Who spoke at Data Day Texas 2016?

The following speakers spoke at Data Day Texas 2016.

John Akred (SF Bay) @BigDataAnalysis

John Akred is the Founder and CTO of Silicon Valley Data Science. In the business world, John Akred likes to help organizations become more data driven. He has over 15 years of experience in machine learning, predictive modeling, and analytical system architecture. His focus is on the intersection of data science tools and techniques; data transport, processing and storage technologies; and the data management strategy and practices that can unlock data driven capabilities for an organization. A frequent speaker at the O'Reilly Strata Conferences, John is host of the perennially popular workshop: Building A Data Platform.
John will be giving the following presentation at Data Day Texas: Running Agile Data Science Teams
John will also be hosting office hours at Data Day Texas.

Carl Anderson (NYC) @LeapingLlamas

Carl Anderson is the Director of Data Science at Warby Parker in New York overseeing data engineering, data science, supporting the broader analytics org, and creating a data-driven organization. He has had a broad-ranging career, mostly in scientific computing, covering areas such as healthcare modeling, data compression, robotics, and agent based modeling. He holds a Ph.D. in mathematical biology from the University of Sheffield, UK.
He is the author of "Creating a Data-Driven Organization" (O'Reilly, 2015)
Carl will give the following presentation at Data Day Texas: Creating a Data-Driven Organization
While at Data Day Texas, Carl will also be signing his new book, Creating a Data Driven Organization

Preetha Appan (Austin)

Preetha Appan is the technical lead of the recommendations team at Indeed. Her past contributions to Indeed's job and resume search engines include keyword tokenization improvements, query expansion features, and major infrastructure and performance improvements. She enjoys working on challenging problems in machine learning and information retrieval.



Michael Berthold (Konstanz)

Michael Berthold is currently president of KNIME.com AG and co-creator of KNIME (wikipedia entry), the open analytics platform used by thousands of data experts around the world. Since August 2003, Michael has been the Nycomed-Chair for Bioinformatics and Information Mining at Konstanz University, Germany where his research focuses on using machine learning methods for the interactive analysis of large information repositories in the Life Sciences. Previously he held positions in both academia (Carnegie Mellon, UC Berkeley) and industry (Intel, Tripos).
Michael is Past President of the North American Fuzzy Information Processing Society, Associate Editor of several journals and the President of the IEEE System, Man, and Cybernetics Society. He has been involved in the organization of various conferences, most notably the IDA-series of symposia on Intelligent Data Analysis and the conference series on Computational Life Science. Together with David Hand he co-edited the textbook Intelligent Data Analysis: An Introduction which has recently appeared in a completely revised, second edition. He is also co-author of Guide to Intelligent Data Analysis (Springer Verlag) which appeared in summer 2010. When time permits Michael still writes code.

Lukas Biewald (SF Bay) @l2k

Lukas Biewald (Wikipedia) is the founder and CEO of CrowdFlower. Founded in 2007, CrowdFlower provides Labor-on-Demand to help companies outsource high-volume, repetitive tasks to a massively-distributed global workforce.
Before founding CrowdFlower, Lukas was a senior scientist and manager within the Ranking and Management Team at Powerset, Inc., acquired by Microsoft in 2008. He led the Search Relevance Team for Yahoo! Japan after graduating from Stanford University with a B.S. in Mathematics and an M.S. in Computer Science. Recently, Lukas won the Netexplorateur Award for GiveWork – a collaboration with Samasource that brings digital work to refugees worldwide. Lukas is also an expert level Go player.
While at Data Day Austin, Lukas will also be hosting office hours

Trey Blalock (Seattle)

Trey Blalock, (GIAC-GWAPT, GIAC-GPEN, GIAC-GCFA, CISA, CISM, CISSP, SSCP, NSA-IAM) has served as Manager of Global Security Operations / Security Architect for one of the worlds largest financial transaction hubs (S1 Corporation) overseeing all aspects of security for hundreds of web-banking environments, ATM networks, and point-of-sale transaction networks world-wide.
Currently on the National Board of Information Security Examiners (NBISE) Operational Security Testing Panel designing comprehensive testing solutions to evaluate skill levels of commercial penetration testers as well as military red team, and blue team technicians. This is primarily to be used by government & military to identify above-average talent in these areas.
Has over ten years of experience providing penetration testing and assessment services to hundreds of clients in the financial, government, retail, chemical, oil & gas, medical, educational, legal, telecom, and law enforcement sectors. See his full bio on the following page.
While in Austin, Trey will be offering an encore presentation of his Pentesting 101 Course/

Kurt Brown (SFBay)

Kurt Brown, leads the Data Platform team at Netflix. His group architects and manages the technical infrastructure underpinning the company’s analytics. The Netflix data infrastructure includes various big data technologies (Hadoop, Hive, and Pig), Netflix open sourced applications and services (Lipstick and Genie), and traditional BI tools (Teradata and MicroStrategy).
Kurt will be speaking on How to get the most out of your data platform.
Following his presentation at Data Day, Kurt will be holding office hours and discussing careers at Netflix.



