The annual launch of the DataIQ 100 is the most hotly-anticipated moment in the data and analytics industry’s calendar, with its fully-curated line-up becoming a common reference point across the following 12 months. While the current health emergency has prevented the planned live event from taking place, the 2020 edition will instead be unveiled via a live webinar, meaning it can be watched by anybody from anywhere.
“Being the first to hear who is in the new Top Ten has always been a privilege for people actually in the room,” said David Reed, knowledge and strategy director, DataIQ. “Although we publish the list in full online immediately afterwards, there is a special excitement about that experience.”
“We wanted to capture as much of that anticipation and delight (or disappointment) as possible and deliver it digitally,” he added. “So this year, we are making the announcement via a live online webinar during which I will be talking to a panel of members of the 2020 list to get their reactions to being included.”
Among the panel are Orlando Machado, chief data scientist at Aviva, who is the incumbent Number One having been at the top of the list since March 2019. He will be joined by Simon McDougall, executive director for technology and innovation at the Information Commissioner’s Office, who has been liaising closely with the industry over issues such as adtech and age appropriate design. Other major figures will also join the conversation to create a strong community feel.
During the webinar, video interviews with all four of the previous Number Ones will be shown: Payal Jain (2016), Andy Day (2017), Elizabeth Denham (2018) and Orlando Machado (2019). This will build up to the announcement of the 2020 Number One, which can be a career-defining moment for the individual chosen.
“It’s a moment for celebration, especially in the current circumstances. Data and analytics are playing a critical role in understanding how this virus is impacting everything in business, the economy and society. Our Top Ten reflects that, even though it was chosen before the outbreak started, because these individuals are delivering transformative support to their organisations,” said Reed.
The webinar forms part of a multi-media delivery plan for the 2020 edition of the DataIQ 100. The full list will be published in digital form online at dataiq.co.uk/dataiq100 at the moment the webinar concludes. This listing features every response to a Q&A in the words of the 100 themselves. “I’ve always believed it is valuable to hear directly from our list, rather than via interviews or written profiles,” said Reed. An exclusive high-quality hardback book will also be distributed to members of the list and was a standout collectable item first launched in 2019.
DataIQ is unique among companies in this sector in its focus on connecting, educating and supporting practitioners through its programme of activities and membership service, DataIQ Leaders. With high-quality content, webinar and workshop programme, plus a dedicated team (many former data and analytics practitioners themselves), it aims to keep those connections vibrant and valued even during the current shutdown.
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