SAN FRANCISCO, March 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- midVentures will kick off the inaugural Data 2.0 Conference in San Francisco next week on Monday, April 4, with its mission to discover the opportunities that will drive business, technology and society in the new data economy. Convening at the Mission Bay Conference Center, visionary leaders at companies including Google, SimpleGeo, Factual, comScore, NAVTEQ and others will share their perspectives on data personalization and monetization.
The Data 2.0 Conference will provide a forum for exploring the convergence of information on the web, featuring sessions that will examine hot topics including the implications of data ownership, responsibility and privacy.
Speakers will include Andreas Weigand, former chief scientist at Amazon.com; Vivek Wadhwa, contributor at TechCrunch; Joe Lonsdale, co-founder of Palantir; Jay Adelson, CEO of SimpleGeo; and Cathy Casserly, CEO of Creative Commons.
"The walls that have existed on the web since its earliest days are finally breaking down, creating an explosion of data accessibility," said Geoff Domoracki, CEO of midVentures. "Data 2.0 brings together social, business and government data experts to answer the question, 'How can my organization thrive in the new sophisticated data ecosystem in which we live?' The conference will also provide the answer to an even greater question, 'What will the next decade of data mean for my organization?'"
Product launches from Quova, 3taps, DataStax, Neer, Tropo, Urban Mapping and others will be spread throughout the conference program. The conference will also feature the launch of the world's largest data challenge, the $3 million Heritage Health Prize, whereby data analysts will compete to better predict health outcomes.
As a conference precursor, the Data 2.0 Pitch Day will take place on Saturday, April 2, when five data startups will be selected from a cast of 25 to present in front of a distinguished panel of judges at the Data 2.0 Conference on Monday, April 4. These judges will include blogger Robert Scoble and venture capitalists from True Ventures and Sierra Ventures among others.
About the Data 2.0 Conference
Data 2.0 is the next step in the evolution of the Internet, creating new channels for facilitating connectivity and communication between websites. While corporations and websites each possess their own 'silos' of data, a new marketplace of information has opened up for safely and transparently sharing data on people, locations and products. Offering a glimpse of the future, the Data 2.0 Conference will give attendees the unique experience of hearing what industry leaders have to say about the future of data marketplaces and the pricing of information.
The Data 2.0 Conference is organized by midVentures, producers of TechWeek, July 22-29, 2011, and midVenturesLAUNCH, September 26-28, 2011, the largest startup and innovation conference in the Midwest. For more information, visit www.data2con.com.