Big Data Debate: The Controversial Questions

Everything you always wanted to know about big data but were too afraid to ask.

Controversial questions will be explored, analyzed and pulled apart by our panel of highly qualified experts.


6:30pm: Drinks & canapés

6:45pm-7:15pm: Lightning Talks

7:15pm-7:30pm: Break for drinks

7:30pm-8:30pm: Panel

8:30pm-9:00pm: Reception 

Thanks to our sponsors: Teradata, KPMG and Claritize!


Christian Prokopp (Moderator), PhD, is a Data Scientist at Rangespan with a focus on scalable data mining and data architecture. He also writes as a data journalist and technical writer in his spare time. You can follow him on @prokopp and

Paul Bradshaw was named one of the UK's "most influential journalism bloggers" by UK Press Gazette, "The UK's Jeff Jarvis" by The Telegraph's Shane Richmond and "The English village Jay Rosen" by Ben Goldacre. You can follow him on @paulbradshaw and

Duncan Ross is the Director Data Science at Teradata, with a remit across all industries and the entire international region (EMEA and APAC). Prior to this he was at Experian UK as their Data Director, where (amongst other things) he developed their strategic Data Council. Duncan is strongly involved with the data philanthropy movement, and is one of the founder Directors of DataKind UK ( You can follow him @duncan3ross and 


Daniel Hulme is the Founder and CEO of Satalia (NPComplete Ltd), a company that provides a unique algorithmic technology and professional services to solve industries optimisation problems. He is passionate about emerging technology and regularly speaks at events with interests in Algorithms, Optimisation, BigData and the Future Internet. You can follow him @TheSolveEngine and

Michael Cutler is the Cto & Co-Founder of TUMRA, a London based Big Data Science agency dedicated to helping companies gain a competitive advantage through the application of Big Data and Data Science technologies. TUMRA combines business experience with specialist expertise in large scale data analysis, machine learning and visualisation to solve complex problems. You can follow him @cotdp and

Andy Piper is Developer Advocate for Cloud Foundry, the Open Source Platform-as-a-Service from Pivotal. Prior to this role he spent 10 years working on enterprise integration and data solutions at IBM. He is a regular speaker on various topics, ranging from cloud computing, the Internet of Things, digital culture, virtual worlds, and social technologies. You can follow him @andypiper and

Enda Ridge is a Senior Manager in KPMG's Data Insight Services team. He has almost 10 years' experience consulting for clients in the insurance, government and financial services sectors and working in computer science research. His PhD used Design of Experiments for the modeling and turing of algorithm performance and its results were published in several peer reviewed international conferences and book chapters. You can follow him @enda_ridge and

Will Scott Moncrieff has a specialised global business development role for DueDil which includes developing a roadmap for the company's international roll-out. Prior to this he spent three years managing development programmes in South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa on behalf of the British government. Recently Will has worked with government and commented in the media on data, transparency and privacy questions. You can follow him @duedil and

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I've just joined the Big Data Debate meetup - I recognise a few faces (Hi Teresa Jolley and Paul Bradshaw!) - are there many more from the Midlands?

    January 3, 2014

  • tbarl

    If anyone know of any lawyers who specialise in data and privacy laws please can you message me with more information?
    Many thanks

    December 5, 2013

  • Peter M.

    Scary - but relevant to the lively big data debate had on the night.

    1 · December 4, 2013

  • Sally H.

    1 · November 29, 2013

  • Helen L.

    I wasn't able to get there on time and then security wouldn't let me in the door because the event was full. So what's the point of asking people to register if they're not going to be let in? Very annoying as I was really up for this and would have happily even paid a small fee to guarantee a spot

    November 28, 2013

    • Sally H.

      Really sorry to hear this, Helen. We have never had so many people turn up to the event before, it was a huge surprise to us - incredible to see the huge amount of support for the meetup! First time hosting in this space, still learning the best way to conquer these mishaps. We will be sure to rectify this for the next event in January, really hope you can make it. Again, I am really, really sorry. Uploading some videos later from the event so hopefully you can enjoy some of the conversation :-)

      November 28, 2013

    • Helen L.

      Thank you Sally

      November 28, 2013

  • Jamie B.

    Some great discussions last night. Controversial, stimulating & even funny in places! If anyone wants to help us understand data quality issues that arise when doing a big data initiative please do get in touch with us at Claritize.

    November 28, 2013

  • Sally H.

    Great blog post by @joshcowls about last night

    November 28, 2013

    • Josh C.

      Thanks Sally - great event!

      1 · November 28, 2013

  • Sally H.


    Let me know what areas of Big Data you are all interested in discussing at the next meetup, please :-)

    November 28, 2013

  • Sally H.

    Hi all! Thanks for coming last night! Had so much fun, the panel was awesome and the Founders who presented their company did a fantastic job.

    If you missed out videos will be up soon. Until then check out the live blog from the night: See you in January!!!


    3 · November 28, 2013

  • Christian P.

    I had fun moderating it.

    1 · November 27, 2013

    • JUNIOR S.

      Christian you did a great Job at moderating.

      2 · November 28, 2013


    Thanks for a great meetup, it was full of useful insights.

    November 28, 2013

  • Elizabeth D.

    Sadly have to miss this one but look forward to attending the next one if poss.

    November 27, 2013

  • Anil

    Sorry I am not able to make it.will be there for next event

    November 27, 2013

  • Anil

    Sorry I am not able to make it.will be there for next event

    November 27, 2013

  • Pete C.

    Apologies..I have to drop out. Enjoy the evening everyone.

    November 27, 2013

  • Ali S.

    Sorry won't be able attend.

    November 27, 2013

    • Sally H.

      hopefully you can make it next time!!

      November 27, 2013

  • Ellesse S.

    Hoping to get a space...curious about this "big data"

    November 27, 2013

  • Milan

    Unfortunately unable to attend. Looking forward to the next one.

    November 26, 2013

  • Milan

    Unfortunately unable to attend. Looking forward to the next one.

    November 26, 2013

  • Chet

    I'm at westminster business analytics

    1 · November 25, 2013

  • Pradyp K.

    Looking forward

    November 21, 2013

  • Alex H.

    Great line of speakers.
    My company provide Big Data Users with High Performance IT Systems: our IaaS is available on a PAYG model and won 2 Datacentre Awards in 2013!
    Basically we enable company's IT systems to cope with the strain
    of TB of Big Data storage and real-time processing / analytics
    If anyone wants to chat at, before or after the event, do let me know [masked][masked]

    1 · November 7, 2013

    • Sally H.

      Thanks Alex, should be a good one!!

      November 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would love to come, but I run the Food Tech Wednesday meetup at the same time. Sadly, I can't be in two places at once.

    1 · November 7, 2013

  • Paul F.

    I'm interested in the world of big data beyond the larger singular database held by all powerful companies and the opportunity of big data of interaction, through mobile 'data onions' - our digital avatar self. i.e. we hold our own data (in clue / via mobile device) and allow levels (layers) of penetration through encrypted key access. My data is mine - larger companies can or cannot see my preferences through my choice. Or put another way, f**k off Tesco...

    November 5, 2013

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