Keynote speakers

Principal Researcher
Microsoft Research New England

Kate Crawford is a principal researcher at Microsoft Research, a visiting professor at the MIT Center for Civic Media, and a senior fellow at the Information Law Institute at NYU. Over the last ten years she has researched the social, political, and cultural contexts of networked technologies. Her current work focuses on a range of data practices, from the ethics of big data, crisis informatics, networked journalism, and the everyday uses of mobile and social media. She has conducted large and small-scale ethnographic studies in Australia, India, and the US.

Crawford’s book on technology, culture, and youth, Adult Themes, won the Academy of the Humanities medal and the Manning Clark National Cultural Award. Her work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, BBC’s The World Today, ABC, and CBC.


Deputy Technology Editor
The New York Times

Quentin Hardy is a Silicon Valley insider with vast global experience drawn from years of high-level business reporting around the globe. Hardy is the Deputy Technology Editor for The New York Times and is a frequent television guest on CNBC’s Kudlow & Company. He recently joined The New York Times after serving as an executive editor for Forbes Media; before that, he spent over eight years writing global business stories for The Wall Street Journal. He has written cover stories on such diverse topics as the internet, Africa, finance, enterprise hardware and software, management, satellites, energy, and even the marijuana Industry.

Hardy began his career as an international publisher and has lived and worked in a dozen countries, including Japan, Singapore and the United Kingdom. A recipient of a Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Business Journalism and an Overseas Press Club award, he also lectures on technology and social change at the UC Berkeley School of Information.


Director of Product

Tyler Bell is a geotechnologist with broad interests in open source and place-based information systems. He is currently director of product at Factual, a Series A start-up that imposes order on the Internet where none otherwise exists. He previously managed platform technologies at LikeList, and led the geo-technologies product team at Yahoo, where he launched the Placemaker and GeoPlanet geo-enrichment platform. A former archaeologist specializing in landscape analysis and the semantic integration of heterogeneous data, Tyler received his doctorate from the University of Oxford before founding a technology spin-out company from the university in 2001.

Ph.D. Candidate
UC Irvine

Jed Brubaker is a Ph.D. candidate in informatics at UC Irvine, where he takes a human-centered approach to studying how individuals are represented in large technological systems and datasets. Over the past four years, Brubaker has studied the challenges and opportunities social media platforms present following the death of account holders. He has documented ways that social media platforms are changing our experiences of death and memorialization, demonstrated limitations of current social media platforms, and worked to improve the ability of technological systems to support the entirety of our lives — including when those lives come to an end. Brubaker previously earned his M.A. at Georgetown University in communication, culture, and technology, and his B.S. at the University of Utah in psychology.

Senior Fellow
McKinsey Global Institute

Michael Chui is a senior fellow of the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), where he leads research on the impact of information technologies on business, the economy, and society. Chui has led McKinsey research in such areas as long-term technology-enabled business trends, Web 2.0 and collaboration technologies, emerging markets innovators, and data-driven management. His research has been cited globally in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Fast Company, Forbes, The Times of London, and Les Échos.

As a McKinsey consultant, Chui served clients in the high-tech, media, and telecom industries on strategy, innovation and product development, IT, sales and marketing, M&A, and organization.

Director of Human Computer Interaction
eBay Research Labs

For the last 18+ years, Elizabeth Churchill has been studying why and how people acquire, adopt, and adapt interactive technologies in their everyday lives (or don't!). Elizabeth currently leads HCI research at eBay Research Labs. She previously led HCI research at Yahoo labs, PARC (the Palo Alto Research Center), and Fuji Xerox's Palo Alto lab. She has a Ph.D. in cognitive science from the University of Cambridge, UK.

Elizabeth has conducted research studies of technologies in use in the UK, mainland Europe, Asia, the US and Canada. Insights gleaned from observations of real world uptake and/or abandonment have led to design modifications, as well as the creation of innovative interactive applications and services where unmet needs have been identified. She's worked on the design and development of communication tools (including virtual worlds, collaboration/chat spaces), tools to support distributed work collaborations, applications and services for mobile and personal devices, social media desktop applications, and interactive media installations in public spaces.

Senior Instructor

Glynn Durham teaches all the courses Cloudera offers and helped develop Cloudera’s data science curriculum and exam. Durham first worked as an Oracle database administrator, then as an author and principal instructor of Oracle developer training, followed by a term at MySQL. He holds a B.A. from Louisiana College and an M.S. in computer science from LSU.

David has been a professional athlete, a union organizer, an informant for the CIA, and a founder and/or CEO of large companies and small. After serving as CEO of Thomson Financial, he has dedicated the past 13 years to venture capital and private equity, and serves on the board of Paychex. David has also previously held executive or board positions at A.C. Nielsen, IMS Healthcare, Trip Advisor, and Cognizant. He has been named to 40 under 40, the Brown University Sports Hall of Fame, and to Corporate Board Member's 10 Directors To Watch.

