By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA

NewsBreak Media and PYA Analytics are joining forces to sponsor a workshop on big data analytics during next month’s “Innov865 Week.”

The micro event, set as a lunch and learn, will be held from 12 noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20, in the Mill Room at Cherokee Mills, 2240 Sutherland Avenue. There is no registration fee, but pre-registration is required.

“Innov865 Week” is a celebration of Knoxville’s entrepreneurial spirit that brings together start-ups, entrepreneurs, investors, business leaders, students, and the East Tennessee community starting September 19 and ending September 23. It includes educational panels, pitch competitions, investor roundtables, and social events.

In addition to activities organized by an overall steering committee, other organizations have been invited to host micro events that they will plan. The “Big Data: Big Impact” session on September 20 is one of those.

“By disrupting the status quo and connecting all aspects of business, an organization sets the stage for true innovation and breakthroughs through the use of Data Analytics,” says Bob Bradley, NewsBreak Media’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Some of Knoxville’s most innovative companies will discuss how they are able to combine the strengths of both the business-minded and technical-minded to gain a competitive advantage.”

Confirmed panelists for the session include:

Brian Nelson, NewsBreak Media COO

Mik Bertolli, Avrio Analytics Co-Founder

Blair Christian, PYA Analytics

Patrick Hunt, Chief Product and Technology Officer, BPV Advisor Strategies

Jian Huang, CEO, Survature

During the program that Bradley will moderate, panelists will focus on how data analytics is either driving their business model or ways they are helping clients enhance their businesses through the application of data analytics.

The September 20 panel is one of a series of micro events planned throughout “Innov865 Week” to spotlight the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. All four of the panelists come from start-up companies, the oldest being NewsBreak Media.

To register for the analytics event, click here. For an overview of all “Innov865 Week” events, click here.

(Note: This article appeared previously on, a web-based service that was launched to spotlight and celebrate “all things” related to technology, innovation and entrepreneurship in East Tennessee.)