Keynote Speakers & Judges

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

Dr. Drew Conway - 2018 Keynote SpeakerDrew Conway is a world-renowned data scientist, entrepreneur, author, and speaker. Drew has built companies, and he has also advised and consulted for companies across many industries, ranging from fledgling start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, as well as academic institutions and government agencies at all levels.

Drew is best known for the development of the Data Science Venn Diagram, which outlines how data scientists fit into the data analytics ecosystem. He is also the author of Machine Learning for Hackers, a popular introductory text on machine learning techniques.

Drew is also known for his work in the NYC technology community, where he cofounded DataKind (a global non-profit network of pro bono data scientists), and he is a former Senior Advisor to the Mayor of New York. Drew continues to provide insights into the use of data and software development for companies ranging from Mortar Data (a data and analytics platform acquired by DataDog in 2015) to YHat (a data science platform acquired by Alteryx in 2017).

In 2015, Drew founded Alluvium to bridge the gap between industrial machine data and the business and consumer users who use 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. 

Drew was awarded the MacCracken Fellowship and earned a PhD in Politics from New York University in 2013. He also earned a BA in Computer Science from Hamilton College in 2004. Drew started his career as a computational social scientist in the U.S. intelligence community, supporting the U.S. counter-terrorism mission.

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.