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4th BDA Educational Conference

4th International Big Data and Analytics Educational Conference

Mon 9 – Wed 11 January 2017
University of Derby, Kedleston Road Campus,
Derby, DE22 1GB

The unprecedented growth in the importance of Big Data and Analytics has created a situation where the demand for relevant skills is outpacing the ability of educational institutions to keep up. Making the most of Big Data and Analytics requires a comprehensive approach that spans literacy needs across different disciplines and specialized career paths including:

  • Business Strategy and Management
  • Data Science
  • Business Analytics
  • Data Strategy and Architecture
  • Data Policy
  • Informatics for every professional field
  • Data Engineering
  • Chief Data Officers
  • Big Data Developments
  • The impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) on Analytics and Data Science
  • Visual Analytics
  • C-Suite Roles

Given the broad reach of Big Data and Analytics, the need for skills training encompasses basic understanding that begins in K-12, deepens during baccalaureate and post-graduate education, and continues through ongoing education during ones’ professional career. The conference will consider both the technical skills and also how to best develop the necessary soft skills that enable data scientists to be effective during their careers.

In order to explore the challenges related to delivering Big Data and Analytics education, the University of Derby and Birmingham City University are sponsoring the Big Data and Analytics Educational Conference (BDA EdCon).

The 4th International BDA EdCon continues the success of the previous three BDA EdCon conferences in 2013, 2014 and 2015. It has been expanded to include all academics who teach using Analytics software products from all suppliers, including as many as possible, such as IBM, SAS®, Qlik and others who will provide the hands-on workshops.

Academics and early researchers are encouraged to attend to network and share good and best practice in the development of enthusiastic and skilled Data Scientists and Data Analysts.


Getting to the venue

The 4th International BDA Education Conference will be held at University of Derby, Kedleston Road Campus in the UK on 9, 10 and 11 January 2017.

Derby is located right in the heart of the East Midlands and easily accessible by road, rail or air.

By Road

The University Campus is located just 8 miles from the M1, Junction 25 and 0.2 miles from the A38. .

By Rail

The closest train station is Derby train station; this is approximately 2.6 miles from our Kedleston Road Campus and will take 10-15 minutes in a taxi.

By Air

The closest airport is East Midlands, located just 15 miles from the University Campus. This should take around 25 minute by car. Alternatively Derby Skylink operate a 24 hours bus service, picking up directly outside the terminal building and dropping off at Derby Bus Station. This service runs every 30 minutes during the day and hourly during the night, seven days a week and takes approximately 40 minutes.

Further information on how to find us and maps and directions can be found here.


Staying in Derby

We work with local hotels to offer our delegates corporate rates when staying in Derby.

We currently have rooms on hold for the 4th BDA Conference at 2 hotels in the City Centre, these rates are valid until the 9th December. Please see details below.

Jury’s Inn Hotel

King Street, Cathedral Quarter, DE1 3DB

01332 621000 | |

· 1.2 miles from the University of Derby, Kedleston Road Campus.

· Approximately 9 mins drive or 25 minute walk

· Rates starting at £73 per night B&B single occupancy

· Rate available until 9th December

To obtain this rate please quote reference The 4th 090117

Cathedral Quarter Hotel

16 Saint Mary’s Gate, Derby DE13JR

01332 546080 | |

· 1.5 miles away from the University of Derby Kedleston Road Campus

· Approximately 8 minute drive or 30 minute walk

· Rates available between £65 - £85 per night B&B single occupancy, depending on room type.

· Rate available until 9th December

To obtain this rate please quote reference 318862489 4th BDA


Workshop: Monday 9th January

 There will be a range of Workshops available on Monday 9th January from the supporting vendors, further information will be sent out closer to the date.


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