rvatech/Data Summit Series Happy Hour

Date: June 23, 2021

Time: 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm

Location: Hardywood West Creek

Sponsor: TBD

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Date

June 10, 2021

Time

12:00 – 1:00 PM

Roundtable Topics -

  • Enterprise Architecture

  • Cloud Application Modernization

  • DevOps

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Schedule

8:30 AM | Networking + Sponsor Exhibition

Welcoming remarks by rvatech/Data Summit Chair, Lori Jennnings + introduction of our Emcee, Vida Williams

9 AM | Keynote Abhijit Bose

Running time: 9:05 – 10 AM

 

“Machine Learning at Capital One – An Overview of the Advancements of Machine Learning at Capital One”

10:15 AM | Data Career + Growth Panel

Running time: 10:15 – 11 AM

 

In this panel discussion, you will hear from real folks who are hiring right now, what they are seeking, what is holding back candidates, and ideas on how to optimize your search.


Moderated by Todd Dube | Cloud Solutions Architect at CarMax

 

Featured Panelists:

Reginald Leonard II | Associate Director of Career Connections and Community Engagement at University of Virginia

Susan Gorney | Sr. Director Data Strategy & Technology at Altria

Rob Phillips | Director of Technology at CarMax

11 AM | 2020: COVID, Politics and Civil Unrest - What did it Mean for a Data Scientist?

Running time: 11:00 – 11:35 AM

 

Featured Speaker: Vida Williams | Chief Data Officer/Chief Diversity Officer at SingleStone

11:35 AM | Lunch + LIVE! Podcast with feat. guest David Der of Spring Oaks Capital

Running time: 11:35 AM – 1:00 PM

 

Hosted by Ford Prior with featured guest, David Der | Head of Engineering at Spring Oaks Capital

1 PM | Data Mesh - Scalable Data Architecture

Running time: 1:00 – 1:35 PM

 

Organizations have long leveraged centralized data teams to design and build analytic data solutions such as data lakes and data warehouses. As these data platforms expand in scope and usage, these centralized teams often reach a point where they can no longer keep pace with business needs.

 

Data Mesh is a new approach that directly addresses this challenge. It represents a paradigm shift away from legacy best practices and established enterprise data architecture frameworks, and towards federating data product development across business domains.

As part of this presentation, we aim to provide organizations with:

  • A fundamental understanding of Data Mesh concepts and value proposition
  • Benefits the Data Mesh has brought to Mission Lane
  • How to navigate the “people” aspect of making a shift to Data Mesh Architecture

 

Featured Speakers:

Rick Vasko | Data Architect at Impact Makers

Mike Carpenter | Data Steward + Reporting Specialist at Mission Lane

1:35 PM | VA's Consumer Data Protection Act - Following California Into the Privacy Frontier

Running time: 1:35 – 2:05 PM

 

Explore the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act. Discuss exemptions, tasks, security mandates
under the Act alongside the new rights that are unfolding for consumers under both Virginia’s CDPA
along with the myriad of other state laws percolating. This session will also delve deep into developing
a battle plan for future-proofing against the onslaught of new privacy regulations nationwide.


Featured Speaker: Beth Burgin Waller | Chair Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Practice at WOODS ROGERS

2:20 PM | Encrypted Traffic Analysis with Machine Learning: Cybersecurity for all Network Traffic

Running time: 2:20 – 2:55 PM

 

Featured Speaker: Andrew Fast | Chief Data Scientist & Co-founder at CounterFlow AI, Inc.

2:55 PM | Machine Learning in Production

Running time: 2:55 – 3:30 PM

 

Featured Speaker: Paul Hurlocker | Chief Technology Officer at Spring Oaks Capital

3:30 PM | Happy Hour + Networking

Data Summit '21 Speakers

Abhijit Bose

Managing Vice President Center for Machine Learning

Capital One

Andrew Fast

Chief Data Scientist and Co-Founder

CounterFlow AI

Rob Phillips

Director Of Technology

CarMax

Paul Hurlocker

Chief Technology Officer

Spring Oaks Capital

Todd Dube

Cloud Solutions Architect

CarMax

Reginald Leonard II

Associate Director of Career Connections and Community Engagement

University of Virginia

Vida Williams

Chief Data Officer/Chief Diversity Officer

SingleStone

Susan Gorney

Sr. Director Data Strategy & Technology

Altria

Beth Burgin Waller

Chair, Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Practice / Principal Attorney

