2016 Big Data Day LA

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About the Conference / What You Need To Know

Big Data Day LA is the largest of its kind, and completely free, Big Data conference in Southern California. Spearheaded by Subash D’Souza and organized and supported by a community of volunteers, sponsors and speakers, Big Data Day LA features the most vibrant gathering of data and technology enthusiasts in Los Angeles.

The first Big Data Day LA conference was in 2013, with just over 250 attendees. We have since grown to over 550 attendees in 2014 and over 950 attendees in 2015. This year we expect to have over 1200 attendees!

Our 4th Annual Big Data Day LA 2016 conference was on Saturday, July 9th, 2016 at West Los Angeles College in Culver City.

Our featured tracks this year were:

– Big Data
– Data Science
– Hadoop / Spark / Kafka
– NoSQL and
– Use Case Driven

Helpful Links:
Big Data Day LA Program Brochure (PDF)
Sessions Table (Google Docs)

Sessions / Track & Session Info

Check out track and session info from 2016’s conference here!

Sponsors / 2016 Sponsors

Keynote Speakers / 2016

All keynote talks will be held in Fine Arts 100 Auditorium

Gil Elbaz

Founder and CEOFounder & CEO, Factual 9:50 AM  FA-100
Gil Elbaz is the Founder and CEO of Factual, a data company that enables developers, publishers and advertisers to build highly relevant mobile experiences using the context of location. Prior to Factual, Gil co-founded Applied Semantics Inc. (ASI), which developed contextual advertising products, including ASI's AdSense. Google acquired ASI in 2003, where Gil stayed on as the director of engineering, continuing to work on AdSense and other products. In 2008, Gil founded The Common Crawl Foundation, a non-profit with the goal of democratizing access to web information to enable greater innovation in research, business and education. He continues to serve on the board there as well as on the board of the X Prize Foundation. Gil is an active angel investor. He recently co-founded TenOneTen ventures with David Waxman, and his notable investments include Climate Corporation (acquired by Monsanto for $1.2 billion), GoodReads (acquired by Amazon), Scopely, and Kaggle. Gil earned a B.S. with a double major in Engineering & Applied Science and Economics from the California Institute of Technology.

Tom Horan

Professor and Dean at Claremont Graduate UniversityDean of the Drucker-Ito School of Management & Director of the Center for Information Systems and Technology at Claremont Graduate University (CGU).  8:50 AM  FA-100
Dr. Thomas A. Horan is Dean of the Drucker-Ito School of Management, and Director of the Center for Information Systems and Technology at Claremont Graduate University (CGU). Dr. Horan has also co-directed the university’s big data and creativity-innovation initiatives. Dr. Horan’s work has been at the intersection of technology and its application. He has approximately 25 years of experience in designing, testing, and assessing major innovations. These innovations have involved cloud-based, geo-spatial, and mobile applications in health, transportation, and education sectors. He has over 130 publications, including in major journals such as Management Information Systems Quarterly, Visual Information Systems, and Communications of the ACM. Dr. Horan’s work has been featured at the US White House and his research has been sponsored by numerous organizations, including the US Department of Transportation, California HealthCare Foundation, Blue Shield Foundation, US Social Security Administration, National Science Foundation, United Nations Development Corporation, Mayo Clinic, Kay Family Foundation, Salesforce.com and Getty Leadership Institute. Dr. Horan has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Hawaii, and University of Minnesota. He has also served in numerous advisory positions in the US, Middle East, and Asia. Dr. Horan has his masters and doctoral degrees from Claremont Graduate University.

