Strata in London 2013 Speakers

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James Abley
James Abley (Government Digital Service), @jabley

Systems / Software Engineer / Web Ops guy. Working as a Technical Architect for the Government Digital Service transforming government services for the 21st century.

Alasdair Allan
Alasdair Allan (Babilim Light Industries), @aallan

Alasdair Allan is a director at Babilim Light Industries and a scientist, author, hacker, maker, and journalist. An expert on the internet of things and sensor systems, he’s famous for hacking hotel radios, deploying mesh networked sensors through the Moscone Center during Google I/O, and for being behind one of the first big mobile privacy scandals when, back in 2011, he revealed that Apple’s iPhone was tracking user location constantly. He’s written eight books and writes regularly for, Hackaday, and other outlets. A former astronomer, he also built a peer-to-peer autonomous telescope network that detected what was, at the time, the most distant object ever discovered.

carme  artigas
carme artigas (Synergic Partners), @carmeartigas

Co-founder&Partner of Synergic Partners, strategic and technological consultancy firm founded in 2007 specialized in Data Management, Government and Analysis. The company applies its knowledge in technologies such as Big Data and Data Analytics. She has recently been awarded among top 200 Big data influencers by Onalytica.

Carme Artigas is Master of Science in Chemical Engineering by and Master in Business Administration by University Ramon Llull of Barcelona. Also has an Executive Degree in Venture Capital by the Haas School of University of Berkeley in California.

Carme has more than 20 years of extensive expertise in the telecommunications and IT fields and a broad experience in several executive roles both in Private companies as well as Governmental institutions.

She has also broad experience as Board Member... Read More.

Hasan Bakhshi (Nesta)

Hasan leads NESTA’s creative industries and digital policy and research.

Prior to NESTA, Hasan worked as Executive Director and Senior International Economist at Lehman Brothers, and as Deputy Chief Economist at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

He has eight years’ experience as an economist at the Bank of England. Hasan has published widely in academic journals and policy publications on topics ranging from technological progress and economic growth to the economics of the creative and cultural sector.

He has also consulted for a number of organisations, including the European Commission, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment and the British Film Institute. Hasan has a BA in Economics from Cambridge and an MPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford.

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Francine Bennett
Francine Bennett (Mastodon C), @fhr

Francine Bennett is a data scientist, and is the CEO and cofounder of Mastodon C. Mastodon C are agile big data specialists, who offer the open source Hadoop-powered technology and the technical and analytical skills which help organisations to realise the potential of their data.
Before founding Mastodon C, she spent a number of years working on big data analysis for search engines, helping them to turn lots of data into even more money. She enjoys good coffee, running, sleeping as much as possible, and exploring large datasets.

Duncan Bloor

I’m a producer at the BBC working on ways to integrate data and reporting into our workflows and processes

Kipp Bradford
Kipp Bradford (The Kippworks), @kippworks

Kipp Bradford is an educator, technology consultant, and entrepreneur with a passion for making things. He is one of the USA Science and Engineering Festival’s Nifty Fifty. He is also the Demo Chair of the Open Hardware Summit and a featured innovator at Frost & Sullivan’s GIL 2013. As the former Senior Design Engineer and Lecturer at the Brown University School of Engineering, Kipp taught several engineering design and entrepreneurship courses. He has founded startups in the fields of transportation, consumer products, HVAC, and medical devices, including the Data Sensing Lab and Revolution By Design/. Kipp is a Fellow at the College of Design, Engineering and Commerce at Philadelphia University, and an Adjunct Critic at the Rhode Island School of... Read More.

Matthew Brandwein

Matt Brandwein leads the machine learning product team at Cloudera, guiding the platform experience for data scientists and data engineers, including products like Cloudera Data Science Workbench. Previously, he led Cloudera’s product marketing team, with roles spanning product, solution, and partner marketing, and built enterprise search and data discovery products at Endeca/Oracle. Matt holds degrees in computer science and mathematics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Marco Bressan
Marco Bressan (BBVA)

Dr. Marco Bressan is in charge of BBVA’s Big Data global initiative. This responsibility includes the promotion and development of data services, data-centric operations and analytical competencies within the group. Dr. Bressan is also responsible for the Open Platform, a developer ecosystem that exposes this data, among other traditionally closed banking assets and expertise, “as a Service” to the external and internal development communities.
Until 2012, Marco was Chief Innovation Officer, Transportation and Government for Xerox Corporation, one of the leading providers of parking, tolling, enforcement and public transit services to governments globally. As CIO, he was responsible for the creation and execution of an innovation portfolio addressing long-term transportation and urban trends. Smart sensor systems, real-time public transit analytics or data-driven... Read More.

Eileen Burbidge
Eileen Burbidge (Passion Capital), @eileentso

Eileen Burbidge was ranked #11 in The 100 most influential technology investors in Europe by “online social capital” by the Telegraph. She was investment director for private early stage VC firm Ambient Sound Investments, founded by the Skype founding engineers. Prior to that, Eileen was products director for both Yahoo!’s largest global property Yahoo! Answers, and Skype.

