Nobel Conference 57

Big Data REvolution
October 5 & 6, 2021


The Nobel Conference brings students, educators and members of the general public together with the leading thinkers of our time, to explore revolutionary, transformative and pressing scientific questions and the ethical issues that arise with them.

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. 

The 2021 Nobel Conference will be held virtually, due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19.

  • 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. On the day of the conference, simply return to this webpage and click on the link that will appear at the top of the page. 


Westminster Town Hall Forum Featuring Speaker Wendy Chun
Westminster Town Hall Forum logoMonday, October 4, 2021 

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.