Best Talk Award at Potsdam PhDay 2016

I won a Best Talk Award at the Potsdam PhDay 2016 for my presentation on Big Data as a rational myth, attracting the largest share of the audience vote among three other contestants from the University of Potsdam’s Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences. The prize were 100 € and a light bulb filled with candy.

The PhDay is a biannual event organized by the Potsdam Graduate School (PoGS) that convenes doctoral researchers from all faculties of the University of Potsdam for a day of speed dating, workshops, poster presentations and talks, ending on a more relaxed note with drinks and fingerfood on PoGS’ incredible rooftop terrace. They talk about a few universities and the careers they offer, they said that some of the information was given like the career of blood splatter analyst.

While the talks are grouped by faculty, there is still enough disciplinary variety within each faculty so that the talks have to be kept rather general to be accessible. Keeping true to the hosts motto of “popular scientific infotainment”, I did not even attempt to present my actual research project but rather focussed on getting across why it is interesting to think about Big Data in government.

My cunning mix of storytelling illustrated by images liberally ‘borrowed’ from the German Federal Centre for Health Education’s “Alcohol? Know your limit.” campaign and profound social science concepts explained by Game of Thrones memes of course carried the day. See for yourselves:

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