First meetup

First meetup

Now that we are beginning to reach an initial critical mass for the group membership, we would like to convene our inaugural meetup!

The objective of the initial meetup is primarily to introduce the overall concept of human-centered data management, and to determine which topics have the widest interest for the group (e.g. whether people prefer more of a technical deep-dive, or would rather focus on the business model innovation and regulatory aspects), which in turn will help us identify what kind of content to focus on and which kind of speakers to solicit for future events. 

Tentative schedule:

18:30 – 18:45: Welcome and introduction

18:45 – 19:15: “Human-centered data management: What is it, and why should you care?”

19:15 – 19:45: “Privacy for Personal Data: The Importance of Trust”

19:45 – 20:00: Meetup group objectives and future format

20:00 – 22:00: Networking (Pizza & Drinks provided)

While there are presently 2 talks scheduled, the agenda is by no means fixed — additional submissions or suggestions are most certainly welcome. Please feel free to get in touch with one of the organizers directly, or with our events coordination team ( We are also looking for additional sponsors to help out with subsequent meetups.

Human-centered data management: What is it, and why should you care? (Paul Mundt – CEO at Adaptant Solutions AG)

This talk will serve as an introduction to the general concept of human-centered data management, and an overview of the situations that have led up to it. We will also briefly explore some of the implications and opportunities for individuals and businesses alike.

Privacy for Personal Data: The Importance of Trust (Dennis O’Donohue – Director, Marketing & Business Development at Adaptant Solutions AG)

Individuals today are concerned that their personal privacy is being violated, in turn subjecting them to spam, financial risk, identity theft, cyber-stalking, etc. As a result, they are increasingly reluctant to provide (accurate) personal data to service providers until both trust has been established and they felt that they received value (in the form of advanced personalized and contextual services) in return. Service providers then face a key challenge: the need for richer data sets (such as from Smart devices and the Internet of Things) in order to facilitate customized services and create maximum value for the customer, and the increasing reluctance of the customer to provide them with it. This talk will look at the importance of trust in the value exchange, and how human-centered data management aims to address these concerns.