In a week that includes my 7th grade virtual school student going to a very real-world testing location every day to take the Georgia CRCTs...AND my crazy mother packing up and moving from Georgia to Washington State...AND my 10th grade daughter conquering the world with power smashes and aced serves, playing high school varsity tennis as a sophomore -- and winning! -- in the state championship preliminaries...all this week...
It's also BIG DATA WEEK:ATLANTA!!!
Hosted by Emcien Corp, a company with which I am intimately involved.
[Disclosure: My husband is a co-founder and the Chief Technology Officer of Emcien.]
This is a Very Big Deal, on a level that I, as a non-techie, could not have expected, in terms of international scope, big-corporate participation, the calendar of activities scheduled, and the number of people involved and so very, very enthusiastic about the Next New Thing in Technology: Big Data.
Big Data is everything, from the location & use of your cellphone, to online transactions, to what you put in your shopping cart at the grocery store, to healthcare, to your social media activities. It is mind-boggling, and in many ways downright creepy, how much information is out there, the extent of our individual & collective digital footprint, and how that information can be used.
So, in the midst of CRCTs, State high school tennis competition, and my crazy mom, counting down the days to high school graduation (exactly 30) and my oldest son's departure to the Navy (OMG, exactly 60 days from today)...I am visiting the World of Big Data and live blogging my experiences as a non-techie writer in the techie world. Adventures indeed: