Blake Reed - Director of Engineering, Acxiom
Blake Reed is the director of engineering at Acxiom, currently leading a team of engineers building their Unified Data Layer offering using the latest technology. He has over 18 years of technical development and management experience at Acxiom.
Blake’s passion is technology, learning and leading high performance teams. His previous experience includes building and delivering enterprise database solutions for several Fortune 500 companies -- as well as across media, telco, T&E, retail and Insurance. Blake lives in Conway, Arkansas.
Josh Ramynke - Data Engineer, Expedia Group/HomeAway
Josh is a data engineer at Expedia Group/HomeAway in Austin, Texas. He enjoys designing and implementing simple solutions to complex problems through creativity, innovation and by bridging the gap between the technical and non-technical.
Josh moved to Austin about five years ago with his wife and two kids after he created a spreadsheet analyzing 20 US cities (yeah, he knows,… his poor wife). His family keeps him quite busy, so when not working, he’s usually watching his kids at gymnastics or soccer practice.
Mike Rancourt - Senior Product Manager, Data Management Platform, MediaMath
Mike Rancourt is a senior product manager with more than ten years of management, ad operations and product background. He has an entrepreneurial spirit with experience expanding office locations in new markets.
Prior to MediaMath, Mike worked at Visual IQ and Digilant. His Twitter page backs his interests in basketball, Bryant University basketball, music and adtech -- right behind his wife and two young sons. He lives in the greater Boston area.
Sarang Anajwala - Sr. Product Manager, Autodesk Data Platform
Sarang Anajwala is technical product manager for Autodesk’s next-generation data platform, where he focuses on building the self-service platform for data analysis and data products. He has extensive experience in data architecture and data strategy.
Previously, he was an architect building robust big data systems, including a next-generation platform for contextual communications and a data platform for the IoT. He has filed three patents for his innovations in the contextual communications and adaptive designs spaces. He lives in Singapore.
Sean Downes - Sr. Data Scientist, Expedia
Sean Downes is a senior data scientist at Expedia. As a data scientist, he has focused on auction and game design, machine learning and other odds and ends in distributed computing. As a theoretical physicist, Sean’s studies ran between blood oxidation models to topologically extend supergravity to applied singularity theory in early universe cosmology.
Sean spends a lot of time with ranking problems and contextual bandits, and using graph theory to provide unsupervised clustering models for activities. He is platform agnostic, using Spark a lot lately. He is particular about using Java, Scala or Python based on context. He lives in Seattle.
Yaroslav Tkachenko - Software Architect, Activision Blizzard
Yaroslav Tkachenko is a software architect at Activision Blizzard working on a big data platform for Call of Duty games. He is a self-described software engineer interested in distributed systems, microservices, functional programming, modern cloud infrastructure and DevOps practices.
Prior to joining Activision, Yaroslav held various leadership roles in multiple startups. He was responsible for designing, developing, delivering and maintaining platform services and cloud infrastructure for mission critical systems. He lives in Vancouver, B.C.