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Rachel Sterne is Chief Digital Officer for the City of New York, where
she focuses on improving the way that City government engages New
Yorkers through technology. Her first task in the role was the
development of a “Road Map for the Digital City,” a comprehensive plan
to realize New York City’s digital potential through enhanced Access,
Open Government, Engagement, and Industry. Prior to this role, Rachel
was Founder and CEO of GroundReport, a citizen journalism platform
that empowers reporters to publish original, intelligent reporting to
an international audience. She founded GroundReport in 2006 with the
mission to democratize the media and help the world share its stories.
Rachel is also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School, and
previously worked as a digital strategy consultant and business
developer in the software industry. She attended New York public
schools and graduated magna cum laude from NYU.
Jer Thorp is an artist and educator from Vancouver, Canada, currently living in New York. A former geneticist, his digital art practice explores the many-folded boundaries between science and art. Recently, his work has been featured by The New York Times, The Guardian, BusinessWeek and the CBC.
Thorp’s award-winning software-based work has been exhibited in Europe, Asia, North America, South America, and Australia and all over the web.
Jer has over a decade of teaching experience, in Langara College’s Electronic Media Design Program, at the Vancouver Film school, and as an artist-in-residence at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Most recently, he has presented at Carnegie Mellon’s School of Art, at Eyebeam in New York City, and at IBM’s Center for Social Software in Cambridge.
Jer’s unique collection of organic Flash experiments and generative artworks, has won numerous awards and has been featured in many art and design publications, both online and in print. Jer is a contributing editor for Wired UK.
He is currently Data Artist in Residence at the New York Times.
Arnab discerned that the information explosion created an unprecedented opportunity for value creation, and that a firm that combined superior talent with the techniques and technology required to distill insights from massive data reserves could deliver dramatic performance improvement. Accordingly he founded Opera Solutions in 2004 and has since guided the company in providing rapid, significant, and sustained profit improvement to leading global organizations. Prior to Opera, Arnab founded and sold a number of other companies, including Mitchell Madison Group, which achieved a recurring revenue base of $275MM within 4 years, and Zeborg, a business intelligence software company. He began his career at McKinsey & Co., where he was a partner, and also served as a partner at A.T. Kearney. Since 2004, he has worked with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on its India HIV-AIDS initiative, employing private sector approaches to help oversee the disbursement of $400MM in grants toward HIV-AIDS prevention. Arnab earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School and is the author of a number of research publications, including Aggressive Sourcing: A Free Market Approach (Sloan Management Review) and Taking Risks to Win.
Anne Wright is Co-principal Investigator and Director of Operations for the BodyTrack project in the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. She received B.S. and M.Eng. degrees in computer science and electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1996. After leaving MIT, she co-founded Newton Research Labs, a successful robotics and computer vision company, then joined the Intelligent Robotics Group at NASA Ames Research Center where she served as Lead Systems Engineer for Prototype Mars Rovers. While at Ames, Anne became interested in how to harness sensing and data visualization technologies and techniques originally developed for the rovers to help people “debug” diffuse environmentally related conditions such as allergies, food sensitivities, asthma and migraine triggers, etc. She moved to Pittsburgh in 2009 and spent a year studying biochemistry at CMU. She co-founded the BodyTrack Project in 2010 with the support of the Heinz Endowments of Pittsburgh. Through the BodyTrack Project she pursues a multi-faceted approach to improving health empowerment for people affected by such diffuse conditions, including open-source technology development, aggregation and visualization of data from existing devices and data sources, collaborative development of common data interchange formats and APIs, development of custom devices, and cultural engineering. She also seeks to identify and catalyze synergistic efforts in this space such as the Quantified Self, Quant Friendly Doctor, Locker Project, and open mHealth movements.
