2018 Data Con LA

Data Con LA (formerly known as Big Data Day LA) was on Aug 11, 2018. Thanks for making it successful. We look forward to seeing you next year.

Slides & Videos / Data Con LA 2018 Slides & Videos

Data Con LA 2018 Highlight Video

Keynote Videos

Sponsors / 2018 Sponsors


Startup Showcase / 2018 Startup Showcase

This year’s Data Con LA Startup Showcase is focusing on Media and Entertainment to pay homage to the quintessential Hollywood! We are excited to share the innovation our data community brings to the rich tradition of media and entertainment in Los Angeles.

General Round:
We opened this round to applications from all startups in the media and entertainment space. The finalists have been chosen and will present on the day of the event.

Final Pitch Round:
Six finalists will have the opportunity to present a 5-min pitch onstage to the panel of judges below from Warner Bros., Disney, NBCUniversal, Netflix, Hulu, USC and TenOneTen Ventures on conference day – Aug 11th in Bovard Auditorium from 2 pm – 4 pm.

First Place – $1000 cash, $500 credit for General Assembly classes/workshops*, two free prototyping sessions at InfiniOne’s office in downtown and 1 one-on-one feedback and strategy session with a VC from TenOneTen Ventures
Second Place – $500 cash, One free prototyping session at InfiniOne’s office in downtown and $250 credit for General Assembly classes/workshops*
Third Place – $250 cash and $100 credit for General Assembly classes/workshops*

*The credits would be good for any of General Assembly’s short-form programming . The credits would not be applicable for General Assembly’s long-form programming (PT courses and Immersive programs).


Congratulations to our Winners

1st Place – FCFL

2nd Place – ARWall

3rd Place – Autum

And our finalists – ATK Token, Muzaic & MVPCast


Thanks to all of our judges, volunteers and the community who made this happen



Arvel Chappell III

Manager - Emerging Technology at Warner Bros.
Recently joining WB, Arvel’s career has spanned Space, AI, Cinema and Virtual Reality. He began his career working in the Space industry building technology for government customers, eventually serving as chief engineer over the Wideband Global Satcom Constellation. Currently, Arvel serves on the IEEE ethics in Artificial Intelligence committee where they are creating industry guidelines to facilitate AI’s use. In addition to engineering, Arvel has enjoyed a love of cinema and holds an MFA in cinema production from USC, was a Sundance screening writing lab semi-finalist, has directed numerous short films and most recently a VR experience for Daily Show’s Trevor Noah. At Warner Bros Arvel is part of the Emerging Technology group where he is leading VR & Artificial Intelligence R&D projects which are inventing the future of immersive content.

Austin Clements

Venture Capitalist at TenOneTen Ventures
Austin Clements is a venture capitalist with TenOneTen Ventures, a seed stage fund base in LA. Prior to TenOneTen, Austin worked at Sony Pictures, licensing film and TV content to emerging video platforms. He began his career in investment management working with AllianceBernstein and has since held roles evaluating early stage tech investments at Creative Artists Agency, Digital Entertainment Ventures, and NY Angels. Austin is also committed to encouraging underrepresented minorities to pursue careers in tech and entrepreneurship. He is an active volunteer in various local youth entrepreneurship programs. Austin received his MBA from NYU Stern with a specialization in Media, Entertainment, and Technology and his BA from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA.

Jason Flittner

Content and Studio Data Engineering Leader at Netflix
Jason Flittner leads the Content and Studio Data Engineering teams at Netflix. He was previously an analytics manager and engineer, focusing on data transformation, analysis, and visualization of Netflix content data. Prior to Netflix, Jason led the EC2 business intelligence team at Amazon Web Services and was a business intelligence engineer with Cisco Systems.

Jeff Rosenberg

Director of Software Development for Reporting, Analytics and Data Science at Hulu 
Jeff Rosenberg is the Director of Software Development for Reporting, Analytics and Data Science at Hulu, where his team is responsible for the overall technology direction of business intelligence and governance, big data platform and infrastructure, data products, data quality management and data science.  Jeff’s background is in biological sciences, technical program management and software development, with a strong focus on media.  Before leading the data organization at Hulu, he successfully led the cross-functional effort to ship Hulu’s landmark ‘No Commercials’ plan.  Previously, he worked on platform and product development with companies including Warner Bros, Fox/Myspace, DirecTV, and Sony/Playstation, driving execution of countless products backed by billions of data points. Jeff holds a BS in Biology from Brown University.

