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Data Con LA 2020 is scheduled for the 23rd, 24th and 25th of October. Join us!!

Keynote Speakers / 2020

Subash D’Souza

Founder, Data Con LA & Founder, Data 4 Good
Subash D'Souza is an Data Evangelist. He is the founder and organizer of Data Con LA formerly known as Big Data Day LA, a data conference based in Sunny Southern California. He is also the founder for Data 4 Good, a public entity using data to solve social causes. Subash's passions lies in building scalable and performant systems. 

Ron Galperin

L.A. Controller
Ron Galperin is the 19th Controller of the City of Los Angeles, elected in 2013 and again in 2017. He serves as the watchdog for taxpayers at City Hall, making sure public dollars are spent efficiently and effectively. He is also the paymaster, auditor and chief accounting officer for the City of Los Angeles. Galperin oversees a team that conducts independent audits, manages the City’s payroll and spending, reports on the City’s finances, pursues fraud and waste, and works to create a more transparent, accountable and modern city for residents. Galperin launched ControlPanel LA, the City’s first open data portal, in 2013. It features details on the goods and services Los Angeles buys, along with information on assets and liabilities, employee compensation, operating indicators and much more. Because of his efforts, L.A. has been named the “No. 1 Digital City” by the U.S. City Open Data Census three years in a row. Government Technology Magazine put Controller Galperin on its list of the “Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers.” In 2019, Galperin received the Tyler Public Sector Excellence Award. Read more about him here.

Karthik Ramasamy

Senior Director of Engineering at Splunk

Karthik Ramasamy is a Senior Director of Engineering managing the Pulsar team at Splunk. Before Splunk, he was the co-founder and CEO of Streamlio that focused on building next generation event processing infrastructure using Apache Pulsar and led the acquisition of Streamlio by Splunk. Before Streamlio, he was the engineering manager and technical lead for real-time infrastructure at Twitter where he co-created Twitter Heron. Twitter Heron was open sourced and used by several companies. He has two decades of experience working with companies such as Teradata, Greenplum, and Juniper in their rapid growth stages building parallel databases, big data infrastructure, and networking. He co-founded Locomatix, a company that specializes in real-time streaming processing on Hadoop and Cassandra using SQL, which was acquired by Twitter. Karthik has a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a focus on big data and databases. During his college tenure several of the research projects he participated were later spun off as a company acquired by Teradata. Karthik is the author of several publications, patents, and a popular book “Network Routing: Algorithms, Protocols and Architectures.

Safiya Noble

Co-Director, UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry, & Associate Professor at UCLA

Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the Department of Information Studies where she serves as the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry (C2i2). She also holds appointments in African American Studies and Gender Studies. She is a Research Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford and has been appointed as a Commissioner on the Oxford Commission on AI & Good Governance (OxCAIGG). She is a board member of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, serving those vulnerable to online harassment.

Rebecca Ye

Co-Founder/COO at Xcalar

Rebecca Ye was one of the founding members of Google’s Cloud Platform. She spent over five years at Google building the early partner ecosystem and launched the global Partner Program with a few hundred partners. She helped conceive and execute the partner strategy for worldwide launches of Google App Engine, Google BigQuery, Google Cloud Bigtable and Google Cloud Dataproc. Rebecca holds MASc and MBA degrees from The University of British Columbia.

Bryan Kirschner

VP of Strategy at DataStax

Bryan Kirschner is Vice President, Strategy at DataStax. For more than 20 years he has helped large organizations build and execute strategy when they are seeking new ways forward and a future materially different from their past. He specializes in removing fear, uncertainty, and doubt from strategic decision-making through empirical data and market sensing.

Larry Dominique

President & CEO at PSA North America

36 Year automotive executive with experience in engineering, planning, marketing, data, analytics and technology. Have run both data and sales organizations with global experience, with emphasis on North and South America

Brian Kursar

CTO at Toyota Motor North America and Toyota Connected North America
Brian Kursar is the Chief Technology Officer for Toyota Motor North America and Toyota Connected North America responsible for Software Engineering, Data, Infrastructure, and Advanced Technologies in support of their Manufacturing, Sales, Parts, Supply Chain, Customer, Dealers, Product Quality, and Autonomous R&D initiatives. He also leads the companies Technology solutions for Mobility, Safety Services, and Connected Vehicle. Prior to re-joining Toyota, he worked at Warner Bros. as VP and Chief Architect of Global Data Strategy. There he led a Digital Transformation initiative to enable a Data Driven Culture and build out their Advertising Technology capabilities. In 2020, he was recognized by D Magazine as one of the Top 50 Dallas Inventors in Technology having designed an invention that allows Toyota to partner with hospitals and caregivers to make the world safer for people who suffer from Alzheimer’s and dementia.

William S. Kehoe

Chief Information Officer at County of Los Angeles

Bill Kehoe has been a public-sector Chief Information Officer (CIO) since 2002 serving as a State Agency CIO at the State of Washington Department of Licensing from 2002 – 2010; at King County Washington from 2010 – 2017; and as Los Angeles County CIO from November 2017 – Present. Bill has provided strategic and operational leadership for key organizational and technology transformations as a CIO including: three mainframe migrations, two IT organization and technology consolidations, multiple data center consolidations, development of multiple online services for state and local government residents, hybrid cloud strategy and deployment, application rationalization and modernization, IT Governance, Innovation, IT Strategic Planning, Enterprise Architecture, Information Management, and Unified Communication services.

Michael Berman

CIO at California State University, Office of the Chancellor
Michael Berman is the CIO for the California State University. Twenty years information technology management experience in higher education; 16 years as the senior campus technology leader at 4 institutions of higher education; extensive network of professional contacts in education and industry; Ph.D. in Computer Science with experience as a professor, consultant, author, and systems developer. Current member, Board of Directors, EDUCAUSE; Board of Directors, CENIC. Past Board of Directors Chair for NMC, publisher of the annual NMC Horizon Report, downloaded more than 3 million times a year from more than 100 countries around the world. Passionate about promoting equity, inclusion, and greater gender balance in technology and leadership.

