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Startup Showcase / 2019 Startup Showcase
Data Con LA is seeking startup companies for their Startup Showcase on August 17th, 2019 at the University of Southern California. The event has grown from a few hundred attendees to over 2000. It’s an opportunity to be seen by major companies and VC’s. There are cash and other prizes. DCLA is inviting submissions for the 2019 Startup Showcase now.
2019 STARTUP SHOWCASE
This year’s showcase will bring innovative ideas from your data community to the rich tradition of innovation!
This round is open to applications from all startups in general data and emerging technology. Complete the Startup Pitch Competition application form by June 15th and include a link to your pitch deck or executive summary. If you are selected to participate in the final pitch round, you will be notified by July 15th. Five finalists will have the opportunity to present a 5-min pitch onstage to a panel of judges on conference day – Aug 17th.
June 15th – Startup Pitch Application deadline,
July 15th – Finalists notified,
Aug 17th – Final Pitch Round.
Use the form to submit your pitch today
Final Pitch Round:
Six finalists will have the opportunity to present a 5-min pitch onstage to the panel of judges below from TenOneTen Ventures and others (more Judges being added) on conference day
First Place – $1000 cash and a 1 one-on-one feedback and strategy session with a VC from TenOneTen Ventures*.
Second Place – $500 cash*.
Third Place – $250 cash*.
*More prizes to be announced later.
Aaron is the head of engineering at SPIDR Tech, building the world’s first automated customer service platform for law enforcement agencies and fire departments. SPIDR's platform is allowing police and others serve their communities better, every day. Among other things, Aaron cares about strong engineering culture, team building, and surfing.
Minnie is a long-time Silicon Valley product leader and operations executive with experience building and scaling impact through elegant technical solutions and great teams. She recently moved back to LA after 20+ years in the Bay Area and is excited to be a part of the growing tech ecosystem of Southern California as an early-stage tech investor. Minnie started her career as an early product manager at Google where she co-founded the Access team; a cross-functional product, policy, and engineering team that spun off Google Fiber. After 11+ years, she left Google to begin her own entrepreneurial journey as the co-founder and COO of Shift, an online marketplace for used cars. Minnie learned a lot of lessons hiring hundreds of employees and scaling a $100M+ business. She is an active mentor and non-profit board member. In her spare time she volunteers for local government, surfs baby waves, and raises baby people.
Subash D'Souza is a Data Evangelist. He is the founder and organizer of Big Data Day LA, a data conference based in Sunny Southern California. He also organizes the Los Angeles Big Data Users Group and the Los Angeles Apache Spark Users Group. Subash's passions lies in building scalable and performant systems.
Keynote Speakers / 2019
Joe Devon is a serial entrepreneur with a strong focus on community and the bleeding edge of technology. Joe is CoFounder of Diamond, a leading Digital Agency that works with companies such as Fox, Disney & the NFL. He also CoFounded Global Accessibility Awareness Day aka #GAAD. It is now a viral event that the major tech companies publicly celebrate each May, with a Twitter reach of 165 Million unique users. Joe has founding roles in LA Media Lab, a new initiative in the mold of MIT and NY's Media Labs and Television Four, a Broadband TV Production Company backed by Warner Bros & Sky TV. He is an advisor at USC's IT Program, Cross Campus, Dock, Cloud CMS, Empowertech & LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce. He has served as Program Advisor for leading industry conferences such as DataConLA, Semtech Biz & Zendcon.
Anthony Rose is a lead data scientist and software engineer at SpaceX, where he is building data and engineering teams focused on developing both business and flight software. Prior to joining SpaceX, he spent several years at Uber doing data science and machine learning, including building out a team to solve problems in some of the more complex environments for the product, such as airports and major events. Before entering industry his PhD and post-doctoral research was performed at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, where he focused on searches for new physics (specifically evidence of supersymmetric particles) and the Higgs boson discovery.
Keila is an inspirational 13 year old inner city Los Angeles youth that is an international speaker, programmer and entrepreneur. Probably best know for her viral Youtube video of her “Undefinable Me” Keynote speech at OSCON 2015 Portland wowing a crowd of 4000 she is more than just a one trick pony. At age 12 winning the Young Entrepreneur of the year award usually awarded to high school seniors she's shown her affinity to audiences of both tech and business. Check her inspirational videos here and here
As the leader of Headspace’s technology team, Paddy Hannon is responsible for overseeing the company’s Software Engineering, Product, Data Engineering, DevOps, Data Analytics and Data Science teams. Under his leadership, his team helps Headspace expand beyond guided meditation to become a full service, personalized health and wellness company, all supported by a highly scalable web services platform and an increasingly complex technology organization. Hannon is also responsible for rapidly scaling the engineering team as he continues building Headspace as a best-in-class technology organization.
Ani Okkasian is a communications professional who seeks to close the gap between consumer data and consumer behavior by leveraging an academic background in interdisciplinary research to gain strategic insights that inform brand building, communication planning and creative solutions. Currently, Ani leads the Los Angeles based innovation unit within OMD, the 2019 Global Media Agency of the Year (Adweek), where she focuses on research & development and experimental activations. Ani is also adjunct professor of Interdisciplinary Research Methods and Future Studies at Woodbury University.
Elizabeth Owen holds a PhD in Digital Media (School of Education, UW-Madison) focused in game-based learning analytics. Currently Director of Learning and Data Science at Age of Learning, she’s committed to leveraging machine learning to optimize adaptive, engaging learning systems. Previously a data scientist with GlassLab Games, LRNG, and Metacog, Elizabeth’s doctoral roots lie with Games+Learning+Society research and game development lab. Collaborators include EA, Zynga, and Popcap games, and Dr. Ryan Baker at UPenn in ongoing Educational Data Mining. Prior to graduate school, Dr. Owen was a K-12 educator for a decade, and founding teacher at an L.A. charter school (LAAAE.org).
About the Conference / What You Need To Know
Data Con LA is the largest, of its kind, data conference in Southern California. Spearheaded by Subash D’Souza and organized and supported by a community of volunteers, sponsors and speakers, Data Con LA features the most vibrant gathering of data and technology enthusiasts in Los Angeles.
Data Con LA began as Big Data Day LA in 2013, with just over 250 attendees. We have since grown to over 550 attendees in 2014, 950+ attendees in 2015, 1200+ attendees in 2016, and 1550+ attendees in 2017. In 2018, we re-branded ourselves from Big Data Day LA to Data Con LA. We also had over 1800+ attendees attend. This year we expect that tally to be over 2000.
Our 2019 session tracks will include:
Attendees / See Who Will Be There
/ Data Scientists
/ Software Developers
/ System Architects
/ Head Researchers
/ Business Analysts
/ Data Engineers
/ Technical Leads
/ CEOs, CTOs, CIO, etc.
/ IT Managers
/ Business Strategists
/ Data Analysts
/ Head Data Scientists
Organizers / 2019 Organizers
Organizers / 2019 Committee Leaders