The politics of big data — a Girl Geek dinner
On February 19th, KPCC welcomed back Girl Geek Dinners for an evening discussion on how big data is used in politics and government and the role women and girls interested in STEM could play in the big data movement. The conversation was moderated by Christine Lu and featured panelists Jan Perry, Ed Honowitz, Alex Schaffert and Robin Alberts-Marigza.
Christine Lu - Co-founder of a 8INC, a new venture that involves cross-border China investments
Ed Honowitz - Educational policy advisor to Senator Carol Liu’s office and an expert on big data
Maya Hutchinson – Senior Organizer, Nation Builder, a company which makes use of big data for political election campaigns
Alex Schaffert – Director of Digital Media, KPCC (Southern California Public Radio), recently launched a new KPCC and National Public Radio initiative on big data
Jan Perry - General Manager, Economic and Workforce Development Department for the City of Los Angeles
5:30pm - Check-in begins
6:00pm - Buffet opens*
7:00pm - Program begins
Opening remarks by Spokeo and Andy Wilson, CEO & Founder of Rexter, Co-chairman & Co-founder of Innovate Pasadena.
*Light fare will be provided by Pita Jungle.
Girl Geek Dinners aims to bring together women from the tech community worldwide. The brainchild of Sarah Lamb who founded Girl Geek Dinners in London in 2005 as a way to connect with like-minded female peers, the Los Angeles chapter has been connecting geek girls since 2011. The organization promotes women in technology by creating a space in which women can learn, exchange ideas and find a supportive community among highly accomplished peers.