Keynote Speakers & Judges

We are pleased to announce Dr. Drew Conway as a 2018 keynote speaker. 

Drew Conway is a world-renowned data scientist, entrepreneur, author, andhs speaker. He’s built companies, and has advised and consulted across many industries---ranging from fledgling start-ups to Fortune 100 companies---as well as academic institutions and government agencies at all levels. In 2015, Drew founded Alluvium to bridge the gap between industrial machine data and the business and consumer users who utilize this data to make better decisions. He serves as Alluvium’s CEO and is the driving force behind the company’s vision and growth in its early years. 

 

We are pleased to announce Dr. Ben Wellington as another 2018 keynote speaker.

Ben Wellington is the founder of I Quant NY, an open data movement in NYC. I Quant NY is meant to give a glimpse at the possibilities of a future with truly open data. Ben picked at the limited number of data sets that have become public, and have shown that opening up data leads to a world where government and citizens become partners in making our City better.

Ben is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the City & Regional Planning program at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, where he teaches a statistics course.  But unlike other stats courses, this one is based on real NYC open data. Mr. Wellington is also a quantitative analyst at a tech company called Two Sigmna, and he teaches public speaking and job training skills through improv comedy with  Cherub Improv. 

Ben has a Ph.D. in Computer Science (Natural Language Processing) from NYU and a B.S. in Math and Computer Science from Bucknell University.