This year, the event kicked off with plenary keynote sessions, which briefed attendees on the latest trends in the world of data. Following this, attendees could tailor the agenda to best suit their interests, maturity level, and organizational needs - choosing between four concurrent streams of highly interactive break out sessions covering a range of topics, based on the IBM CDO Look Book. Attendees simply selected the session they wished to join on the day and were free to roam across all four tracks. Following a final plenary session, the day concluded with our Networking Reception allowing attendees to connect with peers in an informal environment.


On October 25, we had our bi-annual Data Divas networking breakfast, giving women and men alike the chance to discuss the position of women in data and the opportunities available to the next generation of data leaders. Then delegates enjoyed a second morning of plenary sessions in the form of on-stage panel debates. Finally, we concluded at lunchtime with a boxed lunch, allowing attendees the afternoon free to travel.

Session Formats

Keynote Presentation: 30 minutes. Speakers will present for two-thirds of the session, with the final third for Q&A.

Keynote Panel: 45 minutes. Following brief introductions, Moderator and Panelists engage in a discussion for 20-25 minutes, with the remainder of the session assigned to audience Q&A and discussion.

Discussion  Group: 45 minutes. Co-Chairs open discussions by sharing their initial thoughts on a topic for a few minutes each. This is followed by facilitated open discussion between Co-Chairs and Attendees, with a high degree of interactivity.

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