Lacey Plache

Vice President, Data & Analytics at Age of Learning, Inc.

Lacey Plache is the Vice President of Data & Analytics at Age of Learning, an education technology innovator. Most recently, she was VP of Data at PatientPop, where she built out the data function to improve customer acquisition and retention and enhance product development. Prior to that, she served as Chief Economist at Edmunds, where she was a nationally recognized thought leader in automotive economics and spearheaded the use of advanced analytics to optimize online car-buying. She has a passion for education and earned a Ph.D. in Economics from UCLA, co-founded a successful public middle school and served on the Board of Directors for a youth orchestra.

Dr. Jenny Rankin

Author/Lecturer at U.S. Department of State (Fulbright Specialist)

Dr. Jenny Grant Rankin is a Fulbright Specialist for the U.S. Department of State who has taught at University of Cambridge and other institutions regarding the best ways to communicate data. She has two doctorates (a Ph.D. and an L.H.D) and has written 12 books, 155 papers and articles, and writes an ongoing column for Psychology Today. Dr. Rankin has been featured on NBC News, National Public Radio (NPR), Newsweek, HuffPost, The Wall Street Journal, etc., and she was honored multiple times by the U.S. White House (for example, the American flag was once flown over The White House / Capitol Building in honor of Dr. Rankin and her work).

Peter Zaitsev

CEO at Percona
Peter Zaitsev is CEO and co-founder of Percona. As one of the foremost experts on MySQL strategy and optimization, Peter leveraged both his technical vision and entrepreneurial skills. Peter is a co-author of High Performance MySQL: Optimization, Backups, and Replication, one of the most popular books on MySQL performance. Peter frequently speaks as an expert lecturer at conferences.

Brian Dolan

CEO at Verdant AI
Brian Dolan, Founder of Verdant AI, is a leading mathematician, data scientist, and cyberneticist that has built thousands of AI products for over 20 years. Brian is a serial entrepreneur having co-founded Deep 6 AI, Qurius, and Discovix. He has led enterprise projects for clients like EMC, Havas, T-Mobile, and the government. Formerly Chief Scientist at Greenplum (EMC), Brian led data science at Yahoo! Inc. and Research Analytics at FOX and MySpace. An experienced author and speaker, he co-authored “MAD Skills: New Analysis Practices," delivered a TEDx talk, and wrote the chapter “Information Pathways” in "Transforming Healthcare with Big Data."

Savina Hawkins

Entrepreneur in Residence and Senior UX Researcher at Eventbrite

Savina Hawkins is an entrepreneur with a successful exit to a tech unicorn under her belt as well as a professional interdisciplinary user researcher. She employs a design-research approach to entrepreneurship and innovation. Both her masters and undergrad degrees were in self-designed, interdisciplinary fields: she studied networked narratology, text technologies, symbolic systems and the self at Stanford, and she studied democratic innovation, advanced technologies, smart cities, the politics of aesthetics and philosophy of design at Harvard Design School.

Jeanne Holm

Chief Data Officer at City of Los Angeles
Jeanne is the Chief Data Officer and Senior Technology Advisor to the Mayor at the City of Los Angeles, helping 4,000,000 people use data for innovation, equity, health and safety, and founded the Data Science Federation. She was formerly the Evangelist for open data for the White House under President Obama, the leader for Africa open data for the World Bank, and the Chief Knowledge Architect at NASA, and is a Distinguished Instructor at UCLA, a Trustee of Claremont Graduate University, a Fellow of the United Nations International Academy of Astronautics, on the Global Leadership Board for Time's Up, and an advisor to the UN.

Karen Borchgrevink

Executive Director at LA Tech4Good

Karen is creator and Executive Director of LA Tech4Good, an early stage nonprofit startup at the intersection of social impact and technology in SoCal. She is compelled to create space for people to engage in battles raging over tech and society, and to move the needle on tech as a force for social change in unprecedented times. Her career path has ranged across digital transformations in publishing and printing, from Hollywood to nonprofit, and now focuses on expanding the breadth and depth of “tech for good.”

Todd Terrazas

Executive Director at Data 4 Good

Todd Terrazas is a social entrepreneur, collaboration catalyst, and the Executive Director of the AI LA Community and Data 4 Good non-profits. Todd has over a decade of experience working in the LA startup community, developing products, marketing strategies, brand identities, and producing events to educate, inspire, and accelerate innovation for social good.

Xavier Kochhar

Founder at The Video Genome Project

Xavier Kochhar is a media and technology executive, entrepreneur, investor, and direct-to-consumer subject matter expert. He is best known as the founder and CEO of The Video Genome Project, a video personalization engine and user experience company that built the largest, broadest, and most granular structured database of video content, by developing a method of finding and creating deep, relevant and granular information on video content (film, tv, online video), programmatically. These granular pieces of altogether new metadata, or “genes”, were then used to provide hyper-personalized recommendations and targeted content to consumers. Because of its accuracy and simplicity in the video discovery process, the company became known as “the Google of video”. The Video Genome Project was acquired by Hulu to create a more powerful way to surface the right content to the right user at the right time, in both live and on-demand environments. Currently a senior executive within AT&T, Inc., Xavier was most recently the chief strategy and business development officer of WarnerMedia's Direct-to-Consumer division. He was previously the Managing Partner of Medialink, acq. by Ascential plc (LSE: ASCL), and has served in senior executive roles at The Walt Disney Company, the William Morris Agency (WME), and L.E.K. Consulting.

Sponsors / 2020

Panels / 2020

Data 4 Good – Keynote Panel

Data 4 Good is an organization that was launched in 2019 with the promise of using data to help deal with social issues. Since it launched, it has attracted a public – private consortium of industry leaders as part of the advisory board. It has also launched four pods – Data Portal, Data Literacy, Clean Air and Project Proof(targeting racial inequality). This panel invites the leaders of all four pods to give their perspectives on what it takes to design and execute on diverse projects using data to tackle social relevant issues, while collectively building a nonprofit as the scaffolding for their work.

