AMA (Ask Me Anything) About Being a Data Scientist for a City (Chicago)


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Tom Schenk Jr. is a researcher and author on applying technology, data, and analytics to make better decisions. He’s currently the director of analytics at KPMG where he leads the smart city and government analytics practice. He’s authored several publications, including a book on data visualization, book chapters on education research, and academic articles on a variety of subjects. Tom has previously served as Chief Data Officer for the City of Chicago, led education research for the State of Iowa, and has held a variety of positions within academia. Tom is the co-founder of the Civic Analytics Network at Harvard University’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. He is also the current co-organizer of the Chicago Data Visualization Group. His work has been featured in The Economist and Wall Street Journal while he’s been featured in television programs on PBS NewsHour and National Geographic Channel.

Tom will give his talk "Will you be better off in a “Smart City”?" at the Demystifying Data Science Conference on Wednesday, July 31st at 1:30pm ET.

Technology and data has begun to be embedded in the fundamental structure and processes of the cities and states in which we live. Smart cities are looking to incorporate data and technology that improve the quality of life for their residents and help governments be more efficient. But what does that mean and how can it be meaningful to you? We’ll explore practical, real-life ways that data science, internet of things (IoT), and open data are being used to help cities become more livable and modern that range from predictive analytics, API feeds of real-time public data, and connected sensors to provide block-by-block insights. More importantly, we’ll discuss how it matters to residents and visitors to the city.


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Conference Details:
When: July 30-31, 2019
Time: 10am - 5pm ET
Where: Live Online
Cost: FREE
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