Woods Rogers

Rick Vasko

Data Architect

Impact Makers

Mike Carpenter

Data Steward + Reporting Specialist

Mission Lane

Past Speakers

Hilary Mason

Co-Founder of HiddenDoorCo | Founder of FastForwardLabs (acquired by Cloudera ) | Data Scientist in Residence, Accel

Carlos Rivero

Chief Data Officer

State of Virginia

Adam Wenchel

CEO

ArthurAI

Chris Peterson

Managing Vice President, Data Science

Capital One

Ranju Das

Amazon Rekognition & Amazon Textract

Amazon

Renee M. P. Teate

Director of Data Science

HelioCampus

Vida Williams

Chief Data Officer/Chief Diversity Officer

SingleStone

David Der

Engineering Manager

Facebook

Rob Finnegan

Chief Executive Officer

West Creek Financial

Miriam Friedel, Ph.D

Director, Software Engineering

Capital One

Ben Harden

Principal - Data and Analytics

CapTech

Beth Waller

Attorney & Chair of Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Group

Woods Rogers

Keynote - Dr. Laurie Forlano

Deputy Director - Office of Epidemiology

Virginia Department of Health

Keynote - Tim Powell

Director - Division of Informatics and Information Systems

Virginia Department of Health

Renee Teate

Director of Data Science

HelioCampus

Mentor - Gabriel Rushin

Senior Machine Learning Engineer

Procter & Gamble

Mentor - Courtney Layman

Senior Data Scientist

Astraea, Inc.

Mentor - Kerry Jones

Machine Learning Engineer

Data Machines Corp

Mentor - Todd Dube

Cloud Solutions Architect

CarMax

Mentor - Vida Williams

Chief Data Officer/Chief Diversity Officer

SingleStone

Mentor - Andrew Fast

Chief Data Scientist & Co-founder

CounterFlow AI, Inc.

Mentor - Paul Hurlocker

Vice President - Center for Machine Learning

Capital One

Mentor - David Der

Engineering Manager

Facebook

Mentor - David Moxley

Sr. Data Science Consultant

Impact Makers

Mentor - Malcolm Charles

Senior Data Scientist

Oncology Analytics

Mentor - Zach Anglin

Director, Data Science

S&P Global Market Intelligence

Mentor - Dr. Miriam Friedel

Director, Software Engineering

Capital One

Mentor - Julia Barnhart

Team Manager - Machine Learning Engineering

CarMax

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2021 rvatech/Data Summit - Call for Speakers

Kick-off Agenda

11 AM | Welcome

Conference will begin after opening remarks from our Edge Committee Chair, Gaurav Chawla.

11:15 AM | Keynote - Yefim Natis

Presentation Title – “Strategic Architecture Roadmap for Composable Enterprise”.

12:25 PM | Breakout Sessions

Tune in to your favorite breakout session featuring a panel of community builders + tech leaders.

 

Available Sessions:

 

Lessons Learned in DevOps

 

Leading Edge in Cloud

 

What’s Next in Enterprise Architecture

Meet the Keynote

Yefim Natis | Distinguished Vice President + Fellow at Gartner Research

Yefim Natis is a Distinguished Vice President and Fellow in Gartner Research. His main research themes include the Future of Applications, Composable Enterprise, and Intelligent Composable Business; also the key trends in enterprise platforms and PaaS; event-driven and service-oriented computing architectures. He leads Gartner’s PaaS, Composable Future of Applications, and event-driven computing research communities. Mr. Natis’ work spans key trends, best user practices, and vendor strategies across these research themes. He regularly presents at Gartner conferences, executive briefings, and webinars.

 

Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Natis worked at Magna Software, a software startup where he was the Director of Software Architecture and the principal architect of Magna X, a generator of service-oriented enterprise transaction processing applications. His experience also includes IT architecture and IT management positions at Hogan Systems and Citi Group. He has over 35 years of experience in enterprise IT.