Keynote Moderator

Karen Borchgrevink

Executive Director at LA Tech4Good
Karen is creator and Executive Director of LA Tech4Good, an early stage nonprofit startup at the intersection of social impact and technology in SoCal. She is compelled to create space for people to engage in battles raging over tech and society, and to move the needle on tech as a force for social change in unprecedented times. Her career path has ranged across digital transformations in publishing and printing, from Hollywood to nonprofit, and now focuses on expanding the breadth and depth of “tech for good.”

Keynote Panelists

Xavier Kochhar

Founder at The Video Genome Project
Xavier Kochhar is a media and technology executive, entrepreneur, investor, and direct-to-consumer subject matter expert. He is best known as the founder and CEO of The Video Genome Project, a video personalization engine and user experience company that built the largest, broadest, and most granular structured database of video content, by developing a method of finding and creating deep, relevant and granular information on video content (film, tv, online video), programmatically. These granular pieces of altogether new metadata, or “genes”, were then used to provide hyper-personalized recommendations and targeted content to consumers. Because of its accuracy and simplicity in the video discovery process, the company became known as “the Google of video”. The Video Genome Project was acquired by Hulu to create a more powerful way to surface the right content to the right user at the right time, in both live and on-demand environments. Currently a senior executive within AT&T, Inc., Xavier was most recently the chief strategy and business development officer of WarnerMedia's Direct-to-Consumer division. He was previously the Managing Partner of Medialink, acq. by Ascential plc (LSE: ASCL), and has served in senior executive roles at The Walt Disney Company, the William Morris Agency (WME), and L.E.K. Consulting.

Jeanne Holm

Chief Data Officer at City of Los Angeles
Jeanne is the Chief Data Officer and Senior Technology Advisor to the Mayor at the City of Los Angeles, helping 4,000,000 people use data for innovation, equity, health and safety, and founded the Data Science Federation. She was formerly the Evangelist for open data for the White House under President Obama, the leader for Africa open data for the World Bank, and the Chief Knowledge Architect at NASA, and is a Distinguished Instructor at UCLA, a Trustee of Claremont Graduate University, a Fellow of the United Nations International Academy of Astronautics, on the Global Leadership Board for Time's Up, and an advisor to the UN.

Savina Hawkins

Entrepreneur in Residence and Senior UX Researcher at Eventbrite
Savina Hawkins is an entrepreneur with a successful exit to a tech unicorn under her belt as well as a professional interdisciplinary user researcher. She employs a design-research approach to entrepreneurship and innovation. Both her masters and undergrad degrees were in self-designed, interdisciplinary fields: she studied networked narratology, text technologies, symbolic systems and the self at Stanford, and she studied democratic innovation, advanced technologies, smart cities, the politics of aesthetics and philosophy of design at Harvard Design School.

Todd Terrazas

Executive Director at Data 4 Good
Todd Terrazas is a social entrepreneur, collaboration catalyst, and the Executive Director of the AI LA Community and Data 4 Good non-profits. Todd has over a decade of experience working in the LA startup community, developing products, marketing strategies, brand identities, and producing events to educate, inspire, and accelerate innovation for social good.

Accessibility Challenges of 2020

While 2020 has been a challenge to billions of people around the world, the pandemic and shift to the virtual world has hit People with Disabilities in a unique way. Where technology is accessible, it might potentially be a net positive. But for people who have spent years finding accommodation in the physical world to shift to what is often an inaccessible world, there are particular challenges. We will explore this theme with our esteemed panelists.

Moderator

Joe Devon

Co-Founder at Diamond
Joe is a serial entrepreneur who has been helping grow the Los Angeles tech ecosystem since 2008, before Silicon Beach was a "thing." His experience includes co-founder at Diamond (https://diamond.la), an inclusive digital agency, and thought leadership as the co-founder of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (https://globalaccessibilityawarenessday.org/).

Panelists

Bryce Johnson

Inclusive Lead, Devices at Microsoft
Bryce is the Inclusive Lead for Microsoft Devices where he is devoted to ensuring Microsoft products are accessible. Bryce initiated and designed the first Inclusive Tech Lab at Microsoft, which has now hosted over seven thousand visitors; it is a facility where people can explore how people with disabilities interact with Microsoft games, services, and devices. Bryce is one of the inventors of the Xbox Adaptive Controller ever since he was a lead on its project at the 2016 Microsoft One Week Hackathon.

Lori Samuels

Accessibility Director at NBC Universal
Lori Samuels is the Accessibility Director at NBCUniversal. She leads strategic accessibility programs to institute best practices in inclusive design, provide training for product teams, drive cultural maturity in disability inclusion, and fortify executive sponsorship.

Karo Caran

Accessibility Program Manager at Google Play
Karo co-leads Accessibility (or a11y) initiatives at Google Play. She ensures that the Play products can be accessible by users with diverse needs. In this role, she helps to create the culture in which a11y is a core part of the product development cycle. Through various Play initiatives for external developers, she brings a11y awareness to app developers throughout the world. She has a PhD in Education. Outside of work, she writes novels and poetry and enjoys bringing her creativity back to her day job.

Think in Color

The panel will discuss multi-generational solutions on how data influences society for people of color. We will examine strategies on how for profit and nonprofits are addressing these challenges.

Moderator

Michelle Emelle

TEALS Regional Manager at Microsoft
Michelle is a second year volunteer at Data Con LA. She is passionate about innovations which transform the tech industry like Code Talk, TechHire and TEALS. She has lived in Los Angeles her entire life, has two daughters, enjoys running, biking and roller skating.

Panelists

Ericka Odom

Webmaster at LoudNewsNet.com
Ericka ia an African-American female tech geek. She chose to change careers in late 2017 and began her journey. She discovered a passion for frontend development. Getting into the industry has not been easy but the pursuit of her passion is worth it. She graduated CodeTalk in January 2019 and she was very grateful for that program.