John Burke

James Burke has been called “one of the most intriguing minds in the Western world” by the Washington Post. His audience is global. His influence in the field of the public understanding of science and technology is acknowledged in citations by such authoritative sources as the Smithsonian and Microsoft CEO Bill Gates. His work is on the curriculum of universities and schools across the United States. In 1965, James began work with BBC-TV on Tomorrow’s World and went on to become the BBC’s chief reporter on the Apollo Moon missions. For over 40 years, he has produced, directed, written, and presented award-winning television series on the BBC, PBS, Discovery Channel, and the Learning Channel. These include historical series, such as Connections... Read More.

John Cain (SapientNitro)

With more than two decades of leadership experience, John Cain’s (Partner) expertise stretches across product, communication, and brand design, as well as across business strategy and innovation. After E-Lab was acquired by Sapient, in 1999, he became head of Sapient’s Experience Modeling Group, Regional Lead for Sapient’s Automotive and Industrial (A&I) business unit, and North American Operations Lead. Over the past decade he has served as Team Lead, Consumer Experience and Portfolio Planning, for Motorola’s handset division and as Director at INGENIX, a Unitedhealth Group Company. In 2007 he co-founded, the business incubator Sideriver Ventures, LLC. John has taught design planning, communication, and interaction design at the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and the University of Illinois... Read More.

Pascal Clarysse
Pascal Clarysse (TomTom)

Started as a software engineer in TeleAtlas in 1997 working on database converters. Switched to make conflation application where I reached expert level and moved towards management.
6 years ago after TeleAtlas was acquired by TomTom we got access to the anonymous logged GPS data which we want to use the improve our maps. 3 years ago we switched to Hadoop to process this data

Andy Cotgreave

Andy Cotgreave was a Tableau user for four years at the University of Oxford before joining Tableau as a Senior Product Consultant. At Oxford, Andy helped develop the university’s business intelligence program and revolutionized its reporting capabilities. He also blogged for UK consultancy, The Data Studio, posting tips and tricks for the benefit of all Tableau users. At Tableau Andy will continue spreading the good word about Tableau.

Alistair Croll
Alistair Croll (Solve For Interesting), @acroll

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 other early-stage companies. He works with startups on business acceleration and advises a number of larger companies on innovation and technology. A sought-after public speaker on data-driven innovation and the impact of technology on society, Alistair has founded and run a variety of conferences, including Cloud Connect, Bitnorth, and the International Startup Festival, and is the chair of O’Reilly’s Strata Data Conference. He has written several books on technology and business, including the best-selling Lean Analytics. Alistair tries to mitigate his chronic ADD by writing... Read More.

Doug Cutting
Doug Cutting (Cloudera), @cutting

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 deployed a production Hadoop storage-and-analysis cluster for mission-critical business analytics. Doug holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and sits on the board of the Apache Software Foundation.

Francesco D'Orazio

Social scientist and technologist exploring the new opportunities emerging at the intersection of technology and research.

Over the past ten years he has been involved in social software design, social research and immersive media as a researcher, web strategist and creative technologist working for agencies and startups.

At FACE, Francesco focuses on designing new research methodology and technology specialising in social data, mobile data, computational social science and data visualisation.

Piet Daas
Piet Daas (Statistics Netherlands), @pietdaas

Piet is involved in and coordinates the research on the use of Big Data for official statistics in the Netherlands.

Edwin De Jonge
Edwin De Jonge (Statistics Netherlands)

Edwin is a methodologist with a specialization in visualization and data mining techniques.

Javier de la Torre

Javier is CEO and co-founder of Vizzuality where he helps run project strategy and works closely with the team to coordinate CartoDB development.

Javier is a recognized expert on biodiversity informatics, open data and open source software. He has been featured in publications including NPR, CNET, The Guardian and El Pais and is frequently invited to speak on topics about data analysis, visualization, biodiversity, mapping and citizen science.

With the belief that better access to data and tools will change the way we understand and preserve environment, Javier has had a long-term interest in understanding and helping to communicate the distribution and of species on Earth. He thinks data visualization provides a great opportunity to bridge the gap between science, policy-making and... Read More.

Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino

I’m an interaction designer, product designer & entrepreneur based in London. I have been focusing on consumer-facing internet of things products & services since 2005. I am the founder of the Good Night Lamp, a family of internet-connected lamps.

I run designswarm, an internet of things design practice & consultancy and work with clients who want to design next generation connected products & help advise early stage smart products businesses. I am a co-founder of Internet of People, an agency for internet-of-things consultants.

I was co-founder and CEO of Tinker London, a smart product design studio. Focused on creating connected product experiences that linked the digital to the physical, Tinker was the first distributor of the Arduino platform in the UK,... Read More.

Isabel Drost-Fromm
Isabel Drost-Fromm (Apache Software Foundation/ Nokia Gate 5 GmbH), @MaineC

Isabel Drost-Fromm is member of the Apache Software Foundation. She is founder of the Apache Hadoop Get Together in Berlin, was co-organiser of the first European NoSQL meetup as well as the Berlin Buzzwords conference. She co-founded Apache Mahout and is active Apache Mahout committer. Isabel is actively engaged with communities of various Apache projects, e.g. Apache Lucene and Apache Hadoop. She is regular speaker at renown conferences on topics related to free software development, scalability, Apache Lucene, Apache Hadoop and Apache Mahout. Currently Isabel Drost-Fromm works for Nokia Gate 5 GmbH as Software Developer.