Ed Capriolo (NYC)

Ed Capriolo is a Data Architect at the Huffington Post. Previously, he was a software developer at Media 6 degrees. Ed is organizer of the NYC Cassandra Meetup group, as well as a Apache Hive PMC committer / member. Ed is author of multiple books, including the Cassandra High Performance Cookbook and Programming Hive.



Michelle Casbon (San Antonio)

Michelle Casbon is a Senior Data Science Engineer at Idibon, where she is contributing to the goal of bringing language technologies to all the world’s languages. Her development experience spans a decade across various industries, including media, investment banking, healthcare, retail, and geospatial services. Michelle completed a Masters at the University of Cambridge, focusing on NLP, speech recognition, speech synthesis, and machine translation. She loves working with open source technologies and has had a blast contributing to the Apache Spark project. Holding technical conversations and learning from the people she meets is her favorite part of Data Day Texas.
Michelle will be giving the following presentation at Data Day Texas: Under the Hood of Idibon’s Scalable NLP Services
Michelle Casbon will be appearing as part of NLP Day.

Doug Daniels (NYC )

Doug Daniels is the Director of Engineering at Datadog, where he works on large-scale data systems for metrics monitoring, analytics, and data science. Prior to Datadog, Doug was CTO at Mortar Data and has also designed data systems used by 1 in 10 public school students in the US. He holds a BA in Computer Science from Rice University and spends his time in lovely Brooklyn, NY.
Doug will give the following presentation at Data Day Texas: Parquet at Datadog: Fast, Efficient, Portable Storage for Big Data


Ted Dunning (SFBay)

Ted Dunning is Chief Applications Architect at MapR Technologies and committer and PMC member of the Apache Mahout, Apache ZooKeeper, and Apache Drill projects and mentor for Apache Storm. He contributed to Mahout clustering, classification, and matrix decomposition algorithms and helped expand the new version of Mahout Math library. Ted was the chief architect behind the MusicMatch (now Yahoo Music) and Veoh recommendation systems, built fraud-detection systems for ID Analytics (LifeLock), and has issued 24 patents to date. Ted has a PhD in computing science from University of Sheffield. When he’s not doing data science, he plays guitar and mandolin. Ted is co-author, along with Ellen Friedman, of the recent O'Reilly media publications, Practical Machine Learning: Innovations in Recommendation, and Practical Machine Learning: A New Look at Anomaly Detection. By the way, Ted bought the beer at the first Hadoop meetup.
Twitter: @ted_dunning

Ellen Friedman (SFBay)

Ellen Friedman is a solutions consultant, scientist and author, currently writing about a variety of open source and big data topics including being co-author of Mahout in Action (Manning), the Practical Machine Learning series from O’Reilly, and the newest title, Time Series Databases (O’Reilly). She is a committer on the Apache Mahout project, a contributor to Apache Drill and has been an invited speaker at Berlin Buzzwords 2013, the Philly ETE 2014 conference and keynote speaker for NoSQL Matters 2014 in Barcelona. With a Ph.D. in biochemistry and years of work writing on a variety of scientific and computing topics, she is an experienced communicator. She’s also co-author of a book of magic-themed cartoons, A Rabbit Under the Hat.
Twitter: @Ellen_Friedman

Eddie Garcia (Austin, Texas)

Eddie Garcia is chief security architect at Cloudera, a leader in enterprise analytic data management. He brings more than 20 years of information and data security experience to the company. Garcia is responsible for helping Cloudera enterprise customers reduce security and compliance risks associated with sensitive data sets stored and accessed in Apache Hadoop environments.
Formerly the VP of InfoSec and Engineering for Gazzang prior to its acquisition by Cloudera, Garcia architected and implemented secure and compliant Big Data infrastructures for customers in the financial services, healthcare and public sector industries to meet PCI, HIPAA, FERPA, FISMA and EU data security requirements. He was also the chief architect of the Gazzang zNcrypt product and is author of two patents for data security.
Eddie will also be holding office hours at Data Day.


