15th Annual MIT CDOIQ Symposium Preliminary Agenda
We are thrilled to finally share with you the preliminary agenda for this year's Symposium! As always, we have an outstanding line-up of speakers and panelists ready to present, discuss, and share their insights in and around this year's theme of delivering mature data & analytics capabilities for ROI.
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Featured Sessions:
Data Literacy in the Public Sector By: Adita Karkera, Deputy CDO, State of Arkansas
Government collects massive amounts of data at the state and federal level. What good is that data if our workforce is not skilled at comprehending and interpreting that data. This session will explore the current challenges, best practices and successful approaches for fostering data literacy in government.
Enhancing Privacy with Synthetic Data By: Alexander Hanff, Lead Privacy Advisor, Amari.ai Inc.
As a result of the ubiquitous use of technology encroaching more and more on our day to day lives, we have seen strong benefits but also significant social harms due to the impact the use of modern technology has on our private lives. The ability to surveil all aspects of our lives online (and increasingly offline) has led to sweeping changes to laws designed to protect our data and privacy, across the world. Despite the changing legal regime, technologists constantly seek to use more and more data to predict, target and analyze our behavior. But perhaps the answer to these risks can also be met by the same technologies which are causing them - through the use of modern machine learning solutions such as generative adversarial networks (GANs) we can create synthetic data with the same statistical attributes as real personal data, which as a result can provide technologists with the insights they desire without adversely impacting the fundamental rights of vast swathes of the World’s population.
Weekend Reading
How to build data literacy in your company
By: Sara Brown
February 9, 2021

Data literacy — the ability of a company’s employees to understand and work with data to the appropriate degree — can be a stepping stone or a stumbling block when it comes to building a data-driven company.
A recent Gartner survey of chief data officers found that poor data literacy is one of the top three barriers in building strong data and analytics teams, while a data literacy survey by Accenture of more than 9,000 employees in a variety of roles found that only 21% were confident in their data literacy skills.
Data transfer system connects
silicon chips with a hair’s-width cable
By: Daniel Ackerman | MIT News Office
February 24, 2021

Researchers have developed a data transfer system that can transmit information 10 times faster than a USB. The new link pairs high-frequency silicon chips with a polymer cable as thin a strand of hair. The system may one day boost energy efficiency in data centers and lighten the loads of electronics-rich spacecraft.
Sponsor Spotlight: Informatica
As the leader in cloud data management, Informatica is pleased to partner with the CDO community to bring you the 15th annual MIT CDOIQ Symposium. Through our work with CDOs and data leaders, we’ve learned we’re all trying to mature our organizations’ management and use of data to not only mitigate risk but more importantly drive innovation and create business value. That’s why we’re looking forward to this year’s event where CDOs and data leaders from industry leading companies and public agencies around the world will share insights, discuss best practices, and explore solutions to the data challenges they’re facing.
2021 Confirmed Sponsors
Titanium Sponsor
Diamond Sponsors
Platinum Sponsors
Gold Sponsors
A Big Thanks to our 2020 Sponsors
Diamond: Deloitte, Informatica, Privacy Analytics
Platinum: Dawex, Fusion Alliance, KPMG, Sandhill Consultants, Tamr
Gold: Alation, AlyData, BigID, Boomi, Caserta, Citizant, Data Kitchen, Gavroshe, Okera, PiLog, Qlik, ThoughtSpot
Silver: Eckerson Group, Global IDs, Snowflake, Starburst