Rajiv Maheswaran

CEO & Co-Founder, Second Spectrum 10:00 AM  FA-100
Rajiv Maheswaran is CEO and Co-Founder of Second Spectrum, an innovative sports analytics and data visualization startup. Prior to Second Spectrum, Rajiv served as a Research Assistant Professor within the University of Southern California’s Department of Computer Science and a Project Leader at the Information Sciences Institute at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. He and Second Spectrum COO/Co-Founder Yu-Han Chang co-directed the Computational Behavior Group at USC. Rajiv has received numerous awards and written over 100 publications in artificial intelligence and control theory. In 2014, Rajiv won the USC Viterbi School of Engineering Use-Inspired Research Award. Also in 2014, he won Best Research Paper (Alpha Award) at the renowned MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. He also won the Best Research Paper (Alpha Award) at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference In 2012. Rajiv received a B.S. degree in Applied Mathematics, Engineering and Physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His work spans the fields of data analytics, data visualization, real-time interaction, spatiotemporal pattern recognition, artificial intelligence, decision theory and game theory.

Paul Ellwood

VP - Data Engineering & Analytics, Netflix 9:00 AM  FA-100
Paul Ellwood currently leads Netflix’s Data Engineering & Analytics group. Previously, he led Netflix’s Product Analytics group and prior to that, Marketing Analytics at Rosetta, an advertising agency. Born and raised in Ohio, Paul secured his Bachelors in Systems & Control Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and his Masters in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University. He currently lives in San Francisco with his partner, Tj, and their beagle, Torque.

Reynold Xin

Co-Founder, Databricks 9:40 AM  FA-100
Reynold Xin is an Apache Spark PMC member and Chief Architect for Spark and co-founder at Databricks.

Mike Limcaco

Senior Technical Advisor at Agilisium ConsultingAdvisor / Principal Architect at Agilisium Consulting
Mike is a senior technology adviser for the team - he is passionate about advanced analytics, including streaming analytics, ML & AI and brings over 25 years of large-scale systems design, development, and operations.  Mike, previously was the Technology Leader for the AWS Solutions Architecture team here in Los Angeles, and also worked as a management consultant at various firms including Ernst & Young, & Deloitte Consulting. Mike's experience include providing large-scale systems design and advanced analytics expertise for the Defense Intelligence community. Mike has been a featured speaker at Amazon, Gartner and UCLA Anderson School of Management events. (Sponsored)

Andy Feng

VP - Architecture, Yahoo 9:30 AM  FA-100
Andy Feng is a VP Architecture at Yahoo, leading the architecture and design of big data and machine learning initiatives. He’s architected major platforms for personalization, ads serving, NoSQL, and cloud infrastructure.

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.

Will Thiede – Sponsored

Enterprise Account Executive, Indeed Prime 9:10 AM  FA-100
Will Thiede is a Senior Client Executive for Indeed Prime, an elite recruiting platform that matches in-demand data and software engineers with top-tier companies. Prime curates each exclusive weekly pool of unique candidates based on trending industry demand for key data skills, including Hadoop, Spark, Kafka, NoSQL, big data, and data science. Will’s background in enterprise tech account management includes previous roles at event software shop Splash and leading review site Trustpilot. He holds a bachelor’s in business management and entrepreneurship from Clemson.

Session Speakers / 2016

Adi Foulger

Solutions Architect at Redis Labs

Alexander Kern

Co-Founder/ CTO at Pavlov

Anton Polishko

CTO at Zulloo

Austin Clements

Associate at TenOneTen Ventures

Bikas Saha

Software Engineer At Hortonworks

Boris Belyi

Manager, Risk Analytics, Intuit, Inc

Brian Kursar

VP, Data Strategy & Architecture At Warner Bros

Chris Fregly

Research Scientist at PipelineIO

Chris Stephens

Data Engineering Manager at Netflix

Christine Zhang

Research Fellow at Los Angeles Times

Conor Dowling

Content Analytics Manager at Netflix

Dan Burkert

Software Engineer at Cloudera

Dave Fryer

Product Advocate at Domo

Dave Goodsmith

Senior Data Scientist at DataScience, Inc.

