2018 Sage Assembly: Algorithms and the Role of the Individual

SAVE THE DATE: April 19 – 21, 2018 – Seattle, WA
Hosted by Sage Bionetworks

The 2018 Assembly will focus on the expanding impact of algorithms on our personalized healthcare and life decisions.  We are in the midst of a transformation brought on by a growing mass of digital information. Algorithms can harness this information to govern and inform our choices but are often developed in a nontransparent manner that obstructs the ability to identify biases or evaluate appropriate use. Through keynote addresses, panel discussions and lightning round talks, we will convene a conversation on how this shift toward algorithmically guided decision-making affects our health, our politics, our libraries, and how we know what we think we know in the sciences. 

Confirmed speakers include: Daniel Cavanaugh, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, UVA; Valerie Florence, National Library of Medicine; Laura Germine, Harvard; Eric Hekler, Arizona State University; Dana Lewis, OpenAPS; Alex Parker, Mayo Clinic; Nathan Price, Institute for Systems Biology; Dorothea Salo, University of Wisconsin; Eric Schadt, Sema4; David Weinberger, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard. Presenters Bios.

BackgroundThe 2018 Sage Assembly is the eighth in a series of Open Innovation events held by Sage Bionetworks. Prior events include:

  • The 2017 Assembly: Mapping Open Ecosystems focused on themes directly relevant to the Sage Bionetworks mission to accelerate health research through open systems, incentives and standards. We looked at common principles that lead to success across a spectrum of open ecosystems. We explored how these ecosystems form, where they work, and what boundaries are necessary to operate them successfully. We addressed the consequences, intended or otherwise, of living in more open ways.
  • The 2016 Assembly was held in Shenzhen with co-host Tsinghua University, and explored a central issue of the 21st century – the environment. We focused on the ubiquity of and the knowledge to be gained from personal sensors, and how this form of open learning can be applied to address issues of real concern.
  • In 2015, we examined how three trends – large-scale data, social networks, and novel institutional power structures – relate to open research, open education, and open social impact, and held the first Open Assembly in Paris co-hosted by the Institut Pasteur and the Centre de Recherche Interdisciplinaire. Notable presenters included: Jessica Jackley, William Drayton, and Jaykumar Menon.
  • Building on Sage Bionetworks’ core theme of innovation in open science, the Commons Congress was held annually in San Francisco from 2010-2013. Keynote speakers included Wadah Khanfar, Jennifer Pahlka, Lawrence Lessig, Adrien Treuille and many others.

Highlights from the 2017 Sage Assembly: Mapping Open Research Ecosystems include: