Xomnia is a word combining the letter ‘X’ – the unknown – and “Omnia” – Latin for everything. Our team of data scientists and big data engineers are trained to find the undefined – X – in all the relevant data sources – Omnia. This unknown – X – is untapped business value. Combining the X and Omnia you get the Xomnia spirit. Eager, curious and dedicated people, who have the belief that the future is big data.
ICCA – the International Congress and Convention Association – represents the world’s leading suppliers in handling, transporting and accommodating international meetings and events, and comprises over 1,000 member companies and organizations in almost 100 countries worldwide. Their mission is to create competitive advantages and business opportunities for their members.
When preparing a successful bid to host the next edition of an association’s international meeting, it is crucial that you involve local association representatives. The challenge for ICCA was: how can we help our members to identify leading academic contacts in specified cities and regions, related to a specific meeting in the ICCA Association Database or a specific meeting subject? Big Data came to the rescue in the shape of Xomnia!
The end result, ICCA’s Big Data Explorer, increases the value of membership for their members by presenting a new way of applying Big Data search techniques to the international association meetings market. It is an important step for ICCA in harnessing the power of Big Data and combining it with our own unique data on associations and their meetings. In order to search through the Big Data set of conferences, papers, authors, affiliations and, taxonomies. Xomnia utilized the power of the (Google) Cloud. For example, with Big Data tools such as BigQuery and Kubernetes, the data can be searched in a (near) real-time and scalable manner.