Big Data Day LA 2018 is confirmed for August 11th, 2018. See below for more details!

Register / 2018 Registration

Sponsors / 2018 Sponsors

Email Subash D’Souza at if you are interested in being a sponsor for our 2018 event.

2018 - University of Southern California USC
2018 - BMC
2018 - Arcadia Data2018 - DataStax2018 - Hortonworks2018 - MariaDB2018 - Neo4J2018 - PureStorage2018 - Syncsort
2018 - WANDisco
2018 - Dremio2018 - GumGum2018 - Netflix2018 - Qubole2018 - Socialgist2018 - Tibco
2018 - Archangel Technology Consultants, LLC2018 - ISSA2018 - LAAC2018 - Level2018 - Los Angeles Big Data Users Group2018 - OpenSUSE2018 - Phase Two

Speakers / Call for Speakers

Here are the tracks for Big Data Day LA 2018:

— Data – Big Data, Databases/RDBMS, Hadoop/Spark/Kafka, NoSQL/NewSQL and other technologies that support databases, and data storage
— AI / ML / Data Science – Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Science, Data Analytics, Data Analysis methods and applications
— Emerging Tech – Blockchain, IoT, Serverless, AR/VR and other new and emerging technology
— Infrastructure & Security – DevSecOps, Security, Data Governance and Privacy
— Visualizations / UI / Use Cases – Data Visualization, User Experience / User Interface developments with respect to data, and real world applications

Complete the form below to sign up to be a speaker. Submissions close June 15th, 2018.

Keynote Speakers / 2018

Brian Sletten

President at Bosatsu Consulting, Inc.
Brian Sletten is a liberal arts-educated software engineer with a focus on forward-leaning technologies. His experience has spanned many industries including retail, banking, online games, defense, finance, hospitality and health care. He has a B.S. in Computer Science from the College of William and Mary and lives in Auburn, CA. He focuses on web architecture, resource-oriented computing, social networking, the Semantic Web, data science, 3D graphics, visualization, scalable systems, security consulting and other technologies of the late 20th and early 21st Centuries. He is also a rabid reader, devoted foodie and has excellent taste in music. If pressed, he might tell you about his International Pop Recording career.

Gwen Shapira

Principal Data Architect at Confluent
Gwen is a principal data architect at Confluent helping customers achieve success with their Apache Kafka implementation. She has 15 years of experience working with code and customers to build scalable data architectures, integrating microservices, relational and big data technologies. She currently specializes in building real-time reliable data processing pipelines using Apache Kafka. Gwen is an author of “Kafka - the Definitive Guide”, "Hadoop Application Architectures", and a frequent presenter at industry conferences. Gwen is also a committer on the Apache Kafka and Apache Sqoop projects. When Gwen isn't coding or building data pipelines, you can find her pedaling on her bike exploring the roads and trails of California, and beyond.

Justin Herz

Executive Vice President Digital Product, Platform, & Strategy at Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Justin Herz was named Executive Vice President, Digital Product, Platform, and Strategy in January 2017. As head of Warner Bros. Digital Herz oversees emerging technology, new platforms, and direct-to-consumer technology working across all divisions of the studio identifying and spearheading technology-related innovations intersecting with new digital products, production, distribution, and marketing. Digital’s portfolio includes digital innovation, technology development, standard setting for the studio, direct to consumer platforms, and Warner’s consumer intelligence/data activities designed to generate value by creating and enhancing consumer engagement through direct interaction with Warner Bros. products, programs and partners.

Ken Weiner

CTO at GumGum
Ken Weiner leads the engineering and product teams behind the industry’s top computer vision platform for marketers and rights holders. As an active member of the ad tech community, Weiner is a guest columnist for VentureBeat and Forbes, a frequent speaker at conferences and a member of industry groups such as IAB’s OpenRTB Working Group and various LA Ad Tech Meetups. Weiner was LA Business Journal’s 2015 CTO of the Year, andin 2003, he was included in the InfoWorld 100 for his work on uPortal, an open-source web portal framework for the higher education community. Before coming to GumGum, Weiner was the Director of Engineering at the lead-generation platform, acquired by Experian in 2005. He has also worked as an open-source software consultant, a project manager and an instructor at Interactive Business Solutions, acquired by Unicon Inc. in 2003. Weiner received a B.S. from UCLA and currently lives in Los Angeles. Away from the office, he enjoys mountain biking, hiking, California native plants, jazz music and playing the saxophone.

Megan Risdal

Data Scientist & Datasets Product Lead at Kaggle/ Google
Megan Risdal is a Product Lead and Data Scientist at Kaggle, the world's largest global data science and machine learning community, where she focuses on helping the world learn from data using collaborative tools and open datasets. Prior to her current role, she worked in marketing and market research and has authored dozens of blog posts including interviews with top data scientists from Airbnb and Deepmind. She has master's degrees in linguistics from the University of California, Los Angeles and North Carolina State University.

