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Make Data Work
September 25–26, 2017: Training
September 26–28, 2017: Tutorials & Conference
New York, NY


6:30pm8:00pm Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Location: 3D11
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)


Ignite is back at Strata on Tuesday, September 26. The theme emphasizes the wonder and mysteries of big data and pervasive computing. Join us for a fun, high-energy evening of speed talks—all aspiring to live up to the Ignite motto: Enlighten us, but make it quick.

Ignite is free and open to the public.
Register here to attend Ignite.
Strata attendees do not need to preregister to attend Ignite—your conference badge gets you in.

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Presentations will start at 7:00pm.

  • Welcome
    (Alistair Croll)
  • The sixth sense
    (Alistair Croll)
  • What if we have a sixth sense? Dive into the strange world of the Vomeronasal Organ, the Whitten effect, stinky T-shirts, Nerve Zero, and the Flehmen response and see what we might be missing.

  • Can we count all the galaxies in the universe?
    (Viviana Acquaviva)
  • How many galaxies are in the universe? Telescopes are so good nowadays that you can actually count them. Viviana uses a picture of an area of the sky called the Hubble Ultra Deep Field to make a simple but pretty decent estimate based on the number of galaxies in the picture and the size of this patch relative to the whole sky.

  • SQL to NoSQL and back again
    (Matvey Arye)
  • Matvey quickly reviews the history of databases, starting with the initial SQL and NoSQL waves, and discusses the recent shift back towards SQL, before expanding on the resurgence of SQL and why that’s a good thing, especially for the open source community. SQL can work as a simpler data interface, serving as the new (old) “thin waist” in data architectures.

  • Why pivoting is desirable: A perspective about perspectives
    (Meghana Kantharaj)
  • Meghana examines pivoting perspectives and how it helped her get out of her comfort zone, a place far different from and even the opposite of the US in terms of location, weather, culture, beliefs, practices, etc. She then shows you how to pivot your own perspective on small things, encouraging you to see life in a new way.

  • A quick guide to machine learning-based healthcare fraud, waste, and abuse (FWA) detection
    (Aleksandar Lazarevic)
  • Aleksandar shares practical advice on how to organize and join multiple healthcare data and how to design a machine learning-based solution that will not only detect suspicious FWA leads but also direct investigators through their faster review by providing effective visualization and suggesting most likely reasons behind such leads.

  • The Hispanic community and technology
    (Elva Fernandez Sanchez)
  • Elva explains how members of the largest minority group in the United States are taking on new careers in the technology sector, in the process overcoming cultural, social, and economic obstacles. Elva also discusses what tech companies and the government are doing to integrate them.

  • Reinventing healthcare: Predicting Alzheimer’s disease with machine learning
    (Ayin Vala)
  • Ayin shares a machine learning project in personalized medicine that has led to better care for patients and saved costs in healthcare. The focus will be on a project funded by the National Institute of Health to help identify Alzheimer’s disease patients at high risk of hospitalization, using medication regimens, comorbidities, risk factors, and care programs.

  • How to succeed in a massive open online course (MOOC) and change your career
    (Cristina Caputo)
  • You can change your career (and your life) by enrolling in a massive open online course. Cristina is a former college math professor turned data scientist and has completed over 40 MOOCs. She shares tips for enrolling and successfully completing online MOOCs.

  • Raising kids for the zombie apocalypse: How the Walking Dead defines my parenting techniques
    (J. C. Herz)
  • J. C. explains everything you need to know about parenting—all learned from the Walking Dead.

  • Closing remarks
    (Alistair Croll)