The QROWD project have recently been privileged to attend and showcase at the European Big Data Value Forum (EBDVF2019). Hosted in Helsinki, the event is an industry-driven and fully self-financed international non–for-profit organisation. It brings together almost 200 members from all over Europe with a well-balanced composition of large and small and medium-sized industries (over 30% of SMEs), as well as research and user organizations.
The event is a product of the joining of the Big Data Value Association (BDVA) and the European Commission (DG CNECT) in 2017, whose vision was to create a fusion of the former EDF (European Data Forum) and the BDVA Summit. Since its founding the event has boasted a plethora of notable organisations and research at the forefront of the Big Data movement.
For the event QROWD showcased a range of projects and developments at our exhibition booth. Notably, we further demonstrated our famous “Touristic Network App” in collaboration with transport specialists TomTom, and our Virtual City Explorer (VCE) produced by the University of Southampton. Both of these have sparked innovation at previous Big Data events, with EBDVF making no exception. You can read more about these here (Touristic Network App) and here (VCE).
In addition to this, the QROWD project showcased some smaller aspects of our unique Modal Split Toolkit (read more about this here). These include developments with:
o i-Log, developed by the University of Trento.
o Transport Mode Detector, developed by Infai e. V.
o Trip Update Interface, developed by the University of Southampton.
o Dashboard, developed by Atos.
The project is pleased to offer a video playlist summarising our involvement at EBDVF2019 which you can find here. In this series of YouTube videos notable members of our team, fronted by managing director Professor Elena Simperl from the University of Southampton, provide a visual summary of our products and goals.
As well as showcasing the work of many world-leading organisations, EBDVF2019 also featured a range of influential keynote speakers as well as a range of discussion panels that focused on topics such as “Does Europe have a future in AI?”, “Driving bioeconomy with Big Data and AI”, and “Towards a European sharing space: enabling AI’s full potential”.
In particular, Professor Elena Simperl presented on “Connecting large and small companies around data and AI”. For a full list of speakers and panel discussions please find the program here.
The EBDVF aims to continue the success of previous editions, where on average around 700 industry professionals, business developers, researchers, and policymakers coming from 40 different countries attended the event annually. The QROWD project looks forward to seeing the developments of the 2020 event and those similar.