Lima Muhammad

Quality Assurance Analyst at The Honest Company
Lima has enjoyed hercareer journey thus far and she is happy to currently be working in tech at the Honest Company as a Quality Assurance Analyst. She is responsible for supporting the business team (DTC & Engineering) by ensuring feature releases and promotions satisfy all specifications and requirements. She looks forward to continuing to be an asset to the Honest QA, DTC, and Engineering team and collaborating on many projects to come. Entering the world of tech a couple of years ago has been a wonderful transition to changing my trajectory. She holds degrees from the University of California, Davis (BS), Grand Canyon University (MBA), and a certificate from Code talk (Front End Web Dev), which all play a huge part in her continued desire for better opportunities in tech to grow and reach career milestones.

Miesha Robinson

CEO/ Founder at Ucrowd
Miesha Robinson is a serial entrepreneur and tech leader in the events industry. She is the founder & CEO of Ucrowd LLC which is a ticketing platform for event curators and attendees to create, discover and sell tickets online. After earning her bachelors degree in Marketing from California State University Dominguez Hills, Miesha began to successfully advance in the corporate world while simultaneously developing several businesses and organizations to encourage the youth in the inner city to explore technology and entrepreneurship.

Linda Mejia

Full Stack Developer at City of Los Angeles
Linda is a full stack developer at the City of Los Angeles Mayor's Office of International Affairs, working on the Sustainable Development Goals Data Reporting Platform.

Tahnee Bedward

Software Developer at IMT Residentials
Tahnee Bedward is a Software Developer at a Property Management company in the Los Angeles area. Tahnee has a background in Biotechnology, holding several positions within the field at companies such as Kite Pharma and Gilead Sciences. Tahnee holds a Bachelors degree in Biology from California State University Northridge. Her love for technology was birthed from her father who has many years of experience in the field. This love has led her to make the recent transition to Tech.

Lori Gray

President & CEO at Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) of Los Angeles County
Since 1984, NHS has developed and rehabilitated more than 25,600 housing and commercial units, placed 4.6 million families on the road to homeownership, created 247 block clubs, employed over 250 neighborhood youth, and invested more than $7.1 billion back into some of Los Angeles County’s toughest neighborhoods. NHS protects more than $2.2 billion of home values annually through its loss mitigation, preservation, and counseling work.

Women in Data Science

This panel will discuss about the latest data science-related research in a number of domains, to learn how leading-edge companies are leveraging data science for success, and to connect with potential mentors, collaborators, and others in the field.

Moderators

Kristianna Chung

Managing Consultant - Data Science at Harnham
Harnham is the global lead in data & analytics recruitment with expertise in Data Science, Data & Technology, Marketing Analytics and Digital Analytics. Kris leads the data science and machine learning team and built out the Southern California Data Science market for Harnham. She has successfully led and filled multiple searches ranging from senior data scientist up to CTO level.

Karla Guerra

Sr Data Science Recruitment Consultant at Harnham
Karla helps lead the Data Science & AI recruitment practice at Harnham, the global leader in Data & Analytics recruitment. She partners with top companies to hire the most in-demand professionals in the Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Computer Vision and NLP space.

Panelists

Kerry Weinberg

Director, Data Sciences at Amgen, Inc.
Kerry Weinberg leads Data Science for Digital Health & Innovation at Amgen. Her team focuses on applying emerging data analytic techniques like machine learning and artificial intelligence to improve Amgen’s agility, better reach patients, and improve digital health by better identifying patients, treating them, and enabling their adherence. Prior to this role, Kerry led AI strategy for Process Development at Amgen. Before joining Amgen, Kerry received her MBA and M.S. Biological Engineering from MIT as part of the Leaders for Global Operations Program. She previously led systems engineering efforts for high-speed cell sorters at Beckman Coulter. Kerry holds a B.S. Biological Engineering also from MIT.

Sonali Son

Manager, Data Science Engineering at Snap
As a data science leader, Sonali's passion is to deliver value & impact to both people and product through data, analytics, models, and algorithms. Today she primarily does this by building and scaling data science at Snap by aligning specialized skills with business strategy, leading teams, and building effective partnerships with other organizations.

Stacey Ronaghan

Senior Data Scientist at IBM
Stacey Ronaghan is a Senior Data Scientist at IBM, working with customers across a range of industries. As a practitioner, she facilitates their AI journey: from identifying key opportunities within their business to writing the code that solves the problem. Stacey is an advocate for Responsible AI and has contributed to open source packages for AI Fairness and AI Explainability.

Tips for Writing an Effective AI and Deep Learning Book

This panel will focus on exciting conversations around various book-authoring topics such as

  1. Proposing the book,
  2. Managing your writing time,
  3. Selecting a co-author,
  4. Not selecting a co-author,
  5. Writing a preface,
  6. Drawing the images,
  7. Choosing the chapter titles,

and much more.

Moderator

Chris Fregly

Developer Advocate, AI and Machine Learning at AWS
Chris Fregly is a Developer Advocate for AI and Machine Learning at Amazon Web Services (AWS) based in San Francisco, California. He is co-author of the O'Reilly Book, "Data Science on AWS." Chris is also the Founder of many global meetups focused on Apache Spark, TensorFlow, and KubeFlow. He regularly speaks at AI and Machine Learning conferences across the world including O’Reilly AI & Strata, Open Data Science Conference (ODSC), and GPU Technology Conference (GTC). Previously, Chris was Founder at PipelineAI where he worked with many AI-first startups and enterprises to continuously deploy ML/AI Pipelines using Apache Spark ML, Kubernetes, TensorFlow, Kubeflow, Amazon EKS, and Amazon SageMaker.

Panelists

Jess Haberman

Senior Acquisitions Editor at O'Reilly Media
Jess Haberman is senior acquisitions editor at O'Reilly Media, collaborating with tech industry leaders to develop instructional content related to data science, data engineering, and data architecture. She is a writer, managing multiple writing and discussion groups. She has presented at and facilitated technical conferences, publishing seminars, and writing retreats. Jess has worked in publishing for 13 years.

Dean Wampler

Principal Engineer at Domino Data Lab
Dean Wampler is an expert in data engineering for scalable streaming data systems and applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence (ML/AI). He is a Principal Software Engineer at Domino Data Lab. Previously he worked at Anyscale and Lightbend, where he worked on scalable ML with Ray and distributed streaming data systems with Apache Spark, Apache Kafka, Kubernetes, and other tools. Dean is the author of several books and reports published by O'Reilly on data systems and programming topics.