Dave Neilsen

Developer Relations at RedisLabs

David Alves

Software Engineer at Cloudera

David Levinger

Sr. Director Information Technology at Paxata

Debajyoti (Deb) Ray

Chief Data Officer at VideoAmp

Derek Wilcox

Data Scientist at ZestFinance

Dhruv Kumar

Senior Solutions Architect at Hortonworks

Dinesh Srirangpatna

Data Solutions Architect at Microsoft

Dusan Bosnjakovic

Data Scientist at Intuit

Eric Anderson

Product Manager at Google

Eric Avila

Senior Anti Piracy Technologist at NBC Universal

Eric Lesser

Director of Operations at PSSC Labs

Eric Sammer

CTO and co-founder at Rocana

Gene Pang

Software Engineer/ Founding Member at Alluxio

Gergely Daroczi

Director of Analytics at CARD.com

Girish Kathalagiri

Staff Engineer at Samsung SDS Research America

Glenn Walker

COO at Ranker

Guillaume Torche

Big Data Engineer at GumGum

Jag Srawan

Engineer at Interana

Jesse Anderson

CEO at Smoking Hand

Jon Zifcak, MBA, MSIM

CEO at Zulloo Inc.

Jonathan Gray

CEO At Cask

Josh Andrews

Data & Analytics Architect at OnPrem Solution Partners

Juan Vasquez

Data Programs Manager at City of Los Angeles Office of Finance

Karthik Ramasamy

Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer at Streamlio

Kazuki Ohta

Chief Technology Officer at Treasure Data, Inc.

Kyle Polich

Principal Data Scientist At DataScience, Inc

Louis Bajuk-Yorgan

Senior Director pf Product Management at TIBCO

Mark Helmstetter

Principal Consulting Engineer at MongoDB

Matt Ingenthron

Senior Director Engineering at Couchbase

Matteo Interlandi

PostDoc at UCLA

Nimbus Goehausen

Senior Software Engineer at Bloomberg

Oren Golan

VP Software Engineering at Sanguine

Pauline Chow

Consultant / Lead Data Science Instructor @ General Assembly

Peter Reale

Solutions Engineer at Datameer

Rachel Kelley

Manager at OnPrem Solution Partners

Raj Babu

CEO At Agilisium

Ravi Iyer

Chief Data Scientist at Ranker

Raymond Fu

Practice Architect at Trace3

Tamara Dull

Director of Emerging Technologies at SAS

Thomas Sullivan

Chief Data Scientist at IRIS.TV

Todd Holloway

Director of Content Science & Algorithms at Neflix

Yves Bergquist

Director, Data & Analytics Program at USC/ETC

Volunteers / 2016 Organizer

Subash D’Souza


Volunteers / 2016 Committee Leaders

Abraham Elmahrek

Sessions Co-Chair

Arti Annaswamy

Senior Manager, Reporting Solutions & Data Operations at WB

Austin Clements

Location Liasion

Clarissa Pinto Ribeiro

Sponsors Co-Chair

Eduardo Ariño de la Rubia

Sessions - Data Science Co-Chair

Eric Lui

Registration Chair

Jimmy Kim

Locations & Catering Co-Chair

John Kim

Watchmaker's Apprentice | E-Commerce

Kaloyan Todorov

Senior Data Scientist at Fama Technologies Inc.

Michael Chiang

Location Vice Chair

Oszie Tarula

Food/Beverages Chair

Priyanka Biswas, Ph.D

Marketing Co-Chair

Rich Ung

Data Engineer at DTCI

Subash D’Souza


Szilard Pafka

Sessions (Data Science) Chair

Weixiang Chen

Marketing Chair

Volunteers / 2016 Volunteers

Abraham Elmahrek

First Employee at FOSSA, Inc.

