Fueling innovative software
July 15-18, 2019
Portland, OR
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Holden Karau

Holden Karau
Software Engineer, Independent


Holden Karau is a transgender Canadian software engineer working in the bay area. Previously, she worked at IBM, Alpine, Databricks, Google (twice), Foursquare, and Amazon. Holden is the coauthor of Learning Spark, High Performance Spark, and another Spark book that’s a bit more out of date. She’s a committer on the Apache Spark, SystemML, and Mahout projects. When not in San Francisco, Holden speaks internationally about different big data technologies (mostly Spark). She was tricked into the world of big data while trying to improve search and recommendation systems and has long since forgotten her original goal. Outside of work, she enjoys playing with fire, riding scooters, and dancing.


1:45pm2:25pm Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Secondary topics:  AI Enhanced
Holden Karau (Independent), Trevor Grant (IBM)
Average rating: ***..
(3.20, 5 ratings)
Data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence have exploded in popularity in the last five years, but the nagging question of how to put models into production remains. Holden Karau and Trevor Grant demonstrate how to build a machine learning model and set up serving across clouds with Kubeflow. Read more.
5:05pm5:45pm Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Live Coding ONLY
Location: Portland 252
Holden Karau (Independent), Leah Cole (Google)
Average rating: **...
(2.75, 4 ratings)
Holden Karau and Leah Cole spend five minutes searching for a simple-looking to-do, making sure nobody else is working on it on JIRA or GitHub, and then lead a fun pair-programming live-coding session, pairing both writing code and code review, to put together a fix. Read more.