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Aaron Shaha
Aaron Shaha
Big Data Evangelist, Root9B

Aaron Shaha has over 15 years of experience in physical and network security within the Department of Defense, and private industry. Presently Mr. Shaha is root9B’s Big Data Evangelist focusing on integrating large data feeds for analysis and detection of cyber threats on operational data. Previously he held positions within root9B as the Vice President of Threat Intelligence, and the Vice President of Cyber Operations. Prior to joining root9B he has served as a technical director in the NSA/CSS Threat Operations Center (NTOC) leading a team of advanced cyber analysts charged with finding the most advanced cyber actors and malicious tools in network traffic. He holds a Masters in Security Engineering from SMU and was previously certified Adjunct Faculty teaching Network Based Intrusion Detection for the Department of Defense. Previous positions include working to support real time cyber military integration operations and engineering a near real time Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) system. He has also been awarded the National Intelligence Award - Exceptional Achievement Medal (EAM) for Computer Network Exploitation (CNE) expertise and problem solving in support of a major operation for the Counterterrorism Production Center. The EAM “Recognizes a single exceptional contribution to the IC and the US; awarded on a very selective and limited basis.”

Avinash Ramineni
Avinash Ramineni
Principal, Clairvoyant

Avinash Ramineni is a principal at Clairvoyant and leads the engineering efforts in the big data space. He is a passionate technologist with a drive to understand the bigger picture and vision and convert them into pragmatic, implementable solutions. Avinash has over 13 years of experience in engineering and architecting systems on a large scale. He specializes in providing solutions in the areas of big data, cloud, NoSQL, SOA, and event-driven architectures. Before Clairvoyant, Avinash was a principal engineer at Apollo Group, where he was responsible for innovation and technical guidance for all the product development efforts. Avinash holds an MS in computer science from Arizona State University.

Abhishek Mehta
Abhishek Mehta
Founder and CEO, Tresata

Abhishek Mehta is the Founder & CEO of Tresata, the first analytics company to unleash the power of financial data and solve massive business problems. In a short span of 3 years, he has built Tresata as one of the fastest growing big data startups redefining how software is built, sold and delivered by building it all in the Hadoop stack. Abhishek is recognized as one of the most influential thinkers, visionaries and practitioners in the world of Big Data. His history is a rich combination of stints as a radical technology expert and as a practical, in-the-trenches business leader. His experience includes 2 years as Executive in Residence at MIT Media Lab, Managing Director at Bank of America for 9 years and leadership positions at Cognizant Technology Solutions and Arthur Andersen. He is a much sought after speaker on the topics of data analytics, emerging business models and all customary intersections of the two.

Amit Mudgal
Amit Mudgal
Product Engineer, SpliceMachine

Amit has over 13 years of experience in data warehousing , transactional and payment systems on mainframes and distributed systems. Since 2006 he was involved in integrations of warehouses with BI tools, providing customizations and creative solutions to customers in finance/retail domain. His current role is product engineer at Splice Machine.

Amit Sharma
Amit Sharma
Solution Architect, Amazon

Helping companies understand the business and technical aspects of Cloud Computing and Virtualization. Have been involved in various projects around migration and adoption of Cloud Computing and making them realize the benefits from those and related technologies. Having come from Telco-IT background helps me to understand the various customer scenarios and thus advise them the appropriate services for their use cases. Been responsible for capex/ opex planning, technical deliverables and strategical planning around IT services.

Brig Lamoreaux
Brig Lamoreaux
Solutions Architect, Microsoft

I am a Data Cloud Solution Architect for Microsoft. I help customers design solutions for data in the cloud. I have always enjoyed developing software and learning new technologies. I have a love of learning, a love for teaching, and plenty of curiosity to fill a pool.