Alex Hon

Student at USC

Amit Yakhmi

Business Development

Annie Chen

Cyber Security Sales Intern at Novacoast

Anthony James

Data Scientist at Southern California Edison

Armen Donigian

Lead Data Engineer at ZestFinance

Arnold Borres

Associate Software Architect at UST Global

Arti Annaswamy

Senior Manager, Reporting Solutions & Data Operations at WB

Ben Perlmutter

Sales Engineer at Xplenty

Brandon Brooks

Technical Recruiter at Teradata

Brian Cottrell

Mobile Software Engineer at DIRECTV

Cecilia Luo

MS Business Analytics candidate

Charalampos (Harry) Papadimitriou

Data Scientist at DataScience.com

Chen Zou

Business Analyst at Machinima

Clarissa Pinto Ribeiro

Technical Recruiter at Crescent Solutions

Cris Manlangit

Student at San Diego State University-California State University

Cristina Salajan

Project Manager at Farmers Insurance

Dan Gutierrez

Data Scientist at AMULET Analytics

Darryl Nousome

Doctoral Student at USC

Dave Nielsen

Cloud Computing Evangelist & Consultant

Dharmesh Soni

Summer Intern

Dinesh Srirangpatna

Data Solution Architect at Microsoft

Dominique (Nikki) Castle

Associate Insights Analyst at DataScience, Inc

Eric Lui

VP, Engineering at Second Spectrum

Eric Schimansky

Group Manager at Avanade

Frank Solomon

Chief Blogger at bitvectors.blogspot.com

Greg Sweeney

Enterprise Software Leader at TechTrends.biz

Guan Zhou

Student at UCLA

Jae Lim

Analytic Programmer/ Investor/ Thinker

Jason Brancazio

Software Engineer, Data Services at Red Bull Media House

Jason Geng

Co-Founder at Data Applications Lab

Jenny Wang

Data Wrangler at Koss REsource

Jimmy Kim

Enterprise Account Executive at Spectrum Enterprise

Jin Wu

Emerging Technologies Librarian at USC

Jing Pan

Statistical Data Analyst

Joe Devon

Entrepreneur & Advisor in the Tech Space

John Kim

VP, Operations at Captive Eight

John Zhang

PhD Candidate at UCLA

Jovany Diaz

Accounting Systems Analyst I at Los Angeles County Auditor-Controller

Kaloyan Todorov

Senior Data Scientist at Fama

Kelly Thomassen

Coordinator at AdoptTogether.org

Kyle Walker

Lead Engineer at ZEFR

Manish Dwibedy

Graduate student at USC

Michael Chiang

Founder at Eleven Recruiting

Nandan Chandrashekhar

Data Scientist at DeepCurrent

Nicholson Alforque

Autozoner at AutoZone

Nithin Reddy

Senior Software Engineer at Enplug, Inc.

Omar Atayee

Sales Engineer at Mashape

Oswald Jones

Lead Engineer at Griddy

Oszie Tarula

Digital Media Director at UCLA

Priyanka Biswas

PhD candidate at USC

Priyanka Kale

Software Engineer

Raj Babu

CEO at Agilisium

Ravin Kumar

Supply Chain Systems Engineer II at SpaceX

Rich Ung

Data Engineer at Disney ABC Television Group

Ryan Lampert

Founder at LiftedPresence

Sanjeev Sehgal

SVP Sales Satwic

Santhosh Sunkara

Graduate student at Oklahoma State University

Shashidhar Desai

Software Engineer in Test at Zefr

Simon Lee

Senior Strategic Relations Executive at Captive Eight

Siva Bhavanari

Senior Data Engineer

Sooraj Akkammaddam

ETL Architect at Core Digital Media

Spandan Karamchedu

Software Developer in Test at Velocify

Stella Shao

MS Business Analytics Candidate, USC Marshall School of Business

Subash D’Souza

Director of Big Data at Warner Bros

Vivian Li

Data Scientist at Enervee

Weixiang Chen

Founder at NewMet Data

William Mo

Partner Business Development at NovaStor

Xi Wang

Senior Data Scientist at Fama

Yunyun Dai

Senior Researcher at USC

Zia Khan

VP Business Development at Allsite IT