Bruce Durling
Bruce Durling (Mastodon C), @otfrom

Bruce is the CTO of green cloud big data startup Mastodon C. He also helps organise the London Clojurians.

Shelley Evenson

Shelley Evenson is currently Fjord’s Executive Director of Organizational Evolution, leading Fjord’s initiatives to grow talent and advance innovative knowledge sharing practices across the company. She is also the co-founder of the International Service Design Network and works with Fjord’s global teams to deepen their skills and expertise by bringing groundbreaking service design practices to client projects. Previously, Shelley was a Research Manager in Design and User Experience at Facebook and a Principal User Experience Designer and Manager for Microsoft. She was also an Associate Professor in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University.

A contributor to several books and articles on service, interaction and design strategy, Evenson is a frequent speaker at events including the AIGA’s Design Conference, IA Summit, IIT’s Design Research... Read More.

Simon Everest
Simon Everest (Government Digital Service), @simoneverest

Proposition Manager at the UK Government Digital Service; trying to do less better

Neil Ferguson (NICE Systems), @nfergu

Neil Ferguson is a development lead at NICE Systems, where he helps to develop software that provides real-time access to vast quantities of customer data. Neil has worked as a software developer for around 12 years, focusing on highly scalable, high throughput system

Stefan Franczuk
Stefan Franczuk (Cognizant)

Dr Stefan Franczuk is the European Technical Lead for the EIM Big Data Group at Cognizant. A Physicist by profession he has worked in IT for many years, specialising in Big Data and Enterprise Architecture. He has worked in data matching for some time now and has worked on many such projects all over the world. In this talk he will use real life examples to explain how the science of data matching has developed, how various data matching tools work and outline how accurate these techniques are. He will explain how important this area is in today’s world of Big Data. Finally he will show how these techniques can be applied to other areas and outline what the future is for this area.

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Julie Freeman
Julie Freeman (Queen Mary University of London), @misslake

Julie Freeman is an artist for whom technology plays an integral part of her practice. Her dynamic artworks are often data-driven, that is shaped by external influences such as humans, animals or environmental factors. Freeman’s work explores the relationship between science and the natural world, questioning the use of electronic technologies to ‘translate nature’. Freeman often works collaboratively with scientists, experimenting to transform complex processes and data sets into sound compositions, kinetic objects and animations.

Her work is held in a number of private collections, and since 1998 has been shown across the UK in venues such as the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Victoria & Albert Museum, Kinetica, the Barbican Centre and the Science Museum, and internationally in Brazil, Croatia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Russia and... Read More.

Marc Garrett
Marc Garrett (Intridea), @since1968

The author and editor of numerous programming titles, Marc was also instrumental in architecting the Maine Learning Technology Initiative, a program that distributed Apple laptops to every seventh grade student in the state of Maine. Marc holds a Juris Doctor from American University, Washington College of Law, and a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Georgia. He has worked in New York, Washington DC, and Singapore.

Marc recaptures nine days of his life every single year by working for Intridea.

Alan Gates
Alan Gates (Hortonworks), @alanfgates

Alan is a co-founder at Hortonworks and an original member of the engineering team that took Pig from a Yahoo! Labs research project to a successful Apache open source project. Alan also designed HCatalog and guided its adoption as an Apache Incubator project. Alan has a BS in Mathematics from Oregon State University and a MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is also the author of Programming Pig, a book from O’Reilly Press.

Ian Hegerty (Facebook), @hegsuk

Ian Hegerty joined Facebook in November 2012, and was the first member of the London Search Team. Before Facebook, Ian worked in web search for 12 years, for AltaVista, Yahoo and most recently Bing. At AltaVista and Yahoo he developed a distributed in-memory web graph platform used for running large-scale pagerank calculations, label propagation and personalization, and was an early user of Hadoop. More recently at Bing he has lead teams working on local search relevance, whole page optimization and query rewriting. Ian has a BA in Theoretical Physics from King’s College Cambridge.

Felienne Hermans
Felienne Hermans (Delft University of Technology), @Felienne

Felienne is a professor and an entrepreneur in the field of spreadsheets. Her PhD thesis centers around techniques to extract information from spreadsheets and present that in a visual way, to support users in improving and understanding them. In 2010 Felienne founded Infotron, a start up that uses the algorithms developed during the PhD project to analyze spreadsheet quality for large companies. In her spare time, Felienne volunteers as a judge for the First Lego League, a world wide technology competition for kids.

Andrew Hill

Andrew is a biologist with technology bent, focusing on informatics and the use of big data. He has worked diverse domains within biology, including epidemiology, microbiology, biodiversity informatics, and phyloinformatics. Andrew is Senior Scientist at Vizzuality, where works on enhancing data accessibility, enabling scientific discovery, and improving scientific outreach.

Chris Hillman
Chris Hillman (Teradata)

Chris Hillman is Principal Data Scientist in the International Advanced Analytics team at Teradata. He has 19 years´ experience working in the business intelligence industry mainly in the Retail and CPGN vertical, working as Solution Architect, Principal Consultant and Technology Director. Chris works with the Teradata Aster Centre of Expertise and is involved in the pre-sale and start-up activities of Teradata Aster projects helping customers to understand whether MapReduce or SQL is an appropriate technique to use.
Chris is currently studying part-time for a PhD in Data Science at the University of Dundee applying Big Data analytics to the data produced from experimentation into the Human Proteome.

