2018 Nashville Analytics Summit

August 20-21, 2018 • Nashville, TN
The Nashville Analytics Summit was created in 2013 by Nashville Technology Council members. With 488% growth since inception, the Summit continues to expand as one of Nashville's largest, locally grown tech events in the region. It focuses on fundamental issues in organizations today: how to effectively leverage big data and analytics. This two-day Summit alternates between hands-on workshops and speaker presentations, presented by experts from various industries and backgrounds. SOLD OUT!

Speakers

Sponsors

Schedule

  • 20 August
  • 21 August

Ramesh Adabala

Solution Architect
Amazon
I am Ramesh Adabala with Amazon Web Services and working as a Solution Architect supporting enterprise customers in Tennessee. I am a frequent blogger and speaker on the DevSecOps topic. I love to guide customers on how to innovate and deploy their enterprise solutions faster, cheaper and secure on cloud to bring value to their business.

21 August

Charles Apigian

Director of the Data Science Institute and Professor at Middle Tennessee State University
Middle Tennessee State University
Dr. Charlie Apigian is a Professor and Director of the Data Science Institute at Middle Tennessee State University, where he teaches big data concepts with machine learning and predictive analytics. The Data Science Institute works to partner business and academics to solve real problems and create a data driven approach to analytical thinking and strategic decision making. Prior to becoming Director, Dr. Apigian was the Chair of the Computer Information Systems Department at MTSU, which has over 400 undergraduate and 100 graduate students majoring in Information Systems. Dr. Apigian's focus and passion is on research in big data concepts and working with the Nashville community to be a leader in technology and data science. He has authored and co-authored over 30 papers and presentations in technology and manufacturing related journals and recently won the 2018 Nashville Technology Council IT Community Leader of the Year.

20 August

Harold Ball

Co-Founder
Longbow with Getui
Harold Ball is an analytics strategy consultant and serial entrepreneur, with over twenty years of experience applying advanced math to solve ‘big data’ problems in marketing, finance and operations.
Harold’s has founded three analytics companies since 2000. He is currently co-founder of Longbow with Getui, China’s leading mobile data company, to create location based marketing products, and to bring these innovations to the market for advertisers and marketers in Greater China. Harold is also a director of entrepreneurship at Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business in Atlanta. He holds a BA in Economics from The University of the South at Sewanee, and an MS and PhD in Economics from Georgia State University. https://www.linkedin.com/in/haroldball/

21 August

Charlie Butler

Principal Solution Specialist
Microsoft
Over the past 25 years, Charlie has worked with organizations to enable business solutions with information technology and business strategy. Over the course of his career he has worked for everything from startup to large enterprises, spending 7 years prior to joining Microsoft as a Clinical Enterprise Architect for HCA Healthcare. He currently is a Principal Solution Specialist for Microsoft owning the Data and Artificial Intelligence Business in the state of Tennessee for Commercial and Enterprise customers.

20 August

Antone Christianson-Galina

Invisible College
I like using big data to see which social science theories hold water and which ones are BS. Geek during the week and a hillbilly on the weekend. If I don't have Jupyter notebook open I'm probably out working on my log cabin.

21 August

Michael Corcoran

Chief Marketing Officer
Information Builders
Michael Corcoran is the chief marketing officer for Information Builders. With more than 20 years' experience in the software industry, he is responsible for working with the executive management team to develop and communicate corporate and product strategy. During his career, Michael has played key roles in the development and acquisition of major technologies, including business intelligence (BI), integration middleware, Internet technology, data warehouse, application development, and expert systems. Michael is a frequent speaker at industry and financial investor conferences and has lectured at the Yale School of Management, Columbia University, University of Michigan, New York University, and St. John’s University.

20 August

Todd Crosslin

Vice President of Healthcare Strategy
Snowflake
Todd is Vice President of Healthcare Strategy at Snowflake. He’s spent 30 years in Healthcare, in a variety of roles from Pharmacy Technician to CIO of a healthcare software firm. Outside of work, Todd supports Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League fanatically in the early mornings of the weekend which then allows him to spend time with his wife and four daughters in the many activities they are all involved in.

21 August

George Farmer

Senior Digital Content Specialist
Intermedix Corporation
George Farmer is a Senior Digital Content Specialist at Intermedix Corporation working with hospitals and emergency department physician groups. He has five years of experience supporting the use of technology to advance care coordination, improve patient outcomes and reduce costs across the continuum of care. He is a graduate of Michigan State University where he graduated with a Bachelor's in Advertising and a Specialization in Public Relations and recently received his healthcare MBA from Florida International University. 

21 August

John Foss

Vice President of Strategic Products
PDX
Since joining PDX in the fall of 2014, John’s primary responsibility has focused on enhancing real-time data warehouse solutions involving inventory, clinical, and overall operational reporting. He oversees all aspects of the complex data analysis reporting service known as Explore Dx™ and counsels customers with individual reporting requirements for specialty pharmacy.

John joined PDX with over 21 years of pharmacy experience that includes retail, specialty and hospital. He was CIO at Avella Specialty Pharmacy, VP of Professional and Support Services at Memorial Health Systems, and held transitional positions at Walmart Pharmacy Division and Walmart IT.

John and his wife, Melissa, of 21 years (also a pharmacist) and their two daughters reside in Colorado Springs, CO and enjoy most all outdoor sports. John is an avid runner, biker, and skier. He recently completed the Boulder Ironman Sprint Triathlon, Denver Century Ride (100 miles) and the Mo Cow Bell Half Marathon.

John earned his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Florida.

21 August

Dan George

Bridgestone Americas
A workforce analytics and strategic planning professional, focused on supplying executives with in-depth analysis, talent insights, and the latest Human Capital trends. With over 12 years of experience in Human Capital consulting, and 9 of those years focusing on HR analytics, my unique skill set uses components of data science, data architecture, and storytelling to help resolve workforce issues and execute strategies. BS in Engineering & MBA degrees from Vanderbilt University. Dean's Honor Scholarship, Deans List, and Club President. Prior to obtaining my MBA, I worked as a Manager in Accenture's Human Capital Management practice assessing, implementing, and leading change management initiatives for large enterprise analytics systems and Human Capital transformations.