Dan Marshall
Dan Marshall
Big Data Applications Engineer, Wells Fargo

Dan Marshall has over 30 years’ experience in the IT industry and has been in the trenches for several major shifts - Big Data being the latest. He currently works at Well Fargo in Chandler, AZ as the Big Data Development Lead. Prior to that he worked at IBM for 17 years in several management and technical roles. Dan has an M.S. in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Gagan Brahmi
Gagan Brahmi
Solutions Architect, ZDATA Inc

Gagan Brahmi is a Big Data Consultant and Solutions Architect at zData Inc. As a Solutions Architect, he is focused on providing enterprise architecture, managed services and advanced consulting to enterprise corporations. With a specific emphasis on Hadoop distributions and cloud migrations, Gagan has worked to help customers derive value out of their data for the past twelve years. His passion for open source technologies has led him to build highly available, scalable applications through a handful of technologies including RDBMS, MPP EDW, Operating Systems, and Cloud Computing. Gagan is certified as a Hadoop Administrator and AWS Solutions Architect.

Hari Gottipati
Hari Gottipati
Director, Technical Architecture - Big Data capabilities

Hari K Gottipati is a software professional, distinguished architect, thought leader, consultant,speaker and freelance writer who specializes in Open Systems, Java, internet scale computing/apps, architecture, big data, NoSQL, mobile, LBS and Internet Of Things. Expert in analyzing market landscape for startup ideas and molding them into successful products with the technical/competitive advantage. Regularly writes about bleeding edge technologies and his quotes can be often found in various technology news/magazines such as Gigaom, CNN Money, WSJ, Bloomberg Businessweek etc. A well known blogger and his blogs can be found at on java.com and xml.com. Speaks at various events on the latest technologies, including iBeacons, big data, NoSQL, architecture and of course Java. Worked for many mobile startups, as well as big companies including Yahoo, Travelocity, and Motorola. Passionate about technologies and spends most of his time exploring bleeding edge software technologies.

Mark Cade
Mark Cade
Senior Systems Engineer, MapR

Mark Cade is a Senior Systems Engineer at MapR. He has years of experience architecting streaming applications to provide real-time insights for Fortune 1000 companies.

Narasimhan Sampath
Narasimhan Sampath
Systems Architect, Choice

Narasimhan Sampath is a systems architect at Choice Hotels International, one of the largest and most successful hotel chains in the world, where he works on enterprise big data and cloud architectures with a focus on performance tuning and scalability. Narasimhan also has rich experience in a variety of relational and NoSQL databases. He regularly presents at technology events and his work on scalability has been recognized and published by Microsoft.

Pat Patterson
Pat Patterson
Community Champion, Streamsets

Pat Patterson has been working with Internet technologies since 1997, building software and working with communities at Sun Microsystems, Huawei, Salesforce and StreamSets. At Sun, Pat was the community lead for the OpenSSO open source project, while at Huawei he developed cloud storage infrastructure software. Part of the developer evangelism team at Salesforce, Pat focused on identity, integration and the Internet of Things. Now community champion at StreamSets, Pat is responsible for the care and feeding of the StreamSets open source community.

Peter Reale
Peter Reale
Solutions Engineer, Datameer

Peter Reale is a 32-year veteran of data analytics, with experience ranging from departmental and corporate IT to business intelligence to big data.

Pramod Immaneni
Pramod Immaneni
Apache Apex PMC & Senior Architect, DataTorrent

Pramod Immaneni is Apache Apex PMC member and senior architect at DataTorrent, where he works on Apache Apex and specializes in big data platform and applications. Prior to DataTorrent, he was a co-founder and CTO of Leaf Networks LLC, eventually acquired by Netgear Inc, where he built products in core networking space and was granted patents in peer-to-peer VPNs.

Rich Dill
Rich Dill
Enterprise Solution Architect, SnapLogic

Speaker Rich Dill is a member of the Enterprise Solution Architect team that runs the Big Data practice at Snaplogic where the team helps organizations democratize data and achieve self service.

Rick Conrad
Rick Conrad
Pre Sales Engineer, Confluent

Pre Sales Engineer at Confluent with over 20 years experience in all things Big Data.

Robert Sanders
Robert Sanders
Senior Big Data Architect, Clairvoyant

Robert Sanders is a Big Data Manager, Engineer, and Architect at a Chandler AZ based company called Clairvoyant. He primarily works with clients to build out Big Data solutions on the Hadoop Ecosystem. The clients that Clairvoyant works with are from a wide range of industries with unique use cases. Technologies most often used are the Hadoop File System (HDFS), Spark (Core, SQL, Streaming), Impala and Hive. He is also a certified Apache Spark Developer.