Felipe Hoffa

Felipe Hoffa is a developer advocate for big data at Google, where he inspires developers around the world to leverage the Google Cloud Platform tools to analyze and understand their data in ways they could never before. You can find him in several videos, blog posts, and conferences around the world.

Nicola Hughes
Nicola Hughes (ThoughtWorks), @GirlMeetsCode

Developer, tinkerer, data wrangler. Promoter of women in tech. I love to learn. Speaker, trainer, advocate for women learning to code.

Rajappa Iyer

Rajappa is leading up a team at LinkedIn that is building a petabyte scale warehouse on Teradata, Hadoop and other NoSQL systems. In the process of doing so, the team has created significant amount of infrastructure to implement data pipelines, query processing and reporting infrastructure.

Before working at LinkedIn, Rajappa helped create the end to end analytics infrastructure for Digg on Hadoop.

Prior to Digg, Rajappa worked as an Enterprise Data Architect at eBay where he was responsible for tracking and analytics.

Alexander Kagoshima received a M.S. in Economics and Engineering from TU Berlin in 2012. In graduate school his focus was on machine learning and statistics. In his bachelor thesis, he applied Gaussian Processes to currency exchange rates for prediction. For his master thesis, Alex developed and evaluated a change-point detection algorithm that operates on wind data, to enable new kinds of intelligent wind-turbine control systems. He gained practical experience during graduate school as a working student: at Volkswagen, he applied machine learning methods to data of a test fleet of fuel-cell cars. Since December 2012, Alex works at Greenplum (now Pivotal) as the first Data Scientist of the EMEA team. In his spare time, he tries to find new ways to analyze soccer games... Read More.

Tim Kelsey
Tim Kelsey (National Health Service), @tkelsey1

Tim Kelsey, National Director for Patients and Information joined NHS England in 2012 from HM Government where he was the first Executive Director of Transparency and Open Data.

Tim is a leading advocate of a popular knowledge revolution in our public services and, in 2000, was co-founder of Dr Foster, a company which pioneered publication of patient outcomes in healthcare.

He is also an internationally regarded expert in thinking differently about how digital and social media can transform the customer and patient experience in public services. In 2007, he launched NHS Choices, the national online health information service ( which now reports around 14 million users per month.

Tim was named a Reformer of the Year by the think tank Reform in 2012.... Read More.

Brian Knox
Brian Knox (Talksum, Inc.)

Brian Knox is the principal architect at Talksum where he focuses on real-time data routing and analysis. Brian has over 20 years of experience as a systems/data architect with expertise in high-speed messaging, service delivery, operations management, systems integration, and distributed processing. Most recently, Brian has served in the roles as principal architect and database engineer for large-scale infrastructures and service delivery companies, including AOL. In addition, he has also focused on large-scale filtering technologies and data management for other successful companies such as SurfControl.

Adam Kocoloski

Adam is an Apache CouchDB developer and one of the founders of Cloudant. He is the lead architect of a Dynamo-flavored clustering solution for CouchDB that serves as the core of Cloudant’s distributed data hosting platform. Adam received his Ph.D. in Physics from MIT in 2010, where he studied the gluon’s contribution to the spin structure of the proton using a motley mix of server farms running Platform LSF, SGE, and Condor. He and his wife Hillary are the proud parents of two beautiful girls.

Marcel Kornacker
Marcel Kornacker (Cloudera)

Marcel Kornacker is a tech lead at Cloudera for new products development and creator of the Cloudera Impala project. Following his graduation in 2000 with a PhD in databases from UC Berkeley, he held engineering positions at several database-related start-up companies. Marcel joined Google in 2003 where he worked on several ads serving and storage infrastructure projects, then became tech lead for the distributed query engine component of Google’s F1 project.

Robin Kraft
Robin Kraft (World Resources Institute), @robinkraft

Robin is a data wrangler who specializes in being a generalist, having found his way to environmental data analysis from journalism and development economics. These days, as a member of WRI’s Data Lab, he’s tracking deforestation across the tropics, organizing EcoHack events and bending Hadoop to his will.

Paul Lam
Paul Lam (uSwitch)

Paul Lam is a data scientist at uSwitch based in London. He spends most of his time extracting features from messy data on scale or building data workflows to make data useful and accessible for the business. Paul is also a core committer on an open source MapReduce tool called Cascalog written in Clojure.

Maggie Lubberts
Maggie Lubberts (Intridea)

Maggie had 5 years of customer and technical support under her belt when she came to us as a QA Engineer in May of 2009. Since then she has fashioned many hats at Intridea. She spent time as our QA Manager, ensuring that our products were thoroughly tested and polished when it came time to deliver. She served as Community Manager for Socialspring, helping to foster growth and adoption of internal business collaboration software. Currently she is part of our services team as a Project Manager, working hard to bridge the gap between our clients and developers so that miscommunication is eliminated and projects are delivered exactly to specification.

When she’s not managing teams of talented developers you might find her Duckpin Bowling, riding her... Read More.

Mark Madsen
Mark Madsen (Teradata), @markmadsen

Mark Madsen is a fellow at Teradata, where he’s responsible for understanding, forecasting, and defining the analytics ecosystem and architecture. Previously, he was CEO of Third Nature, where he advised companies on data strategy and technology planning and vendors on product management. Mark has designed analysis, machine learning, data collection, and data management infrastructure for companies worldwide.

