

Coffee/tea break (3 – 3:30 PM)

Block 2: Business Applications of Big Data (ca 1 hour 45 minutes, 3:30 – 5:15 PM)
Moderator: Valentyn Panchenko, Professor, UNSW School of Economics
  • Kuba Tymula, Founding and Managing Director, Harris Partners – Digital Transformation Studio (15 – 20 minute talk about Human Super, a Super fund crafted for women)
  • Rajat Kulshresta, Co-Founder, Chief Technology & Product Officer, Booodl (15 – 20 minute talk about Booodl)
  • Discussion

Drinks/canapés (5:15 – 6 PM)

Spaces are strictly limited.  Please send Expressions of Interest to BIBaP@unsw.edu.au, cc: Nicola.Cole@unsw.edu.au, by no later than 17 November 2017.

Throughout the afternoon we expect to cover these themes:
Bigger (Data) is not necessarily better.
Bigger (Data) needs theory guidance.
Big Data has some real downsides (this is related to Tristan Harris’s thesis that our minds can be hijacked). See here: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/oct/05/smartphone-addiction-silicon-valley-dystopia which we recommend every participant read before attending.

A key goal of the event is to generate and start to answer questions that would benefit from further collaborative work between industry and the academy, through Commonwealth grants or other research funding schemes.

Our other Roundtable will focus on Ethics. For more information, please visit the relevant event here.
For information on our 2016 Roundtable, please visit the relevant event here.