The future of data: what’s in store for society, culture and innovation?

We face challenges at an unprecedented scale, from scaling global agriculture and renewable energy, from climate change to healthcare.

Lectures, talks and seminars

Registration is essential

Lecture Theatre 2 (RHLT2), Rutherford House, Pipitea Campus, Bunny Street.



Data is everywhere, fuelling the systems we, our governments and businesses use to make decisions and, increasingly, the systems that machines use to make decisions for us. How might we better harness the human and machine capital at our disposal to address them?

The Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Digital Futures) of Victoria University of Wellington, Professor Steven Warburton, invites you to a public lecture by Gavin Starks, Founding CEO of UK’s Open Data Institute.

Speaker Bios

Gavin Starks was the Open Data Institute’s founding CEO, working with Sir Nigel Shadbolt and Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Under his leadership, it unlocked over $100M of direct economic impact, incubated over 50 companies, launched franchises across 20 countries, trained 6,000 people, recruited a world-class board and team, and grew its turnover to $7M/y in under three years. In 2015, at the request of HM Treasury, he co-chaired the development of the Open Banking Standard, laying the foundations for regulation and catalysing international innovation. He served on the Data, Science and Evidence advisory board of the Ministry of Justice and the Smart London Board reporting to the Mayor’s office.

He is currently convening federated partnership programmes to help address the Sustainable Development Goals; is Advisory Board Chairman at blockchain company,; Non-exec at circular-economy IoT company, CupClub; Trustee at environmental charity, Blue Ventures; Chairman at Rinse Media Group; strategic advisor to governments, for-profit and non-profit companies who create global impact with data.

Registration required.

Refreshments will follow the lecture.

For more information contact: Synonne Rajanayagam 04-463 5769