Austin Gresham

RoundTower
Austin has over 25 years of experience in Information Technology, holding roles in operations, engineering, architecture and consulting. Austin has worked with clients in state and local government, financial services, telecommunications, manufacturing, retail and healthcare. His broad experience across not only verticals, but technologies, allows him to advise clients on their transformation and apply the use of technology to enhance their businesses.

21 August

Michel Guillet

Georgia State University
Michel has over 20+ years spent leading the design and implementation of data products. His experience includes working with structured and unstructured data across consumer goods, healthcare and insurance. He is currently a principal at Capire Solutions, focused on helping organizations develop and take data products to market. In addition, he is an adjunct professor of data visualization at Georgia State University's Robinson College of Business Institute for Insight. Michel has a B.A. in International Studies from Iona College and an MBA from Georgia Tech. https://www.linkedin.com/in/miguillet/

21 August

Rob Harrigan

Data Engineer, CBS Interactive
Rob Harrigan is the lead data engineer for 247Sports (owned by CBS Interactive) as well as a data scientist for the Applied Machine Learning Group in CBS Interactive. CBS Interactive is a collection of some of the top web properties including CNET, CBSNews.com, CBS.com, CBS All Access, CBSSports.com and 247Sports. Rob completed his PhD in Electrical Engineering at Vanderbilt University before joining CBS Interactive. Before that, Rob completed an MBA from The University of Tennessee at Martin and a BS in Imaging Science from Rochester Institute of Technology.

21 August

Amy Harris

Associate Professor
Middle Tennessee State University
Dr. Amy Harris is an associate professor of information systems and analytics in the Jennings A. Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in business intelligence and analytics. Dr. Harris is passionate about IT workforce development and increasing diversity and inclusion in IT. She is active in the Nashville IT community, serving on the steering committee for the Nashville Analytics Summit, as a board member for Women in Technology Tennessee, and as a member of the Nashville Technology Council's diversity committee. Her published research includes articles in Communications of the ACM, Journal of Computer Information Systems, Communications of the Association of Information Systems, and Computers in Human Behavior.

20 August

Roy Hasson

Amazon Web Services
Roy joined Amazon Web Services in February 2016 as a Technical Account Manager diving deep with customers to design and build data analytics pipelines. Shortly after, Roy transitioned to a global business development role engaging with thousands of customers around the globe to evangelize, design and build data lakes on the AWS cloud.

20 August

Jeff Healey

Vertica
Jeff leads product marketing for the Vertica Analytics Platform, the industry’s leading analytics platform purpose built to manage massive volumes of Big Data at extreme scale with high performance. With more than 20 years of high-tech marketing experience and deep knowledge in messaging, positioning, and content development, Jeff has previously led product marketing for Axeda Corporation (now PTC), the leading Internet of Things platform for hundreds of intelligent manufacturers. Prior to Axeda, Jeff held product marketing, customer success, and lead editorial roles at MathWorks, Macromedia (now Adobe), Sybase (now SAP), and The Boston Globe.

20 August

Jeff Holoman

DataRobot
Jeff Holoman is a Director at DataRobot, where he helps customers with AI strategy and adoption. Jeff has been a speaker at various industry conferences both in the US and Internationally. Jeff has been active in the open source community as a committer on Apache Flume and a contributor on Apache Kafka. Prior to his time at DataRobot, Jeff was a Principal Systems Engineer at Cloudera and has held roles as a software engineer, systems administrator, and database administrator.

20 August

Bryan Huddleston

LogicPlum
Bryan is the CEO of a Nashville, TN based startup - LogicPlum. LogicPlum provides a platform for professionals, developers, and leaders to automate and augment analytical and predictive work in SaaS companies, businesses, and government organizations. By applying machine learning and augmented intelligence to applications and data, forward-thinking organizations can iterate the steps on their digital transformation and have their data tell them how valuable it is. Bryan has served as President and CEO of the Nashville Technology Council, an executive at Microsoft and a product manager at Quest Software.

21 August

Aaron Kelly

Think Data Insights
Aaron Kelly is Associate Vice President of Business Intelligence and Analytics at Think Data Insights in Nashville, TN. He has 10 years of experience delivering innovative data solutions and visual analytics in various industries, including health care, pharmaceutical, retail, manufacturing, financial, and non-profit. In a previous life, Aaron founded a microfinance institution in Guatemala where he lived and worked for 5 years as a missionary with his wife and family. When he's not logged on, Aaron enjoys spending time with his family, playing basketball, brief walks on the beach, and vacationing for free using credit card sign-up bonuses. Aaron holds a B.A. in Finance from Bethel University, St. Paul, MN.

21 August

Maren Kiemen

Intermedix Corporation
Maren Kiemen is a Digital Content Specialist at Intermedix Corporation working with physician groups and EMS services. She has four years of experience working in strategic communications for the healthcare technology industry. She is a graduate of Iowa State University where she graduated with Bachelor's degrees in Public Relations and Political Science and worked for the Virtual Reality Applications Center to communicate groundbreaking research through audiovisual presentations.

21 August

Jason King

XSOLIS
I am a Physicist-turned-Data-Scientist, with extensive experience in research, project management, and model design/creation. I have professional hands-on experience with big healthcare data (the messiest kind of data!), and I have worked on a variety of data science projects in my spare time. Specialties: Feature Engineering, Natural Language Processing, Word Embeddings

21 August

Doug Laney

Vice President
Gartner
Doug Laney is a vice president and distinguished analyst with Gartner’s Chief Data Officer (CDO) research and advisory group. He is an accomplished practitioner and recognized authority on information and analytics strategy. Doug specializes in data monetization and valuation, open and syndicated data, data governance and big-data based innovation. In the 90's he coined the “3Vs” of volume, velocity and variety, now commonly used in defining big data.