Rustem Feyzkhanov

Machine Learning Engineer at Instrumental
Rustem Feyzkhanov is a machine learning engineer at Instrumental, where he work on analytical models for the manufacturing industry, and AWS Machine Learning Hero. Rustem is passionate about serverless infrastructure (and AI deployments on it) and is the author of the course and book "Serverless Deep Learning with TensorFlow and AWS Lambda" and "Practical Deep Learning on the Cloud". Also he is a main contributor to open source repository for serverless packages https://github.com/ryfeus/lambda-packs.

Robert J Munro

CEO at Machine Learning Consulting
Robert Munro is an expert in combining Human and Machine Intelligence, working with Machine Learning approaches to Text, Speech, Image and Video Processing. Robert has founded several AI companies, building some of the top teams in Artificial Intelligence. He has worked in many diverse environments, from Sierra Leone, Haiti and the Amazon, to London, Sydney and Silicon Valley, in organizations ranging from startups to the United Nations.

Francesco Mosconi

CEO at Catalit (Zero to Deep Learning)
CEO & Chief Data Scientist at Catalit Data Science. Author of the Zero to Deep Learning book and video course. I work at the cutting edge of machine and deep learning training.

Data and Government

This panel will discuss how they are using open data to promote government transparency and accountability to solve important issues facing the public.

Moderator

Jagjit Dhaliwal

Deputy CIO at County of Los Angeles, Office of CIO
Jagjit comes to the County of Los Angeles with 17+ years of diversified IT consulting experience across multiple industry domains including Media & Entertainment (Studio, Education & Gaming), Telecom, Banking, Insurance and Manufacturing domains across different geographical locations globally. His main focus has been on IT transformation, operations efficiencies, enterprise initiatives, application modernization, and the adaption of emerging technologies. He has a wealth of experience in supporting complex systems delivery in a global onsite/offshore operating environment and managing large diverse teams.

Panelists

Kevin Gray

Chief Information Officer at City of Burbank
Kevin Gray is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City of Burbank California. His vision and leadership drives the City’s Digital Government Initiatives, ensuring effective and efficient utilization of digital technology to improve city services, create new efficiencies, enhance public safety, promote and enhance economic development, improve transportation and mobility, improve sustainability and enhance the quality of life for the City’s residents, day-time population and visitors.

Jeanne Holm

Chief Data Officer at City of Los Angeles
Jeanne is the Chief Data Officer and Senior Technology Advisor to the Mayor at the City of Los Angeles, helping 4,000,000 people use data for innovation, equity, health and safety, and founded the Data Science Federation. She was formerly the Evangelist for open data for the White House under President Obama, the leader for Africa open data for the World Bank, and the Chief Knowledge Architect at NASA, and is a Distinguished Instructor at UCLA, a Trustee of Claremont Graduate University, a Fellow of the United Nations International Academy of Astronautics, on the Global Leadership Board for Time's Up, and an advisor to the UN.

Lea Eriksen

Director of Technology & Innovation and CIO at City of Long Beach
Lea Eriksen is the Director of Technology and Innovation and CIO of the City of Long Beach and is in charge of implementing the City’s technology vision, developing a staff of 173 FTE and managing a $57.2 million operating budget. With more than 20 years of experience working in local government, Lea’s background includes positions related to economic development, budget and finance, and technology. She has an MBA from Xavier University and graduated cum laude from Miami University.

Phillip Leclair

Chief Information Officer at City of Pasadena
Phillip is an award winning CIO leading the City of Pasadena’s technology strategy, IT operations and customer service. His initiatives include improving service delivery through embracing effective use of technology; creating business models for delivering new services; promoting online development opportunities to increase self-service capabilities; and leading strategic initiatives to transform and innovate.

Money & Opportunities for Data Analysis Startups Post COVID

Many start-up faced a hard time in raising capital, many found new opportunities and pivoted. The opportunities ahead for anything data form analysis to tools and models and from AI to IoT are vast. Startups will looking at some interesting time ahead. The panel will focus on the post Covid dynamics of money, planning, execution and exit.

Moderator

Sid Mohasseb

CEO / Angel Investor / Adjunct Professor at USC
The Entrepreneur Philosopher, is a Serial Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, University Professor, Innovator and Business Thought Leader. Sid has built and exited multiple global companies, invested in various start-ups, advised many of the fortune 500 executives, and has served as the national innovation leader for a conglomerate. Sid is a best selling author and teaches strategy and analytics at both USC's Marshall Business School and Viterbi Engineering school.

Panelists

John Harbison

Chairman Emeritus at Tech Coast Angels
John Harbison is Chairman Emeritus of Tech Coast Angels where he has led 14 deals, invested in over 60 startups, and serves on multiple Boards including the Angel Capital Association. He is also an active investor in public companies, and has realized returns from 100x – 1100x in five companies (Microsoft, Apple, Abbott Labs, Nucor and McGraw-Hill). Previously he co-founded Next Autoworks (a disruptive new American car company backed by Kleiner Perkins and Google Ventures), served as CEO of network security software SilentRunner Inc. (which was acquired by Computer Associates) and launched Valeo Raytheon Systems (the first blindspot radar for cars that achieved $700 million in annual revenue within eight years).

Nader Fathi

CEO at Kiana Analytics
Nader Fathi is a serial entrepreneur and veteran of the Big Data and IoT industry. He is currently the CEO of Kiana Analytics, recently included in Gartner’s ”CIO Guide: How Location Services Can Help Mitigate COVID-19 Spread

Diversity in Data Organizations: Building a Representative Workforce and Why it Matters

This panel discussion will bring together experts in the field of diversity in data and discuss practical solutions which can help every organization close the gap. Fairness in itself should be reason enough to embed diversity in our data science teams and processes, but there are important practical considerations as well. This isn’t just a matter of fairness. Study after study has shown the positive impact of workplace diversity on everything from employee satisfaction and engagement to productivity and profitability.

