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NEWARK, NJ, March 16, 2017 – The New Jersey Innovation Institute hosted the fourth Annual New Jersey Big Data Alliance (NJBDA) Symposium at the NJIT Campus Center today. The NJBDA is a consortium of New Jersey institutions of higher education addressing the challenges posed by the deluge of “Big Data.”


Themed “Big Data Connects,” the symposium attracted more than 200 participants along with industry, government and academic visionaries  and included an industry breakfast, keynote addresses and panel discussions on smart infrastructure, law enforcement and health care. In addition, a networking reception followed.


Chaired by Munir Cochinwala, executive director and chief scientist, New Jersey Innovation institute, the conference included keynote addresses by Jason Cooper, vice president and chief analytics officer, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield who addressed, “Genetics, genomics and proteomics” and Dirk deRoos IBM’s product and competitive strategy leader for Big Data technologies who presented, “Making the Dream of Self-service Analytics a Reality.”


Speakers included New Jersey State Senator Bob Smith, 17th Legislative District; Jay Pederson, security client executive at IBM; Nathaly Agosto Filión chief sustainability officer for the City of Newark and Katherine O’Neill, executive director of JumpStart New Jersey.


Photo Caption: Thomas Motyka, senior executive director, Smart Cities Innovation, New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII) moderates a panel discussion on Smart City Sustainability. Seated left to right are Govi Rao, president of Noveda Technologies; Colette Santasieri, director, policy and planning innovation
for civil infrastructure and environment, NJII and Malcolm Kahn, vice president, innovation for Marmom Water LLC.


The New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII) is an NJIT corporation that applies the intellectual and technological resources of the state’s science and technology university to challenges identified by industry partners. Through its Innovation Labs (iLabs), NJII brings NJIT expertise to key economic sectors, including healthcare delivery systems, bio-pharmaceutical production, civil infrastructure, defense and homeland security, and financial services.