Symbiotic Intelligence through Automation

Big Data Ignite 2018 Conference

3 Days : September 19-21, 2018

Grand Rapids, MI | DeVos Place

Big Data Ignite 2018 Conference Theme

Symbiotic Intelligence through Automation

Today’s data ecosystem is characterized by a growing number of independent but interconnected data-gathering and decision-making systems which monitor and react to each other. The automated coupling of adaptive systems gives rise to pipelines, workflows, and networks that exhibit “symbiosis”: mutual and collective benefits derived from interaction. Connected vehicles are but one example. Big Data Ignite 2018 will highlight examples of symbiotic intelligence through automation as conference participants explore the state of the art and emerging trends in data science, data analytics, IoT, cloud computing, and data management, as well as in industry verticals ranging from healthcare, manufacturing, retail, and distribution, and in the nonprofit and public sectors.

2018 Conference Speakers

Big Data Ignite Conference 2018 is a 3-Day Conference hosted in beautiful Grand Rapids, Michigan at the riverfront venue DeVos Place. This year’s conference features an exciting program filled with practical expertise in big data, cloud computing, IoT, and data management across multiple sectors and specialties.

Wednesday’s program includes 10 half-day and full-day workshops.  Thursday and Friday feature more than 60 sessions, including keynote addresses by David DeVries (State of Michigan CIO) and Hilary Parker (StitchFix).

Tickets include breakfast and lunch for each of the three days, beverages, and an experience like no other to learn and connect.

Does your company want to be a thought leader in West Michigan? Are you looking for an opportunity that will give you visibility to over 1,000 individuals and companies in technology specialties? Both standard and custom packages are available to give you the best reach and influence to meet your company goals and budget.

Keynote Speakers

David L. DeVries, State of Michigan CIO


David L. DeVries brings a wealth of experience and perspective, having previously served as CIO for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Deputy CIO for the US Department of Defense, and as an active duty officer in the US Army (29 years), serving in several joint service assignments.

Full Bio


Hilary Parker, Stich Fix

Hilary Parker

Hilary Parker is a Data Scientist on the styling recommendations team at Stitch Fix, a personal styling service that uses a combinations of human stylists and algorithmic recommendations to help people find what they love. She is also a co-founder of the Not So Standard Deviations podcast, a bi-weekly data science podcast with Roger Peng that has over half a million downloads. Prior to her career in the tech field, Hilary received her PhD in Biostatistics from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Full Bio.

Hilary will be speaking on Cultivating Creativity in Data Work.


We are pleased to offer 10 full- and half-day workshops on Wednesday, September 19.  Workshop presenters include representatives from several of our sponsors and a special workshop on Causality by award-winning educator Felix Elwert from the University of Wisconsin.

Please RSVP for the workshops you plan to attend.  This helps us in planning and guarantees that you will have a seat in the workshop of your choice.  To RSVP, simply add a workshop to your personal planner.

More Program Highlights

Find more program highlights on our blog and on our Facebook page, which includes several recorded Facebook Live videos with presenters.

Watch our 2016 Recap Video

Watch our 2017 Recap Video

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Connect, Learn, and Advance at Big Data Ignite 2018.