Roger Magoulas
Roger Magoulas (O'Reilly Media), @rogerm

Roger Magoulas is the vice president of O’Reilly Radar. Previously, Roger was the research director at O’Reilly, where he and his team built the company’s analysis infrastructure and provided analytic services and insights on technology-adoption trends to business decision makers at O’Reilly and beyond. He and his team found what excites key innovators and use those insights to gather and analyze faint signals from various sources to make sense of what others may adopt and why.​

Mano Marks
Mano Marks (Google, Inc. )

Mano joined Google’s Geo API team in 2006. He helps people all over the world develop and deploy their content in KML and Google Maps, working with large companies, small startups, and international aid organizations. Before coming to Google, Mano had an eclectic career that involved getting a Masters in History, a Masters in Information Management and Systems, and working as a data manager in social service and public benefit organizations for over a decade.

Louise Marston

I work on innovation in businesses using new technologies at NESTA, an independent body with a mission to make the UK more innovative.

I joined NESTA in 2009 and have authored reports on a semiconductor design cluster and the need for collaboration in the biomedical industry. I also co-ordinate a series of events on emerging technologies. Big Data is a theme of my work for 2012.

Thomas John Mcleish
Thomas John Mcleish (SapientNitro)

Thomas J McLeish is a Director of Marketing Strategy & Analytics within the iota group at SapientNitro where he guides a technical team designing instruments and analytic processes to support decision making.
His background in Architecture coupled with a deep interest in the integration of digital technologies to support human behavior have led him to explore Living Laboratories as a research affiliate with the MIT Media Lab, scalable learning labs for kids in libraries in the MacArthur funded work “Thinkering Spaces”, and the instrumenting of environments in support of social science and meaning making with iota.
He is adjunct faculty at the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Institute of Design where his focus is on Sensor augmented Ethnography. There he guides students... Read More.

Francois Mercier

Francois Mercier is a data scientist, senior consultant for the pharmaceutical industry. He has contributed more than 10 papers in journals like Biometrics or Statistics in Medicine, and has been invited to present oral communications in various forums (DIA, EMA, FDA methodological workshops).
Over his 16 years of career in the pharma industry, Francois has been involved in 3 main therapeutic areas: neuroscience, oncology and cardiovascular diseases. In the past, he has worked for Novartis (for 8 years, in the US and in Europe) and for Fournier (4 years, in France).
Francois owns a Ph.D. in Biostatistics from Univ. C. Bernard in Lyon. He is member of several scientist associations (ISoP, ENS, SFdS, ISCA).

Claire Miller
Claire Miller (Trinity Mirror Regionals), @clairemilleruk

Claire Miller currently the senior data journalist on the data team at Trinty Mirror Regionals. The role involves working across all of the regional newspapers in the group to provide data journalism resources for all of the papers.

As part of her current role, Claire’s work includes analysing government statistics and open data, building visualisations and interactives and gathering data through scraping and using Freedom of Information requests.

Claire set up and runs the WalesOnline datastore, which is a repository for the data and graphics relating to the data stories produced for Media Wales newspapers, and which was the first of its kind in regional newspapers. It recently won the Digital Award at the Regional Press Awards. The datastore and related work have also been... Read More.

Sheldon Monteiro (SapientNitro), @sheldon_tm

SapientNitro’s global chief technology officer, Sheldon Monteiro works with SapientNitro’s executive team and Global 1000 clients to stay on the forefront of applying technology to craft groundbreaking experiences for today’s increasingly connected consumer. Monteiro, a 16-year SapientNitro veteran, is responsible for evolving SapientNitro’s technology vision, as well as driving the company’s technical capability development and hiring, community building, and thought leadership. Over the years, Monteiro has led groundbreaking work for SapientNitro clients such as Target and Sprint and has been instrumental in many of SapientNitro’s technological capability advances.

Arshak Navruzyan

Arshak is a passionate technologist with a background in distributed systems and machine learning. He currently serves as VP Product Management at Argyle Data, focused on a complete platform for data-driven applications.

Previously Arshak was VP Product Management of Alpine Data Labs and has held senior technical and product management roles at Endeca and Oracle. Arshak graduated from UCLA.

Max Ogden
Max Ogden (Independent), @maxogden

Max Ogden is the director of Code for Science, a nonprofit behind the Dat Project, a open source distributed filesystem for the web that synchronizes large datasets over a peer-to-peer network. Max is a computer programmer of civic media, open data, and open source as well as a former Code for America fellow, Node.js and JavaScript community organizer, and the author of hundreds of small open source modules. Max is passionate about teaching and enabling the sharing of information.

srowen om
srowen om (Cloudera), @sean_r_owen

Sean is Director of Data Science for EMEA at Cloudera, helping customers build large-scale machine learning solutions on Hadoop. Previously, Sean founded Myrrix Ltd, producing a real-time recommender and clustering product evolved from Mahout. Myrrix is now part of Cloudera. Sean was primary author of recommender components in Apache Mahout, and has been an active committer and PMC member for the project. He is co-author of Mahout in Action.