Scott Grzybowski
Scott Grzybowski
Solutions Architect, Cloudera

Customer-facing Solution Architect with successful implementations across multiple industries and regions. Scott has been with Cloudera since February of 2015, and is a member of the Professional Services team, designing and implementing Hadoop-based Big Data solutions for a broad spectrum of clients. He has a strong technical background, with solid ‘hands-on’ experience in Hadoop tools and methodologies, participating in engagements with commercial, health care, and telecommunication companies. He specializes in Hadoop environment configuration, security, data storage, data processing and analytics, with strong experience in Hive, Impala, and Cluster Security. Prior to working at Cloudera, he was Senior Software Engineer, at Texeltek for over 5 years, working on the Intelligence community’s Hadoop-based Big Data Stack and Accumulo. Scott is also proficient in Groovy / Grails, JAVA, and C# with strong skills in building RESTful interfaces. Scott has over 25 years experience in Government and Commercial industries building a broad range of software solutions with an emphasis on data ingest and data fusion.

Manish Ahluwalia
Manish Ahluwalia
Security Engineer, Cloudera

Manish Ahluwalia is a software engineer at Cloudera. He started in big-data since its days of infancy. Since then he's worked in various companies in Silicon Valley. He is most passionate about security, and in his latest role focuses on security of the Hadoop ecosystem.

Shaun Mitra
Shaun Mitra
Chief Business Officer, Technosphere Labs

Shaun is the Chief Business Officer for Technosphere Labs an IoT Solutions and Product Engg. Services company. Over the past 2 decades Shaun has successfully grown and developed new markets & verticals for Technology businesses in multiple geographies. He is passionate about helping customers with "Digital Transformation"​ projects that leverages IoT and Analytics. He believes “As the Physical world becomes part of the Digital world, we will continue to move towards automated decision making that leverages Analytics & Edge Computing. Shaun earned his undergraduate from National Institute of Technology in India and his MBA from Scott School of Business in Indiana.

Thejas Nair
Thejas Nair
Apache Hive committer & PMC member, Hortonworks

Thejas Nair has been contributing to Apache Hive and Apache Pig projects at Hortonworks for more than 5 years. He is a committer and PMC member of these Apache projects. Previously, he worked at Yahoo for 9 years, developing solutions for large scale distributed data processing.

John Barton
John Barton
Solutions Engineer, SAP

John is a solutions engineer with SAP focusing on SAP HANA and Big Data integration use cases. He has over 25 years of experience designing and building high performance analytical systems that integrate enterprise data with big data. He specializes in providing solutions in the areas of In-Memory, Columnar, Distributed Processing and Big data.

Jim Stewart
Jim Stewart
Director of Global Alliances, Fuzzy Logix

Jim has an extensive background in the software industry, beginning as a developer at AT&T and Bell Laboratories, followed by program management roles in startups, boutique consulting firms, Capgemini and McGraw-Hill Education. Over the past several years, he has concentrated on building technology alliances for industry-leading companies – both at Teradata and Fuzzy Logix. Jim has an MBA in Finance, is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and has taught programming and operating systems courses at the college level.

Lokesh Yadav
Lokesh Yadav
Data Scientist, Fuzzy Logix

Lokesh has been a key member of the Hadoop development team at Fuzzy Logix for over a year. He is focused on developing analytics functions in Apache Hive on Hortonworks and Cloudera Hadoop platforms. He is also actively involved in developing similar functionality in Apache Spark. Lokesh has a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kanpur where he undertook various courses on Machine Learning, Algorithms, Data Structures etc.

Gary Orenstein
Gary Orenstein
Marketing Head, MemSQL

Gary Orenstein is the co-author of two O’Reilly books Building Real-Time Data Pipelines and The Path to Predictive Analytics and Machine Learning. He leads marketing at MemSQL, a frontrunner in the world of real-time data processing solutions. Prior to MemSQL, Gary was at Fusion-io delivering flash memory solutions to solve database and virtualization performance challenges. You can find him on Twitter @garyorenstein