Data for Good - In Seattle

The Pacific Northwest enjoys an enviable reputation for its attractive job market, scenic beauty, and the quality of life available to its residents. At the same time, it is clear that many aspects of life in this region, from health to urban infrastructure, business and beyond, could be greatly improved by data-guided optimizations. The Cascadia region has long been a global leader in technology development, and is now taking the lead in its understanding of how the use of "big data" can help develop innovations for social good. These innovations are transforming our society in a multitude of ways, but, as we have witnessed acutely in recent months, there are trade-offs to this increased data collection, analysis, and use. How can we gain from the social and technological innovations made possible by this data, while at the same time creating systems to improve accountability, transparency and privacy protections?

Hear from UBC’s President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Santa J. Ono, UBC's Vice-President, Research & Innovation, Gail Murphy, and a panel of UBC and industry experts in Seattle as they discuss data for good.

Presented in partnership with UBC Faculty of Applied Science and UBC Sauder School of Business.


Professor Santa J. Ono - President and Vice-Chancellor, University of British Columbia


Kendall Ho - Emergency Medical Specialist, Vancouver General Hospital; Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, UBC Faculty of Medicine; Lead, Digital Emergency Medicine Unit; Executive Director, interCultural Online Health Network (iCON)
Michael Mattmiller - Director, Government Affairs, Microsoft; Former Chief Technology Officer, City of Seattle
Gail Murphy - Vice-President, Research & Innovation and Professor of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia
Martino Tran - Director of the Urban Predictive Analytics Lab; Co-Director of the Master of Engineering Leadership in Urban Systems; Assistant Professor in the School of Community and Regional Planning at UBC. Also affiliated with the Cascadia Urban Analytics Cooperative (CUAC)

This program took place September 10, 2018, in Seattle, WA.