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Findata Day

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
New York, NY

Alistair Croll, Strata Conference Chair and Findata Day Host

Program Hosts | Findata Day Schedule

For finance executives. Turn algorithms into advantage.

What happens when a satellite photo of a Wal-Mart parking lot predicts GDP better than economists? When algorithms create their own models that need to be explained to regulators? When markets move on a tweet?

In finance, data is money. The right information, a second before others, is Alpha; a second later, is a lawsuit. Finance has found new ways to harness information, from real-time feeds to learning algorithms—with new forms of governance and emerging regulations.

Every year, thousands of top data scientists join business and technology leaders at Strata Data Conference. Curated for finance executives, Findata Day at Strata is an unprecedented deep dive into the most disruptive data technologies—within the context of banking, investment, and finance.

Findata Day will focus on essential topics such as:

  • Using data exhaust, crowdsourcing, and real-time data to find profit & reduce risk
  • Machine learning & artificial intelligence on investment models, analysis, and the foundations of finance
  • Governance & compliance in an era of black-box decisions and machine-made trading models

About your hosts

Alistair Croll, co-chair of Strata Data Conference, teaches Data Science and Critical Thinking at Harvard Business School. Alistair has co-founded Coradiant and Year One Labs, and works with early-stage companies and the Global 2000 on business innovation.

Rob Passarella has been working with data and commerce for decades, including executive roles at DataSift, Bloomberg, and Dow Jones. At Protégé Partners, he evaluates the “new quant”, using AI for investment. Rob is also the CEO of Alpha Features, which organizes access to unstructured data for the marketplace.

Schedule for Findata Day

Bradford Cross (DCVC) Priya Koul (American Express) Leigh Drogen (Estimize) Jessica Stauth (Quantopian) Vincent-Charles Hodder (www.locallogic.co) Tanvi Singh (Credit Suisse) Jose Ribau (CIBC) Abraham Thomas (Quandl) Sastry Durvasula (American Express)

Tuesday, 09/26/2017

9:00am

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9:00am
Strata Business Summit
Location: 1E 07/08
Alistair Croll (Solve For Interesting), Robert Passarella (Protégé Partners)
Alistair Croll and Rob Passarella welcome you to Findata Day. Read more.

9:05am

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9:05am
Strata Business Summit
Location: 1E 07/08
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)
Bradford Cross offers an overview of machine learning applications in the financial services sector across banking, insurance, investments, real estate, and consumer financial services and contrasts these approaches with traditional quant finance. Read more.

9:30am

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9:30am
Location: 1E 07/08
Robert Passarella (Protégé Partners)
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(3.33, 3 ratings)
Can you really use unstructured data as part of your investment process? Why are leading financial services firms building practices to handle all sorts of data from satellite to browsing? Is the IoT a significant data point for financial analysis? Rob Passarella explores current applications and use cases for data, which financial services firms are eagerly gobbling up with alpha in mind. Read more.

10:00am

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Jason Morton (Ascendant)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 3 ratings)
Regulators increasingly require market participants to self-monitor to prevent manipulative practices such as spoofing and layering. Jason Morton shares methods for detecting a spoofing overlay on top of a legitimate strategy from a flow of time-stamped order message and cancellation data. Read more.

10:30am

10:30am
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Morning break

11:00am

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11:00am
Location: 1E 07/08 Level: Intermediate
Jike Chong (Tsinghua University | Acorns)
Average rating: ****.
(4.60, 5 ratings)
AI is moving into the heart of the financial business model. Jike Chong discusses two fundamental business cycles in a financial institution: acquiring customers and sustaining customer relationships, highlighting opportunities in six areas where AI technologies can be readily deployed, along with reference use cases. Read more.

11:35am

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11:35am
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Secondary topics:  Financial services
Leigh Drogen (Estimize)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 2 ratings)
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12:00pm

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12:00pm
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Bob Levy (Virtual Cove, Inc.)
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(4.00, 2 ratings)
Bob Levy looks at the science of understanding and the frontiers of immersive reality that are helping auditors, model designers, fraud analysts, and other knowledge workers better process data. Read more.

12:30pm

12:30pm
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Lunch

1:35pm

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1:35pm
Data-driven business management, Strata Business Summit
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Abraham Thomas (Quandl)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
Abraham Thomas demonstrates how maritime data can be used to predict physical commodity flows, in a case study that covers every stage of the data lifecycle, from raw data acquisition, data cleansing and structuring, and machine learning and probabilistic modeling to conversion to tractable format, packaging for final audience, and commercialization and distribution. Read more.

2:00pm

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2:00pm
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Secondary topics:  Geospatial, Retail
Vincent-Charles Hodder (Local Logic)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
The location characteristics of a retail or real estate development dictate the types of customers they attract and the customer experience they deliver. Vincent-Charles Hodder explains how to model future demand for specific retail offerings and real estate projects as well as target marketing efforts to the most relevant locations in the city based on specific customer profiles. Read more.

2:35pm

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2:35pm
Priya Koul (American Express)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 2 ratings)
The AI landscape is rapidly evolving, offering a lot of promise. . .and a lot of hype. Priya Koul explains how American Express is building an AI ecosystem at scale to unlock differentiated customer experiences and open up new business opportunities. Read more.

3:00pm

3:00pm
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Afternoon break

3:30pm

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3:30pm
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Tanvi Singh (Credit Suisse)
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(3.67, 3 ratings)
Tanvi Singh details Credit Suisse's journey to create a singular platform to manage client, employee, and bank risk holistically in a "low code, no code" environment. Read more.

4:00pm

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4:00pm
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José Ribau (CIBC)
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(4.67, 3 ratings)
José Ribau discusses the pragmatic side of data-driven finance—the realities of modern banking—comparing the demands of governance and compliance to the aspirations of fintech startups. Read more.

4:30pm

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4:30pm
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Michael Beal (Data Capital Management)
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(5.00, 2 ratings)
Michael Beal, CEO, Data Capital Management Read more.