All Hands 2017 Agenda

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Monday June 5, 2017



8:00 am

Light Breakfast + Registration + Community Warm-Up
Open time to meet with the West Hub Leadership Team, the National Science Foundation, and other participants

9:00 am

Welcome from CU Boulder + the Program Committee (start of Livestream)

State of the Hub
Meredith Lee, West Hub Executive Director

Panel: Flagship Initiatives and Strategic Opportunities for the West


  • Fen Zhao (BD Hubs & Spokes, National Science Foundation)
  • Michael Franklin (UC Berkeley and University of Chicago)
  • Ed Lazowska (University of Washington)
  • Michael Norman (San Diego Supercomputer Center)

10:00 am

Graphic Facilitation with ConverSketch: Karina Branson

Coffee & Networking Break

10:30 am

Spotlight on: Metro Data Science
Session Chair: Sarah Stone, West Hub Deputy Director

What are our lessons learned and best practices for regional-scale efforts in Metro Data Science, smart cities, and connected communities?

Hear lightning talks from industry, government, academia, and nonprofit organizations + highlights from the recently-launched National Transportation Data Challenge and NSF Big Data Spoke Projects:

  • Jesse Sweeten, Utah Department of Transportation
  • Kimberly Gardner, NSF Spoke Project (Idaho, Arizona, Washington)
  • Dave Goodsmith, Director of Strategic Partnerships, DataScience Inc (California)
  • Venu Garikapati, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
  • D Patrick Johnson, Solutions Studio / Futures, Booz Allen Hamilton

11:30 am

Spotlight on: Data-Driven Decision Making for Water Resources

Session Chair: Christine Kirkpatrick, West Hub Deputy Director

How might we improve the strategic tech + policy road map for our nation’s water data systems? How can we empower data-driven decision making about water?

Hear perspectives from our Water Task Force, including Western Water experts from municipalities, academia, government agencies, and leadership from the National Institutes for Water Resources

  • Julie Meier Wright, Former 1st Secretary of Trade and Commerce for the State of California
  • Sam Fernald, President-Elect for the National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR) and Director, New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute
  • Ben Ruddell, Northern Arizona University / NSF INFEWS
  • Jonathan Yoder, Director, State of Washington Water Research Center and Professor, School of Economic Sciences


12:30 pm

Welcome from CU Boulder
Phil Larson, Assistant Dean, College of Engineering and Applied Science

Group Photo + Lunch (end of Livestream)

1:30 pm

Community-Led Deep Dive Sessions
Roundtable discussions and activities in thematic areas:

  • “Big Data for Public Policy, or Public Policy for Big Data?” Perspectives from Both Sides of the Coin
    This session will be led by our West Hub Spoke Project, Big Data and  Criminal Justice in the Western United States, and includes

    • Casey Fiesler, Assistant Professor of Information Science, CU Boulder
    • Janni Little, Director, Rocky Mountain Research Data Center
    • Julie Meier Wright, Former 1st Secretary of Trade and Commerce for the State of California


  • Disaster Response: Roundtable co-hosted with the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) — please also note Natural Resources/Hazards relevant concurrent session dedicated to Water, in collaboration with NSF INFEWS)
  • Data-Driven Decision Making: Use Cases in Water Resource Management, led by the West Hub Water Task Force including NSF INFEWS (John Sabo, Director, Future H20, Arizona State University) 
    This session will gather participants from academia, government, industry, and nonprofits to discuss how we can empower our water community towards data-driven decision making. With the help of facilitators, the group will chart a path for collaborative activities and proposals. The framework “Who needs what data to make what decision” will unite case studies including but not limited to commercial, industrial, and institutional water data in cities and “the water utility of the future”. A goal is to sketch a high-level vision for federal water data and policies to support water data collection.
  • Data Science Education / Workforce Development: including “Live from Berkeley” remarks from David Culler, Interim Dean of the Division of Data Sciences at UC Berkeley, and Vanessa Raymond, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
  • Big Data Licensing & Data Sharing: led by Soody Tronson, J.D., Founder of STLGip, with health/medicine examples by Rene Baston, Executive Director of the Northeast Hub
  • Metro Data Science: Smart Cities + more
    This session will be led by co-hosts from the National Renewable
    Energy Laboratory (NREL) / U.S. Department of Energy
  • Cloud Computing Task Force: Opportunities for Scaling Tech + Policy Wins, led by Christine Kirkpatrick, West Hub Deputy Director
  • Suggestions for leaders for community roundtables are welcome to

