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The Politics of Big Data – a Girl Geek Dinner

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Spokeo was more than excited to be a part of a great event last month! We joined up with Girl Geek Dinners and KPCC for an evening discussion on how big data is used in politics and government and the role women and girls interested in STEM could play in the big data movement.

The evening began with a light dinner and networking and then led into a panel moderated by Christine Lu, Co-founder of 8INC. The panelists included:

Ed Honowitz – Educational policy advisor to Senator Carol Liu’s office and an expert on big data

Maya Hutchinson – Senior Organizer, Nation Builder, a company which makes use of big data for political election campaigns

Alex Schaffert – Director of Digital Media, KPCC (Southern California Public Radio), recently launched a new KPCC and National Public Radio initiative on big data

Jan Perry – General Manager, Economic and Workforce Development Department for the City of Los Angeles

It was a great discussion on the power of big data as a tool in politics. We were excited to be a part of it and look forward to more events that encourage women in technology. You can view a video of the panel on the KPCC website.

Girl Geek Dinners aims to bring together women from the tech community worldwide. The brainchild of Sarah Lamb who founded Girl Geek Dinners in London in 2005 as a way to connect with like-minded female peers, the Los Angeles chapter has been connecting geek girls since 2011.  The organization promotes women in technology by creating a space in which women can learn, exchange ideas and find a supportive community among highly accomplished peers.