Levon Karayan

Sr. Director of Engineering at The Walt Disney Studios
Levon Karayan has over 25 years of experience from being employee number one to one numbered in the hundreds of thousands.  Some of his leadership roles have been in the game industry, internet finance, sponsored search advertising, startup incubation, social advertising, mobile advertising and media and entertainment.  He’s currently one the leaders focusing on data technology at The Walt Disney Studios where he was one of the first to use the public cloud and machine learning in production applications.   His passions lie where technology can innovate in business.

Paul Orlando

Incubator Director and Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at USC
Paul Orlando accelerates company growth. He is Incubator Director and Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles. Paul has founded and operated successful startup accelerator programs in Hong Kong (focused on mobile development), Los Angeles (focused on growth of wide-ranging companies with founders affiliated with USC), and the Laudato Si accelerator affiliated with the Vatican in Rome (focused on environmental technology). Companies Paul has worked with have raised tens of millions in capital, served millions of customers, and have been acquired. He has authored several related academic case studies available on Harvard Business Publishing. Paul also consults to larger institutions as they innovate, develop, and grow, especially in transitioning past legacy business models by using rapid experimentation techniques. In the past Paul also co-founded a B2B startup and consulted to Fortune 100 firms. Paul has been featured in media including Forbes, TechCrunch, Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal and was a winner at the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon. He has a BA from Cornell, an MBA from Columbia, and speaks Mandarin.

Subash D’Souza

Organizer at Data Con LA
Subash D'Souza is a Data Evangelist. He is the founder and organizer of Data Con LA fka Big Data Day LA, a data conference based in Sunny Southern California. He also organizes the Los Angeles Big Data Users Group and the Los Angeles Apache Spark Users Group. Subash's passions lies in building scalable and performant systems. 

Trinh Nguyen

Sr. Director of Technology for E! Entertainment at NBCUniversal
Trinh Nguyen leads the cloud infrastructure and application development for the E! Entertainment network. E! is part of the NBCUniversal’s cable portfolio and Trinh has been leading the charge with cloud native and progressive application development. With over 10 years at Comcast & NBCUniversal combined he is now focused on helping various divisions within his media company transition to adopting big data and cloud technologies more effectively. Companywide he is also the committee lead for NBCU’s Asian Pacific American employee resource group primarily focusing on professional development for employees who are interested in their career growth. He has a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of California Irvine. When not promoting leadership principals in the workplace, you can find him at home raising his newborn son, Maverick, who as they say is very “dangerous”.

Keynote Speakers / 2018

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. 

Abbass Sharif, PhD.

Academic Director, Master of Science in Business Analytics Program at the University of Southern California
Abbass is a professor of data science at USC Marshall School of Business, and he is the director of the MS in Business Analytics program. Professor Sharif specializes is in the field of statistical computing and data visualization and he has developed and published new multivariate visualization techniques for functional data, and currently he is developing visualization techniques to study brain activity data collected via the near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) technology. Professor Sharif teaches statistics courses that range from introductory statistics to data analysis for decision-making through to advanced modern statistical learning techniques, statistical computing and data visualization. (Host)

Gwen Shapira

Principal Data Architect at Confluent
Gwen is a principal data architect at Confluent helping customers achieve success with their Apache Kafka implementation. She has 15 years of experience working with code and customers to build scalable data architectures, integrating microservices, relational and big data technologies. She currently specializes in building real-time reliable data processing pipelines using Apache Kafka. Gwen is an author of “Kafka - the Definitive Guide”, "Hadoop Application Architectures", and a frequent presenter at industry conferences. Gwen is also a committer on the Apache Kafka and Apache Sqoop projects. When Gwen isn't coding or building data pipelines, you can find her pedaling on her bike exploring the roads and trails of California, and beyond.

Megan Risdal

Data Scientist & Datasets Product Lead at Kaggle/ Google
Megan Risdal is a Product Lead and Data Scientist at Kaggle, the world's largest global data science and machine learning community, where she focuses on helping the world learn from data using collaborative tools and open datasets. Prior to her current role, she worked in marketing and market research and has authored dozens of blog posts including interviews with top data scientists from Airbnb and Deepmind. She has master's degrees in linguistics from the University of California, Los Angeles and North Carolina State University.