Moderator

Rebecca Friedman

Founder & President at Koru Strategies
Rebecca is a founder, connector, and a self proclaimed gov geek and public sector enthusiast. She is driven to improve the business of government technology through innovation, enhanced communication and collaboration. She has 15 years of experience including consulting at a leading professional services firm, managing gov tech education events and strategic workshop delivery, and project management and execution.

Panelists

Nicholas Haystings

Executive Director at Square Root Academy
Tinkerer, maker, and all around gearhead. Sacramento native and proud CSUS alumni with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, Nicholas Haystings is the co-founder and executive director of Square Root Academy, an organization that provides STEM-based education and experiences to underrepresented groups, all at no cost to the participants. The program works with several local school district to provide after-school programming for fifth- through 12-graders, while also sponsoring STEM-focused community events. The Sacramento Business Journal named Haystings to its 2019 “40 Under 40” list, which recognizes young professionals in the Sacramento region who “excel in their workplaces and in their communities.”

Lindsay Poirier

Cultural Anthropologist and Assistant Professor, Science and Technology Studies at University of California Davis
Lindsay Poirier is a cultural anthropologist and recent PhD in Science and Technology Studies (STS) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Her research examines digital expertise, data cultures, and the theorization of digital infrastructure. More specifically, Poirier studies the design of “semiotic infrastructures” – or digital infrastructures that encode data’s syntax, semantics, and relationships to other data. She examines how the designers of semiotic infrastructure learn to bring diverse language ideologies to their work and how such language ideologies implicate how knowledge gets ordered in information systems. She has conducted historical research on approaches to digital knowledge representation in the artificial intelligence community and has conducted fieldwork within both the Semantic Web community and a community of practitioners building data standards for the human services. Poirier is the lead platform architect for the Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography (PECE) – an open source digital humanities platform, which now supports several international research projects, including The Asthma Files and the Disaster STS Network. She is also a co-chair for the Empirical Humanities Metadata working group within the Research Data Alliance (RDA). Her most recent publications include “Devious Design: Digital Infrastructure Challenges in Experimental Ethnography,” published in the journal Design Issues and “A Turn for the Scruffy: An Ethnographic Study of Semantic Web Architecture,” published in the WebSci’17 Conference Proceedings.

Samta Kapoor

Senior Manager, Business Analytics and IoT Practice at Accenture
Samta Kapoor is a Senior Manager at Accenture with over 10 years experience leading large transformations, helping clients drive innovation and optimizing business processes. She earned an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, has a Masters degree in Engineering Management from Duke University, and is an Electronics and Telecommunications engineer. At Accenture Samta focuses on growing the Financial Services and the Resources business for Applied Intelligence on the West coast. She is a part of the high value consulting team. She enjoys using her technical and business skills to help clients achieve their strategic goals by “Thinking in the New.” Working in Chile and Argentina has given her global exposure and a beginner level proficiency in Spanish. Specialties: Business Skills: Retail Banking,Value Targeting,Customer Analytics,Marketing Analytics Data and Technology Strategy, Business Strategy, Account Management (Mining and Hunting).

Vince Vu

Public Sector SME & Solution Strategist at Qualtrics
Throughout his career, Vince has been at his most passionate and creative in roles where he lead efforts to operationalize visionary thinking. His strength is in taking big ideas and building road maps to get us there - especially by evangelizing, simplifying, and democratizing data. With an extensive background in data analysis, he has worked proudly to lift the “fog of war” over statistics and demystify number-crunching. As a recovering analyst, he is unapologetic in his belief that the most successful organizations lead from the heart, rather than the head. Vince currently helps public sector clients design, build, and strategize experience management programs at Qualtrics where his team helps government and education harness the most relevant data to improve outcomes for their constituents. Prior to joining Qualtrics, he led a feedback and analytics group at King County, WA, that managed employee, customer, and resident insights. Vince holds a master’s degree in Public Policy with concentrations in Public and Nonprofit Leadership and Management and Urban and Regional Affairs from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He is also proud UT Longhorn, having received his dual bachelor’s degrees from the University of Texas in Austin, TX. Hook 'em!

Tutorials / 2020

Introduction to Kubernetes

Rob Richardson

Enterprise Architect at Richardson & Sons LLC
Rob Richardson is a software craftsman building web properties in ASP.NET and Node, React and Vue. He’s a Microsoft MVP, published author, frequent speaker at conferences, user groups, and community events, and a diligent teacher and student of high quality software development. You can find this and other talks on https://robrich.org/presentations.

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Kubernetes hands-on (Workshop)

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Kubernetes is how you run Docker in production. Bring your laptop with Docker for Windows or Docker for Mac edge version installed.  We’ll walk through getting a K8s cluster fired up on Docker-Desktop, minikube, and on Azure.  You’ll be hosting Docker containers in development and production in no time.  We’ll dig deep into:

  • A quick tour through Docker concepts
  • The components of a Kubernetes cluster
  • Pods, services, deployments, and replicas
  • Ways to scale and expose/isolate your containers
  • Public and private container registries
  • Stateful containers
  • Promoting from development to production
  • Azure Container Service (AKS)
  • Best practices for building at cloud scale
  • Tips & Tricks for leveraging Docker and Kubernetes
  • When not to use Kubernetes

We’ll look at the commands and ecosystem around building infrastructure as code, local and cloud clusters, and best practices with containers.  Come see why devs and ops love Kubernetes.

Requirements

Please either have a laptop with

  • Windows 10 Pro or better with all the updates installed (incl. 2004), access to the BIOS, and Admin password

or

  • Mac 2010 “El Capitan” or better machine with all the updates installed
  1. Please come with an up-to-date version of Docker Desktop installed.  See here for detailed instructions if necessary.
  2. In Linux mode, please pull these containers:
  • docker pull node:alpine
  • docker pull mcr.microsoft.com/dotnet/core/sdk:3.1-alpine
  • docker pull mcr.microsoft.com/dotnet/core/aspnet:3.1-alpine

Tutor

Introduction to Data Science

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Data Science tutorial is designed for people who are new to Data Science. This is beginner level session so no prior coding or technical knowledge is required. Just bring your laptop with WiFi capability. The session starts with a review of what is data science, the amount of data we generate and how companies are using that data to get insight. We will pick a business use case, define the data science process, followed by hands-on lab using python and Jupyter notebook. During the hands-on portion we will work with pandas, numpy, matplotlib and sklearn modules and use a machine learning algorithm to approach the business use case.

