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About This Event

Overview: In this event series, the General Assembly is hosting thought-leaders from the Atlanta data community to discuss the exciting ways that data influences our city planning, infrastructure, environmental impact, and more.

What You’ll Take Away: How Data Scientists are using data throughout Atlanta in order to sustainably develop and improve the lives of it's citizens.

Why It Matters: According to a Forbes article, “2017 will be the year big data goes mainstream … whether gathering data on the front end or making big decisions in the C-Suite, every single person in your organization must buy into the value [data] analytics brings”.

Data is everywhere, and it affects not only how we run our businesses, but how we live as individuals. Understanding the ways you can leverage data in your personal and professional life can help you find key insights, make smarter decisions, and elevate your career.


  • Check-in & Networking 7:00 - 7:10 pm
  • Panel/Lighting Talks 7:15 - 8:30 pm
  • Q&A and Networking 8:30 - 9:00 pm


About the Speakers

, Research Scientist II,
Georgia Institute of Technology

Amanda Meng completed her PhD at Georgia Tech in International Affairs, Science, and Technology in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs. Amanda's research interest lies in the intersect of democracy and technology, data and justice. For her dissertation research she investigated how social movements make use of open government data in their political advocacy projects. Amanda now works as a research scientists in the College of Computing investigating citizen-collected data projects and further concretizing what "smart and connected" means in Atlanta. Throughout her career as a practitioner and academic she has spent time in the Dominican Republic, India, Ghana, Nigeria, Hong Kong, Argentina, and Atlanta studying or implementing projects to improve development or democracy outcomes using data and information communication technologies.


, Research Scientist in the Center for Urban Innovation,
Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Thomas Lodato is a research scientist in the Center for Urban Innovation at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Broadly, his research focuses on the future of work, with particular attention to the cultural narratives of work, productivity, and management. He is currently researching the role of shared office providers in labor market intermediation, the labor of making data public, and the professionalization of public participation. You can find him on Twitter at @thomas_lodato




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