Luca Garulli (London, UK)

Luca Garulli is the CEO and Founder of Orient Technologies, and the original author of OrientDB. Luca started working with storage algorithms in 1998 and created the first production-ready version of OrientDB in early 2010 after 17 years of experience working with other DBMSs. Luca is a member of the Sun Microsystems JDO 1.0 and 2.0 Expert Groups that wrote the JDO standard. He has also published various tech articles in Technet, Computer Programming, IoProgrammer, and Week.it magazines.
Twitter: @lgarulli
Luca will be holding office hours at Data Day. He will also be speaking at Graph Day


Nicholas Gaylord (SF Bay)

Nicholas Gaylord is a data scientist at Idibon, where he works primarily on designing and improving machine learning models to meet clients' diverse text analytics needs. His background includes work in marketing and university education, and he holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin, where he specialized in experimental studies of human language comprehension with a secondary emphasis on corpus design and annotation.

Nicholas Gaylord will be appearing as part of NLP Day.



Jonathan Gray (SF Bay)

Jonathan Gray, founder and CEO of Cask, is an entrepreneur and software engineer with a background in startups, open source, and all things data. Prior to founding Cask, Jonathan was a software engineer at Facebook where he drove HBase engineering efforts, including Facebook Messages and several other large-scale projects, from inception to production.
An open source evangelist, Jonathan was responsible for helping build the Facebook engineering brand through developer outreach and refocusing the open source strategy of the company. Prior to Facebook, Jonathan founded Streamy.com, where he became an early adopter of Hadoop and HBase and is now a core contributor and active committer in the community.
Jonathan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University.


Kent Graziano (Houston) @KentGraziano

Kent Graziano, Senior Technical Evangelist for Snowflake Computing, is a speaker, author, and trainer in the areas of data modeling, data architecture, and data warehousing. Kent has developed and led many successful software and data warehouse implementation teams, including several agile DW/BI teams. With more than 30 years of experience, Kent is also an Oracle ACE Director, certified Data Vault Master and Data Vault 2.0 Practitioner (CDVP2), as well as internationally recognized expert in Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler. He has written numerous articles, authored three books, and co-authored four others - including the 1st Edition of The Data Model Resource Book.
The Data Warrior


Joel Grus (Seattle)

Joel Grus is a software engineer at Google. Before that he worked as a data scientist at multiple startups. He lives in Seattle, where he regularly attends data science happy hours.
Personal Site
Twitter: @JoelGrus
While at Data Day Texas, Joel will also be signing his recently released O'Reilly book, Data Science From Scratch


Sarah Guido (NYC) @sarah_guido

Sarah Guido is the lead data scientist at Bitly. Excited to share her passion for data with others, she has spoken at a number of conferences and is involved in the tech community in NYC. Prior to joining Bitly, she worked in a few other startups and graduated from the University of Michigan’s School of Information



Nakul Jeirath (San Antonio)

Nakul Jeirath (Linkedin) is the Senior Security Engineer at WellAware, a startup in the Oil & Gas space focused on collecting real time data and delivering intelligence to the oilfield. For the past two years at WellAware, he has been focused on architecting and developing backend software with heavy involvement in the migration to, and continued operation of Titan to help deliver relevant information to customers. Previously, he was a cyber security researcher at Southwest Research Institute. Nakul has a BS in computer engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Texas A&M in San Antonio.

Nakul will be giving the following talk: Addressing Performance Issues in Titan and Cassandra

Russell Jurney (SF Bay) @rjurney

Russell Jurney is founder and CEO of Relato. Russell has over a decade of experience building analytic applications, from casino gaming to inbox analytics. Russell is passionate about graphs and sees networks in the world around him. Mapping markets to achieve a deeper understanding of how they work is exciting work.
Prior to Relato, Russell was a Data Scientist in Residence at The Hive, where he helped launch E8 Security as their first engineer. Before that he was Evangelist at Hortonworks, after being Senior Data Scientist in product analytics at LinkedIn. Russell is author the recently released O'Reilly book Agile Data Science as well co-author of the the soon to be released O'Reilly book: Big Data for Chimps. Russell is originally from Atlanta, GA. He lives in Pacifica, California with Bella the Data Dog.
Data Syndrome

While at Data Day, Russell will be holding office hours and signing copies of Big Data for Chimps. He will also be speaking at Graph Day on Sunday, January 18.


