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Big (Data, Business, and Ideas)


How does cutting-edge algorithm design enhance our computational efficiency and lead the way to practical solutions? Will “big data” continue to be embraced by people — and robots — for a better society? What “big ideas” are Berkeley’s brightest students developing?

Join dean Kathy Yelick, entrepreneur Felipe Chávez Cortés, and senior program director Phillip Denny for a forward-looking discussion about how our evolving ability to process large amounts of data is shaping the way we work and live — and the big things building in Berkeley.

Dates and Locations


Nov. 16, 2020
via Zoom



Kathy Yelick

Robert S. Pepper Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
Associate Dean for Research, Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society
Senior Advisor on Computing, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Yelick’s research is in high performance computing, programming l…

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Felipe Chávez Cortés

CEO and Co-founder, Kiwibot

One of Berkeley SkyDeck’s amazing success stories, Felipe Chávez Cortés has led the way in autonomous robot delivery design and implementation. Kiwibot is trying to change the way food is delivered. Much like Caviar or DoorDash, Kiwibot enables customers to order food fro…

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Phillip Denny

Director, Big Ideas @ Berkeley

Phillip serves as the senior program director of the Blum Center for Developing Economies, a position he assumed shortly after the center was established in 2006. He manages the Big Ideas@Berkeley contest — one of the oldest and most respected student innovation compe…

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