Jan Overgoor
Jan Overgoor (Airbnb)

Jan Overgoor is a Data Scientist at Airbnb, a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover and book unique accommodations around the world. Previously he completed a master of science in the Symbolic Systems program at Stanford University and wrote a thesis on trust in online communities.

Davide Palmisano (PeerIndex Ltd.), @dpalmisano

I’m software engineer, obsessed with data. Open, big, whatever data is/are, I’m there. I also write about Web of Data stuff on popular blogs, sometimes.

Currently working at PeerIndex, helping on backend development.

Aurélie Pols
Aurélie Pols (Mind Your Privacy), @aureliepols

Aurélie pioneered digital analytics in Europe by stating vendor independence and focusing on the interaction of tools and data to support her clients’ strategies.

This allowed her to co-found OX2 in Belgium, which was successfully sold to UK based LBi in 2008. In 2012 she co-founds Mind Your Group in Spain addressing similar issues revolving around digital analytics, broadening the scope to include Social Media and Privacy.

Dedicated to web analytics since 2001, she is listed in 2007 in Avinash Kaushik’s top 10 blogs related to analytics. In 2009 she is Web Analytics Demystified’s initial principal consultant for US based web analytics guru, Eric T. Peterson.
Of International background she served as Globalization Chair for the Digital Analytics Association (DAA) in order to... Read More.

JP Rangaswami
JP Rangaswami (Salesforce), @JOBSWORTH

I’m curious about things. How they work. Why they are the way they are. What can change. I’m passionate about my family, my friends, my church and community. They matter to me. A lot. I try and temper my curiosity and my passion with patience. And apply myself to learning about information (which is how I make my living) food (I love cooking and eating) music (particularly the music of the late Sixties and early Seventies) books (I read voraciously and collect extensively). And education. I’m passionate about education. One day I will set up a school.

Naomi Robbins

Naomi B. Robbins is the author of Creating More Effective Graphs. She is a consultant, keynote speaker, and seminar leader who specializes in the graphical display of data. She trains employees of corporations and organizations on the effective presentation of data with customized programs. She also reviews documents and presentations for clients, suggesting improvements or alternative presentations as appropriate. She was recently voted chair-elect of the Statistical Graphics Section of the American Statistical Association. Naomi received her Ph.D. in mathematical statistics from Columbia University, M.A. from Cornell University, and A.B. from Bryn Mawr College. She had a long career at Bell Laboratories before forming NBR, her consulting practice.

Duncan Ross
Duncan Ross (Times Higher Education), @teradata

Duncan Ross is chief data officer at Times Higher Education. Duncan has been a data miner since the mid-1990s. Previously at Teradata, Duncan created analytical solutions across a number of industries, including warranty and root cause analysis in manufacturing and social network analysis in telecommunications. In his spare time, Duncan has been a city councilor, chair of a national charity, founder of an award-winning farmers market, and one of the founding directors of the Institute of Data Miners. More recently, he cofounded DataKind UK and regularly speaks on data science and social good.

Ulrich Rueckert
Ulrich Rueckert (Datameer)

Ulrich Rueckert is Data Scientist at Datameer. Prior to Datameer he worked as a research scholar at UC Berkeley and the International Computer Science Institute. His research on machine learning and data mining has been published in renowned journals and has won awards at international conferences. Ulrich serves on the program committees of the main machine learning conferences and he has organized workshops and held tutorials on his research.

Noelle Saldana

Noelle is currently the Director of Product Analytics and Data Science at Heroku (Salesforce), where she is driving how Heroku captures, analyzes, and leverages data throughout the organization including Product, Marketing, and Design. She was previously a leader for Pivotal’s Data Science team, where she worked with numerous enterprise and startup companies planning and executing their analytics initiatives.

She is passionate about the power of Math and making it more accessible; she enjoys collaborating with other disciplines and being creative about using analytics, doing pro bono Data Science work through DataKind, and doing her part to encourage students in underrepresented groups to pursue STEM careers.

Noelle holds an A.B. From Washington University in St. Louis in Applied Mathematics and Physical Anthropology and a M.S.... Read More.

Brett Sargent
Brett Sargent (LumaSense Technologies Inc.)

Brett has over 20 years of industry experience including leadership roles at DuPont, Lockheed Martin, Exelon Nuclear and General Electric, where he was Global Sales Leader for the GE Energy T&D Products division. He is Six Sigma Black Belt certified and a graduate of the Naval Nuclear Power School. Brett holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Widener University, an M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA in International Business from Georgia State University.

Lumasense Technologies is an innovator in sensor technology and has worked with the electrical industry for over 30 years, including the world’s leading power producers and energy transmitters. Customers include Southern Company, China State Grid, PG&E, MSETCL (India) and National Grid (U.K.)

LumaSense helps customers... Read More.

Lilia Saul
Lilia Saul (México Infórmate), @liliasaul

Journalist in blog Animal Político ( and Coordinator in México Infórmate (

Markus Schmidberger
Markus Schmidberger (comSysto GmbH), @cloudHPC

Dr. rer. nat. Markus Schmidberger is working as a Big Data Analyst and HPC & Cloud Computing Expert for the comSysto GmbH, Munich, Germany. He did his PhD at the University of Munich in ‘Parallel Computing for Biological Data’. His main research focus is on high performance computing and big data analyses with the R (R-Project) language. His work and publications have a strong influence to the R, computational statistic and computational biology community.