Founder and CEO

Anthony is the founder and CEO of Kaggle. Before founding Kaggle, Anthony worked in the macroeconomic modeling areas of the Reserve Bank of Australia and before that the Australian Treasury.

He holds a first class honours degree in economics and econometrics from the University of Melbourne and has published in The Economist magazine and the Australian Economic Review.

In 2011, Forbes Magazine cited Anthony as one of the 30 under 30 in technology and Fast Company featured him as one of the innovative thinkers who are changing the future of business.

Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Stanford University

Jeffrey Heer is an assistant professor of computer science at Stanford University, where he works on human-computer interaction, visualization, and social computing. His research investigates the perceptual, cognitive and social factors involved in making sense of large data collections, resulting in new interactive systems for visual analysis and communication. The visualization tools developed by his lab (D3, Protovis, Flare, Prefuse) are used by researchers, companies, and thousands of data enthusiasts around the world. His group has received best paper and honorable mention awards at the premier venues in human-computer interaction and information visualization (ACM CHI, ACM UIST, IEEE InfoVis, IEEE VAST). In 2009 Jeff was named to MIT Technology Review's TR35; in 2012 he was named a Sloan Foundation Research Fellow. He holds B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Senior Analyst, Public Policy & Government Relations

A former research editor and manager at Palo Alto's Institute for the Future, Jess is currently senior analyst on the public policy and government relations team at Google. As a freelance writer and cultural critic, Jess's writing has appeared in MAKE, The Onion, 7x7, and on Boing Boing, AlterNet, and several Bay Area music blogs. In 2009, Jess was nominated for a Webby award in the "Website: Weird" category for a blog she co-created, Sad Guys on Trading Floors. In 2002 she served as an intern in President Clinton's post-presidential office in Harlem. Jess received her B.A. in politics from NYU and her master's in information management and systems from UC Berkeley's School of Information. In 2011, she earned the I School's James R. Chen award for outstanding final project in information research for her master's thesis, "Making Metadata: The Case of MusicBrainz."

Founder and CEO
Rocket Fuel

George has been analyzing data for customers for almost 20 years, starting with consulting jobs during his Ph.D. work at Stanford and continuing today at Rocket Fuel, where he is Chairman, CEO, and founder. Rocket Fuel was started in 2008 and has since grown to almost 400 employees globally. Recently named #4 in Forbes’ Most Promising Companies in America, Rocket Fuel is trying to solve the scientific side of marketing, with big data and AI autonomously managing and optimizing digital campaigns for hundreds of brands, evaluating over 28 billion opportunities per day, and serving 7 billion ads a month using a planet-scale computing platform. Besides Rocket Fuel, George has led hypergrowth initiatives and teams at Yahoo! and IBM and was an early pre-IPO employee at Epiphany and salesforce.com. His Ph.D. was supported by a National Science Foundation fellowship.

Professor of Computer Science and Information Science
Cornell University

Jon Kleinberg is the Tisch University Professor in the departments of computer science and information science at Cornell University. His research focuses on the interface of networks and information, with an emphasis on the social and information networks that underpin the web and other online media. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has served on the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Advisory Committee of the National Science Foundation, and the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) of the National Research Council. He is the recipient of research fellowships from the MacArthur, Packard, Simons, and Sloan Foundations, as well as awards including the Nevanlinna Prize, the Lanchester Prize, and the ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences.

Executive Director
Geospatial Innovation Facility, UC Berkeley

Kevin Koy, Executive Director of the Geospatial Innovation Facility, has over fourteen years of experience working with geospatial technology. Kevin leads research projects and applications, develops and teaches technical workshops, provides organizational support to the facility, and promotes geospatial solutions throughout the Bay Area community. Prior to joining the GIF, Kevin was the remote sensing and GIS specialist for the American Museum of Natural History's Center for Biodiversity and Conservation. His experience at AMNH included mapping land cover change and developing capacity building initiatives in Vietnam and Lao PDR. Kevin's experience in geospatial technology began as a remote sensing and GIS analyst for the Smithsonian Institution's Conservation Biology Institute where he mapped Eld's deer habitat in Myanmar's dry dipterocarp forests.

Developer Programs Engineer
Google, Inc.

Michael Manoochehri is a technologist and information addict. He currently works for Google as a developer programs engineer, working with apps and cloud APIs. He has spent a big chunk of his career working on Internet media projects for non-profit organizations. He has also written for tech blog ProgrammableWeb.com, spent time in rural Uganda researching mobile phone use, and somehow found the time to complete a master's degree at UC Berkeley's School of Information.

Founder and CEO

The former Chief Information Officer at Google, Douglas Merrill championed innovation at the company as it grew from Internet start up into one of the world's most admired organizations. He brings to his keynotes a rich real world perspective on innovation as strategy and culture while delivering an overview of how new technologies have changed the way we live, and the way we work. Informed, passionate and brilliantly counterintuitive, Merrill now helps companies around the world learn how to build their own sustainable cultures of innovation.

