Guest Keynote:
Rick Smolan, Author of
The Human Face of Big Data

Monday Evening, October 21 5:45 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Venetian Ballroom, Level 2

Rick Smolan is an author and photographer who combines creative storytelling with state-of-the-art technology. Many of his books have appeared on the New York Times best-seller lists and have been featured on the covers of Fortune, Time, Newsweek, and US News & World Report.

In Rick's keynote presentation, Helping Our Planet Grow a Nervous System, he will discuss his belief that Big Data has the potential to be "humanity's dashboard," an intelligent tool that can help combat some of the world's most challenging problems.

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Keynote Presentation: Helping Our Planet Grow a Nervous System

Over the past two decades, Rick Smolan, creator of the best-selling Day in the Life books, has produced a series of ambitious global projects in collaboration with hundreds of the world's leading photographers, writers, and graphic designers. This year, Mr. Smolan invited more than 100 journalists around the globe to explore the world of Big Data. The resulting book, The Human Face of Big Data, captures, through fascinating photographs and essays, the extraordinary revolution sweeping – almost invisibly – through business, academia, government, healthcare, and everyday life. Mr. Smolan believes that Big Data has the potential to be "humanity's dashboard," an intelligent tool that can help combat some of the world's most challenging problems. It is already helping us to provide a healthier life for our children, conserve precious resources like water and energy, peer into our own individual genetic makeup, create new forms of life, and soon, many predict, reengineer our own species . . . and we've barely scratched the surface. In the hands of Data Scientists, this raw information is fueling a revolution he believes may have as big an impact on humanity going forward as the Internet has over the past two decades – enabling us to sense, measure, and understand aspects of our existence in ways never before possible.

About the Book

The Human Face of Big Data is a coffee table book bursting with stories and amazing photography from all corners of the globe. Heralded by rave reviews, the fascinating stories highlight how Big Data is an undeniable facet of our future. The book is accompanied by a companion app that recently won the Peoples' Choice WEBBY for Best Education Tablet App.

Download The Human Face of Big Data app >See Reviews of and Buy the Book >

The app costs just $2.99 and 100% of all proceeds are being donated to charity: Water, a terrific non-profit that brings clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations.

  The Human Face of Big Data book

About the Author

Rick Smolan is a former Time, Life, and National Geographic photographer best known as the creator of the Day in the Life book series. He is CEO of Against All Odds Productions. Smolan's global photography projects combine creative storytelling with state-of-the-art technology. Many of his books have appeared on the New York Times best-seller lists and have been featured on the covers of Fortune, Time, Newsweek, and US News & World Report. His books include The Obama Time Capsule, America at Home, UK at Home, Blue Planet Run, America 24/7, One Digital Day, 24 Hours in Cyberspace, Passage to Vietnam, The Power to Heal, Medicine's Great Journey and From Alice to Ocean. His latest project is The Human Face of Big Data which captures how the planet is developing a nervous system. On December 4 the book was delivered to 10,000 world leaders, Fortune 500 CEO's, heads of media companies, Oscar winners, Pulitzer Prize Winners, Olympic winners, and more, in 50 countries. Fortune magazine describes Against All Odds as "One of the 25 Coolest Companies in America."

In the spring of 2014 Smolan's book From Alice to Ocean will be a major motion picture from the Oscar Winning Producers of The Kings Speech.

  Day in the Life books