Kurt Schwehr
Kurt Schwehr (Google, Inc.), @kurtschwehr

Kurt Schwehr is an engineer on the Ocean project at Google. He has a PhD from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and is Affiliate Faculty at the Univ. of New Hampshire Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping.

Siddharth Seth
Siddharth Seth (Hortonworks)

Siddharth Seth works as a software engineer at Hortonwork, where he works on the Apache Tez project and the Apache Hadoop project – with a focus on YARN and MapReduce. He is a member of the Apache Tez PPMC and the Apache Hadoop PMC. Prior to this he spent several years working on search platforms and Oozie at Yahoo.

Hitesh Shah (Hortonworks)

Hitesh Shah currently works on various things related to Hadoop at Hortonworks. He is a Hadoop MapReduce committer and one of his first contributions was to write the first non-mapreduce application to work on Apache Hadoop YARN. He has been working on Apache Hadoop for close to a year. Before that, he spent 8+ years at Yahoo! building various frameworks all the way from data storage platforms for social content to a multi-threaded event-driven framework for building high throughput advertising serving platforms.

Brett Sheppard
Brett Sheppard (Splunk)

Brett Sheppard is director of big data product marketing at Splunk Inc. Brett’s career combines roles as a data analyst at Gartner and U.S. Department of Defense and as a product and solution marketer at both large technology vendors and startups. Brett is a certified Hadoop system administrator. Based six years overseas, in Europe and Asia, Brett has enjoyed working onsite across the U.S. and in 35+ countries to help enterprises and public sector accounts evolve their data architectures to manage and benefit from big data.

Enno Shioji
Enno Shioji (PeerIndex), @eshioji

I’m a Software Developer interested in parallel processing, distributed computing and high availability. I was the R&D project lead of the biometric identification engine at NEC that powers large scale national identification programs, and am now building social analytics platform at PeerIndex. I also organize the London Storm User Group.

Tomer Shiran

Tomer Shiran is MapR’s VP of Product Management. Prior to MapR, Tomer held product management and engineering positions at Microsoft, as well as a software engineering position at IBM Research. He is also the author of a 900-page JavaScript programming book and the founder of two websites that have served over 10M users. Tomer holds an MS in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in Computer Science from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

Stephen Simpson is a highly experienced enterprise architect focussing on the area of Adaptive Intelligence.

Over his career he’s specialised in database internals, message queue product development, data warehousing, SOA-centric middleware and as Lead Architect on several large scale financial systems.

yodit stanton
yodit stanton (, @yoditstanton

Yodit Stanton is the founder and CEO of, a company founded to lower the barrier to entry in publishing city-scale sensor data.

Gavin Starks
Gavin Starks (Open Data Institute), @agentGav

With a unique background in business, technology, science and media, Gavin has broad and deep knowledge of how data can change the world.

He began developing internet-based research tools in 1993, and joined Branson’s award-winning Virgin Net (now Virgin Media) in 1995 as its 5th team member. In 2006 he created AMEE, raising over $10m from world-class venture investors including O’Reilly, USV, and Amadeus (AMEE organises the world’s environmental data, standards, and calculations into a simple web-service). In 2011 he joined the UK Government’s “Energy Sector Board” as part of their Midata open-data initiative.

Having helped to kick-start the streaming media industry in Europe in the late 90’s, he created an award-winning media-technology service, Tornado, and sold it to... Read More.

Julie Steele

Julie Steele is Director of Marketing at Manifold, an artificial intelligence engineering services firm with offices in Boston and Silicon Valley. Julie was Director of Communications at Silicon Valley Data Science (SVDS), where she was instrumental in developing a strong sense of brand through content and design. Her experience on both sides of the content creation process began when she worked at O’Reilly Media, first as an Acquisitions Editor and then on the Strata conferences. Julie is author and coauthor of multiple books, published reports, and articles on data visualization and data science.

Robin Stephenson
Robin Stephenson (Mendeley Ltd), @aglet

@aglet Sysadmin and operations person, building and running scalable teams and systems. Publishing, banking, transport information, and once more publishing/social businesses with Mendeley, part of Elsevier. LinkedIn profile.

James Stewart
James Stewart (, @jystewart

James Stewart is an independent consultant helping senior leaders embed modern technology and security in their strategies and lead transformational change. Previously, James was a cofounder of the UK Government Digital Service and served as deputy CTO of the UK government, where he was instrumental in the UK government’s use the public cloud, embrace of open source, and changing approach to security, all with the goal of increasing government’s ability to focus on user needs. James speaks regularly around the world on organizational transformation, technology strategy, and cybersecurity.

Jameel Syed

Dr Jameel Syed is the CTO at Musicmetric which provides analytics solutions for the music industry.

He was a founding member of InforSense, a spin-off company from the Department of Computing at Imperial College London, which commercialised technology from his research work concerning the use of workflows and SOA for analysis in the life sciences.

