In Berlin, the Data Natives Conference launched today in full steam as conference-coined “data driven individuals” came together to talk about the developments and future of data. A lively event full of young people, students, professors, data engineers, data companies, start-ups and data scientists, there’s seems to be enough brain power roaming this conference to achieve the impossible.

We attended Day 1 of Data Natives with full intentions of learning about the latest trends in data. Each speaker brought a unique background and perspective to the talks, but we’ll be focusing on just a few speakers as their most relatable to our mission: “Enlightening leaders on actionable and useful knowledge on information technology.”

Top Ten Trends in Data

To begin, let’s start with the “Top 10 Trends” in the industry according to @KirkDBorne:

  1. IoT (Internet of Things) “The Age of Context”
  2. Hyper-Personalization
  3. AI
  4. Machine Intelligence
  5. AR (Augmented Reality)
  6. Behavioral Analytics
  7. Graph Analytics
  8. Journey Sciences (people, processes, products…)
  9. The Experience Economy (Design thinking for the user)
  10. Agile – DataOps

The industry is not short of predictions, and we even made a few ourselves.

Information Security Trends for 2017 and 2018
Gartner Predictions for 2018 and Beyond: Analyzing the Research Report

PANEL: GDPR (Data Privacy & Security)

There should be no surprise that this regulation had an entire panel dedicated to it. As the panel speakers kindly reminded us, we have roughly 189 days until the GDPR regulation comes into effect. Speakers for this panel included Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, Founder at Designswarm & Good Night Lamp, Katharine Jarmul, Founder and Data Scientist at kjam, Sebastian Weyer, Co-founder and CEO of Stantic, Gordon Grill, Data Privacy Expert at Deloitte Analytics Institute, and Johannes Klausch, Lawyer & Senior Associate at Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH. Here are the highlights:

  • Being prepared is uttermost importance for GDPR. Big or small, your company has to comply, so there’s no brushing the issue under the rug. Speakers urged managers to develop a sustainable pipeline, accountability chain and even understanding what vendors have access to their data. Cleaning up the data will be the first challenge, making it easily accessible and searchable. Basically, treat the GDPR as a change management process and develop sustainable steps to make your business compliant.
  • Not all doom and gloom, speakers emphasized the “positives” of this regulation in reference to business in that (1) all companies must play by the same privacy rules. In retrospect, small businesses can be less disadvantaged by larger companies in terms of data. Even playing field. (2) When compliant, small business can use this as a strong branding image to lure customers.

Insider Threats, 2018 Security Concerns, GDPR: An Interview with Troy Hunt
What is the GDPR and How Will It Impact EU Pharma Companies

Bart Dd Witte, Director of Digital Health DACH At IBM Germany

Imagine a future where when you’re sick you’ll never have to leave your bed to see a doctor. Bart de Witte in his talk encourages us to imagine that day in digital health:

“We’ll have the tricorder from Star Trek in our hands.”

This means, we’ll have an unlimited amount of data at our disposal to make better informed decisions around health. It sounds like SyFy, but with the increasing developments in data and technology, anything seems to be possible. He mentions many might fear technology and data putting individuals out of a job in the future; rather, he encourages us to think of technology as a developing aid to help us make better informed decisions. These are a few points that held weight:

  • By combining system processes – machines with humans – data can aid doctors in daily processes.
  • Data can be ultimately applied to defeat diseases. Let’s say ‘goodbye’ to Parkinson’s disease and cancer.
  • Data-driven technology can make medical procedures less invasive, meaning a diagnosis can be made without ever entering the patient’s body. Instead, the diagnosis can be made by continuously monitoring the patient based on data, rather than the symptoms.

Takeaways on Protenus Healthcare Breach Reports: Insider Threats & Data Extortion
What’s Working: Cyber Security Success in Healthcare
Save a Life Twice: How to Keep Your Healthcare Practice Secure

Tomorrow Day 2 at Data Native Berlin starts. Follow us on Twitter to get bits and pieces of the conversation, then we’ll share another blog post.