Sari Ladin-Sienne

Chief Data Officer at City of Los Angeles
Sari Ladin-Sienne executes Mayor Garcetti’s vision for a more responsive, and data-driven Los Angeles. As Chief Data Officer, Sari improves access to meaningful information for residents and city employees. She leverages her policy knowledge and technical skillset to form new partnerships that tap into the value of data as a critical asset in smarter decision-making. Sari believes knowledge sharing is at the core of the smart cities movement. She previously worked as a Harvard Ash Fellow for the Mayor’s Data Team where she led the team’s digital strategy and elevated the city’s best practices to the national conversation through her articles for Harvard’s Data Smart Cities and Government Technology. She has provided data analysis, budgeting, and policy recommendations to a range of public and nonprofit clients including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Nonprofit Finance Fund. Sari holds a Master's Degree in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.

Volunteers / 2018 Volunteers

We are currently accepting volunteers for BDDLA 2018.

Big Data Day LA is a fully volunteer-supported and organized event, and we have a proud history of volunteers who have joined us in helping organize the event in past years and stayed on as alumni volunteers, friends, cheerleaders, and mentors.

As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to help organize an event with 30+ sessions, speakers and sponsors from some of the biggest and best data companies in the country, and over 1500+ attendees expected this year.

You can participate wherever your interests fit best – we are accepting volunteers in the following teams:

– Marketing
– Technology
– Track / Sessions
– Location
– Food / Beverage
– Registration

Due to the large volume of volunteers already signed up, we are not accepting volunteers at at his time. Thank you for your interest!!

Tutorials / 2018 Tutorials

This year attendees will be able to register for tutorials – Blockchain & Datascience on site. The space is limited and open to registered attendees. You must bring your laptops. Registration will be confirmed once you sign up and your email is validated. You can only sign up for one or the other since both tutorials go on at the same time between 2-6 PM. Further instructions will be sent once you are confirmed!!

Blockchain Tutorial provided by Abraham Elmahrek

Blockchain Tutorial Signup!!

Datascience Tutorial provided by theDevMasters, a GBCS company

Datascience Tutorial Signup!!

About the Conference / What You Need To Know

Big Data Day LA is the largest, of its kind, Big Data conference in Southern California. Spearheaded by Subash D’Souza and organized and supported by a community of volunteers, sponsors and speakers, Big Data Day LA features the most vibrant gathering of data and technology enthusiasts in Los Angeles.

Attendance is free if you register before Apr 30th. Following the early registration deadline, we are introducing a tiered pricing model. We believe people who are willing to pay a small fee are more likely to attend the event, and having an accurate number of attendees helps us prepare and manage the event.

March & April: Registration is FREE starting March 1 through April 30th.

May & June: $40 to register

July 1st until the day of the event: $50 to register

Students get 50% off using code STDNT (bring your ID card on the day of event to check-in)

Big Data Day LA will be re-branding under a new name! We plan on serving data and technology enthusiasts for many years to come and believe our event should reflect the varying interests of the entire tech community. Stay tuned for the name reveal at this year’s event.

The first Big Data Day LA conference was in 2013, with just over 250 attendees. We have since grown to over 550 attendees in 2014, 950+ attendees in 2015, 1200+ attendees in 2016, and 1550+ attendees in 2017.

Our 2018 session tracks will include:

  • Data
  • AI/ ML/ Data Science
  • Emerging Tech
  • Visualizations/ UI/ Use Cases
  • Infrastructure & Security

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Attendees / See Who Will Be There

/ Data Scientists

/ Software Developers

/ System Architects

/ Head Researchers

/ Business Analysts

/ Data Engineers

/ Technical Leads

/ CEOs, CTOs, CIO, etc.

/ IT Managers

/ Business Strategists

/ Data Analysts

/ Researchers

/ Head Data Scientists

/ Entrepreneurs

/ Consultants

Organizers / 2018 Organizers

Subash D’Souza

Organizer, Sponsors & Sessions Chair

Startup Showcase / 2018 Startup Showcase

This year’s Big Data Day LA Startup Showcase is focusing on Media and Entertainment to pay homage to the quintessential Hollywood! We are excited to share the innovation our data community brings to the rich tradition of media and entertainment in Los Angeles.

General Round:
We are opening this round to applications from all startups in the media and entertainment space. Complete the Startup Pitch Competition application form by July 1st and include a link to your pitch deck or executive summary. If you are selected to participate in the final pitch round, you will be notified by July 25th.

Final Pitch Round:
Five finalists will have the opportunity to present a 5-min pitch onstage to the panel of judges below from Warner Bros., Disney, NBCUniversal, Netflix, and TenOneTen Ventures on conference day – Aug 11th.

First Place – $1000, $500 credit for General Assembly classes/workshops* and 1 one-on-one feedback and strategy session with a VC from TenOneTen Ventures
Second Place – $500 and $250 credit for General Assembly classes/workshops*
Third Place – $250 and $100 credit for General Assembly classes/workshops*

*The credits would be good for any of General Assembly’s short-form programming . The credits would not be applicable for General Assembly’s long-form programming (PT courses and Immersive programs).

We will be adding more prizes as we get closer to conference day.