Ken Weiner

CTO at GumGum
Ken Weiner leads the engineering and product teams behind the industry’s top computer vision platform for marketers and rights holders. As an active member of the ad tech community, Weiner is a guest columnist for VentureBeat and Forbes, a frequent speaker at conferences and a member of industry groups such as IAB’s OpenRTB Working Group and various LA Ad Tech Meetups. Weiner was LA Business Journal’s 2015 CTO of the Year, andin 2003, he was included in the InfoWorld 100 for his work on uPortal, an open-source web portal framework for the higher education community. Before coming to GumGum, Weiner was the Director of Engineering at the lead-generation platform LowerMyBills.com, acquired by Experian in 2005. He has also worked as an open-source software consultant, a project manager and an instructor at Interactive Business Solutions, acquired by Unicon Inc. in 2003. Weiner received a B.S. from UCLA and currently lives in Los Angeles. Away from the office, he enjoys mountain biking, hiking, California native plants, jazz music and playing the saxophone.

Justin Herz

Executive Vice President Digital Product, Platform, & Strategy at Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Justin Herz was named Executive Vice President, Digital Product, Platform, and Strategy in January 2017. As head of Warner Bros. Digital Herz oversees emerging technology, new platforms, and direct-to-consumer technology working across all divisions of the studio identifying and spearheading technology-related innovations intersecting with new digital products, production, distribution, and marketing. Digital’s portfolio includes digital innovation, technology development, standard setting for the studio, direct to consumer platforms, and Warner’s consumer intelligence/data activities designed to generate value by creating and enhancing consumer engagement through direct interaction with Warner Bros. products, programs and partners.

Sari Ladin-Sienne

Chief Data Officer at City of Los Angeles
Sari Ladin-Sienne executes Mayor Garcetti’s vision for a more responsive, and data-driven Los Angeles. As Chief Data Officer, Sari improves access to meaningful information for residents and city employees. She leverages her policy knowledge and technical skillset to form new partnerships that tap into the value of data as a critical asset in smarter decision-making. Sari believes knowledge sharing is at the core of the smart cities movement. She previously worked as a Harvard Ash Fellow for the Mayor’s Data Team where she led the team’s digital strategy and elevated the city’s best practices to the national conversation through her articles for Harvard’s Data Smart Cities and Government Technology. She has provided data analysis, budgeting, and policy recommendations to a range of public and nonprofit clients including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Nonprofit Finance Fund. Sari holds a Master's Degree in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.

Tim Eusterman

Senior Director, Solutions Marketing, Digital Business Automation Business Unit at BMC Software
Tim leads the development and execution of market strategy, positioning/messaging, demand and content marketing, and sales enablement. Tim’s career spans over 25 years of B2B high tech marketing in the supply chain and enterprise mobile computing industries. Tim’s prior experience includes senior marketing and sales leadership positions with Honeywell Scanning and Mobility, Intermec Corporation, Vocollect Inc., and Zebra Technologies, Inc. Tim holds an MBA from the University of Oregon Lundquist School of Business and a B.S. in Political Science from Oregon State University. He is co-inventor and patent holder for the number one selling ‘bi-optic’ scanner scale used at point-of-sale check-outs around the world. (Sponsored)  

Diego Saenz

Managing Director at Accenture
With responsibility for Accenture Digital and AI delivery for the Western United States, Diego Saenz's focus is on Applied Intelligence, Digital Transformation, and Customer Experience Design for Accenture clients in the communications, media and technology industries, including Facebook and Twitter.  A technology entrepreneur with prior experience in consumer products, retail, travel, and automotive; Diego previously served as CIO for Pepsi Latin America. (Sponsored)

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)


Here are the tracks for Data Con LA 2018:

— Data – Big Data, Databases/RDBMS, Hadoop/Spark/Kafka, NoSQL/NewSQL and other technologies that support databases, and data storage
— AI / ML / Data Science – Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Science, Data Analytics, Data Analysis methods and applications
— Emerging Tech – Blockchain, IoT, Serverless, AR/VR and other new and emerging technology
— Infrastructure & Security – DevSecOps, Security, Data Governance and Privacy
— Visualizations / UI / Use Cases – Data Visualization, User Experience / User Interface developments with respect to data, and real world applications

