How can organisations get better at using data?

May 22, 2018 · Wellington, New Zealand

Organisations today have an ever-increasing amount of data available to them, but a lot of research and anecdotal evidence suggests that many are struggling to achieve what they hope or expect to with all of that data. One possible reason for that is insufficient organisational data capabilities, which was identified as one of the top challenges facing members of this Meetup.

At our 22 May event, we'll have a panel of members (bios follow) discussing how organisations can get better at using data. That includes enhancing the data capabilities of existing (technical and non-technical) staff, recruiting people to fill gaps, and building the workforce of the future.


5:30 - 6:00 networking, drinks and nibbles
6:00 - 7:00 panel
7:00 - 7:30 networking, drinks and nibbles

Panel Members

Peter Donelan, Head of Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Mathematics and Statistics.

Peter is a member of the university’s multi-disciplinary theme ‘Spearheading our digital futures’ steering group, through which he has been advancing a university-wide initiative to coordinate data-related teaching, research and external engagement. This involves new undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in data science, and the formation of a data institute to act as a hub for interdisciplinary research, stakeholder engagement, capability-building and advancing data literacy.

Rahul Govindan, Group CEO Thundermaps

Over 16 years, Rahul has worked with leaders and decision makers in organisations who are faced with a problem, a challenge or an opportunity to allow the organisation to make key strategic decisions with confidence. His team at Thundermaps uses an extremely large database of historical accident and hazard information, and millions of real-time hazard locations to help reduce the worldwide accident and injury rate.

Nate McCall, CTO of Last Pickle

Nate has over 19 years of server side systems and software
development experience. He is a Vice President at the Apache Software
Foundation, where he is a committer on several projects, and the
current PMC Chair for Apache Cassandra. Nate is currently the CTO of
The Last Pickle, a Wellington-based big data consultancy. He is a
frequent speaker at meetups and conferences including Oracle’s
JavaOne, Apache’s ApacheCon and O’Reilly’s Strata and OSCON.

Andrei Mircea Stoian, Technical Officer at Radio Spectrum Management, a unit of MBIE

Andrei is a telecommunication engineer with expertise in 4G radio optimisation and business intelligence with a focus on business process automation.

He is part of the Radio Spectrum Management group, which uses/runs/manages/maintains the Register of radio frequencies using:
· Time series data
· Financial data
· Client data
· Geographical data
· Assets and antennas

His most recent previous position was with Spark, where he was responsible for mobile network capacity planning, ensuring that the network is dimensioned appropriately to market demand. In addition, he developed and maintained the licencing process to confirm regulatory compliance is achieved for all sites.

Event organizers
  • Data Driven Wellington

    There's so much going on in the world of data that it can be hard to keep up with what's happening in your own speciality area let alone make connections to others who might have complementary skills or interests. This Meetup is intended to make it easier to stay informed and to make those connections. Its focus is on what people working with data in Wellington-based public, private, non-profit, and academic organisations are doing, what challenges they're experiencing and what they need help with. It welc

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