Event Summary 9.1.2016


Minneapolis, MN

The 2016 FARCON (Financial and Retail Conference on Analytics) took place August 24, 2016. FARCON is Minnesota’s premier event for Data Science in Financial Services and Retail, run by MinneAnalytics, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving Minnesota’s data science and analytics community.

This one-day conference was hosted at the University of Minnesota Carlson School. Once again, MinneAnalytics put on a national caliber conference. There were over 50 sessions, many with national speakers. There were as many as 500 people attending, from a cross-section of blue chip companies including US Bank, Medtronic, Optum, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Allianz.

A key session was the 90-minute “C Panel on Analytics”, facilitated by Chris Farrell, Columnist and Economics Correspondent, MPR, Star Tribune, Money.com. Members of the panel included: Craig Dillon, CTO and CIO of Bluestem Brands; Bill Hoffman, Chief Analytics Officer of U.S. Bank; Jamie Thingelstad, CTO of SPS Commerce; and Ali Wing, Chief Marketing Officer of Maurice’s. The panel investigated in depth the key success and risk factors for profitably leveraging analytics in industry.

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