Holden Karau (SF Bay) @holdenkarau

Holden Karau is a software development engineer and is active in open source. She a co-author of Learning Spark & Fast Data Processing with Spark and has taught intro Spark workshops. Prior to IBM she worked on a variety of big data, search, and classification problems at Alpine, DataBricks, Google, Foursquare, and Amazon. She graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelors of Mathematics in Computer Science. Outside of computers she enjoys dancing & playing with fire.
While at Data Day, Holden will be holding office hours and signing copies of her O'Reilly book: Learning Spark.



Jason Kessler (Seattle)

Jason Kessler is a data scientist at CDK Digital Marketing, where he analyses language use and consumer behavior in the online auto-shopping ecosystem. Prior to joining CDK, Jason was the founding data scientist at PlaceIQ, and worked as a research scientist for JD Power and Associates Web Intelligence Division. He has published peer-reviewed papers on systems and corpora for sentiment and belief analysis, and has reviewed and sat on program committees for ICWSM, ACL Demos, RANLP, CICLing, and others venues.



Jay Kreps (SF Bay) @jaykreps

Jay Kreps is the original author of multiple well-known projects including Apache Kafka, Apache Samza, Voldemort, and Azkaban. Formerly Principle Staff Engineer at Linkedin. Jay is also co-founder and CEO at Confluent - a company built around realtime data streams and the open source messaging system Apache Kafka. Jay is the author of the upcoming O'Reilly book, I Heart Logs: Event Data, Stream Processing, and Data Integration.
While at Data Day Texas, Jay will also be signing his new book, I Heart Logs

Corey Lanum (Boston) @corey_lanum

Corey Lanum, has a distinguished background in graph visualization. Over the last 15 years he has managed technical and business relationships with dozens of the largest defense and intelligence agencies in North America, in addition to working with many security and anti-fraud organizations in private industry. Prior to joining Cambridge Intelligence as their US Manager, Corey was helping the customers of i2 (now IBM) and SS8 to solve their most complex graph data challenges.
Corey is the author of the forthcoming Learning Graph Visualization from Manning Publications
Twitter: @ corey_lanum

Homin Lee (NYC)

Homin Lee is a data scientist for Datadog, where he writes algorithms that process hundreds of billions data points a day. Prior to Datadog, Homin built large-scale machine learning systems at several start-ups. Homin has a PhD from Columbia University in computational learning theory, and was a Computing Innovation Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin.




William Lyon (SF Bay)

William Lyon is a software engineer for Neo Technology, stewards of the Neo4j graph database where he works primarily on integrating Neo4j with other technologies. Prior to joining Neo, William worked as a software developer for several startups in the real estate, quantitative finance, and predictive API spaces. William holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Montana. You can find him online at http://lyonwj.com



Charity Majors (San Francisco) @mipsytipsy

Charity Majors is Cofounder and CTO of Hound, a new startup focused on mining machine data. Previously running infrastructure at Parse, engineering manager at Facebook. Worked with the RocksDB team to develop and roll out the world's first Mongo+Rocks in production. Has run way too much Mongo, Cassandra, Mysql, Redis, and probably more but those brain cells are gone. Likes single malt scotch.

Patrick McFadin (SF Bay)

Patrick McFadin is regarded as one of the foremost experts of Apache Cassandra and data modeling techniques. As the Chief Evangelist for Apache Cassandra and consultant for DataStax, he has helped build some of the largest deployments in the world. Previous to DataStax, he was Chief Architect at Hobsons, an education services company. There, he spoke often on web application design and performance.
Twitter: @patrickmcfadin

Mark Mims (SF Bay)

Mark Mims is a Principal Engineer at Silicon Valley Data Science and his passion is Data Plumbing, where Data Science meets the real world of DevOps and Infrastructure Engineering. Mark has extensive experience architecting and implementing data science solutions across a variety of industries including Entertainment, Insurance, Finance, Energy, Education, Manufacturing, and Commercial Modeling and Simulation. Before joining SVDS, Mark was the Principal Data Architect for Infochimps/CSC building managed "Big Data" pipelines for CSC's Enterprise customer-base. There, he used his deep full-stack datascience infrastructure expertise to adapt the cloud-based Infochimps product line to Openstack-based dedicated rack customer deployments. Previously, He worked for Canonical building DevOps tools for Ubuntu Server to make sure Ubuntu Server meets the needs of Data Plumbers everywhere. Mark has a doctorate in Mathematical Physics from UT Austin for research simulating quantum algorithms and is very interested in what it takes to train data scientists.
While at Data Day Texas, Mark will be holding office hours with Silicon Valley Data Science.

