Nobel Conference 57Big Data REvolution
October 5 & 6, 2021

How is big data changing our lives, and what challenges and opportunities does this transformation present? In less than a generation, we’ve witnessed nearly every piece of personal, scientific, and societal data come to be stored digitally. Stored information is both an intellectual and an economic commodity; it is used by businesses, governments, academics, and entrepreneurs. The velocity with which it accumulates and the techniques for leveraging it grow at a pace that is remarkable and often intimidating. But this revolution also promises hope, in areas as diverse as public health, drug development, child welfare, and climate change. 

To learn a bit about the "birth" of this year's conference topic, and what its organizers are particularly excited about, check out this episode of the ScienceWhys podcast.

  • The 2021 Nobel Conference will be held virtually.
  • There is no cost to watch the conference, which will be streamed live and archived on this page.
  • You do not need to pre-register to watch.

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Westminster Town Hall Forum Featuring Speaker Wendy Chun

Monday, October 4, 2021

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Before Dr. Wendy Chun speaks at the Nobel Conference, she'll address the Westminster Town Hall Forum based in Minneapolis. Her talk at the Forum will focus on the challenges the big data and social media pose to democracy. She will also take questions from the audience. The program is free and open to all on the Town Hall Forum website. 

The Arts at Nobel Conference 57

The theme of big data and its implications will be explored during the conference in an art exhibition, a concert, and a dance piece. Learn more about the arts at the Nobel Conference.



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Teacher Resources

To prepare students for watching the conference, or as a follow up to the conference, the Teacher Resources page is a selection of curricular activities. They can be used in a range of disciplines, from mathematics to the arts. Check out teacher resources.