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Make Data Work
March 13–14, 2017: Training
March 14–16, 2017: Tutorials & Conference
San Jose, CA

Schedule: Business case studies sessions

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9:00am5:00pm Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Location: LL20 B
Michael Abbott (Stanford University), Christopher Pouliot (Nio), Jennifer Anderson, Renee DiResta (New Knowledge), Coco Krumme (Haven | UC Berkeley), Ryan Baumann (Mapbox), JAVONA WHITE BEAR (IBM), Andre Luckow (BMW Group), Rajiv Paul (Yakit), Evangelos Simoudis (Synapse Partners), Roland Major (Transport for London), Rodrigo Fontecilla (Unisys), Lloyd Palum (Vnomics), Andreas Ribbrock (#zeroG, A Lufthansa Systems Company)
Data, Transportation, and Logistics Day offers a daylong deep-dive into how data science is changing transportation and logistics. We’ll investigate the latest advances in and applications of self-driving vehicles, automated drones, and embedded sensors and explore how new uses of data are challenging the industry to evolve infrastructure for the future. Read more.
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1:50pm2:30pm Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Location: 210 D/H Level: Intermediate
Secondary topics:  Data Platform, ecommerce, Streaming
Chandan Joarder (Macys.com)
Average rating: ***..
(3.56, 9 ratings)
Chandan Joarder shares a guide to building real-time dashboards in-house using tools such as Kafka, web frameworks, and an in-memory database, utilizing JavaScript and Scala. Along the way, Chandan also discusses the architectural principles used in these dashboards to provide up-to-the-hour business performance metrics and alerts. Read more.
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2:40pm3:20pm Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Location: 210 D/H Level: Intermediate
Vishal Bamba (Transamerica), Rocky Tiwari (Transamerica)
Vishal Bamba and Rocky Tiwari offer an overview of Transamerica's Customer 360 platform and the work done afterward to utilize this technology, including graph databases and machine learning to help create targeted segments for products and campaigns. Read more.
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4:20pm5:00pm Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Location: 210 D/H Level: Intermediate
Secondary topics:  Data Platform, Financial services, Media, Text
Alan Chaney (Bitvore Corp)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 2 ratings)
Bitvore Corp’s Bitvore for Munis personalized news surveillance system is rapidly becoming a must-have for all major fixed-income securities analysts, investors, and brokers working in the three-trillion-dollar municipal bond market in the USA. Alan Chaney explains how Bitvore delivers the few important and relevant articles out of thousands each day, saving users many hours daily. Read more.
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5:10pm5:50pm Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Location: 210 D/H Level: Beginner
Secondary topics:  Media
Viral Bajaria (6Sense)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
What if companies could predict what products people will buy, how much they will buy, and when? It would be a game changer—and it’s already possible with the power of predictive intelligence. Viral Bajaria explores how BlueJeans Network was able to leverage predictive analytics to uncover buyers earlier, convert them at a 20x higher rate, and build a $33M pipeline. Read more.
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11:00am11:40am Thursday, March 16, 2017
Location: 210 D/H Level: Intermediate
Secondary topics:  Data Platform, Streaming, Telecom
Todd Mostak (MapD), Abdul Subhan (Verizon Wireless)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 2 ratings)
With more than 91M customers, Verizon produces oceans of data. The challenge this onslaught presents isn’t one of storage—it’s one of speed. The solution? Harnessing the power of GPUs to access insights in less than a millisecond. Todd Mostak and Abdul Subhan explain how Verizon solved its data challenge by implementing GPU-tuned analytics and visualization. Read more.
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11:50am12:30pm Thursday, March 16, 2017
Location: 210 C/G Level: Non-technical
Secondary topics:  Media
Brian Lange (Datascope)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 2 ratings)
The goal of RCSA's Scialog conferences is to foster collaboration between scientists with different specialties and approaches, and, working with Datascope, the company has been doing so in a quantitative way for the last six years. Brian Lange discusses how Datasope and RCSA arrived at the problem, the design choices made in the survey and optimization, and how the results were visualized. Read more.
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11:50am12:30pm Thursday, March 16, 2017
Location: 210 D/H Level: Intermediate
Secondary topics:  Data for good, Healthcare
. . (ProKarma)
Average rating: ****.
