Data Con LA formerly known as Big Data Day LA is scheduled for August 17th 2019 at the University of Southern California. Pricing now $40 though June 30th. Register now!!

Registration / Pricing - $40

Data Con LA 2019

Sponsors / 2019

Email Subash D’Souza at [email protected] if you are interested in being a sponsor for our 2019 event.

2019 - University of Southern California USC
2019 - Accenture2019 - Datastax
2019 - FabFitFun2019 - MariaDB2019 - Neo4J2019 - PureStorage2019 - Socialgist
2019 - GumGum2019 - Hallmark Labs2019 - Netflix2019 - OmniSci2019 - Signify Technology
2019 - 99starts2019 - Another Reality2019 - Archangel Technology Consultants, LLC2019 - LAAC2019 - LAPL2019 - Level2019 - Los Angeles Big Data Users Group2019 - MountainTop2019 - OpenSUSE2019 - Phase Two

Startup Showcase / 2019 Startup Showcase

General Round:

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.

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This year’s showcase will bring innovative ideas from your data community to the rich tradition of innovation!
General Round:
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.
Key Dates:

July 15th – Startup Pitch Application deadline,

August 1st – 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, $1000 credit from 99starts and a 1 one-on-one feedback and strategy session with a VC from TenOneTen Ventures*.
Second Place – $500 cash and $500 credit from 99starts*.
Third Place – $250 cash and $200 credit from 99starts*.

*More prizes to be announced later.

Data Con LA Business Data Scholarship

The Data Con LA 2019 Startup Showcase and MountainTop Data are partnering to offer data scholarships to all qualifying startups.  This scholarship is available for any startup that needs targeted account and contact information for marketing, or access to a large business data pool for product functionality, or has a product that monetizes business data.  MountainTop Data maintains a database of tens of millions of business contacts and companies.  Data Con LA’s partnership with MountainTop Data can give you access to this data, free.  For more information and to apply for a data scholarship check here.


Aaron Crow

VP of Engineering at SPIDR Tech
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.

Dr Vandana (Ana) Mangal

Faculty at UCLA MS Online and Curriculum Innovation Advisor at Pepperdine University
Dr Mangal teaches AI, Transportation and Program Management at UCLA. She also advises Higher Ed institutions including Pepperdine University to bring innovation into the curriculum in the digital era. In her previous role as ED of the Easton Center at UCLA Anderson, she played a key role in bringing technology into the curriculum and Anderson now ranks #4 in tech careers for MBAs. She has published four books, papers and articles and speaks at conferences and forums.

Ethen Yao

Innovations Advisor at BLAST
Ethen is a financial technologies innovator with more than ten years of experience in financial technologies. He has thirteen financial technologies related patents, and has co-founded several financial technology platforms, such as,, a FinTech savings and investment platform;, a Software as a Service accounts receivables automation and management platform, and more. Ethen's expertise in finance is supported by degrees from Harvard University and Villanova University. He also has professional subject matter certifications from Oxford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Harvard University. Ethen is also an investor and advisor at Blast, and Givsum. Ethen is currently leading esports innovation efforts and agency digital transformation at Damage Esports in Los Angeles.

Michael Rivera

Founding Director, USC Marshall Venture Fund at Marshall School of Business - USC
Michael is the Founding Director of the USC Marshall Venture Fund. The Venture Fund is an industry agnostic venture capital fund investing in early-stage startups created by USC students, alumni, faculty, and staff or that stem from intellectual property generated at the university. Michael is active in the Southern California ecosystem as a mentor with Backstage Accelerator, Quake Capital Accelerator, and Blackstone Launchpad Accelerator. Michael founded and managed an early-stage venture firm in Santa Monica prior to joining USC. Michael received his J.D. from the Pennsylvania State University School of Law and his B.A. from Georgetown University. He is a member of the Washington, D.C. Bar. He serves on the Board of the Jason E. Sabbag Memorial Scholarship Fund at Georgetown University.

Minnie Ingersoll

Partner at TenOneTen
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.

Keynote Speakers / 2019

Joe Devon

Founding partner at Diamond and Co-Founder of GAAD
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

Lead Data Scientist at SpaceX
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 Banks

International Speaker, Programmer, Entrepreneur
Keila is an inspirational inner city Los Angeles teenager 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

Paddy Hannon

CTO, Headspace
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

Associate Director at OMD USA/ Professor at Woodbury University
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

Director of Learning and Data Science at Age of Learning
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 (

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. Read more about him here.

About the Conference / What You Need To Know

Data Con LA 2018 Highlight Video

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:

  • Data
  • AI/ ML/ Data Science
  • Emerging Tech
  • Visualizations/ UI/ Use Cases
  • Infrastructure & Security

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/ 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 / 2019 Organizers

Subash D’Souza

Organizer, Sponsors Co-Chair

Organizers / 2019 Committee Leaders

Subash D’Souza

Organizer, Sponsors Co-Chair

Volunteers / 2019 Volunteers

Call for Volunteers

If you wish to volunteer for Data Con LA 2019, please sign up here