1. Western Mass "Big Data" Professionals Help to Cultivate Next Generation Tech Talent at 2015 MassBigData TechTrek

    Western Mass "Big Data" Professionals Help to Cultivate Next Generation Tech Talent at 2015 MassBigData TechTrek

    Also Features Launch of MassMutual’s New Amherst Data Science Center

    On Monday, September 28, 2015, executives from several prominent organizations that are driving Big Data innovation, including Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), National Grid, EnerNOC, Lexalytics and MachineMetrics, will come together to cultivate and inspire the next generation of computing and analytics talent. Organized by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative in partnership with the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council, the 2015 MassBigData ‘Tech Trek’ will connect these local executives to 80 students from the Five Colleges area, both undergrad and graduate-level students, who are interested in pursuing careers in Big Data-related fields.

    The event will also mark the opening of MassMutual’s new data science center at Kendrick Place in Amherst, adjacent to the UMass campus. In addition to the new center, MassMutual has also supported Big Data education in Western Mass through a $2 million, four-year effort to support ‘Women in Data Science’ programs at both Smith College and Mount Holyoke College. 

    The event is being hosted by MassMutual in its new data science center space and it will be the first MassBigData ‘Tech Trek’ to take place in Western Mass. At the Trek, attendees will hear from organizations that are driving big data innovation in financial services, energy, technology and manufacturing, and will be able to engage with them one-on-one. 

    The MassBigData Tech Trek series is part of the Commonwealth’s Massachusetts Big Data Initiative, managed by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, which aims to expand “the Commonwealth’s position as a world leader in the growing big data industry.” Massachusetts is a hot-bed of Big Data activity, a fact highlighted in the 2014 MassBigData research study, which found that nearly 500 companies participate in the Massachusetts Big Data Ecosystem. The mix of corporate talent and strong academic programs is one reason the Boston area has played host to over 60 events and 30-plus conferences related to Big Data in 2015 alone. 

    The 2014 Treks brought together a total of 300+ students, 21 Big Data companies, and 36 speakers from across the Boston-region. This past April, the series expanded beyond Greater Boston with the launch of a Central Mass. Tech Trek in Worcester.  A Trek occurred in Boston earlier this month, and this is the first Tech Trek in Western Massachusetts.  Those interested in future MassBigData ‘Tech Treks’ can register to be notified of future events by emailing massbigdata@masstech.org.



    WHAT:                2015 MassBigData ‘Tech Trek’ & Launch of MassMutual’s Data Science Center

    WHEN:                Monday, September 28, 2015, 5 – 7 p.m.

    WHERE:              MassMutual, Kendrick Place, 57 E. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002

    WHO:              The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative’s Massachusetts Big Data Initiative (MassBigData) and the Western Massachusetts  Economic Development Council



    Rick Sullivan, President & CEO, Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council

    Pat Larkin, Director, the Innovation Institute at MassTech

    Katie Stebbins, Assistant Secretary for Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship,

    Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, Commonwealth of MA

    Sears Merritt, Vice President of Data Science at MassMutual

    Marc Maier, Data Scientist at MassMutual

    Kristin Vincent, Data Analyst at NationalGrid

    Jeff Catlin, Founder of Lexalytics

    Angela Bassa, Director of Data Science, EnerNOC

    Jacob Lauzier, Co-founder & CTO of MachineMetrics

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