Connecting Data, People and Ideas since 2016.
21 July 2021

Announcing Connected Data World 2021

Connected Data London, the top event for leaders and innovators on all things Knowledge Graphs, Graph Data Science and AI, Graph Databases and Semantic Technology, is back as what it has de facto become: Connected Data World.



Announcing Connected Data World 2021 Virtual Conference: December 1-3



Adding context to data turns it to information. Processing information turns it to knowledge. The keys to these transformations are connections and metadata.


We provide a community, events and thought leadership for those who use the relationships, meaning and context in Data to achieve great things. We’ve been connecting Data, People, and Ideas since 2016. 


We have gone virtual and global since 2020. In April 2021, we presented our first virtual event for the year, which was enthusiastically received. We are now unveiling our flagship Connected Data World 2021 conference.



Check the CDW21 Format, Call for Submissions, Lineup and Tickets, and our Partners.






In our 2nd year of going global, we are redefining what it means to be a virtual event. In addition to the join-from-anywhere edge that virtual events bring to the table, we are bringing back the unmediated interaction and serendipity of real-world events.


Introducing Connected Data World Center: Our Virtual Venue. Stay tuned for more details and early access!


CDW21 will take place online at the Connected Data World Center on December 1-3. It will host leaders and innovators sharing their knowledge on use cases and breakthroughs made possible using Knowledge GraphsGraph Data Science and AIGraph Databases and Semantic Technology.


December 1: Workshops: A panel of experts discusses a topic, and engages with the audience in a structured way. Live, focused sessions going deep into the subject matter over 2 hours.


December 2: Masterclasses: Hands-on tutorials in which instructors teach attendees skills they can use in their daily work. Live, focused sessions going deep into the subject matter over 2 hours.


December 3: Presentations. Real world use cases and innovative approaches. Pre-recorded talks streamed live in our virtual venue with speakers attending. 25 minutes presentation, 10 minutes moderated Q&A in the presentation virtual room with speaker attending, unlimited post-talk engagement in the virtual lounge.



Call for Submissions



We have always hand-picked speakers we meaningfully engage with and learn from ourselves. We are truly honored to have some distinguished Connected Data World alumni from industry and research serve in our Program Committee.

Check our Call for Submissions, open till September 15, for topics of interest, important dates, and submission guidelines.



Lineup and Tickets



We have the great pleasure of unveiling our initial lineup today. Stay tuned as we add more speakers, and benefit by getting your early bird tickets until September 15.





Michel Bauwens started his career in Knowledge Management by serving BP’s Board of Directors in the 1990s. Since then, Bauwens has grown to become one of the most prolific knowledge curators in the world. Bauwens will share his journey and experience.


Bauwens is a thinker and an activist, the founder and director of the P2P Foundation, author of works such as Network Society and Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Economy. He has lectured at Yale, Harvard, Cambridge, and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.


Kirell Benzi is a data artist, science communicator and researcher. He has pioneered the combination of Information design, Creative technology, Research to business, Public speaking, Data art, Data visualization, Data science and Software engineering. Following up on his stunning KnowCon2020 Keynote, Benzi will share the secrets of creating Data Art in a Masterclass.


Benzi’s primary interests revolve around creating visual experiences that inspire, educate and empower large audiences using state-of-the-art technology. Through a hypnotic visual semantic, he works to show that algorithms have a soul, and that we can extract emotions from complexity using tools and methods that come straight from scientific research.


Ebru Cucen has over 20 years of experience with a wide perspective in multiple business domains, including Finance, Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG), Pharma, Retail, and Transportation. Cucen has a passion for Machine Learning, and will share the insights from her book “Connecting the Dots: Harness the Power of Graphs & ML” in a Masterclass.


Cucen is on a mission to make Graph Machine Learning easy to understand and accessible by everyone, and to share the implementations in different fields. She looks to enable gaining new and fresh insights, delivered through stable, reliable solutions.


Andreea Deac is a PhD student in Machine Learning at Mila, working with Professor Jian Tang. She has also worked with some of the world’s top researchers in Graph Machine Learning at Google and Microsoft. Deac will share the background and applications of her joint work with DeepMind researchers on Neural Algorithmic Reasoning.  

Deac is broadly interested in how learning can be improved through the use of graph representations, having previously worked on algorithmic alignment for implicit planning and applications to biotechnology (drug discovery and drug combinations).


Frank van Harmelen is a pioneer in AI. He is one of the forefathers of the Semantic Web, and leads the Knowledge Representation and Reasoning Group at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Van Harmelen will present his latest line of research: Hybrid Intelligence.


Van Harmelen is Director of the Network Institute, and Principal investigator of the Hybrid Intelligence Centre, a 20 million euro, 10 year long collaboration between researchers at 6 Dutch universities into AI systems that collaborate with people instead of replacing them.


Natasa Varitimou is highly experienced in utilizing Semantic Technologies to create innovative data and model-driven architectures, lately focusing on the Financial sector. She works in UBS as a Data Architect for the Helix Knowledge Graph. Varitimou will present the work UBS does with Knowledge Graphs at global scale.


Varitimou has served as an Information Architect in Refinitiv, and worked for many years in TopQuadrant as a Semantic Solutions Architect. She has also worked as a Linked Data Architect in Brussels where she was involved in the EU ISA (Interoperability Solution of the Member States) Core Vocabularies.






Our vibrant ecosystem of partners is a key ingredient in making our events possible. We are immensely grateful to each and every one of them for helping us bring you the best outcome possible.


CDW21 is proud to welcome our initial lineup of partners. Special thanks to our friends at TigerGraph and EnterpriseWeb, who are supporting us as Platinum and Gold Sponsors this year.

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