Over a decade ago, Doug originated the field of Infonomics, developing methods to quantify information’s economic value and apply asset management practices to information assets. He authored the book Infonomics: Monetizing, Managing and Measuring Information as a Competitive Advantage and lectures at leading business schools on the topic. In addition to his dozens of Gartner research publications and blogs, Doug is a contributing author with Forbes and Information Management Magazine, and has been published in the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times. Prior to rejoining Gartner, Doug helped form and lead the Deloitte Analytics Institute.

Doug lives in Chicago with his wife and son (Go 'Dores!) where he bikes, plays competitive tennis and non-competitive golf, is a volunteer Junior Achievement instructor at local grammar schools, advises startups at the 1871 entrepreneurial space, and is on the University of Illinois Department of Accountancy advisory board and faculty. 

His latest book, Infonomics: How to Monetize, Manage and Measure Information for Competitive Advantage, is now available in hardcopy, ebook, and audiobook.

20 August

Kenyatta Lovett

Executive Director
Complete Tennessee
Dr. Kenyatta Lovett serves as the Executive Director of Complete Tennessee, where he is responsible for developing and executing the strategic vision to augment Tennessee's goal to significantly increase postsecondary attainment by 2025. He also leads Complete Tennessee's research initiatives to better inform higher education policy and practice in Tennessee. Most recently, Dr. Lovett served as an assistant vice chancellor at the Tennessee Board of Regents. Dr. Lovett led statewide initiatives to enhance Tennessee's community college system and played a critical role in the implementation of statewide higher education reforms, including the Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010 and Governor Haslam's Drive to 55 initiative. The Tennessean recognized Dr. Lovett as one of five key people integral to the successful launch of the Tennessee Promise, the state's initiative to cover tuition for high school graduates attending a community college. Dr. Lovett is also an adjunct professor at Tennessee State University in the Department of Public Service, teaching courses in public finance and organizational leadership. Additionally, Dr. Lovett has been a columnist for the Public Administration Times, contributed to a recent book on the history of community colleges, and published an entry on higher education in the Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance. Dr. Lovett holds a B.F.A. in graphic design from Howard University, an M.B.A. in supply-chain management from Tennessee State University, and a Ph.D. in public administration from Tennessee State University

20 August

Candra McRae

Ramsey Solutions
Candra McRae, a Seattle native and Nashville transplant, is a results-oriented analytics and finance leader passionate about making an impact and empowering others with data. I lead the Analytics & Insights team at Ramsey Solutions and have over 10 years of experience with a proven track record of using data to drive results, innovate, and solve complex problems.

21 August

Damian Mingle

Love To Think
Damian Mingle is a businessman, investor, and data scientist. Formerly, Damian was the Chief Data Scientist at Intermedix (an R1 company) where he was responsible for leading a team of international data scientists to drive business value. As the lead for the company's predictive analytics service, Damian offered providers and hospital systems descriptive analytics, exploratory data analysis, inferential analytics, and mechanistic analysis. Before joining Intermedix, Damian was the Chief Data Scientist at WPC Healthcare, a company focused on machine learning and predictive analytics solutions for improving clinical, operational, and financial outcomes. Throughout his professional career, Damian has held a variety of positions in the healthcare and finance industries, working with companies like Hospital Corporation of America, Coventry Healthcare, and Morgan Stanley. As a leading authority on data science, Damian speaks nationally and internationally on patient safety, global health, and applied data science. Damian's work has been published in The International Clinical Pathology Journal, Current Trends in Biomedical Engineering & Biosciences, and The International Journal of Biomedical Data Mining. Through regular competitions, he is ranked in the top one percent globally as a data scientist. Damian earned the title of 2015 Nashville Technology Council Data Scientist of the Year, 2016 Sepsis Hero Finalist, and the 2017 Best Use of AI in Food, Health, and Medicine for machine learning innovation in the emergency department. Damian also founded LoveToThink.org, a way for skilled professionals to contribute their expertise and empower the world's social changemakers. Damian has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Asbury University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University.

21 August

Steven Mostello

Tableau
Steve Mostello has worked in IT for 20+ years helping customers solve business problems with software. At Tableau, he works with customers throughout North America helping them to see and understand data. Steve coaches his customers on how to find insights, trends, patterns, and unknown unknowns that are hidden in plain view inside their companies. He enables his customers to effectively tell a story out of their vast amounts of data.

21 August

Brian Moyer

President & CEO
Nashville Technology Council
Brian Moyer is President and CEO of the Nashville Technology Council (NTC), the largest technology trade association in Tennessee. Prior to that, he served as Executive VP and CIO for GAFFEY Healthcare and HealthTechS3.
Brian has founded and has grown multiple technology companies over the past 25 years, won awards for the fastest growing company in Middle Tennessee, and is named on several patents.
He is active in the Middle Tennessee community. He served as President of the HIMSS Tennessee Chapter and received national recognition from HIMSS as chapter leader of the year. He sits on multiple community boards including the Lipscomb College of Computing and Technology Advancement Council, the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, Women in Technology of Tennessee, TechBridge Tennessee, the Nashville Chamber International Business Council and the HIMSS Tennessee Chapter.
Brian studied Economics and Engineering Management at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information & Management Systems and is a HIMSS Fellow.

21 August

Taylor Murphy

GitLab
Taylor is a data geek who came to this field via a non-traditional background. He trained as a Chemical Engineer at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and then spent a few years earning a PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Vanderbilt University. His research involved developing an _in vivo_ and _in silico_ model of tumor cell metabolism to understand how genetic changes can alter growth. After graduate school, he successfully ran his own freelance technical and scientific writing company and subsequently joined Concert Genetics (formerly NextGxDx) as a Data Scientist on their Bioinformatics team. Eventually he grew to lead the Data Operations team for the company.

