In past years, the internationally recognized Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD) convention has been hosted in numerous locations across the globe, including Beijing, Sydney, Paris, Halifax, London, and more. For 2021, Singapore was selected as the host city, with one big challenge: travel restrictions.
The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining’s (SIGKDD) flagship conference will take place from August 14th through August 18th, this time with a twist. The 5-day event will bring top researchers from all over the world to present their findings in the fields of data science, machine learning, big data, and artificial intelligence in a 100% virtual world. Zeacon, an interactive livestreaming and events startup based near Seattle, Washington organized the event.
Zeacon built the virtual world using the Gather.Town platform contains 10 bespoke maps featuring Singapore’s most recognizable landmarks. Guests will virtually enter in the iconic Changi Airport before roaming around Marina Bay, the Singapore Zoo, Sentosa Island, and more. Posters summarizing the findings of 300 research groups are displayed across the world as readable billboards.
“KDD 2021 will send a clear message to event organizers across the world: virtual events are the future,” said Zeacon CEO Kris Naidu, who founded the company in 2018. “We are thrilled to be welcoming so many leaders from the data science ecosystem into this virtual world. The real value of a properly executed virtual event will be on display. In our virtual Singapore, speakers from all over the world will come together to share their knowledge and their stories. It is going to be a tremendous 5 days. Our staff is setting a new standard that will begin to change how everyone sees virtual events. Gone are the days of chaotic Zoom meetings with multiple speakers talking over each other.”
The event is the world’s largest and longest running data mining conference. “KDD is one of the only academic conferences of this caliber to also focus on the applications for big data and data science,” said Feida Zhu, associate professor at Singapore Management University. “I’m excited to apply the lessons we learned at KDD 2020, our first fully virtual conference, to this year’s digital gathering as we seek to increase accessibility and engagement for all participants. In particular, this year’s KDD will allow registered participants to access accepted papers together with their presentation slides.”
In partnership with the Singapore Zoo and the Singapore Tourism Board, additional interactive elements have been added to the world. Guests can attend live zookeeper talks at the Singapore Zoo to learn more about conservation efforts of rare and endangered species in southeast Asia or explore the unique attractions and watch videos on Singapore’s beauty and global significance.
About Zeacon: Zeacon (zeacon.com) is a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) that is re-imagining the future by seamlessly integrating the best of the physical and virtual worlds through patent-pending technology. Zeacon offers a variety of technologies including a live streaming platform that is interactive, e-commerce, and donation based. Zeacon works with organizations to drive digital transformations and provide immersive and personalized experiences that intelligently connect communities.
About ACM SIGKDD: ACM is the premier global professional organization for researchers and professionals dedicated to the advancement of the science and practice of knowledge discovery and data mining. SIG is ACM’s Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining. The annual KDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining is the premier interdisciplinary conference for data mining, data science and analytics.