The world-wide data volume doubles every two years. This massive amount of information comes from all areas of everyday life and all economic sectors and changes human co-existence and economic ties.

Big Data provides companies with competitive advantages, saving potentials, access to new business areas and new business models. Without these new business models, a company, even is small or mid-size, will hardly be able to compete successfully the future global market. The industry recognizes the value and advantages of big data. 49 percent of companies are currently implementing big data initiatives or likely implement them in the future.

Therefore, i-KNOW offers two formats – the i-Science and the i-Praxis track – to permit different point of views and approaches to the topics knowledge technologies and data-driven business. i-Science provides a scientific-theoretical approach to these questions, whereas i-Praxis takes a closer look from the industrial perspective with a focus on current trends like Big Data and Industry 4.0.

The i-Praxis tracks are the perfect meeting place for scientists and practitioners to discuss challenges arising in current applications in the respective branch, to benefit from the findings of the latest research as a driver of innovation, to feed given requirements from the underlying applications to the research community so that research projects can base on realistic assumptions and new partnerships and project ideas can be initiated.