Structure Data: From BuzzFeed to brain science


Credit: Jakub Moser

Gigaom’s Structure Data conference is just three months away — March 18 and 19 in New York — and it’s looking like our fifth one will be the best one yet. The goal of his year’s show is to highlight what’s possible now that “big data” technologies have matured, and to give attendees a view into a world where their data can power artificial intelligence as well as business intelligence.

We’re adding new speakers every day, but here are the ones we have confirmed so far. Their jobs are sometimes as diverse as their employers, ranging from BuzzFeed to IBM and from economics to robotics:

  • Ted Bailey, founder and CEO, Dataminr
  • Rob Bearden, CEO, Hortonworks
  • Don Duet, co-head of technology division, Goldman Sachs
  • Rob Fergus, research scientist, Facebook; assistant professor, New York University
  • Seeta Gangadharan, senior research fellow, Open Technology Institute; fellow, Data & Society Research Institute
  • Ky Harlin, director of data science, BuzzFeed
  • Jeff Hawkins, co-founder, Numenta
  • Nancy Hersh, vice president of analytics, Opower
  • Kalev Leetaru, creator, GDELT Project
  • Tony Lewis, senior director of research, Qualcomm
  • Jens Ludwig, director, University of Chicago Crime Lab
  • Jock Mackinlay, vice president of visual analysis, Tableau Software
  • Hilary Mason, founder and CEO, Fast Forward Labs
  • Seth McGuire, senior business development manager, Twitter
  • Dharmendra Modha, senior manager of cognitive computing, IBM Research
  • Matt Ocko, co-managing partner, Data Collective
  • Naveen Rao, co-founder and CEO, Nervana Systems
  • Tom Reilly, CEO, Cloudera
  • Ashutosh Saxena, director of RoboBrain project, Stanford University
  • John Schroeder, co-founder and CEO, MapR
  • Julie Shah, director of Interactive Robotics Group, MIT
  • Ion Stoica, co-founder and CEO, Databricks; co-director, UC-Berkeley AMPLab
  • Brian Whitman, principal scientist, Spotify
  • Matt Wood, principal data scientist, Amazon Web Services
  • Dan Zigmond, vice president of data, Hampton Creek

We will announce more speakers next month (and I promise they won’t disappoint).

If you’re interested in hearing how some of the biggest and most-interesting companies around are building data infrastructure and analyzing data; how some of the world’s leading artificial intelligence researchers see the future unfolding; and how all of this might affect business, public and even foreign policy, do yourself a favor and register now.

If you do it before Dec. 31 and use the promo code “CHEERS” you’ll even save $100.

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