Sep 23–26, 2019

Keynote Speakers

Hear inspiring and illuminating presentations from experts and executives at the Strata Data Conference.

Alistair Croll

Alistair Croll

Founder, Solve For Interesting

Alistair Croll is an entrepreneur with a background in web performance, analytics, cloud computing, and business strategy. In 2001, he cofounded Coradiant (acquired by BMC in 2011) and has since helped launch Rednod, CloudOps, Bitcurrent, Year One Labs, and several... Read More.

10:40am Thursday, September 26, 2019

Program chairs, Ben Lorica, Doug Cutting, and Alistair Croll, offer closing remarks. Full Details

8:45am Thursday, September 26, 2019

Program chairs Ben Lorica, Doug Cutting, and Alistair Croll welcome you to the second day of keynotes. Full Details

8:45am Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Program chairs Ben Lorica, Doug Cutting, and Alistair Croll welcome you to the first day of keynotes. Full Details

Doug Cutting

Doug Cutting

Chief Architect, Cloudera

Doug Cutting is the chief architect at Cloudera and the founder of numerous successful open source projects, including Lucene, Nutch, Avro, and Hadoop. Doug joined Cloudera from Yahoo, where he was a key member of the team that built and... Read More.

10:40am Thursday, September 26, 2019

Program chairs, Ben Lorica, Doug Cutting, and Alistair Croll, offer closing remarks. Full Details

8:45am Thursday, September 26, 2019

Program chairs Ben Lorica, Doug Cutting, and Alistair Croll welcome you to the second day of keynotes. Full Details

8:45am Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Program chairs Ben Lorica, Doug Cutting, and Alistair Croll welcome you to the first day of keynotes. Full Details

Jed Dougherty

Jed Dougherty

Data Scientist, Dataiku

Jed Dougherty is a data scientist at Dataiku, where he leads the data scientist team in North America. He specializes in helping large companies in fields including finance, manufacturing, and medicine spin up and organize data science teams and has... Read More.

10:15am Thursday, September 26, 2019

Jed Dougherty presents the trailer of the upcoming _Data Science Pioneers_ documentary about the passionate data scientists driving us toward technological revolution. Cut through the hype with _Data Science Pioneers_ and see what it really means to be a data scientist. Full Details

Barbara Eckman

Barbara Eckman

Senior Principal Software Architect, Comcast

Barbara Eckman is a senior principal software architect at Comcast specializing in big data architecture and governance. She leads data discovery and lineage platform architecture for a division-wide initiative comprising streaming, transforming, storing, and analyzing big data. Barbara is also... Read More.

9:35am Thursday, September 26, 2019

Barbara Eckman shares lessons learned from early big data mistakes and the progress her team at Comcast is making toward a postrevolutionary big data vision. Full Details

Jonathan Foster

Jonathan Foster

Principal Content Experiences Manager, Microsoft

Jonathan Foster is the principal content experiences manager at Microsoft, where he leads the Windows and content intelligence writing team. Their work includes UX writing, designing personality and voice within products and experiences, and authoring and designing conversational interactions for... Read More.

9:55am Thursday, September 26, 2019

Language shapes our thinking, our relationships, our sense of self. Conversation connects us in powerful, intimate, and often unconscious ways. Jonathan Foster explains why, as we design for natural language interactions and more humanlike digital experiences, language—as design material, conversation, and design canvas—reveals ethical challenges we couldn't encounter with GUI-powered experiences. Full Details

DANIEL HERNANDEZ

DANIEL HERNANDEZ

Vice President, Data and AI, IBM

Daniel G. Hernandez is the vice president of data and AI at IBM, where he’s the head of products for the company’s hybrid data management, unified governance and integration, and AI businesses. Daniel’s team is responsible for the strategy,... Read More.

9:15am Thursday, September 26, 2019

Daniel Hernandez takes a deep dive into how, with a unified, prescriptive information architecture, organizations can successfully unlock the value of their data for an AI and multicloud world. Full Details

Mick Hollison

Mick Hollison

Chief Marketing Officer, Cloudera

Mick leads Cloudera’s worldwide marketing efforts, including advertising, brand, communications, demand, partner, solutions, and web. Mick has had a successful 25-year career in enterprise and cloud software. Previously, he was CMO at sales acceleration and machine learning company InsideSales.com,... Read More.

8:50am Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Learn how IBM and Cloudera are fueling innovation in IoT, streaming, data warehouse and machine learning, and making their customer’s digital transformation journey easier, faster and safer. Full Details

Hillery Hunter

Hillery Hunter

CTO and VP, Cloud Infrastructure, IBM

Hillery is CTO of IBM Cloud, responsible for technical strategy for IBM’s cloud-native and infrastructure offerings. Prior to this role, she served as Director of Accelerated Cognitive Infrastructure in IBM Research, leading a team doing cross-stack (hardware... Read More.

