Keynote speakers

Director of Insights & Impact

JeanCarlo (J.C) Bonilla is a technology and data management expert specializing in data-driven decisions, technology strategy, and insight delivery. JeanCarlo has over ten years of experience in cross-functional roles with responsibilities encompassing analytics solutions, strategic planning, technology selection and implementation, staffing, coaching, and resource and budget planning. At DataKind, he leads programs operations, ensuring programs are designed to achieve maximum impact. JeanCarlo started his career as a process engineer in the semiconductor community, followed by a decade in academia. When J.C. is not at DataKind, he can be found teaching Tech Strategy or Business Analytics at New York University.


Scenario Insight

Jonathan Star is a meeting designer and facilitator, specializing in scenario planning, a technique which uses stories about the future to change the minds and actions of teams so that they are better prepared for tomorrow.  He worked at GBN, Monitor and Deloitte Consulting before starting his own independent practice, Scenario Insight, in 2014.  He helps clients explore issues such as the future of healthcare, higher education and climate change. He has also lectured at UC Berkeley, where he taught on a Masters program in Data Science. Earlier in his career, Jonathan worked at London Business School, conducting research into business strategy and long-term corporate success. He holds degrees in Business Economics from the University of Nottingham and the University of Warwick in the UK.


Digital Product Designer and Design Practice Leader

John Armitage is a strategic digital product designer and design practice leader. Since entering the software industry in the early '90s, he has performed principal designer and team/practice leadership roles in various consulting and development organizations.

Since 2002 he has worked in the enterprise software arena, with user experience design teams at Peoplesoft, BusinessObjects, SAP, and Host Analytics. In six years at SAP, John designed new product and business concepts related to cloud computing, social media, collaboration, business networks, and visual analytics.

He studied liberal arts, graphic design, and business at Miami University in Ohio, and earned his MFA in graphic design from Rhode Island School of Design.

VP of Product
Alpine Data
Josh Lewis is the VP of Product at Alpine Data and has ten years of experience across academia and industry in machine learning, data analysis, and user experience. Prior to joining Alpine, Josh lead the frontend engineering team at Ayasdi where he built apps and APIs for the healthcare, pharmaceutical, and finance verticals, as well as Ayasdi’s domain-general data analysis and visualization software. Before joining Ayasdi, Josh was a PhD student and postdoc at the UC San Diego Cognitive Science Department where he investigated the role of human perception and insight in the data analysis process. He also developed novel software for applying unsupervised machine learning algorithms called Divvy, a project that was supported by a multi-year NSF grant. Josh graduated from Pomona College with majors in Cognitive Science and Philosophy.
Vice President, Advanced Projects/Adjunct Professor
GE Digital/USC

Prior to coming to General Electric he was the Chief Technology Officer for the City of Los Angeles. Under his tenure the City implemented the open data portal (#1 in the US), cyber intrusion command center (CICC), CityLinkLA (broadband), significant improvements in fire dispatch and control, partnerships with numerous technology providers, and the nation’s largest deployment of body-worn cameras for police officers. LA was recognized as the #1 digital large city in 2014 and #2 in 2015 by GovTech / League of Cities.

Marx was Vice President, Business Development, for Qualcomm Labs where he handled R&D strategy for numerous initiatives. He started the Gimbal initiative as part of his overall work on driving the development of new technologies ranging from augmented reality to context awareness.

He was the CTO for Vivendi-Universal Games (which shipped World of Warcraft and many other games) and was the Vice President, Emerging Technologies for Universal Studios. A number of games won the highest industry awards. He previously held the position of Vice President at Mattel handling digital and online products and services, including winning a Webby™ for the games portal. As an engineer he was the Senior Research Engineer for Electronic Arts with lead roles in numerous videogames, including Madden Football, NASCAR, Knockout Kings (Fight Night), etc. He worked for Apple Computer on Quicktime and ISDN.

Marx has spent his career writing software, working with technologies and technologists, and driving the state-of-the-art forward. Marx also holds the position of Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California.

Research Scientist
Lyrid LLC

Shirley Pepke is a computational biologist who has worked to push the boundaries in terms of translating big data to clinical cancer applications. After Shirley was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, she engaged with oncology, genomics, and machine learning researchers to sequence her tumor and develop novel analyses of cancer data in public databases in order to select her treatment regimen. She has a PhD in physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her prior work included research in neurobiology and high throughput genomics at the California Institute of Technology.

UC Berkeley School of Information

AnnaLee Saxenian (Anno) is professor and dean of UC Berkeley’s School of Information and has a joint faculty appointment with the Department of City and Regional Planning. Her latest book, The New Argonauts: Regional Advantage in a Global Economy (Harvard University Press, 2006) explores how and why immigrant engineers from Silicon Valley are transferring their technology entrepreneurship to emerging regions in their home countries—Taiwan, Israel, China and India in particular—and launching companies far from established centers of skill and technology. The “brain drain,” she argues, has now become “brain circulation” — a powerful economic force for the development of formerly peripheral regions that is sparking profound transformations in the global economy. Saxenian is also author of the widely acclaimed Regional Advantage: Culture and Competition in Silicon Valley and Route 128 (Harvard University Press, 1994). Other publications include Silicon Valley’s New Immigrant  Entrepreneurs (Public Policy Institute of California, 1999), and Local and Global Networks of Immigrant Professionals in Silicon Valley (PPIC, 2002). She holds a P.D in political science from MIT, a master’s in regional planning from UC Berkeley, and a BA in economics from Williams College.

VP of Data Science
Jeremy Stanley is the VP of Data Science at Instacart, where he leads a team of data scientists and machine learning engineers to drive growth and profitability by optimizing logistics and using data to create personalized grocery shopping experiences. Before Instacart, Jeremy was Chief Data Scientist and EVP of engineering at Sailthru, building prediction and recommendation tools for hundreds of e-commerce and publisher platforms. Previously, he was the CTO of Collective, and founded and led the Global Markets Analytics Group at Ernst & Young (EY). He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Research Professor
University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute

Greg Ver Steeg is a research professor in computer science at USC’s Information Sciences Institute. He received his Ph. D. in physics from Caltech in 2009 and since then has focused on using ideas from information theory to understand complex systems like human behavior, biology, and language. His work has been recognized with an AFOSR Young Investigator Award.