November 6-8, 2017 | Halifax, Canada


North America’s largest business-focused data technology conference. Now in its fifth year!


Exploring Opportunities For Big Data In Oceans And Agriculture

Big Data is not only helping us improve food security in the oceans and on the land – by finding new ways to improve food productivity, access renewable energy, and increase yields – it is also helping business leaders make crucial decisions to improve their bottom line. This year, we will help entrepreneurs, business leaders, and those who protect our marine and agricultural food supply from the oceans and the land, discover how to leverage Big Data from a business perspective.


BDC17 will once again bring together over 30 global and regional leading thinkers and innovators to spark inspired conversations, specifically about what Big Data is and the global role it can play around our oceans and agricultural industries globally. Now in its fifth year, BDC has consistently welcomed global leaders to its stage, including serial inventor and Google’s director of engineering Ray Kurzweil, The Innovator’s Dilemma author and Harvard Business School lecturer Clay Christiansen, and Fast Forward labs founder Hilary Mason. In addition, BDC17 will feature real-world examples of data technology at work here in Atlantic Canada and elsewhere around the world, and the shared benefits that accrue when the private and public sector work collaboratively with innovative data technologists to solve real world challenges.

Keynote Speaker

Rebecca Costa

World renowned American sociobiologist, author and speaker Rebecca Costa will be delivering our keynote speech. A provocative new voice in the mold of Thomas Friedman, Malcom Gladwell and Jared Diamond, Ms. Costa applies lessons learned from nature to the disruption many industries presently face: from healthcare, finance, manufacturing, food processing, energy and social services to education, governance, transportation, technology and retail. Costa’s book, The Watchman’s Rattle: A Radical New Theory of Collapse, was published in 26 countries and has remained in the top 1% of Amazon book sales for five straight years.

Keynote Speaker

Tim o’Shea

Tim is the founder and CEO of CleanFish, which serves as an importer and master distributor creating market solutions to the crises of our seas. CleanFish promotes a select network of responsible producers for eco-savvy chefs, market buyers and seafood lovers alike. They’ve created a brand platform that rewards better stewardship of ocean resources with a premium brand positioning.


3 Days of Big Ideas Around Big Data in Oceans and Agriculture

November 6-8, 2017

BDC Main Event

BDC2017 will feature industry-driven keynotes and panels that demonstrate real world use of big data in our oceans and agricultural sectors. We’re taking a deep dive into big data, from a non-technical perspective, and how it is and will be used in our oceans and agricultural sectors. From food and maritime security to energy and more!

A Place for Ideas!

This is where decision makers in business, government and academia come together to uncover new ideas. It’s where leaders are inspired to new heights. Where connections are made, deals begin and close, friendships blossom and the rubber hits the road. It is the point of ignition. Ready?

November 7th

BDC Technical Track

CTO or CIO? Data scientist? Analyst? Coder? DBA? Then this is the track for you…this is where we get into the technical side of Big Data and explore new applications, approaches and tools. You can attend the whole Congress or you can just attend this day. Check out registration options to find out more about the agenda and pricing. The Tech Track is Nov. 7th, all day.


Monday, November 6th, 2017 from 5-7PM

The Big Ideas forum is a place to generate new ideas and collaborations between industry,
academia and researchers. And of course, an opportunity to network.


BDC2017’s goal is to create value and deal flow, and our partners play a key role in helping to make that happen. The BDC2017 Partner Team offers valuable support to sponsors to help tell stories of business technology innovation using big data in the oceans and agricultural sectors.

Contact us for more information on how BDC2017 can demonstrate your organizational leadership in creating real economic value for your organization, and its customers, suppliers and partners.


Big Data Congress 2017 will take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia,on the stunning Atlantic Ocean.

The Capital city of 400,000 is the regional financial centre for Atlantic Canada and home to the Royal Canadian Navy‘s NATO fleet. Oh and it’s still pretty warm here in November, with fresh ocean breezes to clear the head and open the mind. We feature world-class dining, internationally award winning breweries and wineries and of course, spectacular, fresh seafood.

Halifax’s international airport offers U.S. Customs clearance and duty free shopping for international travellers. The downtown core, where the Congress will be held at the World Trade & Convention Centre, offers hotels under the Sheraton, Delta, Marriott and Westin brands. For more information on sightseeing, accommodations and dining out, check out Destination Halifax.

Getting Here

Halifax is a 60-minute flight from Boston, 90-minutes flight from New York or Toronto, a 2.5-hour drive from Moncton, New Brunswick, a 4 hour flight from London, Heathrow and 6 hours from Munich, Germany. We have U.S. Customs clearance in Halifax.