Breakout Sessions | 12:25 - 1 PM

Breakout #1 | Scars from DevSecOps

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Breakout #2 | Leading Edge in Cloud

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Breakout #3 | What's Next in Enterprise Architecture

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Speakers + Community Builders

Chair - Gaurav Chawla

Senior Director | Software Engineering

Anthem

Chair - Alex Otanez

Chief Executive Officer

Shockoe | Mobile by Design

Deborah Cassidy

Global Chief Information Officer

PRA Group

Gurushyam Mony

Director | DevOps and Quality Engineering

Markel

Ian Tyndall

Sr. Director Digital Strategy and Innovation

Altria Client Services

Steve Fuller

Enterprise Account Manager

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Matthew Douglas

Chief Enterprise Architect

Sentara Healthcare

Chandra Ragyari

Asst Vice President, Software Engineering

PRA Group

Atul Chowdhory

Business Intelligence Architect

Virginia Lottery

Chris Tignor

Chief Information Security Officer

PRA Group

Victor Andrade

Head of Software Engineering

PRA Group

Rob Pollard

Enterprise Architect

Virginia Lottery

Chris Burroughs

Chief Technology Officer

PRA Group

Steve Wisner

Director of Enterprise Data Management and Solution Architecture

Genworth Financial

Paul Busick

Vice President, Software Engineering

Capital One

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2021 Speakers

Keynote - Max Furmanov

Managing Director / Partner

Accenture

Drew Firment

SVP, Cloud Transformation

A Cloud Guru

Kevin Hazzard

Cloud Strategist

Altria

Diane Schnupp

EVP & CIO

Kinsale Insurance

Jeremy Davis

Chief Architect

RedHat

Dennis Sharpe

Chief Technology Officer

Ippon Technologies

David Elizondo

DevOps Engineer

Ippon Technologies

Scott Miller

Software Engineer

Invoice Cloud

Chris Barker

Assistant Vice President

The Federal Reserve

Darrell Norton

Principal

CapTech

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Conference Agenda

2021 Speakers

Keynote - Max Furmanov

Managing Director / Partner

Accenture

Drew Firment

SVP, Cloud Transformation

A Cloud Guru

Kevin Hazzard

Cloud Strategist

Altria

Diane Schnupp

EVP & CIO

Kinsale Insurance

Jeremy Davis

Chief Architect

RedHat

Dennis Sharpe

Chief Technology Officer

Ippon Technologies

David Elizondo

DevOps Engineer

Ippon Technologies

Scott Miller

Software Engineer

Invoice Cloud

Chris Barker

Assistant Vice President

The Federal Reserve

Darrell Norton

Principal

CapTech

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2021 Speakers

Melanie Frank

Managing Vice President – Cyber Engineering

Capital One

Lyd Paull-Flores

Senior Director of Healthcare

Qlarion

Rashonda Adkins

Director, Project Delivery & Quality Assurance

Ferguson

Nicole Carry

Principal Infrastructure Engineer

ADP

Briana Augenreich

Senior Software Engineer

HubSpot

Allison Boulais

VP – Architecture Strategy & Governance

Capital One

Kristi Horton

CEO

Horton Innovations, LLC

Jamie Sanderson Reid

Director, Cyber Governance, Risk and Compliance

The AES Corporation

This Event Is Currently Accepting Sponsors

Conference Schedule

8:30 AM | Registration + Morning Cocktail Hour

Welcome to 2021 rvatech/Drive! Grab a mimosa and/or a bloody morning at our morning brunch
bar + reconnect with Richmond’s technology community!

Take time to engage with the #rvatech community + our conference sponsors by visiting the
exhibition booths with a cocktail in hand – Cheers!

9:05 AM | Keynote - "What Rocket Science & Banking Have in Common"

Melanie Frank | Managing Vice President – Cyber Engineering at Capital One


What Rocket Science & Banking Have in Common

When you think of Rocket Science and Banking you probably don’t think of them as interchangeable careers, but they actually have a lot more in common than you might imagine. Join Melanie Frank as she talks about how her dream to become an astronaut led her down the unanticipated path to software engineer.