(4.25, 4 ratings)
Many hospitals combine early warning systems with rapid response teams (RRT) to detect patient decline and respond with elevated care. Predictive models can minimize RRT events by identifying at-risk patients, but modeling is difficult because events are rare and features are varied. Emily Spahn explores the creation of one such patient-risk model and shares lessons learned along the way. Read more.
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1:50pm2:30pm Thursday, March 16, 2017
Location: 230 C
Secondary topics:  Media, Text
Grace Huang (Pinterest)
Average rating: ***..
(3.33, 3 ratings)
With over 75 billion pins, the Pinterest content corpus is one of the largest human-curated collection of ideas. Grace Huang walks you through the lifecycle of a piece of content in Pinterest, a portfolio of metrics developed to monitor the health of the content corpus, and the story of creating a cross-functional initiative to preserve a healthy, sustainable content ecosystem. Read more.
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1:50pm2:30pm Thursday, March 16, 2017
Location: 210 C/G Level: Non-technical
Secondary topics:  Data for good
Gillian Docherty (The Data Lab)
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 3 ratings)
Gillian Docherty shares her experience leading The Data Lab, an innovation center focused on helping organizations drive economic and social benefit through data science and analytics. Along the way, Gillian discusses some of the projects her teams have supported, from multinationals to startups, and explains how they leverage academic capability to help drive innovation from data. Read more.
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1:50pm2:30pm Thursday, March 16, 2017
Location: 210 D/H Level: Intermediate
Secondary topics:  Data Platform, Geospatial, Logistics
Mike Koelemay (Sikorsky Aircraft, Lockheed Martin)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 2 ratings)
Sikorsky collects data onboard thousands of helicopters deployed worldwide that is used for fleet management services, engineering analyses, and business intelligence. Mike Koelemay offers an overview of the data platform that Sikorsky has built to manage the ingestion, processing, and serving of this data so that it can be used to rapidly generate information to drive decision making. Read more.
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2:40pm3:20pm Thursday, March 16, 2017
Location: LL21 B Level: Non-technical
Secondary topics:  Data for good, Smart cities
Joel Gurin (Center for Open Data Enterprise)
Average rating: ****.
(4.67, 3 ratings)
Open government data—free public data than anyone can use and republish—is a major resource for entrepreneurs and innovators. The Center for Open Data Enterprise has partnered with the White House, government, and businesses to show how this resource can create economic value. Joel Gurin and Katherine Garcia share case studies of how open data is being used and a vision for its future. Read more.
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2:40pm3:20pm Thursday, March 16, 2017
Location: 210 D/H Level: Intermediate
Secondary topics:  Media
Romit Jadhwani (Pinterest)
Average rating: ****.
(4.75, 4 ratings)
Over the course of just six years, Pinterest has helped over 100 million pinners discover and collect over 75+ billion ideas to plan their everyday lives. Romit Jadhwani walks you through the different phases of this hypergrowth journey and explores the focuses, thought processes, and decisions of Pinterest’s data team as they scaled and enabled this growth. Read more.
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4:20pm5:00pm Thursday, March 16, 2017
Location: 210 C/G Level: Non-technical
Robert Cohen (Economic Strategy Institute)
Programmable enterprises are developing their businesses around cloud computing, big data, and the internet of things. Robert Cohen explores how infrastructure changes will alter corporate use of software, skilled employees, and strategies, the business and economic impacts of these changes, and the broader impacts of these shifts on our economy and society. Read more.
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4:20pm5:00pm Thursday, March 16, 2017
Location: 210 D/H Level: Intermediate
Secondary topics:  Data Platform, ecommerce, Streaming, Text
Mahesh Goud T (Ticketmaster)
Average rating: **...
(2.00, 1 rating)
Mahesh Goud shares success stories using Ticketmaster's large-scale contextual bandit platform for SEM, which determines the optimal keyword bids under evolving keyword contexts to meet different business requirements, and explores Ticketmaster's streaming pipeline, consisting of Storm, Kafka, HBase, the ELK Stack, and Spring Boot. Read more.