Jon Jenkins is a research scientist for the SETI Institute (www.seti.org <http://www.seti.org> <http://www.seti.org> <http://www.seti.org> ) at NASA Ames Research Center where he conducts research on data processing and detection algorithms for discovering transiting extrasolar planets. He is the Co-Investigator for Data Analysis for NASA Discovery Program’s Kepler Mission (http://www.kepler.nasa.gov ). As the Kepler Mission Analysis Lead, Dr. Jenkins is responsible for developing algorithms for the Kepler Science Operations Center science pipeline and leads the team of scientific programmers who are implementing the software for the science pipeline. In 2010 Dr. Jenkins received NASA’s Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal for his numerous technical achievements throughout development, commissioning and operational phases, which have been critical to the success of Kepler.
Jake Porway is a machine learning and technology enthusiast who loves nothing more than seeing good values in data. He is the founder and executive director of DataKind, an organization that brings together leading data scientists with high impact social organizations to better collect, analyze, and visualize data in the service of humanity. Jake was most recently the data scientist in the New York Times R&D lab and remains an active member of the data science community, bringing his technical experience from his past work with groups like NASA, DARPA, Google, and Bell Labs to bear on the social sector. Jake’s work has been featured in leading academic journals and conferences (PAMI, ICCV), the Guardian, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and he has been honored as a 2011 PopTech Social Innovation Fellow and a 2012 National Geographic Emerging Explorer. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Statistics from UCLA.
Drew Conway is an expert in the application of computational methods to social and behavioral problems at large-scale. Drew has been writing and speaking about the role of data — and the discipline of data science — in industry, government, and academia for several years. Drew has advised and consulted companies across many industries; ranging from fledgling start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, as well as academic institutions and federal agencies. Drew is a co-founder of DataKind (non-profit connecting social organizations with data scientist), the author of Machine Learning for Hackers (O’Reilly Media, 2012), a co-chair of the DataGotham conference, and is currently serving as the Scientist-in-Residence at IA Ventures. Drew is also completing his doctoral work in the Department of Politics at New York University. Prior to graduate school, Drew worked in the U.S. Intelligence Community in Washington, DC. There, he was an all-sources analyst specializing in the mathematical modeling of social systems.
Edd Dumbill is a technology analyst, writer and entrepreneur based in California. He’s helping drive businesses with data as VP Strategy for Silicon Valley Data Science.
A startup veteran, Edd was the founder and creator of the Expectnation conference management system, and a co-founder of the Pharmalicensing.com 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.
Alistair has been an entrepreneur, author, and public speaker for nearly 20 years. He’s worked on a variety of topics, from web performance, to big data, to cloud computing, to startups, in that time. In 2001, he co-founded web performance startup Coradiant (acquired by BMC in 2011), and since that time has also launched Rednod, CloudOps, Bitcurrent, Year One Labs, the Bitnorth conference, the International Startup Festival and several other early-stage companies.
Alistair is the chair of O’Reilly’s Strata conference; Techweb’s Cloud Connect; and the International Startup Festival. He’s written four books on analytics, technology, and entrepreneurship, including the best-selling Lean Analytics which is being translated into eight languages. He lives in Montreal, Canada and tries to mitigate chronic ADD by writing about far too many things at Solve For Interesting.
John has been extracting value from large datasets for over 20 years at hedge funds, small data-driven startups, Amazon, and now Pinterest. He has deep experience in machine learning, data visualization, on-line experimentation, website performance and real-time fault analysis. An empiricist at heart, “Just do the experiment!” is his favorite call to arms.
I design and build analysis and decision support systems, and building data management and access infrastructure. Research focus these days is on analysis techniques, emerging technology and practices in analytics, BI, information management, user experience for data access & delivery applications. I speak at a lot of conferences on anything data, with a bunch of history of science and technology mixed in.
I focus on two types of work: using data to make decisions and manage organizations, and building data technology infrastructure. A big part of making decisions and using data in a corporate setting is ensuring that the right data capture and data delivery infrastructure is in place to manage the business. As a result, I do as much information strategy and IT architecture work as I do performance management and decision support.
My spare-time projects involve research on history of communication technology adoption and fieldwork in ecology, specializing in botany.
