2015 Boston Data Festival
September 17-24, 2015

Boston's third annual Data Festival brings together the meetup community, entrepreneurs, VCs and others to highlight its data-centric scene.
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Owen Zhang
Owen is a speaker at our kickoff event. Click here for details and registration. Owen Zhang is the Chief Product Officer at DataRobot, and is ranked #1 on the Kaggle leaderboard out of a community of 200,000 data scientists. Owen spent most of his career in the Property & Casualty insurance industry, most ...
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Andy Palmer
Andy is a speaker at our kickoff event. Click here for details and registration. Andy Palmer has helped start, fund, found or advise 50+ innovative companies in technology, healthcare, and the life sciences – a number of them engaged in solving Big Data challenges for customers. Most recently, he co-founded Tamr ...
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Thomas Wiecki, PhD
Click here for event details and registration Thomas Wiecki received his PhD from Brown University where he developed Bayesian models to help understand brain disorders. He currently works as a quantitative researcher at Quantopian Inc. where he helps to build the worlds’ first browser based algorithmic ...
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Allen Downey
Click here for event details and registration Allen Downey is a Professor of Computer Science at Olin College of Engineering. He has taught at Wellesley College, Colby College and U.C. Berkeley. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from U.C. Berkeley and Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from MIT. Allen is ...
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Daniel Lobo, PhD
Click here for event details and registration Daniel Lobo is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Biology Department at Tufts University. His research is at the interface between Computer Science and Biology, with applications and inspirations from and to both sides. He obtained his PhD degree in Computer Science at ...
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Catherine Havasi, PhD
Click here for event details and registration Catherine Havasi has been researching language and learning for nearly fifteen years. She co-founded the Open Mind Common Sense project, which uses information about the world to understand natural language text and make computers easier to use. She has also been a ...
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Jesse Johnson
Click here for event details and registration Before starting at Google, Jesse was a math professor studying abstract geometry and topology. He became interested in data after learning that many problems in machine learning can be posed in terms of geometry. In addition to developing a number of new algorithms by ...
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Ramesh Kumar
Click here for event details and registration Ramesh Kumar is co-founder and CEO of Zakipoint Health, a startup focused on changing healthcare through technology and data science.
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Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye
Click here for event details and registration Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye is a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Laboratory under the supervision of Prof. Alex “Sandy” Pentland. He develops stochastic tools to harness the power of rich behavioral datasets, such as human ...
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Ethan A. Fosse
Click here for event details and registration Ethan A. Fosse is a Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology at Harvard University and Teaching Fellow in the Department of Statistics. He has taught courses on statistics and data mining using R, Stata, and python, with applications in economics, finance, and sociology. His ...
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Nicholas Arcolano, PhD
Click here for event details and registration Nicholas is Senior Data Scientist at FitnessKeeper, makers of the RunKeeper and Breeze mobile and web apps for health and fitness tracking and guidance. Before joining FitnessKeeper he spent 10 years as a research staff member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, working in the ...
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Mans Olof-Ors
Click here for event details and registration Mans Olof-Ors is Vice President, Product Innovation at Thomson Reuters Catalyst Lab in Switzerland where he is part of a team looking for new product opportunities across all customer segments. Recent projects involve recommender systems for financial markets and ...
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Eric Morris
Click here for event details and registration Eric Morris is consulting out of the Cambridge Innovation Center and working on several projects in the finance and technology space. He recently left the French firm Capgemini where he was a consultant on strategy and technology to Fortune 500 clients. Eric graduated ...
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Chris Lynch
Click here for event details and registration Chris Lynch joined Atlas Venture in 2012 as a member of the Technology investment team. Previously, Chris served as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of HP’s Database Business Unit, a role he took after the HP’s acquisition of Vertica Systems, ...
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Michael Els
Click here for event details and registration Michael Els is Principal Data Scientist at MaxPoint, where he researches, develops, and deploys core analytics products. This includes technical development as well as leading and coordinating analytics team members on projects. The main emphasis is on the optimization ...
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Ryan Betts
Click here for event details and registration Ryan Betts is CTO at VoltDB. He was one of the initial developers of VoltDB’s commercial product, and values his unique opportunity to closely collaborate with customers, partners and prospects to understand their data management needs and help them to realize the ...
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Rahul Dave, PhD
Click here for event details and registration Rahul is a partner at LxPrior, a small Data Science consultancy focussed on interesting or socially important problems. LxPrior offers its clients data analysis services as well as data science training. Rahul trained as an astrophysicist, and used to work at the ...
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Sheamus McGovern
Sheamus is the chief organizer of Boston Data Festival Sheamus McGovern is a leading technologist with many years experience building complex software platforms particularly in quantitative finance and business intelligence. He is an active entrepreneur involved in a number of startups in the Boston area. These ...
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Bill Simmons, PhD
Click here for event details and registration Dr. Willard (Bill) Simmons, DataXu’s CTO and co-founder, is the brain behind DataXu’s core technology, which he developed while earning his PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. Bill came to DataXu with true rocket science credentials: he developed and tested ...
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David Weisman, PhD
Click here for event details and registration David Weisman, Ph.D. is an expert in data science, with over 30 years of accomplishment in IT consulting and computer science. His career began in compiler design, and in 1980, David co-founded Lydon LLP, a successful consulting firm. For over 25 years, Lydon developed ...
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Sandro Catanzaro
Click here for event details and registration Sandro Catanzaro, Co-Founder, Senior Vice President of Analytics and Innovation, is the kind of technologist and data science virtuoso whose knowledge of business issues shapes the DataXu platform’s ability to gain marketing insights from customer data. Drawing on ...
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Mark Schindler
Click here for event details and registration Mark Schindler is co-founder and Managing Director of GroupVisual.io, a Cambridge, MA consultancy that specializes in making Big Data consumable for human beings through the design of data visualization and data-driven user experiences. For over 15 years, he has ...
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Lynn Cherny, PhD
Click here for event details and registration Lynn Cherny is a local data analysis and visualization consultant who works in Python, R, and D3.js. She has a Ph.D. from Stanford in linguistics and spent 18 years as a UX designer and manager before going back to the code side.
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Rani Nelken, PhD
Click here for event details and registration Rani Nelken is Director of Research at Outbrain, where he leads a research team focusing on the advanced algorithms behind the company’s recommendation technologies. Prior to that he was a research fellow at Harvard University, and worked at IBM Research, and ...
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