Ryan Mitchell (Somerville, MA) @ Kludgist

Ryan Mitchell is Software Engineer at LinkeDrive in Boston, where she develops their API and data analysis tools. She is a graduate of Olin College of Engineering, and is a master’s degree student at Harvard University School of Extension Studies. Prior to joining LinkeDrive, she was a Software Engineer building web scrapers and bots at Abine Inc, and regularly does freelance work, building web scrapers for clients, primarily in the financial and retail industries. Ryan is the author of two books about web scraping: Web Scraping with Python (O’Reilly, 2015), and Instant Instant Web Scraping with Java (Packt, 2013), as well as an upcoming O’Reilly video series: Web Crawling with Python.
Ryan's webpage
While at Data Day Texas, Ryan will also be signing her new book, Web Scraping with Python

Christopher Moody (SF Bay)

Chris Moody loves high-performance computing, high dimensions & high fashion. He loves learning the beautiful symmetries between physics, data, and analytics. Went to Caltech, did astrostats & supercomputing and now Data Labs at Stitch Fix. Currently enjoying coding up word2vec, Gaussian Processes, Deep RNNs and t-SNE.
Christopher Moody will be appearing as part of NLP Day.



Robert Munro (San Francisco) @WWRob

Robert Munro is the CEO of Idibon, founded with the goal of bringing language technologies to all the world’s languages. He is a world leader in applying big data analytics to human communications, having worked in many diverse environments, from Sierra Leone, Haiti and the Amazon to London, Sydney and San Francisco. He completed a PhD in Computational Linguistics as a Graduate Fellow at Stanford University. Outside of work, he has learned about the world’s diversity by cycling more than 20,000 kilometers across 20 countries, mostly through the mountains.
Rob's webpage
Rob Munro will be appearing as part of NLP Day.

Diego Oppenheimer (Seattle) @doppenhe

Diego Oppenheimer is a data geek with a passion for sports and cooking. He has worked in multiple industries in different capacities around business intelligence and data analytics.Prior to founding Algorithmia where he serves the role of CEO he spent over five years at Microsoft where he had the chance to deliver some of the most widely used data analysis software in the world including Excel, SQL Server and Power Pivot. He received his Bachelors in Information Systems Management and Masters degree in IS - Business Intelligence and Data Analytics from Carnegie Mellon University.
Diego will also be hosting office hours at Data Day Texas.

Stephen O'Sullivan (SF Bay)

Stephen O'Sullivan is the VP of Engineering at Silicon Valley Data Science, where he leads data architecture and infrastructure. A veteran of WalmartLabs, Sun and Yahoo! with over 20 years of experience creating scalable, high-availability, data and applications solutions, Stephen is leading expert on big data architecture and Hadoop.
Stephen will also be hosting office hours at Data Day Texas.



Claudia Perlich (NYC) @claudia_perlich

Prior to joining Dstillery (former Media6Degrees), Claudia Perlich spent five years working at the Data Analytics Research group at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, concentrating on research in data analytics and machine learning for complex real-world domains and applications. She has been published in over 30 scientific publications and holds multiple patents in the area of machine learning. Claudia has won many data mining competitions, including the prestigious 2007 KDD CUP on movie ratings, the 2008 KDD CUP on breast-cancer detection, and the 2009 KDD CUP on churn and propensity predictions for telecommunication customers. Claudia received her Ph.D. in Information Systems from Stern School of Business, New York University in 2005, and holds a Master of Computer Science from Colorado University.
Claudia will also be hosting office hours at Data Day Texas.

Fintan Quill (NYC)

Fintan Quill is the global head of sales engineering for Kx Systems. An expert in developing database analytic systems, Fintan joined Kx in 2012 after having worked extensively with quantitative teams at a variety of Wall Street investment banks, hedge funds, and trading shops building high-performance Big Data applications. After beginning his career with First Derivatives, a global financial technology consultancy based in Northern Ireland, he moved to the U.S., where he worked at Nomura, Barclays Capital, and other investment banks. Fintan is a graduate of Trinity College in Dublin with a specialization in Computing and Microelectronic Engineering.


Ben Reiter (SF Bay)

Ben Reiter is the lead engineer at Wake.io. His responsibilities include building out the product, leading architectural planning on new features, and managing the engineer team. Before joining Wake, his focus for the past year had been on designing and implementing the way data flows through and is processed within an architecture that handles 2B+ events per week.
Ben will be walking through the Spark use case at a mobile Ad-Tech company.



