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From Beaker to BeakerX

Matt Greenwood (Two Sigma Investments)
2:40pm–3:20pm Thursday, August 24, 2017
Extensions and customization
Location: Nassau Level: Beginner
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Who is this presentation for?

  • Everyone can find value in this presentation.

What you'll learn

  • Understand the philosophy behind pivoting from Beaker, a standalone notebook, to BeakerX, a Jupyter extension
  • Learn the capabilities of BeakerX


Matt Greenwood introduces BeakerX, a set of Jupyter Notebook extensions that enable polyglot data science, time series plotting and processing, research publication, and integration with Apache Spark. The Beaker project began five years ago as a standalone notebook, and in 2016 the project made the decision to redesign the software to integrate tightly with the Jupyter platform. Matt explores both the evolution of our thinking that led to this pivot and the evolution of the software itself, reviews the Jupyter extension architecture, speaking to how BeakerX plugs into that architecture, and discusses the current set of BeakerX capabilities. The team couldn’t undertake a project this big on our own; Matt also talks about the partnerships that make this work possible and presents the roadmap the team created with these partners.

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Matt Greenwood

Two Sigma Investments

Matt Greenwood is the chief innovation officer at Two Sigma Investments, where he has led company-wide efforts across both engineering and modeling teams. Matt oversees development of BeakerX, which extends the Jupyter Notebook to support to six languages, additional widgets, and one-click publication. Matt is also a board member and Venture Partner at Two Sigma Ventures and works closely with portfolio companies in both board membership and advisory capacities. Matt began his career at Bell Labs and later moved to IBM Research, where he was responsible for early efforts in tablet computing and distributed computing. Matt was also lead developer and manager at Entrisphere, where he helped create a product providing access equipment for broadband service providers. Matt holds a PhD in mathematics from Columbia University, where he taught for many years, as well as a BA and MA in math from Oxford University and an MA in theoretical physics from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.