Elissa Fink is Tableau Software’s CMO. A true data geek, Elissa has been helping companies improve their marketing operations through applied data analysis for 20+ years. She has held executive positions in marketing, business strategy, product management, and product development. Elissa first discovered Tableau late one afternoon at her previous company. Three hours later, she was still “at play” with her data. “After just a few minutes using the product, I was getting answers to questions that were taking my previous company’s programmers weeks to create. It was instantly obvious that Tableau was on a special mission with something unique to offer the world. I just had to be a part of it.” Elissa is a graduate of Santa Clara University and holds an MBA in Marketing and Decision Systems from the University of Southern California.
Randy S. Lea is vice president for the
Aster Data Center of Innovation within Teradata Corporation. In this role, Randy is responsible for the sales and execution of big data analytics projects for Teradata in North America. This includes setting strategy, field-based innovation, and overall integration of the Aster Data field organization.
Randy was previously vice president of
Product Marketing & Management for Teradata, responsible for marketing Teradata products (database, platform, and utilities), Teradata services (professional and customer services), and setting product customer requirements, plus technical field sales
Randy has 29 years of experience with NCR Corporation and Teradata Corporation. Since moving into the Teradata organization in 1995 he has held positions as director of product management for retail data warehouse applications, director of scalable data warehouse marketing, assistant vice president of Teradata Marketing, vice president of Teradata Channel Partner Sales, retail regional sales director, and vice president Teradata Global Sales Support. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University at Fullerton and is a graduate of the Executive Professional Development Program from the California State University at San Diego.
Richard Merkin has more than 30 years of experience in the health care field. He has specific expertise in the development and administration of integrated physician systems. As the founder of Heritage Provider Network established in 1996, Dr. Merkin develops clinically focused networks to bring efficient and quality driven systems to the communities in which it operates by working with physicians and physician organizations, hospitals and integrated delivery systems, health plans, public and community-based health care entities, and other health care professionals.
Dr. Merkin is a visionary and a sought-after healthcare expert who encourages innovation and challenge. Responding to our country’s 2 trillion dollar health care crises, Dr. Merkin created, developed and sponsored the 3 million dollar Heritage Health Prize for predictive modeling to save more than 30 billion in avoidable hospitalizations. It is the largest predictive modeling prize in the world, larger than the Nobel Prize for Medicine and the Gates Prize for Health. Dr. Merkin is genuinely excited to bring new minds to the healthcare table with the prize and believes data miners hold great potential for not only bringing a winning algorithm, but also to grab the attention of data miners globally and raise awareness about competitive innovation. As a Board member and core contributor to the X Prize Foundation, Dr. Merkin is well aware of the need for the private sector to step up to the plate and assist in a globally transformative way, specifically solving one of our country’s biggest problems – keeping patients healthier and out of the hospital. Dr. Merkin was named Healthcare CEO of the Year for 2011 by the Los Angeles Business Journal.
Dr. Merkin established the Richard Merkin Foundation for stem cell research at the Broad Institute at Harvard and established the Richard Merkin Initiative at the Johns Hopkins Brain Sciences Institute and The Richard Merkin Foundation for Neural Regeneration at UCLA
Outside of healthcare he is a Trustee of Caltech, Trustee of the Keck School of Medicine, Trustee of the Nano System Institute, founder and board member of Fastercures. He has been on the board of advisors for the Asia Society Southern California. A strong advocate for education, Dr. Merkin is on the boards for the Sierra Nevada College, The Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools, The United Friends of Children and EdVoice, a team dedicated to education reform. The Richard Merkin Middle School opened its doors September 2006 in the city of Los Angeles, committed to bringing first-rate education to an under-served area.
Dr. Merkin earned his M.D. at the University of Miami, School of Medicine.
Ken Bado is president and CEO of MarkLogic. He is responsible for the company’s worldwide business and serves on the Board of Directors. As president and CEO, Ken brings a wealth of expertise to MarkLogic in corporate strategy, development, engineering, and global field operations including marketing, sales and support, alliance and channels, and customer programs. Prior to MarkLogic, Bado drove extreme growth at Autodesk as the executive vice president of sales and services, and had an 11 year career at Mentor Graphics. Ken graduated with a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia’s Bethany College
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