Professional who are embracing technology discuss the impact of the urban data explosion.
The Digital University: Daniel Huttenlocher, Dean & Vice Provost, Cornell Tech Campus. Disruptive Technologies: Michael Chui, Principal, McKinsey Global Institute. The Science of Social: Hilary Mason, Chief Scientist. Mapping New Yorkers: Rachel Haot, Chief Digital Officer, City of New York. The presentations are moderated by Kevin Delaney, Editor in Chief, Quartz.
Dr. Michael Chui is a principal of the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey's business and economics research arm, where he leads research on the impact of information technologies and innovation on business, the economy, and society. Michael has led McKinsey research in such areas as Big Data, Web 2.0 and collaboration technologies, and the Internet of Things.
Kevin J. Delaney
Kevin Delaney is editor in chief and president of Quartz. He was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal for a decade, with that time split between hardship postings in Paris and San Francisco. While covering Internet companies such as Google, Twitter, and Facebook for the Journal, he became convinced that newspapers could do much more to ensure that good journalism thrives in the digital age. He returned to New York and became managing editor of WSJ.com, where he led efforts that helped greatly expand the Journal’s online readership and championed innovative journalism projects that went on to win prizes. Early in his career, Kevin was a reporter for SmartMoney Magazine and a TV producer in Montreal. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Rachel Haot is the Chief Digital Officer for the City of New York, leading NYC Digital, part of the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment. The mission of NYC digital is to realize Mayor Bloomberg's digital roadmap for New York City, a plan to fulfill the City's digital potential.
Prior to this role, Rachel was an independent digital strategy consultant, and Founder and CEO of GroundReport, a global, crowdsourced news startup. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School, specializing in social media and entrepreneurship.
A lifelong New Yorker, Rachel attended public schools and graduated magna cum laude from New York University with a BA in History. In 2012 she was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and serves on the digital advisory board of Women@NBCU and the NY/NJ 2014 Super Bowl Social Media Advisory Committee.
Daniel Huttenlocher is the Dean and Vice Provost of the Cornell NYC Tech Campus. As Dean, he has overall responsibility for programmatic aspects of the new campus, including the academic quality and direction of the campus’ degree programs and research. Working with both internal and external stakeholders, he is developing strategic plans for the most effective ways of working with companies and early stage investors in New York City as well as overseeing the faculty recruitment and entrepreneurial initiatives of the campus. Huttenlocher has a mix of academic and industry background, having worked at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) and served as CTO of Intelligent Markets, as well as being a faculty member at Cornell for two decades. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and both his Master’s and Doctorate degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); and currently serves as a Trustee of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Hilary Mason is the Founder of Fast Forward Labs, a machine intelligence research company, and the Data Scientist in Residence at Accel. Previously, she was the Chief Scientist at bitly where she led an team that studied attention on the internet in realtime, doing a mix of research, exploration, and engineering. Hilary also co-founded of HackNY, co-host DataGotham, and is a member of NYCResistor.
Hilary Mason, chief scientist at Bitly, says her research often reveals interesting traits in human behavior. To wit, while people may often publicly share thought-provoking news articles or culture essays, in private they are often found reading the latest on Kim Kardashian or browsing through cat videos.