Aaron Williams

VP of Global Community at MapD

Alyssa Columbus

Datanaut at NASA

Amanda K Moran

Technical Evangelist at DataStax

Amandeep Khurana

CEO & Co-Founder at Okera

Andrew Barkett

VP Engineering at REX - Real Estate Exchange

Brian Gold

Founding Member, FlashBlade at PureStorage

Charmee Patel

Product Innovation - Data & Analytics at Syntasa

Chia-Yui Lee

Data Science at Tibco

Chris Calvert

Co-Founder & VP Product Strategy at Respond Software

Chris Stephens

Data Engineering Manager at Netflix

Ebraheem Fontaine

Director Data Science at Edmunds

Gary Nakanelua

Managing Director at Blueprint Technologies

Grant Kushida

Head of Engineering at Conversion Logic

Harry Brisson

Director, Media Lab at Nielsen

Indrasis Mondal

Director of Big Data Engineering at Hulu

Joe Franklin

Data Science Curriculum Developer at Qlik

Jörg Schad

Technical Lead Community Projects at Mesosphere

Jules Damji

Spark Developer & Community Advocate at Databricks

Justine Cocchi

Technical Evangelist at Microsoft

Karthik Ramasamy

Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer at Streamlio

Kevin Nelson

Architect Advocate at Google Cloud

Luis Bitencourt-Emilio

Co-Founder & CTO @ Novi Finance

Mariana Danilovic

Managing Director at Hollywood Portfolio

Marie Smith

CIO at Data 360

Mark Quinsland

Sr. Field Engineer at Neo4j

Michael Malgeri

Principal Technologist at MarkLogic

Miguel Angel Campo-Rembado

SVP Data Science & Analytics at Fox

Nader Fathi

CEO at Kiana Analytics

Pat Alwell

Solutions Engineer at Hortonworks

Russell Ladson

CEO at Drop Software Inc.

Ryan Measel

Co-Founder & CTO at Fantasmo.io

Sathwik Shirsat

Big Data Engineer at Malwarebytes

Seth Stodder

Partner at Holland & Knight LLP

Shane Johnson

Senior Director of Product Marketing at MariaDB

Shant Hovsepian

Co-Founder & CTO at Arcadia Data

Shilpa Balan

Assistant Professor at California State University-Los Angeles

Sooraj Akkammadam

ETL Architect at Core Digital Media

Steven Phillips

Principal Software Engineer at Dremio

Sujay Kulkarni

Manager, Data Engineering - Data & AI at Malwarebytes

Sushree Mishra

Senior Sales Engineer at Syncsort

Tutorials / 2018 Tutorials

Blockchain Tutorial provided by Abraham Elmahrek

Datascience Tutorial provided by theDevMasters, a GBCS company

Panel / 2018 Panel

Panel on Technology Innovation in the Media & Entertainment Space

Data Con LA is proud to announce a panel on Media & Entertainment immediately following the startup showcase. It will run from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM in Bovard Auditorium. Be sure not to miss this talk on how technology is changing the landscape of Media & Entertainment.

Organizers / 2018 Organizers

Subash D’Souza


Organizers / 2018 Committee Leaders

Arti Annaswamy

Senior Manager, Reporting Solutions & Data Operations at WB

Deepender Singh

Sessions Co-Chair

Humberto Zuniga

Sessions Co-Chair

Jason Brancazio

Sessions Co-Chair

Jimmy Kim

Locations & Catering Co-Chair

John Kim

Watchmaker's Apprentice | E-Commerce

Kaloyan Todorov

Senior Data Scientist at Fama Technologies Inc.