3:00 pm

Networking Break

Steering Committee Business Meeting

3:30 pm

Spotlight on Current and Emerging Projects

Hear from existing and emerging potential spoke projects and other initiatives: find collaborators, and discuss how efforts can be complementary

Participants looking to collaborate in this session include:

  • Tammi Marcoullier, U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Open Innovation: Public Safety and Data Analytics
  • Eric Deutsch, Director, Institute for Systems Biology and Protein Data Bank
  • Kimberly Gardner, Project with Boise State University Public Policy, Tempe Police Department, and Seattle Police Department
  • Shade Shutters, CoPI, MetroInsight: San Diego Supercomputer Center, UCLA, Arizona State University and partners
  • Nina Hadley, Project Development Director, Adventure Scientists, a 501(c)3 from Montana
  • Martha Crosby, Professor, University of Hawaii
  • Satori Live Data: Transporation Data Challenge Update
  • More added soon – email to be included

Water Breakout Part II: This session will focus on design and implementation of federal data standards and enabling technologies for improving the usability of water data from the urban, commercial, industrial and institutional sectors.  Issues of data privacy and differential privacy, resolution, federation, ontology, and standards may be addressed. A goal is to identify the policies and technologies required to enable the vision cast in the 1:30-3pm session.

5:30 pm

Welcome from Julia Richman (Chief Innovation and Analytics Officer, City of Boulder), followed by a Networking Reception on-site

Tuesday June 6, 2017

8:00 pm

Light Breakfast and Networking

9:00 am

Federal Data Initiatives and Funding Opportunities: NSF, DOE, DHS

Session Chairs: Steve Cutchin, Boise State University and Kerry Dew, Big Data Utah

  • Debbie Brodt-Giles, NREL
  • Steve Dennis, Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency
  • Fen Zhao, National Science Foundation

10:00 am

Community Asks/Offers and Next Steps

Session Chairs: Thomas Hauser, CU Boulder and Erin Robinson, West Hub Co-PI

11:00 am

Breakout Sessions

National Transportation Data Challenge
(Session Chair: Nick Baguley, West Hub Steering Committee) 

Join by Zoom videoconferencing /  Dial: +1 408 638 0968 with Meeting ID: 533 456 4408

Building upon the Challenge Launch in Seattle May 2017, join us as we continue to form teams and provide feedback to initial Hackathon Team project concepts! Special thanks to mentors from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA), Google, Waze, Amazon, Microsoft, DataScience Inc, and other partners.  This session will also incorporate remote participants via video.

Category Chairs and Mentors participating:

  • Jane Zanzig, Data Science for Social Good (Education/Curriculum Category)

  • Eddie Fuller, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Distracted Driving Category)

  • Amy Unruh, GoogleCloud (Weather / Emergency Response Category)

  • Robert Hoffer and Joyce Morrell, MZ (Bike and Pedestrian Safety Category)

  • Dan Langford, Innovation Director, Nevada Center for Advanced Mobility and Industry Commercialization Manager from the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (Connected Vehicles Category)

  • Amazon Web Services


Build Your Own: Our event space will be open for the rest of the day for all participants to self-organize and work collaboratively on proposals and other hub-related activities.

12:30 pm

Additional Networking and Collaboration Space will be available for our community’s use

Additional programming updates will be linked here.
Send your ideas to and join the conversation on social media with #WestData17!