In 2018 he joined GitLab as their Data & Analytics Manager to help them become a data-driven organization. Outside of professional pursuits, he is a voracious reader, ultimate frisbee player, writer, and aspiring astronaut. Most importantly, he loves spending time with his wife, child, and 2 dogs.

https://gitlab.com/tayloramurphy

20 August

Moacyr Passador

MicroStrategy
Solutions Director, South
Moa Passador, Director of Solutions Engineers for the South Region in MicroStrategy, has more than 10 years of Analytics experience. He started his journey in Brazil then he moved to Portugal, Texas, San Francisco and Atlanta. During his time in the West Coast Moa worked with companies like Facebook, Apple, Cisco, Oath Yahoo!, Yelp, Gilead and Wells Fargo with their most interesting Analytics / Big Data projects.

20 August

Dirk Petersen

Insight222
Insight222 is building a global cohort of HR analytics leaders who will (re-)shape HR over the coming years. Co-founded by Al Adamsen, Jonathan Ferrar, Volker Jacobs, Dirk Petersen, and David Green, we have offices in San Francisco, Charlottesville, London, and Hamburg. We support Global 1,000 organizations with advice, insight, tools, and project support in the area of people analytics; all to define and drive the change that digital brings to HR, to create a more engaging work experience for employees and more successful (HR) organizations. I am the U.S. evangelist for Insight222, because workforce analytics will fundamentally change HR's role in the organization; from providing data for decisions to becoming a partner in reaching business outcomes. After training at Wharton and Harvard Business School I found my way into HR analytics via investment banking, realizing that lasting performance improvement will increasingly be driven by the quality of insights about our people, how we develop and lead them.

20 August

Gustavo Rincon

Customer Engineer
Google
Gustavo Rincon is a Customer Engineer at Google Cloud based out of Atlanta, GA. Gustavo is primarily responsible for working with strategic Google Cloud Healthcare customers in the Southeast US region. Prior to joining Google, Gustavo worked at GE for over 6 years in multiple IT leadership roles including Cloud, Data & Analytics Enterprise Architecture and Automation Engineering, where he spearheaded the transformation and migration of several enterprise applications and data platforms to GE's public cloud providers.

20 August

Paul Rubenstein

Visier
Paul is recognized as leader in helping organizations link business strategy and talent strategy. He works with Visier's customers to help them achieve value from their investment in People Analytics and HR Function. He's obsessed with how people used people analytics to change business outcomes, and the change moments that get people to adopt new behaviors. Prior to Visier he spent 20+ in working in Human Capital consulting as well as corporate HR. His areas of specialty include talent strategy, advising the CHRO, creating HR functions that are fit-for-mission and the funding models for HR.

20 August

Lorelei Samuelson

CGI
Lorelei Samuelson serves as the the lead Architect and Sr. Consultant for CGI, a consultancy company in Franklin , TN. An MTSU alumna, Samuelson was instrumental in founding the Business Intelligence and Analytics concentration for the Jones College of Business. She has worked at organizations ranging in size from publicly traded to private equity-owned to early startups. She served in analytics roles at the VA Medical Center, Sony ATV Music Publishing, HCA, and SME Solutions Group. Her expertise includes project management, process improvement, executive dashboard development, data architecture, data warehousing, master data management, analytic reporting and predictive analytics. In 2016 Samuelson was appointed by Governor Haslam to the Open Data Task Force Initiative. She works with the nonprofit Women in Technology of Tennessee; Nashville Technology Council Analytics Peer Group, organizing the Nashville Analytics Summit; and instructs STEM and Coding Camps for Metro Nashville Schools.

20 August

Jim Scott

MAPR
Jim has held positions running Operations, Engineering, Architecture and QA teams. Jim is the cofounder of the Chicago Hadoop Users Group (CHUG), where he has coordinated the Chicago Hadoop community for the past 5 years. Jim has worked in the Consumer Packaged Goods, Digital Advertising, Digital Mapping, Chemical and Pharmaceutical industries. Jim has built systems that handle more than 50 billion transactions per day. Jim's work with high-throughput computing at Dow Chemical was a precursor to more standardized big data concepts like Hadoop.

21 August

Shruti Sharma

Ingram Content Group
Shruti Sharma has been part of the BI team at Ingram for 3 years, where among other things she was involved in designing and execution of a sales and operations reporting dashboard for publishers. She is extending her skill set by doing a Data Science Bootcamp at the Nashville Software School. She also holds a PhD in Cellular Biochemistry. Mid-way Capstone: https://shrutijalewar.shinyapps.io/bechdel-test-s...

20 August

Chris Sloan

Transmedia Design
Chris Sloan is the principal of two design businesses and consultancies, Transmedia Design and Science Visualization. Clients range from Rolex to the InterAmerican Development Bank. Sloan teaches Information Visualization, Perception in Information Visualization, and Visual Storytelling at the Maryland Institute College of Art. He teaches Science Visualization at the Art Academy University in San Francisco. Sloan is the former Chief Art Director at National Geographic Magazine, where he worked from 1992 to 2010. There, he converted the Art Department into a team of high-caliber graphic journalists and streamlined the information graphics creation and production process. Sloan speaks at conferences and conducts workshops on information graphics and visual storytelling, as well as the challenges and opportunities of communicating in the new media landscape.

20 August

Jesse Spencer-Smith

Director of Enterprise Data Science
HCA
Jesse is Director of Enterprise Data Science, reporting to HCA's Chief Data Scientist, Dr. Edmund Jackson. He knew he was a data nerd when, at the age of 13, he first read about multiple regression and got goosebumps. He might have been so excited he snuck the book out of the library and returned it many months later. He holds a BS in Computer Science, and a PhD in Cognitive Science and Cognitive Psychology from Indiana University, Bloomington. In his dissertation, Jesse developed new geometric methods for characterizing high-dimensional data. Prior to joining HCA, he was a Beckman Fellow at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, and was a professor of Quantitative Psychology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He taught graduate courses in mathematical modeling and statistics, and led a research lab investigating geometric models of human perception. He joined HCA in 2010, and now applies many of these techniques to the creation and training of machine learning models to leverage HCA's unparalleled data resources to help improve patient outcomes and experience, operations and company performance. As Director of Enterprise Data Science, he is responsible for growing and strengthening Data Science across HCA, including supporting HCA's outstanding community of Data Scientists. N.B. After returning the book, Jesse turned away from the life of crime.

