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Big Data for Humanity


High-level Panel Session, Big Data for Humanity

The Peace Informatics Lab (Leiden University) will host a high-level panel session on “Big Data for Humanity” on Monday 18th August 2014 from 18:00 – 20:00 at Schouwburgstraat 2, Leiden University – Campus The Hague. This event is organised in cooperation with the Leiden Centre of Data Science, New World Campus and Campus The Hague of Leiden University and is part of the Campus The Hague’s “Big Data for Peace Summer School”.

Big Data for Humanity

How could the ever-growing amounts of digital data help us improve the conditions of the global poor? Will more data allow us to improve policy responses to humanitarian crises and violent conflicts? Could Big Data help us bring about peace, development and stability? Big Data has often been described as a fuel for both innovation and our economy. It is being applied in many areas, for example financial markets, health and fast moving consumer goods. With this panel session, we want to explore current trends in and prospects for Big Data to become a driver for human development.

This event is part of the Peace Informatics Lab’s efforts to build a community of practitioners, researchers and policymakers interested in applying Big Data and data analytics in the field of peace, justice and development.


  • Robert Kirkpatrick / UN Global Pulse (Director)
  • William Hoffman / Data-Driven Development, World Economic Forum (Associate Director)
  • Mark Nelson / Stanford Peace Innovation Lab (Co-Director and Founder)
  • Jaap van den Herik / Leiden Centre of Data Science, Leiden University (Director)
  • Caroline Kroon / Open Development, Cordaid (Senior Corporate Strategist)


17.30 – 18.00  Registration
18.00 – 18.05 Welcome by Ingrid van Engelshoven, Deputy Mayor of The Hague
18.05 – 18.10  Introduction by Ulrich Mans, Peace Informatics Lab
18.10 – 19.30  Panel session “Big Data for Humanity”
19.30 – 20.00  Reception and Drinks


Registration is free. If you want to attend, please register here.



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