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Retention, the metric colleges to track students who return to school the following year, is a long-standing buzzword in higher education. Pressures as diverse as finances, public perception, and even a presidential agenda have brought retention to the headlines of higher education.

For all of the different terminology, data scientists will recognize this problem as a complex churn model. In a sense, it’s a matter of finding the corresponding triggers that lead to student turnover. But what it means in real terms is potentially changing the lives of thousands, and possibly millions, of students.

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International Festival of Data, Business Intelligence and Analytics Returns to Atlanta, Software Company Leading Efforts Teams Up with Local Government, Universities and Corporate Giants to Drive Engagement

 

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ATLANTA, Apr 15, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Analytics software company Emcien was selected for the second consecutive year to organize Atlanta’s Big Data Week initiative, a weeklong series of events founded by Media140 in London and organized locally in more than 30 cities globally on May 5-11, 2014.

The Atlanta events range in experience level, industry and business case, and are taking place around the Metro area with many of them located in and around Georgia Tech’s Midtown campus. The full agenda can be viewed here: meetup.com/atlantas-big-data-week-2014/ .

“The City of Atlanta is thrilled to be a sponsor of Big Data Week,” said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. “All across our city, we are using data to streamline and improve government services. Big Data Week offers our city a national platform to showcase our innovative approaches to creating an efficient and effective government.”

Confirmed speakers for the conference include technology leaders from Delta, The Weather CompanyHome Depot, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, AirWatch, SunTrust and many more. The focus this year is around high value use cases and near-future potential from enterprise-side executives who are leading big data initiatives in their companies.

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As a Technology Association of Georgia Top 40 award winner, Emcien was invited to attend the Georgia Technology Summit. We were able to talk to some of the other honorees, catch up with some ofGeorgia’s most innovative technology companies, and, perhaps most important, see entrepreneur and media pioneer Ted Turner honored with a lifetime achievement award.

Ted fielded questions from TAG president Tino Mantella for about thirty minutes. Here’s a little of what we learned:

 

 

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Big Data Week AtlantaWe’re getting ready for Big Data Week in Atlanta (taking place May 5-11) and we’re inviting you to submit business applications and use cases. The event is designed to offer a good variety of meetups and sessions, offering a unique platform for speakers of many experience levels and industries.

We’re dedicated to presenting the best Atlanta has to offer, and are currently accepting speaker proposals for this year’s weeklong conference in Atlanta: Please fill out this form to be considered. We will review all applicants and select the most unique and useful use cases to include in this year’s program. Discussions around overcoming challenges and successful Big Data projects will be favored. While vendor submissions will be considered, service providers are highly encouraged to co-submit with an enterprise partner to ensure that events are as educational and beneficial to attendees as possible.

This is not a “pay for play” and hence presents a tremendous opportunity to present the best speakers and real-world applications. . The deadline has been extended until April 8.

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TAG GTSGeorgia is a vibrant technology hub with strong entrepreneurial influences. As home to 13 Fortune 500 companies, the world’s busiest airport, and major research universities, our state is uniquely positioned to be on the cutting edge of technology, and specifically Big Data because its impact is truly cross sector.

Last Friday, the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) announced the Top 40 Innovative Technology Companies in Georgia. We were pleased to see several data companies on the list this year. 

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