Office Hour with John Akred and Edd Dumbill (Silicon Valley Data Science)

John Akred (Silicon Valley Data Science), Edd Wilder-James (Google)
Office Hours
Location: Table A

If you’re creating a data strategy for your organization, spend some time with Edd and John. They’ll help you figure out:

  • What platforms and frameworks you need to store and analyze your data
  • How to find the business value in big data technology investment
  • How to retrieve data locked in difficult formats
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John Akred

Silicon Valley Data Science

With over 15 years in advanced analytical applications and architecture, John is dedicated to helping organizations become more data-driven. He combines deep expertise in analytics and data science with business acumen and dynamic engineering leadership.

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Edd Wilder-James

Google

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 has contributed to various projects such as Debian and GNOME and created the DOAP vocabulary for describing software projects. Edd has written four books, including Learning Rails (O’Reilly).