8:50am Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Learn how IBM and Cloudera are fueling innovation in IoT, streaming, data warehouse and machine learning, and making their customer’s digital transformation journey easier, faster and safer. Full Details

Edward Jezierski

Edward Jezierski

Principal PM, Reinforcement Learning Cognitive Services, Microsoft

Edward Jezierski is a PM at Microsoft bringing reinforcement learning services to market. He works across all Microsoft divisions with the goal of making the power of RL-based AI available to everyone. Previously, he was CEO and CTO... Read More.

9:40am Thursday, September 26, 2019

Microsoft has an ecosystem spanning research, gaming, and the cloud that's advancing reinforcement learning (RL) and putting it into everyday use. Join Edward Jezierski to see where RL is used practically across Microsoft and imagine the opportunities that exist for your business today. Full Details

Cassie Kozyrkov

Cassie Kozyrkov

Chief Decision Scientist, Google

Cassie Kozyrkov is Google Cloud’s chief decision scientist. Cassie is passionate about helping everyone make better decisions through harnessing the beauty and power of data. She speaks at conferences and meets with leadership teams to empower decision makers to transform... Read More.

8:55am Thursday, September 26, 2019

Machine learning and artificial intelligence are no longer science fiction, so now you have to address what it takes to harness their potential effectively, responsibly, and reliably. Based on lessons learned at Google, Cassie Kozyrkov offers actionable advice to help you find opportunities to take advantage of machine learning, navigate the AI era, and stay safe as you innovate. Full Details

Ben Lorica

Ben Lorica

Chief Data Scientist, O'Reilly

Ben Lorica is the chief data scientist at O’Reilly. Ben has applied business intelligence, data mining, machine learning, and statistical analysis in a variety of settings, including direct marketing, consumer and market research, targeted advertising, text mining, and financial engineering.... Read More.

10:40am Thursday, September 26, 2019

Program chairs, Ben Lorica, Doug Cutting, and Alistair Croll, offer closing remarks. Full Details

9:05am Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Ben Lorica dives into emerging technologies for building data infrastructures and machine learning platforms. Full Details

8:45am Thursday, September 26, 2019

Program chairs Ben Lorica, Doug Cutting, and Alistair Croll welcome you to the second day of keynotes. Full Details

8:45am Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Program chairs Ben Lorica, Doug Cutting, and Alistair Croll welcome you to the first day of keynotes. Full Details

Patrick Lucey

Patrick Lucey

Chief Scientist, Stats Perform

Patrick Lucey is the chief scientist of artificial intelligence at Stats Perform, where his goal is to maximize the value of the 35+ years worth of sports data. His main research interests are in artificial intelligence and interactive machine learning... Read More.

10:30am Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Imagine watching sports and being able to immediately find all plays that are similar to what just happened. Better still, imagine being able to draw a play with the Xs and Os on an interface like a coach draws on a chalkboard and instantaneously finding all the similar plays and conduct analytics on those plays. Join Patrick Lucey to see how this is possible. Full Details

James Malone

James Malone

Senior Product Manager, Google Cloud Platform, Google

James Malone is a product manager for Google Cloud Platform and manages Cloud Dataproc and Apache Beam (incubating). Previously, James worked at Disney and Amazon. He’s a big fan of open source software because it shows what’s possible when people... Read More.

9:30am Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Open source has always been a core pillar of Google Cloud’s data and analytics strategy. James Malone examines how, as the community continues to set industry standards, the company continues to integrate those standards into its services so organizations around the world can unlock the value of data faster. Full Details

Sara Menker

Sara Menker

Founder and CEO, Gro Intelligence

Sara Menker is the founder and CEO of Gro Intelligence. Gro is AI for agriculture. Gro’s platform automatically harvests vast amounts of disparate global agricultural data, transforms it into knowledge, and generates predictions for volatile markets. Prior to founding... Read More.

9:15am Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Sara Menker, CEO, Gro Intelligence Full Details

Arun Murthy

Arun Murthy

Chief Product Officer , Cloudera

Arun was chief product officer at Hortonworks, prior to its merger with Cloudera, leading engineering and R&D efforts across the company’s entire portfolio. He was one of the founders of Hortonworks and has spent well over a decade in the... Read More.

9:25am Thursday, September 26, 2019

In this keynote, we’ll introduce you to the new 100% open source Cloudera Data Platform (CDP), the world’s first enterprise data cloud. CDP is hybrid and multi-cloud, delivering the speed, agility, and scale you need to secure and govern your data anywhere from the edge to AI. Full Details

Tim O'Reilly

Tim O'Reilly

Founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media

Tim O’Reilly is the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, Inc. His original business plan was simply “interesting work for interesting people,” and that’s worked out pretty well. O’Reilly Media delivers online learning, publishes books, runs conferences, urges companies... Read More.

