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April 29-30, 2018: Training
April 30-May 2, 2018: Tutorials & Conference
New York, NY


5:20pm–7:30pm Monday, April 30, 2018
Location: Grand Ballroom
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Ignite NYC is coming to the AI Conference on Monday, April 30. The theme emphasizes the wonder and mysteries of AI and pervasive computing. Join us for a fun, high-energy evening of speed talks—all aspiring to live up to the Ignite motto: Enlighten us, but make it quick.

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Ignite is open to the public, and registration is open! AI Conference attendees do not need to register; your conference badge grants you entry into this event.


Oscar Torres
Oscar is the director of Ignite NYC. A serial entrepreneur, artist, technologist and innovative thinker, he is also the founder of Blubee Media LLC, a small design and product development agency. Oscar holds a master’s degree from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.



Heidi Dangelmaier
How to recover the missing 96% of intelligence needed to design SMART technology
Heidi is the founder of Girlapproved. She is one of a handful of woman who has both been trained at a doctorate level in artificial intelligence and quantum physics (from Princeton) and invented multiple consumer products, brands, and technologies for women that have been sold at mass, even globally. Girlapproved presents a radically more evolved model of the female mind, with results based on hundreds of empirical experiments.

Jeanne Boyarsky
High schoolers are the future of machines
Jeanne is a software developer, the author of three books, and a programming mentor on a high school robotics team.

Shemika Lamare
The future of artificial intelligence
Shemika has taken a nontraditional path into data science and is proud of her passion and tenacity for trudging along. She is dedicated to shedding light on the importance of privacy, data literacy, transparency, accountability, and ethics. In her spare time she blogs, volunteers with Black Girls Code, dances, and travels.

Jinglu Wang
Computers versus cancer: How data mining of CT scans can improve early detection of lung carcinoma
By day, Jinglu implements EHRs; by night, she is a cancer-fighting superhero, using data to help solve the most complex healthcare conundrums.

Garrison Redd
How technology allows people like me to walk
Garrison is a motivational speaker, equal rights advocate, model, Paralympian, and founder of At the age of 17, he suffered a spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the waist down. Instead of feeling sorry for himself or depressed, he decided to triumph in the face of adversity. Currently, he’s on a mission to make the world a better place for people living with disabilities, and he provides disabled individuals with free resources in the forms of advice, guidance, and health and fitness strategies.

Jonathan Swerdloff
Automate all the lawyers: Will AI help bring justice to all?
Jonathan is a litigator with a background in trial preparation, drafting discovery responses, and motion practice. He is a founder of Floor Four Ventures and a former web developer. Jonathan is a graduate of the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU, where he focused on social media, location services, and systems analysis.

Jonah Brucker-Cohen
Socializing public spaces with shared input from mobile devices
Jonah is an award-winning researcher, artist, writer, and assistant professor of digital media and networked culture at Lehman College, CUNY. His work, which focuses on the theme of deconstructing networks and includes projects that critically challenge and subvert accepted perceptions of network interaction and experience, has been exhibited and showcased at venues such as SFMOMA, MOMA, ICA London, Palais du Tokyo, Tate Modern, Ars Electronica, and Transmediale, and his project “Bumplist” is included in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art. His writing has appeared in publications such as Wired, Make, Gizmodo, Neural, and more. He has led Scrapyard Challenge workshops in over 14 countries in Europe, South America, North America, Asia, and Australia. He is also the executive vice president of Lively Event, a company focused on enriching public spaces through shared interaction from mobile devices. He holds a PhD from the Electronic and Electrical Engineering Department of Trinity College Dublin.

Richard The
Unresolved images
Richard is a designer, artist, and educator. His work, ranging from graphic design to installations to user interfaces, investigates the aesthetic and cultural implications of an increasingly technology-driven society. He has worked at Sagmeister Inc., led a design group at the Google Creative Lab, and is cofounder of the transdisciplinary design studio TheGreenEyl. He is also an assistant professor of art media and technology at the Parsons School of Design and has taught at NYU ITP, School of Visual Arts, and MIT School of Architecture. His work has been recognized by international design institutions such as D&AD, Art Directors Club New York, AIGA, Communication Arts, Type Director’s Club Tokyo, and Ars Electronica, and Linz. He studied at University of the Arts Berlin and the MIT Media Lab.

Ted Case-Hayes
The dawn chorus: Emergent language from simple AI
Ted is director of interactive electronics at RAB Lighting. An experience inventor, product designer, screenwriter, and father of two, he once got kicked out of three Sephoras in the same day for dancing with a chicken in a leather fetish costume. Ted holds a master’s degree from NYU.

Josh Eisenberg
Racist, sexist, and incoherent: The poor quality of computationally generated language
Josh is a computer science PhD candidate in the Cognac Laboratory at Florida International University in Miami, where he researches the computational understanding of narrative and stories. He has patents pending for the computational classification of narrative point of view and diegesis and the automatic extraction of stories in text. Josh enjoys traveling, food, and open air music festivals.