Big Data Insights Conference

The Big Data Insights Conference is going virtual this year! Join us to build your network in this exciting and growing field in technology.

Tuesday, April 6
Conference from 1 to 4 p.m.
Networking after 4 p.m.

We invite you to join us and meet some of the newest and best graduates from this exciting and growing field in technology.

This event is the best time to meet your future employees or employers, learn about the latest technologies and network with other professionals in the industry.

There will be TWO events in one!

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Big Data Insights Conference, Ransomware: With Big Data Come Big Responsibilities, Tuesday April 6, 1 to 5 p.m.
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Conference schedule

MC: Janina Cortez and Bright Idemudia

1 to 1:05 p.m.

Land acknowledgement

  • Aadya Agrawal

1:05 to 1:10 p.m.

Opening remarks

  • Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes, President and CEO, Georgian College

1:10 to 1:20 p.m.

Opening address

  • Chris Dyck, Program Coordinator, Big Data Analytics, Georgian College

1:20 to 1:40 p.m.

Keynote address

  • SoftServe
    • Brendan Beasley, Regional Sales Director
    • Pavlo Mikhaelian

1:40 to 2:20 p.m.

Industry experts panel

Gain a unique perspective about the current layout, foreseeable trends, and talent gaps in the field of Big Data from the piercing insight of industry experts. Our line-up includes representatives from the consulting, manufacturing, and sales & CRM sectors. Take full advantage of this unique opportunity to pose your pressing questions to a live panel of experts.

  • Zack Eisenstein, Account Executive, Salesforce
  • Curtis Boyd, Founder, Transparency Co
  • Zuhaib Siddiqui, Business Analyst, Super Asia
  • David Kim, CEO, Massive Insights

Moderator: Bright Idemudia

2:20 to 2:40 p.m.

Special address

  • Olha Buchel, Post-doctoral Researcher, New England Complex Systems Institute

2:40 to 3:30 p.m.

Student showcase – Live presentation

The Georgian College Big Data Analytics program takes pride in its hands-on industry application, bringing big data analytics to solve real-world problems. Get a snapshot of some projects that students are currently involved in. Learn about the myriad ways that big data analysis is used in research & industry.

  • Team one: SAIRYÖ content recommendations engine
    • Erik Steiner, Mehulkumar Bhatt, Shrijan Karki
  • Team two: GC Human Services remote learning
    • Sol Jun, Andrew Kurian, Manoj Gottumukkala
  • Team three: City of Barrie public WiFi
    • Naveen Sellapan Selveraju, Ron Volis, Sidharth Sharma
  • Team four: EcoGreen interactive website launch
    • Falak Ghoda, Sucheta Karande, Osahon Ighodaro
  • Team five: Transparency Co. visualization
    • Abdullah Mohammed, Sophie N. Kellman, Tomasz Szumski

Moderator: Lekshmi Rajendran

3:30 to 4:10 p.m.

Faculty forum

The faculty forum is a roundtable panel discussion, from an academic and industry perspective, of how the big data analytics puzzle piece program fits into the overall industry jigsaw. This is the first year to learn about the big data journey of the faculty who train program participants. Come benefit from the wealth of knowledge and expertise exemplified by the Georgian Big Data Analytics faculty!

  • Chris Dyck
  • Jonathan Gladstone
  • Richard Lambroff
  • Ethan Davis

Moderator:  Lekshmi Rajendran

4:10 to 4:25 p.m. (BI)

Spotlight address

  • Infraclear
    • Giridhar Srinivasan, CEO
    • Sylvia Kwakye, VP, Data Science
    • Griffin Tarpenning, Engineer and student at Stanford

Moderator: Bright Idemudia

4:25 to 4:30 p.m.

Closing remarks

  • Chris Dyck

4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Move to iLRN for Virtual Job Fair and networking event

This first virtual job fair and networking event is an opportunity for students to meet-and-greet industry representatives and potential employers. Come interview-ready, or ask questions about what hiring managers are looking for, how best to prepare for job interviews, and what to expect during the job search process, or after landing that first job in big data analytics.

Official partners and sponsors

We are open to sponsorship for the event.

For more details, please email

Platinum sponsor

Salesforce Logo

Gold sponsors

SoftServe Logo


  • Massive Insights
  • SoftServe
  • InfraClear