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Date(s) - 30/11/2016
2:30 pm - 6:00 pm

AUT Auckland Campus



sas-logoWe are excited to invite you to the final Auckland Analytics Event of 2016 , which is part of the NZ Statistical Association (NZSA) and Operations Research Society of NZ (ORSNZ) conference, and kindly sponsored by SAS.

Our event theme is INNOVATION: We will explore innovative approaches to analytics and how analytics is being used to drive innovation.

Our lineup features speakers from SAS, Westpac, Harmoney and the Ministry of Primary Industries that will guide us through new developments in analytics, unique approaches to delivering information and how analytics can be harnessed to deliver innovation in organisations. Following on from our speakers, there will be drinks and nibbles from 5 – 6pm sponsored by SAS.




Milo Davies, SAS

Milo is a Principal Solutions Specialist with SAS, and leads the NZ product and go-to-market strategy for SAS Viya – SAS’s next generation analytics platform. He has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry, with a focus on the use of data and analytics to uncover actionable insight. On the weekends, he can be found mountain biking the hills of Wellington with his kids.

The Renaissance of Artificial Intelligence

The history of AI is one of hype followed by disappointment. However, recent developments in deep learning techniques have revitalised interest in AI, and as a result we’re witnessing an innovation explosion that’s starting to profoundly impact the world we live in. Milo will talk about the history, the basic principles, current innovations and what the future might hold.


Emily Shaw, Westpac NZ

Emily is an Analytics & Governance Manager in the Analytics Centre of Excellence at Westpac. Emily is passionate about turning information into insights and action through the use of data storytelling.

Emily will present on developing Infographics to spread insights to a wide audience in an easily digestible way.


Robert Smith, Ministry of Primary Industries

Rob is the Team Leader for the newly established Joint Border Data Analytics Team comprised of Modelling analysts from New Zealand Customs Service, Ministry for Primary Industries and Ministry for Business Innovation and Employment (Immigration New Zealand section).  The team are working to develop and deliver advanced analytics, creating an efficient, sustainable, responsive capability that empowers agencies to make better decisions.

Rob will be speaking on developing a centre of excellence with a focus on the 3Ps (People, Platform and Process)


Andrew Cathie, Harmoney

Andrew is Chief Data Scientist at Harmoney, the country’s first licensed peer-to-peer lending platform and now Australasia’s largest. One of the original team, he oversees data warehousing and analytics in this very data-driven enterprise.

Data Science in the World of a Start-up Company

Harmoney started in 2014 as a fintech disrupter, bring peer-to-peer lending to NZ and now Australia. Our small data science team has been a key part of the development and success of Harmoney. This talk explores some of the issues faced, not so much from a technical perspective, but more how analytics integrates and operates within the wider business. We’ll explore the skills and aptitude required with a few informal case studies in which our team has been involved.



We look forward to seeing you there!

The New Zealand Analytics Forum Steering Committee



Venue: AUT Campus

Registrations WG201

Talks in WG403 (red square)

Arrows indicate Recommended entrances.



Parking: The AT Civic or Victoria Street Carparks could be good options for parking.



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