Key Dates:
July 1st – Startup Pitch Application deadline
July 25th – Finalists notified
Aug 11th – Final Pitch Round with 5 finalists at Big Data Day LA

July 1st is the deadline for applications for the pitch competition. Use the form below to submit your pitch today!


Arvel Chappell III

Manager - Emerging Technology at Warner Bros.
Recently joining WB, Arvel’s career has spanned Space, AI, Cinema and Virtual Reality. He began his career working in the Space industry building technology for government customers, eventually serving as chief engineer over the Wideband Global Satcom Constellation. Currently, Arvel serves on the IEEE ethics in Artificial Intelligence committee where they are creating industry guidelines to facilitate AI’s use. In addition to engineering, Arvel has enjoyed a love of cinema and holds an MFA in cinema production from USC, was a Sundance screening writing lab semi-finalist, has directed numerous short films and most recently a VR experience for Daily Show’s Trevor Noah. At Warner Bros Arvel is part of the Emerging Technology group where he is leading VR & Artificial Intelligence R&D projects which are inventing the future of immersive content.

Austin Clements

Venture Capitalist at TenOneTen Ventures
Austin Clements is a venture capitalist with TenOneTen Ventures, a seed stage fund base in LA. Prior to TenOneTen, Austin worked at Sony Pictures, licensing film and TV content to emerging video platforms. He began his career in investment management working with AllianceBernstein and has since held roles evaluating early stage tech investments at Creative Artists Agency, Digital Entertainment Ventures, and NY Angels. Austin is also committed to encouraging underrepresented minorities to pursue careers in tech and entrepreneurship. He is an active volunteer in various local youth entrepreneurship programs. Austin received his MBA from NYU Stern with a specialization in Media, Entertainment, and Technology and his BA from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA.

Jason Flittner

Content and Studio Data Engineering Leader at Netflix
Jason Flittner leads the Content and Studio Data Engineering teams at Netflix. He was previously an analytics manager and engineer, focusing on data transformation, analysis, and visualization of Netflix content data. Prior to Netflix, Jason led the EC2 business intelligence team at Amazon Web Services and was a business intelligence engineer with Cisco Systems.

Jeff Rosenberg

Director of Software Development for Reporting, Analytics and Data Science at Hulu 
Jeff Rosenberg is the Director of Software Development for Reporting, Analytics and Data Science at Hulu, where his team is responsible for the overall technology direction of business intelligence and governance, big data platform and infrastructure, data products, data quality management and data science.  Jeff’s background is in biological sciences, technical program management and software development, with a strong focus on media.  Before leading the data organization at Hulu, he successfully led the cross-functional effort to ship Hulu’s landmark ‘No Commercials’ plan.  Previously, he worked on platform and product development with companies including Warner Bros, Fox/Myspace, DirecTV, and Sony/Playstation, driving execution of countless products backed by billions of data points. Jeff holds a BS in Biology from Brown University.

Levon Karayan

Sr. Director of Engineering at The Walt Disney Studios
Levon Karayan has over 25 years of experience from being employee number one to one numbered in the hundreds of thousands.  Some of his leadership roles have been in the game industry, internet finance, sponsored search advertising, startup incubation, social advertising, mobile advertising and media and entertainment.  He’s currently one the leaders focusing on data technology at The Walt Disney Studios where he was one of the first to use the public cloud and machine learning in production applications.   His passions lie where technology can innovate in business.

Paul Orlando

Incubator Director and Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at USC
Paul Orlando accelerates company growth. He is Incubator Director and Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles. Paul has founded and operated successful startup accelerator programs in Hong Kong (focused on mobile development), Los Angeles (focused on growth of wide-ranging companies with founders affiliated with USC), and the Laudato Si accelerator affiliated with the Vatican in Rome (focused on environmental technology). Companies Paul has worked with have raised tens of millions in capital, served millions of customers, and have been acquired. He has authored several related academic case studies available on Harvard Business Publishing. Paul also consults to larger institutions as they innovate, develop, and grow, especially in transitioning past legacy business models by using rapid experimentation techniques. In the past Paul also co-founded a B2B startup and consulted to Fortune 100 firms. Paul has been featured in media including Forbes, TechCrunch, Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal and was a winner at the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon. He has a BA from Cornell, an MBA from Columbia, and speaks Mandarin.

Trinh Nguyen

Sr. Director of Technology for E! Entertainment at NBCUniversal
Trinh Nguyen leads the cloud infrastructure and application development for the E! Entertainment network. E! is part of the NBCUniversal’s cable portfolio and Trinh has been leading the charge with cloud native and progressive application development. With over 10 years at Comcast & NBCUniversal combined he is now focused on helping various divisions within his media company transition to adopting big data and cloud technologies more effectively. Companywide he is also the committee lead for NBCU’s Asian Pacific American employee resource group primarily focusing on professional development for employees who are interested in their career growth. He has a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of California Irvine. When not promoting leadership principals in the workplace, you can find him at home raising his newborn son, Maverick, who as they say is very “dangerous”.