The Northern Virginia Technology Council is holding a Big Data Symposium Friday.

The theme of the symposium is “The Future of Our Region as a Global Center for Big Data.” Speakers include Anne Altman of IBM; Greg Baroni of Attain; Philip E. Bourne of the National Institutes of Health; Mike Bradshaw of Google; Donald E. Brown of the University of Virginia Data Science Institute; Chris Chmura of Chmura Economics & Analytics; Aneesh Chopra of Hunch Analytics; Keith Crandall and Ali Eskandarian of George Washington University; Justin Langseth of Zoomdata; Jennifer Morgan of SAP; and Gary Shiffman of Giant Oak.

The half-day event begins at 7:30 a.m. at the NTSB Training Center, 45065 Riverside Pkwy., Ashburn. $65 for members, $95 for everyone else.

Other events of note
Monday, May 5

The Greater Washington Board of Trade plays host to Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post, who will talk about her book, “Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom and Wonder.” The event begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Hamilton Live, 600 14th St. NW. $85 for members, $105 for everyone else.

Tuesday, May 6

The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce is holding its second annual Northern Virginia Business to Government Matchmaking Conference. Antonio Doss of the Small Business Administration will give the keynote. The event begins at 8 a.m. at the Westin Washington Dulles Airport, 2520 Wasser Terrace, Herndon. $75 for members, $100 for everyone else.

The Maryland Chamber of Commerce is holding its Annual Membership Meeting & Business Hall of Fame Awards Dinner. Inductees include Thomas J. Baltimore Jr. of RLJ Lodging Trust, Ellen H. Yankellow of CorrectRx Pharmacy Services and the late John T. Menzies III of the Terminal Corp. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at Camelot by Martin’s, 13905 Central Ave., Upper Marlboro. $200 for members, $275 for everyone else.

Thursday, May 8

The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and the Northern Virginia Technology Council are hosting a reception for the candidates from both parties for the 8th Congressional District. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Springfield Golf & Country Club, 8301 Old Keene Mill Rd., Springfield. Free for members, $30 for everyone else.