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
All keynote talks will be held in Fine Arts 100 Auditorium
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.
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 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 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 is an Apache Spark PMC member and Chief Architect for Spark and co-founder at Databricks.
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 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.
As a leader in open data, education, community-building, and civic innovation, Jeanne Holm empowers people to discover new knowledge and collaborate to improve life on Earth and beyond. From astronauts in orbit to rural villagers in Uganda, billions of people use her systems to find the data, information, and knowledge they need to make better decisions every day. Jeanne is the Deputy CIO and Assistant General Manager for the City of Los Angeles, where her team empowers Angelenos and City officials with technology to connect, collaborate, and inform. She is also the CIO and Director for Education for World Peace One, a charity that promotes peace and social justice through education and music. As a senior consultant with the World Bank, she empowers governments and civil society to use open data to increase prosperity and civic good. As the former Evangelist for Data.Gov (for the White House), Jeanne led collaboration and built communities with the public, educators, developers, and governments in using open government data. She also served as the Chief Knowledge Architect at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology. She is a Distinguished Instructor at UCLA, teaching courses in knowledge management, big data, and civic innovation. She is a Fellow of the United Nations International Academy of Astronautics, co-Chair of the Africa Open Data community, and has more than 130 publications on innovation, open data, information systems, and knowledge management.
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.