Making Open Work
May 8–9, 2017: Training & Tutorials
May 10–11, 2017: Conference
Austin, TX
Edward Finkler

Edward Finkler
CTO, Graph Story

Website | @funkatron

Ed Finkler, also known as Funkatron, is the CTO at Graph Story. Ed started making websites before browsers had frames. He does frontend and server-side work in Python, PHP, and JavaScript. Previously, he served as web lead and security researcher at the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) at Purdue University. Along with Chris Hartjes, Ed cohosts the Development Hell podcast. He is also the founder and chairman of Open Sourcing Mental Illness, a nonprofit 501( c )( 3 ) dedicated to raising awareness and supporting those with mental illness in the tech industry. Ed writes at


1:45pm2:25pm Thursday, May 11, 2017
Data, Big and Small
Location: Ballroom F
Level: Beginner
Edward Finkler (Graph Story)
Average rating: ****.
(4.24, 17 ratings)
Most of us have worked with relational databases like MySQL or PostgreSQL, but they aren't the best option for many use cases. Graph databases have a simpler, more powerful model for handling complex, related data. Edward Finkler uses Neo4j to explore the advantages of graph databases, showing how graphs work and how they give you the power to do things that are difficult or impossible in SQL. Read more.