20 August

Eric Stephens

Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Eric Stephens is Manager of Population Health Analytics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he leads a team of analysts and developers working to implement multiple analytics solutions to support population health management for both the hospital and the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network. Prior to Vanderbilt, Eric spent 13 years with SESAC, a music copyright organization, most recently holding the position of Associate Director of Research and Analytics. Mr. Stephens is a member of the American Statistical Association, the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS), and Leadership Health Care, and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Tennessee Tech University as well as a Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics from the University of Tennessee. He is a Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®), and is active in the Nashville analytics community through his involvement in the Nashville Technology Council's Analytics Peer Network. In addition to his role at Vanderbilt, Eric is an Adjunct Professor at Lipscomb University in Nashville, where he teaches courses in business analytics and statistical methods for various programs in both the College of Business and the College of Computing and Technology. He is also a member of the advisory board for the newly-developed Master of Management in Health Care being offered by the Lipscomb College of Business.

20 August

Anna Talerico

Beacon9
Anna Talerico is the co-founder and former Executive Vice President of ion interactive. She is passionate about building company culture, sales, and SaaS customer success. At ion interactive, Anna led customer-facing teams which included sales, customer success, creative & technical services and product support. Her efforts focused on the people, processes and teams that made ion a growing, profitable bootstrapped marketing tech business. When ion was acquired by ScribbleLive in 2017 she co-founded Beacon9 to help technology companies chart their path forward in these same areas. Anna loves solving the problems faced by SaaS companies; Reducing customer churn and increasing product adoption; Growing radically efficient sales teams from nothing; Creating value for customers so they buy, and buy again, and buy yet again; Building a company that employees can be proud of and where they can do their best work; And most of all, running a profitable company in a business climate where that's an anomaly.

20 August

Justin Talerico

Beacon9
Justin Talerico is the co-founder, former CEO and CMO of martech SaaS ion interactive, which was acquired in the fall of 2017 by ScribbleLive. Justin founded his first company - an all digital marketing communications firm - in 1992. By 1996, that business was 100% web. By 1998 it had evolved into a high-margin, tech-enabled services firm leveraging a proprietary web CMS platform for clients like Samsung and Fujitsu. Justin and his co-founders developed and launched a SaaS marketing platform in 2007, rapidly scaling that business to #202 on the Inc 500 in 2010 with customers like Dell and DHL. In 2015 Justin led ion interactive's productization of sophisticated, data-driven interactive capabilities that now empowers hundreds of enterprise brands and agencies to engage, qualify and profile more web traffic. He and his co-founders successfully exited the business in 2017. Justin is currently a co-founder, passionate writer and consultant at Beacon9 - providing vision and execution for growing technology companies.

Justin was born in New York, raised in Florida, began coding at age 9, and now resides in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife and two children. He earned a Bachelor of Science in advertising from the University of Florida.

20 August

Mary Van Valkenburg

Nashville Software School
Mary van Valkenburg spent many years working for the State of TN in various roles. She loves using technology to make things a little bit better. Around 6 years ago, she had an epiphany about the importance of data and began learning about tools and techniques to explore it. Now she works at the Nashville Software School, playing with data *every day* and facilitating learning in others who share that passion.

21 August

Martin Vioski

Client Executive
Information Builders
Martin Vioski is the Client Executive in Nashville for Information Builders. He is responsible for working with leading organizations throughout middle Tennessee, and helps them turn their data & information into a valuable business asset. Martin plays a key role in enabling many companies to handle everything data-related with Information Builders’ software platform – from data integration, to data quality, master data management, all the way to business analytics, reporting, and data visualization.

20 August

Michael Walters Young

City of Franklin, TN
Michael Walters Young is a native Kansan who has nearly two decades experience in local government in Kansas, Massachusetts and Tennessee. He possesses a Master Degree in Public Administration from the Edwin O. Stene School of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas. Growing up on the plains, he served six years in Lawrence, Kansas, spending most of his time in planning with a particular emphasis in Transportation Planning. He was involved in the creation of the City's first public Transit System and served as the City's Bicycle Coordinator, securing the Lawrence's first Bicycle Friendly Community status. He then served nearly six years as Budget Officer for the Town of Lexington, Massachusetts, obtaining four GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards, and ensuring the maintenance of a strong financial management structure and 'Aaa' rating through the challenging aftermath of the 9/11 era in the Northeast. His last six years in New England he served as the Deputy Town Administrator/Finance Director of Natick, Massachusetts, where with the Town Administrator he oversaw the management of a $130,000,000 annual operating and capital budget, over 1,000 employees and daily financial operations for the established Boston suburb. Aside from managing through several hurricanes, numerous snow storms and the Boston Marathon Bombings, he was part of a team which was able to maintain the Town's 'Aaa' credit rating, triple the Town's reserves, strength financial policies and maintain all Town services without any layoffs - all during the Great Recession. He currently serves as a member of the City of Franklin, Tennessee's Finance Team as the Budget & Strategic Innovation Manager, spearheading and shepherding the City's annual operating budget process, assisting in the development of the City's new capital budgeting process, integrating performance measurement and the City's Strategic Plan into daily operations, and working to make the City's overall operations smarter, leaner and more nimble. These efforts led to being a Finalist for the Route Fifty Navigator Awards as one of the nation's leaders in public sector IT and Data Innovation through the use of transparency and technology and the City of Franklin receiving the 2017 Voice of the People Award from the National Research Center. Michael has been a member of the International City/County Management Association and a reviewer for the Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award Program since 2001 and has reviewed over 50 budgets in the last decade from around the nation. He has personally developed 16 annual operating budgets, of which 9 have won the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. Michael is a passionate communitarian who believes in the power of local government to be a positive and transformative building block in the American democracy.

