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Make Data Work
21–22 May 2018: Training
22–24 May 2018: Tutorials & Conference
London, UK

Data, AI, and Innovation in the Enterprise

Michael Li (The Data Incubator), Sol Rashidi (Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines)
14:0514:45 Thursday, 24 May 2018
Data-driven business management, Strata Business Summit
Location: Capital Suite 15/16 Level: Beginner

Who is this presentation for?

Executives and all professionals that work with Big Data

Prerequisite knowledge

No background is required. This panel discussion is geared towards a general audience and will not be technical

What you'll learn

  • What is AI and how does it fit within the larger landscape of innovation in data, like machine-learning, data science, and big data
  • What are the key attributes of data and AI that every manager and decision maker should know in order to effectively make decisions in an environment business environment permeated by data and AI.


What are the latest initiatives and use cases around Data and AI within different corporations and industries? How are Data and AI reshaping different industries? How do we foster a culture of Data and Innovation within a larger enterprise? What are some of the challenges of implementing AI within the enterprise setting? We’re convening four experts from different industries to answer these questions and more!

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Michael Li

The Data Incubator

Michael Li founded the Data Incubator, a New York-based training program that turns talented PhDs from academia into workplace-ready data scientists and quants. The program is free to Fellows, and routinely accepts just 1% of applicants. Employers engage with the Incubator as hiring partners.

Previously, he worked as a data scientist (Foursquare), Wall Street quant (D.E. Shaw, J.P. Morgan), and a rocket scientist (NASA). He completed his PhD at Princeton as a Hertz fellow and read Part III Maths at Cambridge as a Marshall Scholar. At Foursquare, Michael discovered that his favorite part of the job was teaching and mentoring smart people about data science. He decided to build a startup to focus on what he really loves.

Michael lives in New York, where he enjoys the Opera, rock climbing, and attending geeky data science events. You can find out more at or @thedatainc.

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Sol Rashidi

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines

Sol currently holds 3 patents in the Information Management space and is a keynote speaker at several technology conferences speaking on various topics such as Machine Learning, Cognitive Computing, Data & Analytics, and Emerging Operating Models. Prior to joining Royal Caribbean, Sol was a Partner at Ernst & Young in the Data & Analytics practice, and before that she was a part of the 1st generation of leaders taking WATSON to market at IBM. Goal oriented and a team player, Sol believes in bringing together people, processes, and technology to cultivate environments that are innovative, driven, and collaborative A Thought Leader in the Data, Robotics, AI, and IT space. Sol is a competency player who solves complex Business, IT, and Operational problems and helps companies with large Transformational Programs. Sol has a unique ability in bridging the gap between Business and IT, her deep understanding of multiple functional disciplines (i.e. change management, enterprise data, application architecture, process re-engineering, sales, etc.) enables her to drive change by articulate the need for change in organizations that otherwise wouldn’t evolve with the emerging market place. Sol played NCAA Water Polo and Rugby for Cal on the Women’s National Rugby Team for several years, and completed the Ironman. She and her husband are avid wine drinkers, travelers, and learning to brew Belgium beer.

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