European Data Forum 2015 a great success!

Published on 23/11/2015

The 2015 European Data Forum (EDF), co-organised by the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), was held on November 16-17, 2015 in Luxembourg and attracted over 700 data professionals from around the world.

An annual conference that brings together industry professionals, researchers, policymakers and members of community initiatives to discuss the challenges of Big Data and the emerging Data Economy, topics covered at EDF2015 included novel data-driven business models, technological innovations and societal aspects.

This successful edition featured 43 speakers, 39 exhibitions and 51 selected posters. Notable institutional speakers included Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Andrus Ansip, Vice-President of the European Commission for the Digital Single Market, Marc Hansen, Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research of Luxembourg, Günther H. Oettinger, Commissioner of the European Commission for Digital Economy and Society, Roberto Viola, Director-General of DG CONNECT, European Commission, and Giuseppe Abbamonte, Director Media & Data, Directorate General Communication Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission.

Among the many high-profile industrial speakers were Norbert Gaus, Executive Vice President and Head of Research and Technology Center, Siemens AG, Michael Bültmann, Managing Director of HERE Deutschland GmbH and Nokia Technology GmbH, and Dr. Tanja Rueckert, Executive Vice President, IoT & Customer Innovation, SAP SE. The opening keynote was given by LIST CEO Prof. Gabriel Crean. During the forum, the Eccenca European Data Innovator Award (EDI Award) was presented to Francois Bancilhon, CEO of Data Publica.

The European Data Portal, part of a three year open data project, was launched as part of the forum. It will harvest the metadata of Open Data from the public sector and work to improve the accessibility and value of this data. The Luxembourg government also took the opportunity to launch an Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI) on applications using high performance computing and Big Data.

Supported by the European Commission, and held under the auspices of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union, this year’s conference was organised locally by LIST, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT), the Publications Office of the European Union and Luxinnovation. The European Data Forum receives ongoing support from the European Commission’s DG CONNECT, Data Value Chain Unit – G3.

>>For more information visit 2015.data-forum.eu

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