Topic: The Future of Social Impact: The Challenges and Opportunities of Big Data in the Cape Fear Region
3:30 p.m. - Congdon Hall
The big data revolution is changing the way we do business, consume content,
and purchase goods, creating profitable opportunities for corporations around the world.
Unfortunately, much of the innovation and advantage provided by the advent of big data
has yet to reach the social sector, largely leaving behind the front-line nonprofit organizations
who are desperately fighting complex, systemic challenges every single day. In order to turn
the tide and integrate big data with big ideas, major efforts will need to be made to innovate,
collaborate, and build a shared consciousness that changes the conversation from looking at the
effects of the past to predicting the opportunities of the future.
The Cape Fear Collective, a new nonprofit organization born out of Live Oak Bank and nCino,
is looking to capitalize on the advances in technology for social good by
bringing together community partners, academics, and citizens to create a real-time
data platform that will shed light on inequities and provide the tools for each of us to
make a difference in our community. CFC's CEO, Patrick Brien, will discuss the vision for
the project, the many challenges and opportunities in building community-wide data
infrastructure, and how technologists and organizations can get involved in this important
and ground-breaking work.
Patrick Brien currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the
Cape Fear Collective, a collective impact and social innovation nonprofit organization based in Wilmington,
Prior to his work with CFC, Patrick served as the Director of Strategy Implementation
for the University of Global Health Equity, a new health sciences university
in rural Rwanda and an initiative of the global health nonprofit, Partners In Health.
Before transitioning to his work in Africa, Patrick served in senior level positions at
Boston Medical Center and led organizational development and program
management for the global lifestyle and event company, Spartan Race.
Patrick began his career in the United States Army where he spent nearly
a decade leading infantry units in high intensity combat operations in Afghanistan.
Patrick holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Rochester and is
certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP). He lives in Wilmington with
his amazing wife Alison and their two dogs, Tikka and Shuksan.