Douglas Merrill is the former CIO and VP of Engineering at Google, where he oversaw a team of 1,500, as well as all aspects of technology, and several high profile projects, one of which, Google Checkout, is now multi-billion dollar business. Merrill has also served as COO of New Music at EMI Group, and as VP of Infrastructure and HR Strategy at Charles Schwab. In academia, he was an Information Scientist at the RAND Corporation. He holds a Ph.D. in cognitive science from Princeton and is the author of Getting Organized in the Google Era: How to Get Stuff Out of Your Head, Find It When You Need It, and Get It Done Right.

Chief Scientist

Claudia designs, develops, analyzes, and optimizes the machine learning that drives digital advertising to prospective customers of brands. An active industry speaker and frequent contributor to industry publications, Claudia was recently named winner of the Advertising Research Foundation’s (ARF) Grand Innovation Award and was selected as member of the Crain’s NY annual 40 Under 40 list. She has published numerous scientific articles, holds multiple patents in machine learning, and has won many data-mining competitions. Prior to joining m6d in February 2010, Claudia worked at IBM’s Watson Research Center, concentrating on data analytics and machine learning for complex real-world domains and applications. Claudia has a Ph.D. in information systems from NYU and an M.A. in computer science from Colorado University. Claudia takes active interest in the making of the next generation of data scientists and is teaching “Data Mining for Business Intelligence” in the NYU Stern MBA program.

Manager of Measurement Systems

Itamar Rosenn is a data scientist at Facebook, where he manages the data science team. Mr. Rosenn joined Facebook as its first data scientist in early 2007.

Senior Research Scientist
Johnson Research Labs

Rachel Schutt is a senior research scientist at Johnson Research Labs, an adjunct assistant professor of statistics at Columbia University, and a founding member of the Education Committee of Columbia’s Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering. Schutt is also co-authoring a book (with Cathy O’Neil) called “Doing Data Science”.

Her interests include statistical modeling, exploratory data analysis, machine learning algorithms, and social networks, as well as the ethical dimensions of data science, and using data science to do good.

She earned her Ph.D. from Columbia University in statistics and master’s degrees in mathematics and engineering from NYU and Stanford University.

Professor of Computer Science
UC Berkeley

Ion Stoica is a professor in the department of electrical engineering and computer science at UC Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in 2000. He does research on cloud computing and networked computer systems. Past work includes the Dynamic Packet State (DPS), Chord DHT, Internet Indirection Infrastructure (i3), declarative networks, replay-debugging, and multi-layer tracing in distributed systems. His current research focuses on resource management and scheduling for data centers, cluster computing frameworks, and network architectures. He is an ACM Fellow and has received numerous awards, including the SIGCOMM Test of Time Award (2011) and the ACM doctoral dissertation award (2001). In 2006, he co-founded Conviva, a startup to commercialize technologies for large scale video distribution.

Social Data Lab

Dr. Andreas Weigend studies the ongoing revolution in social data and its impact on consumers, business, and society. He teaches at Stanford University and directs the Social Data Lab. Previously, Weigend was the chief scientist of Amazon.com, where he focused on building the customer-centric and measurement-focused culture that has been central to Amazon's success.

Weigend works with innovative startups and global companies alike, helping them understand and leverage the irreversible changes in how consumers express themselves, make purchasing and lifestyle decisions, and relate to each other. His goal is to guide his clients through the evolving landscape of consumer behavior and unprecedented data to identify new business opportunities.

Weigend studied electrical engineering, physics, and philosophy in Germany and Cambridge (UK), and received his Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University. His career as a data scientist and his deep industry and startup experience allow him to successfully bridge the gap between academia and industry. He lives in San Francisco, Shanghai, and on weigend.com.

Technology and intellectual property attorney
Cooke Kobrick & Wu LLP

Stephen S. Wu is a Silicon Valley partner in the law firm Cooke Kobrick & Wu LLP.  His practice focuses on technology and intellectual property litigation and representing technology startups as their outside general counsel.  He helps clients negotiate a variety of transactions and handles privacy, information security, records management, and other compliance issues.  He advises clients concerning virtual property, virtual worlds, and video game legal issues.  Mr. Wu also has experience in estate planning and administration matters.

Mr. Wu served as Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Science and Technology Law from 2010 to 2011.  He also served as president of the SL Bar Association in the Second Life® virtual world from 2009 to 2010.  Finally, he teaches virtual worlds and video game law at Santa Clara Law School as a lecturer.

Mr. Wu is a 1988 graduate of Harvard Law School and, before starting his private practice, was the second in-house attorney at VeriSign, Inc.  Before VeriSign, Steve practiced with two international law firms in the areas of intellectual property, commercial, and general litigation, as well as technology licensing and transactions.