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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.