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Data Scientist Manager, Ford Motor Company
Michael Cavaretta is a Data Scientist and Manager at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan. He is a leader for the Predictive Analytics group in Research and Advanced Engineering. In this department, he guides the team to work as internal consultants using technologies in Big Data, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Data Mining, Text Mining, and Information Retrieval to improve business processes across the enterprise. Michael has worked at Ford Motor Company since April 1998.
VP of Engineering, Airbnb
Mike is the VP of Engineering at Airbnb, he is responsible for delivering simple, elegant ways to find and stay at the most interesting places in the world. Mike is building a team of engineers that will have a big impact as Airbnb continues to build the bridge between the online and offline worlds. Mike's team is particularly focused on search and matching, systems infrastructure, payments, trust and safety and mobile. Prior to joining Airbnb, Mike served as a Director of Engineering at Facebook focused on user growth and engagement. Previously he was at Yahoo where he led the engineering team for Yahoo Mail.
Senior Writer, Gigaom
Barb has covered technology and high-tech companies for longer than she’d care to admit. She started out as a reporter for InfoWorld, covering Boston-area software companies; then moved over to CRN where she managed the news staff and covered the business both in terms of technology and how technology is sold. She was also news editor for TechWeb and senior news director at TechTarget before joining GigaOM. Barb enjoys seeing how old-school IT companies are (mis)managing their transition into the cloud computing era. She has won several ASBPE awards for her news coverage. Outside of work, she loves gardening, movies and baseball.
Engineering Ambassador, Palantir Technologies
Ari Gesher is a senior engineer and Engineering Ambassador at Palantir Technologies. At Palantir Technologies, Ari has split his time between working as a backend engineer on Palantir's analysis platform, thinking and writing about Palantir's vision for human-driven information data systems, and moonlighting on Palantir's Philanthropic engineering team. His current role involves understanding and discussing Palantir's role in the world of analytics, big data, and the future of technology. An alumnus of the University of Illinois computer science department, Ari has worked in the software industry for the past fifteen years, including a stint as the lead engineer for the SourceForge.net open source software archive.
Senior Writer, Gigaom
Derrick has been a technology journalist since 2003 and has been covering cloud computing, big data and other emerging IT trends for GigaOM since 2009. He has written the words “cloud” and “Hadoop” possibly more than any other person on the planet. Derrick lives in Las Vegas and has a law degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Away from the office, Derrick trains in muay thai and is active in animal welfare issues.
CIO and SVP of Regional Application Development, MetLife
Gary Hoberman is Senior Vice President and CIO of Regional Application Development for MetLife, overseeing global technology for MetLife’s business in the Americas, EMEA and APAC. Hoberman drives emerging technologies to advance the company and the industry, including the recent development of The Wall, a big data customer service innovation, and Synapse, a cloud-based recruiting tool. Hoberman has over 19 years of experience in application development within financial services. Prior to MetLife, he was Managing Director within Citigroup’s Operations and Technology group where he led multiple patents across mobile and e-commerce. Hoberman graduated from NYU-Stern School of Business.
Staff Writer, The New Yorker
Patrick Radden Keefe is a staff writer at The New Yorker and a senior fellow at The Century Foundation. He has written numerous investigative articles on transnational crime and corruption, national security, and espionage, in addition to two books: "The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream," and "Chatter: Dispatches from the Secret World of Global Eavesdropping." He holds degrees from Columbia College, Cambridge University, the London School of Economics, and Yale Law School.
Product Manager, Google Ideas
Justin Kosslyn is a Product Manager at Google Ideas, exploring how technology can enable people to confront threats in the face of conflict, instability or repression. He led the strategy, development and launch of the Global Human Trafficking Hotline Network and has designed, prioritized, and previously launched new features and products within Google News, Google AdSense for TV, and Google Docs. Justin holds a BS in Computer Science from Yale, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Carnegie Council on Ethics in International Affairs New Leaders Program, and is an Associate Researcher at the Igarapé Institute.
Om Malik has more than 15 years of experience as a journalist covering technology and business news. He was part of the founding team of Forbes.com as a Senior Editor. He then went on to become a senior writer at Red Herring during its glory days before joining Business 2.0 in March 2003, covering telecom, innovation and broadband stories. His contributions have been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Economist and MIT Technology Review. Additionally, Om is the author of “Broadbandits: Inside the $750 Billion Telecom Heist.” He is also the recipient of many industry awards, including Excellence in Journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists in 2001 and the Gold Award from American Society of Business Publication Editors in 2001.
Pivotal Chief Executive Officer Paul Maritz formed Pivotal in 2013, having previously served as Chief Strategist of EMC and CEO of VMware. During his tenure at VMware, he led transformation of the company from a technology leader in virtualization to a category leader in cloud computing. Maritz remains a member of VMware’s board of directors. Prior to joining VMware, Maritz was President of the Cloud Infrastructure and Services Division at EMC after the company’s February 2008 acquisition of Pi, where he was the founder and CEO. Before founding Pi, Maritz spent 14 years working at Microsoft, where he served as a member of the five-person Executive Committee that managed the overall company, and was responsible for the product development and marketing of the Windows Client.
Managing Director, McLaren Applied Technologies
Geoff McGrath trained as a mechanical engineer, initially working in aeronautical, civil, chemical, petroleum and mechanical engineering. Gaining experience in all aspects of the field, from conceptual engineering through to business development for start-up and blue-chip firms alike, he later switched focus to the world of telecoms, media and entertainment. In 2009, he became the managing director of McLaren Applied Technologies (MAT) and has brought more than 20 years’ experience to bear on the company’s innovative and dynamic approach to pursuing groundbreaking conceptual design, development and engineering. He is currently focused on developing and applying MAT’s specialist capabilities to a diverse range of subjects in the world of sports, health and wellbeing and strategic operations.
CIO, Salvation Army
Since 1997, Clarence White has been chief information officer, or officially, information technology secretary for The Salvation Army Territorial Headquarters for the Western United States in Long Beach, California. He has installed major systems in almost every area of The Salvation Army's work. As a result of its extensive IT infrastructure, The USA Western Territory has become an international leader in the cost-effective use of technology to meet its business-, and mission-related objectives. In 1983, Clarence White became a programmer at The Salvation Army, Territorial Headquarters for Canada. While technology was still new to The Salvation Army, White pioneered the development of software programs that set the standard for systems used in that territory. He then spent several years in IT at both Coopers & Lybrand Information Technology Consulting practice and Tenneco, a global chemical manufacturer. White returned to The Salvation Army, Canada and Bermuda Territory, in 1988, as head of the Computer Services Department, and in 1997, he transferred to The Salvation Army Territorial Headquarters for the Western United States.