Hank Roark (SF Bay)

Hank Roark is a Data Scientist & Hacker at H2O. Hank comes to H2O with a background turning data into products and system solutions and loves helping others find value in their data. He has a deep background in the the application domains of telematics, remote sensing, logistics, manufacturing, agriculture, and the Internet of Things. Before becoming passionate about machine intelligence, Hank managed international software teams and worked as IT consultant. In his spare time Hank likes to read non-fiction, make photographs, and compete in data science challenges. Hank has an SM from MIT in Engineering and Management and BS Physics from Georgia Tech.



Eric Sammer (San Francisco) @esammer

Eric Sammer , Co-Founder and CTO at Rocana, is deeply entrenched in the open source community with a passion for solving difficult scaling and processing problems. Prior to Rocana, Eric most recently served as an Engineering Manager at Cloudera, responsible for developer tools and partner integrations. Eric’s team worked with hundreds of partners to develop robust solutions and integrate them tightly with Cloudera’s Enterprise Data Hub. He was previously a Principal Solutions Architect, working with customers and strategic partners to support and integrate Hadoop clusters and related infrastructure. While working with some of Cloudera’s largest customers, Eric developed many of the best practices for developing large, distributed, data processing infrastructure.
Eric is a committer on the Apache Flume and Apache MRUnit projects, and the creator of the Kite open source project. Prior to Cloudera, Eric served as a Senior Engineer and Architect at several large scale data driven organizations including Experian and Conductor. Eric is author of Hadoop Operations, published by O'Reilly. He speaks frequently on technology and techniques for large scale data processing, integration, and system management.

Eric Schmidt (Seattle) @DJ Rhythma

Eric Schmidt is the Product Management lead for Cloud Dataflow at Google. His primary role is to help shape the future of fully managed - large scale data processing. Schmidt spends the majority of his time working with existing cloud customers as well as on premise developers who are moving their MapReduce and related data processing workloads to the cloud. Beyond his Google Cloud focus, he has a deep passion for user interaction modeling, data modeling & analytical processing of user behaviors and development experience with .NET, C, JavaScript, Python, and Java.
Eric will be giving the following talk at Data Day Texas: Google Cloud Dataflow - Two Worlds Become A Much Better One


Brent Schneeman (Austin)

Brent Schneeman joined HomeAway in 2010 and focuses on strengthening the data science muscle in the Technology Office. As Director of Data Science, he serves as an internal consultant on a diverse set of analytic projects such as multi-variate testing, customer website behavior and applying natural language processing techniques to unstructured data. A storyteller, Brent has presented at South By Southwest and has given many technological talks. Prior to joining HomeAway, Brent worked at PayPal and Visa. He has one degree in Mathematics and another in Electrical Engineering and lives in Austin Texas with his wife and three kids and spends most of his free time mowing the lawn.
Brent Schneeman will be appearing as part of NLP Day.

Hadley Wickham (Houston) @hadleywickham

Hadley Wickham is Chief Scientist at RStudio and an Adjunct Professor at Rice University. He is an active member of the R community, has written and contributed to over 40 R packages, and won the John Chambers Award for Statistical Computing for his work developing tools for data reshaping and visualisation. His research focusses on how to make data analysis better, faster and easier, with a particular emphasis on the use of visualisation to better understand data and models.


Fangjin Yang (SF Bay)

Fangjin Yang is one of the main committers to the open source Druid project and one of the first developers at Metamarkets, a San Francisco-based data startup. Fangjin previously worked on diagnostic optimization algorithms at Cisco Systems. He holds a BASc in Electrical Engineering and a MASc in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada.




Peter Zaitsev (Raleigh-Durham)

Peter Zaitsev co-founded Percona in 2006, assuming the role of CEO. Percona helps companies of all sizes maximize their success with MySQL. Percona was named to the Inc. 5000 in 2013. Peter was an early employee at MySQL AB, eventually leading the company’s High Performance Group. A serial entrepreneur, Peter co-founded his first startup while attending Moscow State University where he majored in Computer Science. As CEO of Percona, Peter enjoys mixing business leadership with hands on technical expertise. Peter is co-author of High Performance MySQL published by O’Reilly, one of the most popular books on MySQL performance. Peter blogs regularly on MySQLPerformanceBlog.com and speaks frequently at conferences. Peter lives in North Carolina with his wife and two children. In his spare time, Peter enjoys travel and spending time outdoors.