Zia Khan

Lead Data Scientist at theDevMasters
Zia is the lead data scientist with theDevMasters, a California based data science consulting and training company. Zia holds a Masters degree in Computer Science with an MBA combined with over 20 years of professional work experience. Zia’s consulting portfolio includes healthcare companies, manufacturers and Start-ups. He is also the lead instructor for the data science bootcamp offered by theDevMasters. Prior to joining theDevMasters Zia worked with Bell Canada as a Solution Specialist for Data Centre and cloud computing technologies. Zia is passionate about driving information from data.

Introduction to Data Engineering

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In this tutorial, we’ll introduce the basics of data engineering including: batch versus real time processes, structured versus unstructured data, and commitments/SLAs. Attendees will build their very own data pipelines using Python and Spark.

Abraham Elmahrek

Founder at PadFever
Abe is the founder and CEO of Padfever, a rent transparency company. Previously, he was a data engineering consultant who worked with start ups in the San Francisco Bay Area. He found his footing in data engineering at Cloudera where he was part of the team that modernized Hue. He also contributed to several Hadoop ecosystem components including Hadoop itself.

Sessions / 2020

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Speakers / 2020

Akbar Rangara

Staff Software Engineer at Intuit

Alex Alwan

Sr. Product Manager, Product Strategy at Fox

Alex Pudlin

Director at City of Los Angeles

Alex Tamoykin

CEO at Commandeer

Alice Chandrasekharan

Chief Intelligence Officer at Digital Magenta

Anand Ranganathan

Chief AI Officer at Unscrambl

Andre de Waal

Data Science & AI Learning Lead at IBM

Andres Ocon

Data Coordinator at LA Family Housing

Andrew Jamieson

Consultant at Personal

Andrew Kaszpurenko

Manager of Advanced Analytics at Edwards

Anita Sengupta

Professor at USC

Antje Barth

Developer Advocate, AI at AWS

Ayon Roy

Data Science Intern at Lulu

Babu Repaka

DataOps Engineer At CSU, Chancellors Office

Bob Wall

CTO at Commandeer

Caito Scherr

Developer Advocate at Ververica

Cédrick Lunven

Director of Developer Advocacy at Datastax

Christian Bourdeau

Sr. Business Intelligence Analyst at PlayStation

Cindy Lin

Data Product Manager at HopSkipDrive

Daphne Cheung

Data Scientist at Disney

David Kjerrumgaard

Principal Software Engineer at Splunk

David Stokes

MySQL Community Manager at Oracle

Dennes Torres

Data Platform MVP at Malta Data Platform UG

Don Malloy

Director at OATH

Dustin Vannoy

Principal Data Engineer at DV Consulting

Eddie Park

Solutions Engineering at Verdigris

Einat Orr

Co-founder & CEO at Treeverse

Emily Conant

Associate Data Scientist at Nexleaf Analytics

Eva Pereira

Deputy CDO at City of Los Angeles

Hana Oh

Counsel at O'Melveny

Harrison Tang

CEO at Spokeo

Helen Poldsam

Co-Founder & CEO at Cellaccura Biosciences

Hunter Carlisle

Senior Machine Learning Engineer at ADP

Isabella Zaczek

Fixer at IZ Consulting

Jai Bansal

Senior Data Scientist at Aetna

Jared Sheehan

CEO & Co-Founder at PwrdBy

Jason Medina

Data Science at Global Decision

Jeff Bertman

CTO at Dfuse Technologies

Jeff Moore

Data Scientist at SoCal Edison

Jennifer Aplin

CEO at Digital Magenta

Jerry Power

CEO at I3 Systems

Jessica Medrano

PM at Latino Donor Collaborative

Jing Pan

Data Scientist at Uber

Joe Karlsson

Developer Advocate at MongoDB

Joe Ross

Principal Data Scientist at Splunk

Karim Varela

CTO at Fan.ai

Karisa Schroeder

Product Manager at ESRI

Karun Bakshi

VP of Product Marketing at Xcalar

Kathy Winger

Attorney at Law Offices of Kathy Winger

Kayla de la Haye

Assistant Professor at USC

Ker-Yu Ong

Senior Data Scientist at Ranker

Kirkley Doyle

Director at Freefrom

Kisa Brostrom

Vice President of Data at boodleAI

Kunny Berdow

Principal Analytical Lead at Google

Lawrence Spracklen

Engineering Leadership at RSquared.ai

Lisa Rapp

Vice President of Data Ethics at LiveRamp

Lishuang Shen

Sr. Bioinformatics Scientist at CHLA

Luis Valdeavellano

Data Scientist at Martinexsa

Mandy Chessell

Distinguished Engineer at IBM

Manijeh Mahmoodzadeh

Chief Impact Officer at Changeist

Maria Fung

DataOps Engineer at CSU, Chancellors Office

Mark Jackson

Scientific Lead at Cambridge Quantum

Mark McQuade

Practice Manager - Data Science at Rackspace

Matt Sarrel

Developer Evangelist at Imply Data

Matthew Wells

Senior Data Scientist at Cedars Sinai

Morvareed Salehpour

MP at Salehpour Legal Consulting

Nawar Khabbaz

Data Engineer at Rivian

Nick Speece

Chief Federal Technologist at Snowflake

Nikita Ogievetsky

Head of Solutions Engineering at Xcalar

Nuri Halperin

Principal Consultant at Plus N Consulting

Paige Roberts

Open Source Relations Manager at Vertica

Parham Parvizi

Founder / Data Engineer at Tura Labs

Preston Mills

Community Data Manager at City of LA

Rachel Whaley

Senior Database Manager at USC

Rafi Wadan

CEO & Co-Founder at Stargazr

Raleigh Tomlinson

UX Designer at Raleigh Design, LLC

Ray Cheung

Executive Director at SmartAirLA