21 August

Peng Xie

Director of Data Science
Asurion
Peng Xie is our Director in our Data Science Team at Asurion, a Nashville-based global tech services company. In addition to having a Ph.D in Applied Mathematics, he brings breadth of experience including development, machine learning and optimization across various industries working on a variety of problems in partnership with teams across the organization to help drive key business initiatives and deliver real value across the company.
Through the case studies shared in this session, attendees will also get ideas for applying solutions across various functions to help drive strategic initiatives.

20 August

AWS

Presenting Sponsor

Information Builders

Premium Sponsor

MicroStrategy

Happy Hour

Asurion

Platinum Sponsor

Bridgestone Americas

Platinum Sponsor

DataRobot

Platinum Sponsor

Google Cloud

Platinum Sponsor

MAPR

Platinum Sponsor

RoundTower Technologies

Platinum Sponsor

Snowflake Computing

Platinum Sponsor

Tableau

Platinum Sponsor

Vertica

Platinum Sponsor

Cardinal Solutions

Supporting Sponsor

CGI

Supporting Sponsor

Juice Analytics

Supporting Sponsor

NashvillePost

Supporting Sponsor

STR

Supporting Sponsor

TDWI

Supporting Sponsor

TSA and QLIK

Supporting Sponsor

Pure Storage

Supporting Sponsor

Ramsey Solutions

Supporting Sponsor

Unifi Software

Supporting Sponsor

MTSU

Educational Sponsor

Nashville Software School

Educational Sponsor

WGU Tennessee

Educational Sponsor

Visier Solutions

Artwork Sponsor

InfoWorks

Silver

TechnologyAdvice

Media Sponsor

Microsoft

Giveaway Sponsor

Registration & Breakfast

07:00 AM 08:00 AM Legends DEFG

Welcome & Remarks from Presenting Speaker, Amazon Web Services - How Building Data Lakes on AWS Can Accelerate Data Driven Innovation

08:00 AM 09:30 AM Legends DEFG

How building data lakes on AWS can accelerate data driven innovation:

Are you looking to improve customer experience and innovate faster? Data driven development allows you to efficiently use data to experiment and build products that customer really love. In this session you will learn what is a data lake and how AWS customers are using data lakes to inform their decisions when building new experiences.

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The Digital HR Function: How People Analytics is transforming HR's strategic capability

09:30 AM 10:30 AM Music Row 5

People Analytics is delivering HR's 20+ aspiration for elevated strategic impact. It's also transforming the way CHRO, HRBPs and COE-leaders do their work. Join us as we look at HR's next service delivery model, key capabilities for digital HRBPs and a future model for the people analytics function

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Utilize IoT Data and Machine Learning to Predict and Prevent Device Failures

09:30 AM 10:30 AM Legends A

This talk will showcase the capabilities of ingesting equipment data across multiple industry verticals, storing that data in a data warehouse, running machine learning to detect and predict maintenance for devices before they fail, and show the ML precision over time as the data grows.

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Data Ethics, or, how not to have a Cambridge Analytica moment

09:30 AM 10:30 AM Legends B

A key question in data ethics today is not just: ˜are we doing what's legal? But also: "are we doing what's right?" Based on a 105 org. survey & workshops in SF, NY, and London I will show that data ethics is foundational for successful analytics work and give concrete guidance how to do it.

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Data and Analytics @ GitLab - Transparency, Iteration, and Open Core Data Science

09:30 AM 10:30 AM Legends C

GitLab built its world-class Data & Analytics team from nothing by sticking to its values of rapid iteration and radical transparency. We've built an open core framework (Meltano) for analytics, BI, and data science that we dogfood daily to make it better for our business and our customers.

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The Role of the Data Translator: Effectively Closing the Gap Between Data and Decisions

09:30 AM 10:30 AM Music Row 3

There is often a significant gap in understanding between business executives and analysts regarding the true value of analytics to an organization. This talk will provide analytics professionals with information they can use to help close this gap within their own organizations.

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People Matter: Analytics Talent Supply and Demand in Middle Tennessee

09:30 AM 10:30 AM Music Row 4

This talk offers insight into the analytics jobs and skills that are hot in Middle Tennessee - and a forum for discussing how we, as a community, can make this talent data matter. It also serves as a sneak peek into the larger IT workforce report being released by MTSU and the NTC later this year.

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Remarks from Premium Sponsor, Information Builders

11:00 AM 11:30 AM Legends DEFG

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Keynote: Infonomics: Monetizing, Managing and Measuring Information as an Actual Asset

11:30 AM 12:30 PM Legends DEFG

Increasingly, information is understood to be a critical enterprise asset yet is neither treated nor formally valued as one. Gartner analyst Doug Laney will introduce the emerging discipline of “infonomics” which helps clearly define information’s economic value and why becoming infocentric is demonstrably critical to enterprise success. He will discuss why information should now be recognized as a formal asset and how organizations can better treat it like one. Mr. Laney will also share a variety of innovative ways organizations around the world are innovating with information. 

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Lunch

12:30 PM 01:30 PM Legends DEFG

Top Killer Use Cases of IOT Analytics with Machine Learning at Scale

01:30 PM 02:30 PM Music Row 5

Does the thought of capturing massive volumes of streaming sensor data from your hundreds or thousands of connected assets give you heartburn? No matter where you are on the IOT analytics maturity curve, learn how an analytical database derives bottom-line business value from IOT initiatives.

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Data Revolutions: How to survive and capitalize on them

01:30 PM 02:30 PM Legends A

All economic revolutions are data driven revolutions. It is the invention of some new method of capturing and analyzing data that propels new inventions and industrial growth. We will discuss how to survive and profit in the 4th industrial revolution by managing and monetizing data.

