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

Findata Day

9:00am – 5:00pm, Tuesday, September 26, 2017

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. Curated for finance executives, Findata Day is an unprecedented deep dive into the most disruptive data technologies—within the context of banking, investment, and finance.

At Findata Day, we'll focus on essential topics such as:

  • Using data exhaust, crowdsourcing, and real-time information to find profit and reduce risk
  • The impact of machine learning and artificial intelligence on investment models, data analysis, and the very foundations of the finance industry
  • Governance and 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.

Tuesday, 09/26/2017


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Location: 1E 07/08
Alistair Croll (Solve For Interesting), Robert Passarella (Protege Partners)
Findata hosts, Alistair Croll and Rob Passarella, welcome you to the Findata tutorial. Read more.


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Strata Business Summit
Location: 1E 07/08
Secondary topics:  Financial services
William Mok (The Tech Trader Fund)
William Mok, The Tech Trader Fund) Read more.


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Secondary topics:  Financial services
Leigh Drogen (Estimize)
Founder and CEO at Estimize Read more.


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Location: 1E 07/08
Secondary topics:  Geospatial, Retail
Vincent-Charles Hodder (
The location characteristics of a retail or real estate development dictates the types of customers they attract and the customer experience they deliver. Unfortunately, traditional real-estate and retail industries have not taken advantage of the insight that location characteristics can provide them, instead relying on historic performance data to determine what and where to build. Read more.


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Business case studies, Data-driven business management
Location: 1E 07/08 Level: Intermediate
Sastry Durvasula (American Express), Priya Koul (American Express)
The AI landscape is rapidly evolving with a lot of promise … and a lot of hype. How is American Express building the AI ecosystem at scale, unlocking differentiated customer experiences and opening up new business opportunities? We will cover the core pillars, including machine learning, deep learning, NLP, chatbots and speech-recognition capabilities powering digital channels and partnerships. Read more.


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Data-driven business management
Location: 1E 07/08 Level: Beginner
Abraham Thomas (Quandl)
Quandl co-founder and chief data officer Abraham Thomas shows how maritime data can be used to predict physical commodity flows. His case study covers every stage of the data life-cycle: raw data acquisition; data cleansing and structuring; machine-learning and probabilistic modeling; conversion to tractable format; packaging for final audience; commercialization and distribution. Read more.


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Location: 1E 07/08
Jessica Stauth (Quantopian)
Jessica Stauth, Vice President of Quant Strategy, Quantopian Read more.


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Jason Morton (Corvil)
Regulators increasingly require market participants to self-monitor to prevent manipulative practices such as spoofing and layering. We'll describe some methods for detecting a spoofing overlay on top of a legitimate strategy from a flow of timestamped order message and cancellation data. Read more.