The Data Visionaries Series: Mark Masongsong

April 18, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm SFU's Segal Building, Event Rooms 1300-1500, Vancouver

Mark Masongsong, CEO and Co-Founder of UrbanLogiq


Government harnessing of data conjures up instinctive fears of big brother and there is a growing anxiety about the implications of big data and government. However, emerging fields of artificial intelligence offers profound opportunities for public good, with everything from affordable healthcare, sustainable and equitable economic development, public safety and smarter education all possible through an intelligent application of big data.

This session will explore examples including: what sewer drones can teach us about public health investment, how social media language analysis forewarns local economic disruption, how ride-sharing data reveals how safe neighbourhoods feel to locals, and how crowd-sourced information can guide economic development to create smarter communities, while examining the legal and governmental frameworks to balance privacy and data ownership.

If your audience only remembered one thing from your Data Visionaries presentation, what you want them to remember?

Big data has the potential to solve some of the most intractable problems facing government, but what's lacking are people with the dual knowledge-base of the potential of AI and a deep understanding of the end-user pain points.

Why are you most passionate about big data?

The power of big data offers the most effective way to make an impact in the world, and it is not limited by geography, discipline or issue. The reality is that currently it is understood predominantly by people in the tech community, and having non-technical people involved in its implementation is where its value will be tapped in the coming years, creating value for people with a multi-disciplinary background.


Mark Masongsong is the CEO and Co-Founder of UrbanLogiq, a data analytics platform for urban intelligence and government planning. With a decade in government and politics, he has been a featured speaker on the future of smart cities and analytics at the White House, World Bank, State Department and Harvard Smart Cities Accelerator. Mark also serves as a director of humanitarian and environmental non-profits, and was awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.

There will be a networking reception following the talk.

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