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Visionary, Builder, Guide: Finding the Right Data Scientist for Your Organization (or, for Data Scientists: Finding the Right Organization for You!)

01:30 PM 02:30 PM Legends B

Guide. Builder. Architect. Visionary. Data scientists (DSs) come in all types. DS types that thrive in businesses with mature DS programs may fail at less mature businesses. Match your org's DS maturity level to the best DS for you (DSs: find what type of org you'll thrive in)!

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Operationalizing Python for Machine Learning

01:30 PM 03:00 PM Legends C

The use of Python and its libraries has quickly become the most common language for data science. Although Python is considered a relatively easy language to learn, it can be daunting to pick up Python for data science, but by creating templates and snippets anyone can get started.

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Data that supports true sales & marketing alignment

01:30 PM 02:30 PM Music Row 4

What data do sales & marketing leaders need in order to achieve alignment and growth? Anna & Justin Talerico, married co-founders who led sales and marketing at a marketing technology company, will take you through how shared data can be used to quantify business results & increase marketing ROI.

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The Future Belongs to the Intelligent Enterprise

01:30 PM 02:30 PM Music Row 3

The intelligent enterprise is the ultimate data-driven organization. It harnesses traditionally counteractive forces – agility and governance, convenience and security, ease of use and enterprise functionality – to go beyond business intelligence and deliver transformative insights to every user, constituent and partner. Today, every forward leaning company is racing to become an intelligent enterprise. Why? Because organizations that build this intelligent edge over competitors will be the dominant force of tomorrow. Hear about how you can start mapping out how to transform your organization into an intelligent enterprise.

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Break

03:00 PM 03:30 PM

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Nashville Software School Cohort 1 Talks

03:00 PM 04:30 PM Music Row 5

Have you been toying with the idea of taking up data science but are not sure if it is for you and if you have the bandwidth for it? Come and hear from the horse's mouth. The first cohort of NSS is out and is ready to share their story and their learning.

Brandon Sanders: Brandon Sanders has been with Ingram Content Group for 12 years, spending 9 years auditing the IT environment, and the last 3 years developing business strategies supported by data. He holds a B.B.A in Accounting and IT, an MBA, and currently attending the first Data Science Cohort at Nashville Software School. Mid-way Capstone: https://DataScienceBS.shinyapps.io/summer_olympic...

Evan Lancaster: Evan is a high school math teacher-turned-programmer who has always loved the Chicago Cubs. He wants to be a data scientist when he grows up, because he actually enjoys cleaning up dirty data. All these things point to an unnaturally high tolerance for pain. Mid-way Capstone: https://evanplancaster.shinyapps.io/ds5-rizzo_ana...

Mahesh Rao: Mahesh Rao received his PhD in Biological Sciences from Vanderbilt before becoming a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Throughout his research, Mahesh has studied regeneration and development of the retina. Mahesh is transitioning into data science with the help of a bootcamp at the Nashville Software School. Mid-way Capstone: : https://evanplancaster.shinyapps.io/ds5-rizzo_ana...

Sanjay Mishra: Sanjay Mishra is currently a Ph.D. student at Vanderbilt University where is studying how the proteins in the body stay healthy under physiological stresses. Since his own discoveries are not as newsworthy, he writes about other's exciting works in various news outlets. He is also expanding his analytical skills through a Data Science Bootcamp at the Nashville Software School. He holds a masters degree in Biochemical Engineering, and has previously worked in Pharmaceutical production and sales.

Shruti Sharma: Shruti Sharma has been part of the BI team at Ingram for 3 years, where among other things she was involved in designing and execution of a sales and operations reporting dashboard for publishers. She is extending her skill set by doing a Data Science Bootcamp at the Nashville Software School. She also holds a PhD in Cellular Biochemistry. Mid-way Capstone: https://shrutijalewar.shinyapps.io/bechdel-test-s...


Taylor Perkins: Taylor Perkins is currently employed as a backend python developer for icitizen in Nashville where he helps maintain their API while also creating detailed dashboards to provide insight to the development team using tools such as Kibana, D3, and Jupyter Notebook. He is currently attending Nashville Software School's Data Science Bootcamp.

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Customer Obsession: Leveraging Data Science, AI and Optimization for Tackling a Diverse Set of Problems to Provide Premium Customer Experience

03:30 PM 04:30 PM Legends A

With 300+ million customers, Asurion has grown its analytics team to support multiple functions in delivering a scaled, world-class customer experience. Learn about Asurion's customer-centric approach to analytics by using machine learning and artificial intelligence to enhance customer experience.

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Beyond Information Visualization: How To Leverage Your Data into Opportunities and Strategies for Business Success

03:30 PM 04:30 PM Legends B

Visual storytelling about your data is a critical step beyond information visualization. In today's€™s business environment, quick visual storytelling is more important than ever. Hear€™s how you can streamline your storytelling and protect your investment in collecting and analyzing your data.

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Automating Machine Learning: A Practical Guide to AI Adoption

03:30 PM 04:30 PM Legends C

Though machine learning is more accessible, major challenges still exist. Iterative approaches are needed as well as people with both skills and domain knowledge. This session shares how advanced techniques can be automated, unlocking machine learning for users with diverse technical backgrounds.

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Extensive Data Shows Punishing Reach of Racism for Black Boys and What Middle TN is Doing to Prevent It

03:30 PM 04:30 PM Music Row 4

With the use of extensive data, the NY Times released an article in March 2018 proving there is a punishing reach of racism for black boys.

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Digital Transformation with Microsoft Artificial Intelligence

03:30 PM 04:30 PM Music Row 3

85% of organizations will be using Artificial Intelligence in at least one process. This session will walk through Microsoft’s approach to AI and how customers are transforming their business using Microsoft’s Azure data platform

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Happy Hour - Hosted by the Nashville Post & Sponsored by Microstrategy

05:30 PM 07:00 PM ONE Historic Event Space at Cannery Row, 1 Cannery Row Nashville, TN 37203

Registration & Breakfast

07:30 AM 09:00 AM Legends DEFG

Complete Tennessee, a non-profit organization advocating postsecondary education, has also gathered data that will highlight if TN fares any better.