Rishov Chatterjee

Data Scientist at City of Hope

Robert Hodges

CEO at Altinity

Ronni Kimm

Co-Founder at Collective Future

Ryan Johnson

Director of Science and Analytics at GoGuardian

Ryan Kurtzman

Program Manager at City of Long Beach

Ryan Lee

Sr Data Analyst at Disney

Sep Dehpour

Staff Engineer at Fair

Sheri Byrne-Haber

Head of Accessibility at VMware

Simon Crosby

CTO at Swim

Sonal Goyal

Founder at Nube Technologies

Sonia Macias

Scrum Master at Personal

Sonya Balzer

Director, AI Marketing at RSquared.AI

Spencer Ward

Head of CX at Data Republic

Sreyoshi Bhaduri

Manager, Analytics at McGraw Hill

Steve Rimar

Founder at Analytica Consulting

Sugath Warnakulasuriya

Managing Director at Thalamus Labs

Sujee Maniyam

Founder at Elephant Scale

Suresh Paulraj

Principal Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft

Szilard Pafka

Chief Scientist At Epoch

Tannia Ventura

Director at FreeFrom

Tobe Matthias

Data & Analytics Manager at Molina

Vincent Seah

VP of Data Science at Ranker

Vivian Sultan

Professor-IS & BM at CSULA

Wendy Howard

Technical Consultant at eg Innovations

Yasha Mouradi

Data & Analytics Leader at OnPrem

About the Conference / What You Need To Know

Data Con LA was awarded the prestigious Certificate of Appreciation by the City of LA for our community work.

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.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, DCLA 2020 is going virtual. Join us on the 23rd, 24th and 25th of October to be part of the SoCal Data Community.

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 with over 1800 attendees and over 2000 in 2019. In 2020 we expect over 2000 attendees as well.

Our 2020 session tracks will include:

  • Data Engineering
  • AI/ ML/ Data Science
  • Emerging Tech
  • BI/ Reporting/ Use Cases
  • Data Infrastructure & Security
  • Data4Good

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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

/ Researchers

/ Head Data Scientists

/ Entrepreneurs

/ Consultants

Organizers / 2020 Organizers

Subash D’Souza

Founder

Organizers / 2020 Committee Leaders

Arti Annaswamy

Senior Manager, Reporting Solutions & Data Operations at WB

Darshana Daga

MSBA Program Ambassador at UC Irvine

Dimas Soeprapto

Sr. Analyst, Advanced Analytics at Edwards Lifesciences

Germain Louie

Associate - Private Equity at Oracle Netsuite

John Kim

Watchmaker's Apprentice | E-Commerce

Kaloyan Todorov

Senior Data Scientist at Fama Technologies Inc.

Marc Waddell

Marketing Peofessional

Rich Ung

Data Engineer at DTCI

Ruben Barrios

Compliance Auditor at Allied Global

Sanjeev Sehgal

SVP at Satwic

Subash D’Souza

Founder

Volunteers / 2020 Volunteers

Aaron Artea

Systems Engineer at VPLS

Anaies Abnoos

Data Scientist at Kaiser Permanente

Andy Nakamura

Senior SQL DBA at Keck Medical Center of USC

Annie Flippo

Director of Data Science at inMarket

Ayman Sulaiman

Data Science Intern at Auby

Azadeh Tehranian, Ph.D.

User Experience Researcher at Curiosity Tank

Bob Newstadt

Director of Business Intelligence at HopSkipDrive

Byron Martinez

Enterprise Account Manager at Vista Entertainment Solutions

Calvin Thanh

Calvin Thanh

Full Stack Developer

Cassidy Liu

Senior Business Intelligence Analyst at Green Dot Corporation

Charla Myers

UX Content Strategist / Writer

Courtney Fowler

Export Trade Office Manager - West Area at Kuehne + Nagel

Don Malloy

President at OATH

Edmond Choi

Volunteer at Data Con LA

Eli Selkin

Lead Software Engineer at upful.ai

Emily Schoof

Data Scientist at Healthy Together

Eric Mena

Inventory Modeling Technical Specialist at The Boeing Company

Hestia Sartika

Software Engineer, Project Manager

Jenn Chow

Visual Designer

Jitesh Maddhali

SVP, Senior Technology Manager at Bank of America

Kim LeBouton

Independent SAS® Consultant at KJL Computing

Laurence Giglio

Lead QA Engineer at NexTravel

Lu Cheng

Undergraduate Data Researcher at UCLA

Michelle Iafigliola

Director of Partnerships & Field Operations at Helping Hands Community

Mihir Jain

Graduate Student at UC Riverside

Mrinmoy Das

Sr Data Engineer at WB

Murali Kadambala

Sr. Director, Finance(Technology) at LA Metro

Nancy Melucci

Lecturer at CSUDH

Naveena Parasa

MSIS Graduate student at CSU Fullerton

Neil Yonzon

Neil Yonzon

Web Developer

Nilesh Tiloda

Independent Consultant

Noel Graham

Research Analyst at XPRIZE

Oszie Tarula

Digital Media Director at UCLA

Priya Chauhan

Volunteer at Data Con LA

Rajeev Mehrotra

Director of Data Engineering at LegalZoom

Randall Chalawsky

CRO at Great Land

Reza Rahman

Volunteer at Data Con LA

Ritesh Dedhia

Director, Data and Analytics at Warner Bros

Robbie Smith

Business Tools Lead at Thales Avionics

Robert Abramowitz

Senior Analyst, Strategy & Operations at Weedmaps

Sachin Nahar

Engineer at REVOLVE

Shannon Callan

Data Consultant at Guggenheim Partners

Stephen Kwok

Postdoctoral Researcher at UCLA

Takao Yamamoto

Technical Project Manager at AXS

Tala Ghazaleh

Emerging Technology Consultant at Cortes

Thomas Kung

Senior Accounting Analyst at Farmers Insurance

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