All Hands 2017 Agenda

Monday June 5, 2017

All times are local Boulder, CO Mountain Daylight Time (MDT)

8amLight Breakfast + Registration + Community Warm-Up
Open time to meet with the West Hub Leadership Team, the National Science Foundation, and other participants
9amWelcome and “State of the Hub”
Meredith Lee, West Hub Executive Director
9:20amPanel: Flagship Initiatives and Strategic Opportunities for the West
Panelists will include Fen Zhao (Big Data Hubs & Spokes Program, National Science Foundation), and West Hub Principal Investigators Michael Franklin (UC Berkeley and University of Chicago), Ed Lazowska (University of Washington), and Michael Norman (San Diego Supercomputer Center)
10amNetworking break
10:30amSpotlight on: Metro Data Science
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:
11:30amSpotlight on: Data-Driven Decision Making for Water Resources
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?
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
12:30pmGroup Photo + Lunch
1:30pmCommunity-Led Deep Dive Sessions: Part I
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
    Co-hosted by our West Hub Spoke Project, Big Data and Criminal Justice in the Western United States
  • Data-Driven Decision Making: Use Cases in Water Resource Management
    Co-hosted with NSF INFEWS: 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 in-stream flow, drought/emergency planning, water use, water management policy, and "the water utility of the future".
  • Metro Data Science: Smart Cities + more
    Co-hosted with the U.S. Department of Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
  • Cloud Computing Task Force: Opportunities for Scaling Tech + Policy Wins
  • Health + Medicine
  • Data Science Education / Workforce Development: including "Live from Berkeley" remarks from David Culler, Interim Dean of the Division of Data Sciences
  • Disaster Response: Roundtable co-hosted with the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA)
  • Suggestions for co-hosts for community-led roundtables are welcome to
3pmNetworking Break
Steering Committee Business Meeting
(WBDIH Steering Committee only)
3:30pmCurrent and Emerging Projects: Hear from current and potential Spoke Projects, followed by Q&A
5:30pmWelcome from Julia Richland, Chief Innovation and Analytics Officer, City of Boulder, followed by a Networking Reception on-site

Tuesday June 6, 2017

8amLight Breakfast
9amFederal Data Initiatives and Funding Opportunities: Chaitan Baru, National Science Foundation
10amCommunity Asks/Offers and Next Steps
  • National Transportation Data Challenge: Building upon the Challenge Launch in Seattle May 2017, join us as we provide feedback to Hackathon Team project pitches! 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.
  • 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.

Send your questions and ideas to and join the conversation on social media with #WestData17!