Remarks from Brian Moyer, Nashville Technology Council CEO

09:00 AM 09:30 AM Legends DEFG

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Break

09:30 AM 10:00 AM

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Go with the Flow: Creating Data Flows with Tableau Prep

10:00 AM 11:30 AM Music Row 5

Attendees will be able to learn how to clean data & create data flows with Tableau’s new product Tableau Prep. Users will then be able to take the data & learn how to analyze it with Tableau Desktop. Finally, attendees will apply their new skills to answer questions using Tableau to win prizes.

Check out the latest innovation from Tableau. In this session, you will see Tableau Prep in action and get hands on experience with the latest capabilities of the Tableau Platform. For those new to Tableau, get familiar with Tableau’s flagship product ,Tableau Desktop, where you can visualize any data through an intuitive and simple interface. At the end of the session you will apply what you learned to answer a series of questions using Tableau to win PRIZES!

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Make a Map of Downtown Nashville Art using Python

10:00 AM 11:30 AM Legends A

Open data let's us explore the places where we live and work. Using maps to visualize data is a fun way to bring open data to life. This workshop will guide attendees in creating a map of public art in downtown Nashville using two datasets from metro Nashville's open data site.

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Avoid the Blank Stare: How to Tell a Great Story with Data

10:00 AM 11:00 AM Legends B

Have you ever got stuck trying to figure out how to showcase vast amounts of data so that decision-makers can quickly understand and act on findings? In this training, we'll cover how to bring your data to life through the power of storytelling and highlight some data visualization best practices.

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Serverless Streaming Web Analytics with AWS Kinesis and Lambda

10:00 AM 11:00 AM Music Row 3

Want to use streaming data but don't know where to start? I'll€™I'll talk about how I moved a leading college football website with millions of users and tens of millions of page views daily, 247Sports.com, from an outdated custom analytics application to serverless streaming using AWS Lambda and Kinesis

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Healthcare Data, No Limits

10:00 AM 11:00 AM Music Row 4

A story of two journeys; first, of moving from an on-premise healthcare data warehouse that was too slow and not scale to a cloud-native data warehouse that scales on demand and delivers analytics in seconds, and second, of how to evolve from retrospective, to near real-time, and finally ML and AI.

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Forests and Trees: An analytical methodology for customer segmenting for value and focus

10:00 AM 11:00 AM Legends C

Our businesses have customers, users, patients, consumers, and prospects. Yet, amazingly we know so very little about them. In this session, we'll outline a methodology to grow your business by creating an automated customer data asset so you can see the forest and the trees.

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11:30 AM 12:00 PM

Lunch

12:00 PM 01:00 PM Legends DEFG

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Unlocking the Power of R from within Power BI

01:00 PM 02:30 PM Music Row 5

Learn how Power BI can bring advanced analytics to the front-lines business decision process, allowing users to extract useful knowledge from data to solve problems. In this workshop, we will cover R integration with Power BI, and the several ways in which to leverage R from within Power BI.

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Developing a Data Ethics Foundation for your Organization

01:00 PM 02:30 PM Legends A

This workshop will provide attendees with a summary of current data ethic initiatives, language and sample conversations to help lay the foundation for data ethic discussions in their organizations.

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From Metrics to Messaging: What it takes to make your data matter

01:00 PM 02:00 PM Music Row 4

Eureka! Your team just made a breakthrough. But will its significance resonate outside of your team? Can it be positioned well enough to be monetized? Too often brilliant findings go misunderstood and underutilized. Learn to craft a message that conveys the meaning needed to make your data matter.

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What is Digital Transformation and how does IT lead the way?

01:00 PM 02:00 PM Legends C

The term Digital Transformation is used so often that business and IT leaders can’t separate the hype from the facts. We’ll explain what it really means, provide you with concrete examples of how companies are using technology to shift their business models and practical advice on how to get there.

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How We Think On Reddit

01:00 PM 02:00 PM Music Row 3

When people come together and talk about an issue on Reddit, they generate an understanding of what the issue means and how it should be approached. Groups on these forums chew up complex nuanced ideas into simpler ones.

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Intelligent DataLake on Amazon Web Services

01:00 PM 05:00 PM Legends B

This session will cover how to build the modern and intelligent data lake on AWS platform to enable streaming Analytics, Big Data analytics and AI/ML with serverless ETL tool AWS Glue. This whole talk will be based on an Industrial IoT use case to detect the anomalies in the data streaming sensors.

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Break

02:30 PM 03:00 PM

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Love to Think: A Data Science Strategy for Impacting Community

03:00 PM 04:30 PM Legends A

In your own backyard, discover a unique network of organizations and talented individuals who combine hearts and minds to tackle real-world problems using data.

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Building from the Ground Up: Data in Local Government

03:00 PM 04:00 PM Music Row 4

Government is the biggest producer of data in the world. Local governments have a plethora of data given the variety and complexity of services we offer. Come find out how the City of Franklin has taken on the era of "Big Data" - what we are doing to harness it and what we will do in the future.

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Data Operations Problems Created by Deep Learning, and How to Fix Them

03:00 PM 04:00 PM Legends C

There are numerous problems which have been exposed by deep learning models due to the sheer ability of the current generation of GPUs to create and run a large volume of models, and we are going to show people how to fix them.

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Label Noise in Classification

03:00 PM 04:00 PM Music Row 3

Label noise or 'errors in labels' is a huge problem in classification tasks. In fact, many traditional classifiers (and novice data scientists!) assume that the training set is correctly labeled. In this talk, I will discuss the impact of label noise and examine methods to remove/mitigate it.

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Break

04:30 PM 05:00 PM

Concluding remarks & Giveaways

05:00 PM 05:30 PM Legends DEFG

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