9:40am Wednesday, September 25, 2019

AI has the potential to add $16 trillion global economy by 2030, but adoption has been slow. While we understand the power of AI, many of us aren’t sure how to fully unleash its potential. Join Robert Thomas and Tim O'Reilly to learn that the reality is AI isn't magic. It’s hard work. Full Details

Jeremy Rader

Jeremy Rader

Senior Director, Data Centric Solutions, Intel

Jeremy D. Rader is the Sr. Director of Data Centric Solutions in Intel’s Data Center Group, Enterprise and Government Organization. He leads the group’s strategies and efforts to accelerate E&G customers’ digital transformation by delivering Analytics and AI solutions enabled... Read More.

10:00am Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Data analytics is the long-standing but constantly evolving science that companies leverage for insight, innovation, and competitive advantage. Jeremy Rader explores Intel’s end-to-end data pipeline software strategy designed and optimized for a modern and flexible data-centric infrastructure that allows for the easy deployment of unified advanced analytics and AI solutions at scale. Full Details

Nemo Semret

Nemo Semret

Co-Founder and CTO, Gro Intelligence

Nemo joined Gro after 8+ years in engineering at Google, where he first worked for several years in web search on ranking algorithms. He was then Tech Lead on Google’s Ad Exchange. He led the engineering team responsible for auction... Read More.

9:15am Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Sara Menker, CEO, Gro Intelligence Full Details

Nikita Shamgunov

Nikita Shamgunov

Cofounder and CEO, MemSQL

Nikita Shamgunov is the cofounder and CEO at MemSQL. He’s dedicated his entire career to innovation in data infrastructure. Previously, Nikita was a senior database engineer for Microsoft’s SQL Server and worked on the core data infrastructure of... Read More.

10:20am Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Data is now the world’s most valuable resource, with winners and losers decided every day by how well we collect, analyze, and act on data. However, most companies struggle to unlock the full value of their data, using outdated, outmoded data infrastructure. Nikita Shamgunov examines how businesses use data, the new demands on data infrastructure, and what you should expect from your tools. Full Details

Swatee Singh

Swatee Singh

Vice President, Big Data Platform, and Distinguished Architect, Machine Learning Platform, American Express

Swatee Singh is the vice president of the big data platform and the first female distinguished architect of the machine learning platform at American Express, where she’s spearheading machine learning transformation. Swatee’s a proponent of democratizing machine learning by providing... Read More.

10:05am Wednesday, September 25, 2019

The financial services industry is increasingly using disruptive technology—including AI and machine learning, edge computing, blockchain, mobile and mixed reality, virtual assistants, and quantum computing to name a few—to enhance the customer experience and personalize their interactions with customers. Swatee Singh outlines how the same is true at American Express. Full Details

Siva Sivakumar

Siva Sivakumar

Senior Director, Data Center Solutions, Cisco

Siva Sivakumar is a senior director in the Data Center Business Group at Cisco. Siva drives strategy and execution of Data Center Solutions, which includes converged and hyperconverged stacks, enterprise apps, analytics and AI, and cloud solutions.

10:25am Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Siva Sivakumar explains the Cisco Data Intelligence Platform (CDIP), which is a cloud-scale architecture that brings together big data, AI and compute farm, and storage tiers to work together as a single entity, while also being able to scale independently to address the IT issues in the modern data center. Full Details

Alan Smith

Alan Smith

Head of Visual and Data Journalism, Financial Times

Alan Smith is the head of visual and data journalism at the Financial Times. A data visualization specialist, he writes the _FT_’s popular “Chart Doctor” column. Alan is an experienced presenter, having lectured extensively on how to communicate with data.... Read More.

10:20am Thursday, September 26, 2019

Based on a critical evaluation of the iconic yield curve chart, Alan Smith argues that combining visualization (data to pixels) with sonification (data to pitch) offers potential to improve not only aesthetic multimedia experiences but also an opportunity to take the presentation of data into the rapidly expanding universe of screenless devices and products. Full Details

Robert Thomas

Robert Thomas

General Manager, Data and Artificial Intelligence, IBM

Robert D. Thomas is the general manager of IBM Data and Artificial Intelligence. He directs IBM’s product investment strategy, sales and marketing, expert labs, and global software product development. With a portfolio of over 1,000 products, IBM has... Read More.

9:40am Wednesday, September 25, 2019

AI has the potential to add $16 trillion global economy by 2030, but adoption has been slow. While we understand the power of AI, many of us aren’t sure how to fully unleash its potential. Join Robert Thomas and Tim O'Reilly to learn that the reality is AI isn't magic. It’s hard work. Full Details

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