Industria, the Study Association for Industrial Engineering students in Eindhoven organized its annual congress. Industria Congress 2013 had as its theme “Big Data: big business or big brother?”. At the full-day event with prominent speakers and multiple workshops organized by the industry, the potential and the threats of this new phenomenon were discussed. It became clear that the data-centric view of the business introduces new challenges, while it also transforms the society in a fundamental way. I will talk more about this transformation in the course 1BM56, Business Intelligence.