Welcome Back! As a few people have mentioned, DIDC has been missing in action for January and February and, for that, we must apologize. We had an amazing sequence of events planned for the last two months that fell through last minute. Now, however, we are back on track and are excited to bring you our first event of the year featuring amazing talks from Erek Dyskant of BlueLabs, Brian Muller of OpBandit, and more! Not only do we encourage you to check out our Data Innovation DC Meetup, we want you to participate. We pride ourselves in having interactive talks and an extensive period of mingling and discussion both before and after the event. We will have food and drink a plenty and Cooley, LLP offers us a simply incredible space to hold the meetup. Later this spring we will be featuring both Cyber Security and Business Intelligence focused events. If you know of anyone that might be interested in presenting, please let me know at sayhitosean [@] gmail.com.
6:00 - 6:45pm Networking 6:45 - 6:50pm Introduction 6:50 - 8:00pm Speakers
- is a Co-Founder at BlueLabs, an analytics and technology company dedicated to using data science techniques for improving social good. Prior to BlueLabs, he was the Technology Lead for Geospatial Analytics at Obama for America. Erek finds that many of the best applications of big data processes not only start with huge datasets, but result in large nuanced predictions such as individual-level behavioral likelihoods, hyperlocal climate change predictions, patient-level treatment recommendations, or locations where election-related violence may (or may not) have occurred. He works to expand the role of data driven decisions beyond strategic decisions made in boardrooms to tactical ones made by field organizers, case managers, and community health workers.
- is the Co-Founder and CTO of OpBandit, a company that helps publishers and marketers increase their online engagement with responsive content delivery. Prior to founding OpBandit, he was the Lead Data Scientist at LivingSocial. While at LivingSocial, he founded the data science team and oversaw the creation and growth of a big data infrastructure and the teams necessary to support it - all while the customer base grew from thousands to over 70 million users. Before that, he worked as the Web Director for Foreign Policy Magazine under the Washington Post. Brian has also worked as an adviser and consultant for a variety of groups including PBS, the Carnegie Foundation, and the State of South Carolina. He as a MS in the Biomedical Sciences, and has spent time in academia working for the Medical University of South Carolina and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine focused on squeezing meaningful information out of vast quantities of genomic data.