Govtech: Data Innovation Day 2015: Methodologies Behind Analytics Success Stories

From beginning to end, experts provided an ample set of data analytics success stories. Michael Flowers, New York’s former chief analytics officer, stood as a testament to the city’s pioneering projects — such as work in fire risk assessment and 911 response. Stefan Heeke, executive director of the data science non-profit SumAll.org, spoke of a group project that can predict homelessness in New York City four months in advance by assessing eviction filings. And then Michael Wilde, representing Splunk, spoke of New York Airbrake, a company that harnessed data to save the rail industry millions in fuel costs by simply calculating optimal timing for train braking.

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