Alicia Asín is CEO and co-founder of Libelium, the wireless sensor hardware
provider, creators of Waspmote, a modular, open source sensor platform for the
Internet of Things (IoT). Alicia is a computer engineer focused on how IoT can
change our world, starting with Smart Cities and smart agriculture. She is a
frequent speaker at international conferences on issues related to Smart Cities,
wireless sensor networks and IoT.
Alicia is recognized for achievements in business and technology: she was
named best business manager in Foreign Trade (ADEA 2011); she was awarded
the highest recognition for her paper on Computer Architecture (WCAE 2007,
San Diego). Alicia... Read More.
Francine Bennett is a data scientist and the CEO and cofounder of Mastodon C, a group of Agile big data specialists who offer the open source Hadoop-powered technology and the technical and analytical skills to help organizations to realize the potential of their data. Before founding Mastodon C, Francine 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.
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.
Camille Fournier is the former head of engineering at Rent the Runway. She was previously a vice president at Goldman Sachs. Camille is an Apache ZooKeeper committer and PMC member and a Dropwizard framework PMC member.
Roger Magoulas is the research director at O’Reilly Media and chair of the Strata + Hadoop World conferences. Roger and his team build the analysis infrastructure and provide analytic services and insights on technology-adoption trends to business decision makers at O’Reilly and beyond. He and his team find 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.
Geoff McGrath trained as a mechanical engineer, initially working in aeronautical, civil, chemical, petroleum and mechanical engineering. Gaining experience in all aspects of the field, from conceptual engineering through to business development for start-up and blue-chip firms alike, he later switched focus to the world of telecoms, media and entertainment.
In 2009, he became the managing director of McLaren Applied Technologies (MAT) and has brought more than 20 years’ experience to bear on the company’s innovative and dynamic approach to pursuing groundbreaking conceptual design, development and engineering.
He is currently focused on developing and applying MAT’s specialist capabilities to a diverse range of subjects in the world of sports, health and wellbeing and strategic operations.
Rodney Mullen is widely considered the most influential skateboarder in the history of the skateboarding. Despite Alan Gelfand’s justifiable fame for inventing the ollie air (primarily a vert or pool-oriented trick), Rodney is responsible for the invention and development of the street ollie. The ability to pop the board off of the ground and land back on the board while moving has quite likely been the most significant development in modern skateboarding. This invention alone would rank Mullen the most important skateboarder of all time. The majority of ollie and flip tricks he invented throughout the 1980s, including the flatground ollie, the kickflip, the heelflip, and the 360 flip, are now fundamental aspects of modern vertical and street skateboarding. Rodney’s career highlights include winning nearly... Read More.
Tim has a history of convening conversations that reshape the industry. In 1998, he organized the meeting where the term “open source software” was agreed on, and helped the business world understand its importance. In 2004, with the Web 2.0 Summit, he defined how “Web 2.0” represented not only the resurgence of the web after the dot com bust, but a new model for the computer industry, based on big data, collective intelligence, and the internet as a platform. In 2009, with his “Gov 2.0 Summit,” he framed a conversation about the modernization of government technology that has shaped policy and spawned initiatives at the Federal, State, and local level, and around the world. He has now turned his attention to implications of the on-demand... Read More.
Ben Okri has published 8 novels, including The Famished Road and Starbook, as well as collections of poetry, short stories and essays. His work has been translated into more than 20 languages. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has been awarded the OBE as well as numerous international prizes, including the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Africa, the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction and the Chianti Rufino-Antico Fattore. He is a Vice-President of the English Centre of International PEN and was presented with a Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum. He was born in Nigeria and lives in London.
Mike Olson cofounded Cloudera in 2008 and served as its CEO until 2013, when he took on his current role of chief strategy officer. As CSO, Mike is responsible for Cloudera’s product strategy, open source leadership, engineering alignment, and direct engagement with customers. Previously, Mike was CEO of Sleepycat Software, makers of Berkeley DB, the open source embedded database engine, and he spent two years at Oracle Corporation as vice president for embedded technologies after Oracle’s acquisition of Sleepycat. Prior to joining Sleepycat, Mike held technical and business positions at database vendors Britton Lee, Illustra Information Technologies, and Informix Software. Mike holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Foster Provost is coauthor of the O’Reilly best-selling book, Data Science for Business (http://data-science-for-biz.com). He has designed data science solutions for businesses for over two decades, and has co-founded several successful companies focusing on data science for advertising (incl., Dstillery & Integral Ad Science). In his current job as Professor and NEC Faculty Fellow at the NYU Stern School of Business, Foster teaches in the MS in Data Science, MS in Business Analytics, MBA, and PhD programs. His data science research has won many awards and is broadly cited. He served as Program Chair for the ACM SIGKDD Conference and for many years as Editor-in-Chief for the journal Machine Learning.
Majken Sander is a data nerd, business analyst, and solution architect. Majken has worked with IT, management information, analytics, BI, and DW for 20+ years. Armed with strong analytical expertise, she is keen on “data driven” as a business principle, data science, the IoT, and all other things data. Read more majkensander.com
Rod Smith is an IBM fellow & Vice President of the IBM Emerging Internet Technologies organization, where he leads a team of highly technical innovators in seeking out disruptive technologies that aid businesses in future waves of business opportunities. As an IBM Fellow, Rod is closely involved with future IBM’s strategic planning & initiatives.
Throughout his career, Rod has moved the industry and led IBM to a rapid adoption of technologies, such as Web services, XML, Linux, J2EE & big data & analytics and most recently cloud computing around the evolution of platform as a service.
Jordan Tigani has more than 15 years of professional software development experience, the last 4 of which have been spent building BigQuery. Prior to joining Google, Jordan worked at a number of star-crossed startups, where he learned to make data-based predictions. He is a co-author of Google BigQuery Analytics. When not analyzing soccer matches, he can often be found playing in one.
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 conferences and chaired the Open Source Convention 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.com online intellectual-property exchange. An advocate and contributor to open source software, Edd has contributed to various... Read More.
Martin Willcox’s career in IT spans 18 years, 5 organizations and more roles than he cares to remember. In his current role, Martin leads Teradata’s International Big Data CoE – a team of Data Scientists and Technology Consultants charged with helping customers realise value from their data assets and for articulating Teradata’s Big Data strategy and the nature, value and differentiation of relevant Teradata technology and solution offerings to International customers, prospects, partners, 3rd party influencers and the media.
Martin is a “poacher-turned-gamekeeper”, having been a Teradata customer for several years at Co-operative Retail before joining Teradata as an Enterprise Architecture consultant in Autumn 2004.
Martin holds a BSc (Hons) in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Sheffield and a Postgraduate Certificate in Computing... Read More.
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