Kate Reva

Marketing Co-Chair

Marc Waddell

Marketing Peofessional

Mrinmoy Das

Sessions Co-Chair

Nicholas Cummings

Sponsors Co-Chair

Nilesh DSouza

Food/ Beverages Co-Chair

Priyanka Biswas, Ph.D

Marketing Co-Chair

Rich Ung

Data Engineer at DTCI

Ruben Barrios

Compliance Auditor at Allied Global

Sanjeev Sehgal

SVP at Satwic

Shailesh Kini

Technology Co-Chair

Spencer Huang

Sponsors Co-Chair

Subash D’Souza


Volunteers / 2018 Volunteers

Aaron Artea

Systems Engineer at VPLS

Adam Del Real

Data Scientist

Aman Mathur

Data Science Engineer at SnackNation

Andrew Young

R&D Data Scientist at Neustar

Ankitha Radhakrishna

Graduate Student at USC

Anna Rezhko

IT Support Specialist at Life Sciences Computing Group

Anthony James

Data Scientist at Southern California Edison

Anthony Rios

Consultant at Taos

Arnold Borres

Associate Software Architect at UST Global

Aroop Prusti

Manager at Cognizant

Bob Newstadt

Director of Business Intelligence at HopSkipDrive

Chulhee Lee

Student, MA Applied Math at CSU, Fullerton

David Harnick-Shapiro

Data Engineering Consultant

Dhiraj Ramnani

Data Science Intern at Warner Bros

Do Young Kim

Student at Fullerton College

Eric Liang

Engineering Student at UC Irvine

Eric Mena

Inventory Modeling Technical Specialist at The Boeing Company

Erik Gomez

Technical Recruiter at Eleven Recruiting

Gagan Bhargava

Sr. IT Consultant at Warner Bros

Germain Louie

Student at UC Irvine

Harini Srinivas

Graduate Student at USC

Himateja Madala

Data and Analytics at Warner Bros

Jessica Chen

Business Analyst at Warner Bros

Jill Long

Technical Symposium Chair at Cesasc

Joe Oh

Financial Advisor

Joey Hallock

Senior Structures Engineer at SpaceX

John Shojaei

Data Engineer at Ingram Micro

Joshua Villamarzo

Software Engineer and Entrepreneur

Juan Valdovinos

BD Representative at Fuel Cycle

Julia Erickson

Strategy Intern at MXM

Karen Masterson, Ph.D.

Data Analyst at Verizon Digital

Khyati Ganatra

Senior Software Developer Intern at IBM Watson

Lea Buenaventura

Product Lead at Warner Bros

Luis Colondres

Data Scientist-Business Intelligence

Mahdi Hosseini

Data Engineer at Ingram Micro, Inc.

Matti Siltanen

Executive Consultant at NDA

Michael Chiang

Founder at Eleven Recruiting

Muhammad Elnimr

Data Scientist at Einstein Assembly/theDevMasters

Nadine Shelton


Nandan Chandrashekhar

Data Scientist at DeepCurrent

Nick Reva

Security Engineering at Snap

Nilay Pachauri

Student at USC

Pai Buabthong

PhD Candidate at Caltech

Prachi Agrawal

Data Science Intern at TicketMaster

Pradeep Nandagiri

Manager at Cognizant

Ravin Kumar

Supply Chain Systems Engineer II at SpaceX

Reza Rahman

Volunteer at Data Con LA

Ritesh Dedhia

Director, Data and Analytics at Warner Bros

Rosana Lin Ho

Data Scientist at KB Home

Ryan Kim

Program Success Associate at Tuition.io

Sahil Malkani

Client Success Consultant at Neustar

Samara Miramontes

Development Partner at Private LLC

Santhosh Narayanan

Graduate Student at USC

Sarah Janowski

Associate Consultant at Neustar MarketShare

Sean Randle

Scrum Master at Independent Consulting

Shaily Parikh

Machine Learning Research Assistant at CiSoft Labs

Shehreen Dheda

Data Platforms Trainer at Qubole

Shubhi Bharal

Student at USC

Simon Lee

Senior Strategic Relations Executive at Captive Eight

Sina Talebian

Data Scientist at Niagara Bottling

Siva Kumar Rajagopal

Sr. Data Acquisition Specialist at FNG

Spencer Lee

Software Engineer at Oakwood School

Sree Priyanka Uppu

Performance Engineer at Oath

Stephen Bhadran

Principal Software Engineer at TripAdvisor

Steven Slezak

Senior Customer Data Analytics Lead at Farmers Insurance

Suryakiran George

Graduate Student at USC

Sylvia Tran

Data Scientist at Gracenote

Tiffany Tan

Junior IT & Data Analyst

Tony DiPietra

Data Science Manager at loanDepot

Travis Huang

Data Scientist at AlgoLIFT

Twee Nguyen

Customer Success Consultant, Ad Operations at Neustar

Virali Thakkar

Software Engineer Intern at Pulse Secure

Xavier Vera

Data Scientist at theDevMasters

Yash Shah

Graduate Student at USC

Yifei Wang

Data Analyst at Neustar

Youki Joey Terukina

Business Relations Executive at Captive Eight

Zach Burks

Ethereum dapp Developer

Zinan Zhao

Sr. Data Scientist at Neustar, Inc.

Zonghao Liu

Mechanical Engineer at Romeo Power Technology