Chris Taggart
Chris Taggart (OpenCorporates), @CountCulture

Chris Taggart is the co-founder of OpenCorporates, the largest open database of companies in the world. He is a former magazine journalist and publisher, and is a veteran of the UK open data community, as well as advising governments on transparency and open data

Kaitlin Thaney
Kaitlin Thaney (Mozilla Science Lab), @kaythaney

Kaitlin is the director of the Mozilla Science Lab, a new open science initative at Mozilla to help researchers use the power of the web to change science’s future. She’s previously worked at Digital Science, a technology company out of Macmillan Publishers, as well as Creative Commons, where she managed their science program. She also advises the UK government on digital technology and data-intensive science and business, and is on the board of DataKind UK. You can follow her at @kaythaney.

Steven Totman

Steven Totman is the Director of Strategy for Syncsort with business and technical strategy responsibilities for the data integration software. Steve has been working in the data integration space for over 15 years and prior to Syncsort he drove product strategy at IBM for DatStage and Information Server joining IBM with the Ascential acquisition His areas of specialty include Big Data, Hadoop, Mainframes, Data Governance, Data Integration, Metadata, ETL, SOA and Connectivity. Steve holds several patents in data integration and metadata related designs.

Mischa Tuffield
Mischa Tuffield (PeerIndex), @mischat

At heart I am a geek, I love the web, and interested in technology. I am the Chief Technology Officer at PeerIndex. I have a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Southampton supervised by Prof. Nigel Shadbolt. I have also been involved in the W3C over the years. I was on the RDF Working Group, and I was the editor of Social Web Incubator Group’s final report.

Volkmar Uhlig
Volkmar Uhlig (Adello)

Volkmar is the founder of Adello, a leading real-time media-buying platform built on Hadoop. Before, Volkmar worked on massive scale low-latency stream processing in High Frequency Trading and at IBM Research. Volkmar was also the lead architect of the L4 microkernel which is commercially deployed in over two billion cell phones. Volkmar has published numerous papers, holds multiple patents, and is actively participating in the research community. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University Karlsruhe, Germany.

Amy Unruh
Amy Unruh (Google), @amygdala

Amy Unruh is a developer programs engineer at Google for the Google Cloud Platform, where she works with TensorFlow as well as many other Cloud Platform technologies. Amy has a PhD in CS/AI, has worked in academia, at several startups, and in industrial R&D, and has published a book on App Engine.

Jurgen Van Gael
Jurgen Van Gael (Rangespan, Ltd), @jvangael

Jurgen Van Gael is the Data Science Director at Rangespan, an e-commerce and data services startup from London. Previously Jurgen held a position as an applied researcher at Microsoft Research. Jurgen holds a PhD in machine learning from the University of Cambridge, a MSc. in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a Ma. in Informatics from the University of Leuven.

Noel Welsh
Noel Welsh (Underscore Consulting), @noelwelsh

Noel has over fifteen years experience in software architecture and development, and over a decade in machine learning and data mining. His current project is Myna, which makes bandit algorithms accessible to all. Previous projects he’s been involved with include one of the first commercial products to apply machine learning to the Internet (eventually acquired by Omniture), a BAFTA award winning website, and a custom CMS used daily by thousands of students.

Noel is an active writer, presenter, and open source contributor. Noel has a PhD in machine learning from the University of Birmingham.

Patrick Wendell
Patrick Wendell (Databricks)

Patrick Wendell is a committer on Apache Spark and a co-founder of Databricks. Before Databricks, he was pursuing a Ph.D in the UC Berkeley AMPLab advised by Ion Stoica. His research focused on scalable low latency scheduling for data processing frameworks. In the past, he has contributed to several Hadoop projects, including Apache Flume and Apache Avro. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Princeton University and an M.S. in Computer Science from UC Berkeley.

Stian Westlake

Executive Director of Policy & Research at Nesta, the UK’s national foundation for innovation.

Tom White
Tom White (Cloudera), @tom_e_white

Tom White is one of the foremost experts on Hadoop. He has been an Apache Hadoop committer since February 2007, and is a member of the Apache Software Foundation. His book Hadoop: The Definitive Guide (O’Reilly) is recognized as the leading reference on the subject. In 2011, Whirr, the project he founded to run Hadoop and other distributed systems in the cloud, became a top-level Apache project.

Tom is a software engineer at Cloudera, where he has worked since its foundation, on the core distributions from Cloudera and Apache. Previously he was an independent Hadoop consultant, working with companies to set up, use, and extend Hadoop. He has written numerous articles for O’Reilly, and IBM’s developerWorks, and has spoken at several conferences, most recently... Read More.

Edd Wilder-James

Edd Wilder-James is a strategist at Google, where he is helping build a strong and vital open source community around TensorFlow. A technology analyst, writer, and entrepreneur based in California, Edd previously helped transform businesses with data as vice president of strategy for Silicon Valley Data Science. Formerly Edd Dumbill, Edd was the founding program chair for the O’Reilly Strata Data Conference and chaired the Open Source Software Conference for six years. He was also the founding editor of the peer-reviewed journal Big Data. A startup veteran, Edd was the founder and creator of the Expectnation conference management system and a cofounder of the Pharmalicensing online intellectual property exchange. An advocate and contributor to open source software, Edd... Read More.

Simon Williams
Simon Williams (QuantumBlack), @sg_williams

Chief Executive and Co-Founder of QuantumBlack, a strategic Data Science agency that helps firms gain new intelligence from data (in whatever form it comes), craft a better strategic response to that intelligence and shape the organisation capabilities to deliver that response.


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