 

9:35 - 10:10 AM | How Data Analytics Was Used to Address the ‘Twindemic’: COVID-19 and the Opioid Epidemic

Track Category | DRIVE to SECURE


Speaker:

Lyd Paull-Flores Sr. Director at Qlarion

 

The impact of COVID-19 on the opioid epidemic has been well established. Called the “twindemic” among public health service professionals, people with addiction and mental health needs were deeply impacted by enforced social isolation. While this has led to increased challenges for health and safety professionals, the silver lining is that it has accelerated the adoption of technology, data exchanges, predictive analytics, and programs that center around social determinants/informants of health to formulate a response that supports individuals battling both addiction and the pandemic. For instance, the Affordable Care Act and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act resulted in the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) and the collection of data that shines a light on prescribers whose practices contributed to addiction.

In this session, Lyd Paull-Flores, Senior Director of Healthcare at Qlarion, will highlight:

• How states, localities and healthcare organizations have leveraged data analytics to combat the “twindemic”: COVID-19 and the opioid epidemic

• Combining data exchanges with social determinants/informants of health

• How predictive analytics can change provider behavior Additionally, she will cover key trends that have proven effective for health and safety professionals looking to improve the quality of life for patients needing addiction support in the age of COVID-19.

These include:

• Housing as a vector of healthcare

• Healthcare infrastructure modernization

• Non-punitive collaborative social support programs

10:10 - 10:45 AM | Building for Reliability Panel

Track Category | DRIVE to BUILD


Speakers:

Nicole Carry | Principal Infrastructure/Operations Engineer – ADP

Briana Augenreich | Sr Software Engineer – HubSpot

 

Join the conversation as Nicole Carry and Bri Augenreich talk us through building reliable products, both from the hardware and software engineering perspectives. They’ll discuss change management, resilient architecture, and some of the key lessons learned over their careers so far. Moderated by Dana Haddon.

11 - 11:35 AM | Cyber Roles w/ Kristi Horton

Track Category | DRIVE to SECURE


Speaker:

Kristi Horton | Founder | Horton Innovations

 

“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players;” – William Shakespeare, “As You Like It”
Shakespeare wrote of a different set of roles, but the diverse needs in cyber security and related disciplines might surprise you!

Learn about the different functions in cyber security and related fields and the skills valued in each.
Everyone has something to contribute. Discover how to identify the positions that suit your abilities and interests, how to spot candidates with unconventional talents, and how to connect the two.

11:40 AM | Break for Sponsor Booths/Networking Table Cards

Break time – 11:40 AM – 12:25 PM

Lunch will be served at 11:45 PM in the sponsor exhibition room.

12:25 - 1 PM | The Cloud: It’s Not just Someone Else’s Computer Anymore

Track Category | DRIVE to BUILD


Speaker: Allison Boulais | VP – Architecture Strategy & Governance at Capital One

1-1:35 PM | Drive to Innovate Panel

Track Category | DRIVE to INNOVATE


Speakers:

Rashonda Adkins | Director, Project Delivery & Quality Assurance at Ferguson

 

Jamie Sanderson Reid | Director, Cyber Governance, Risk and Compliance at The AES Corporation

1:40 - 2:55 PM | Cyber Carnival

To celebrate Cyber Security Awareness Month (CSAM) and the critical role of Cyber Gaming in building a strong workforce, Katzcy Cyber Games has assembled a virtual festival filled with games of skill and chance, scheduled thrilling performances, and lined up activities and drawings that bring home the sights, smells, and tastes of the carnival!

After our final session, enjoy some time in the exhibition hall to play games, win prizes and strengthen your cyber skills!

3 PM | Closing Remarks

Breakout Sessions

DRIVE to SECURE Tracks

Track #2

DRIVE to BUILD

Track #3

DRIVE to INNOVATE

Featured Speakers

Melanie Frank

Managing Vice President – Cyber Engineering

Capital One

Lyd Paull-Flores

Senior Director of Healthcare

Qlarion

Rashonda Adkins

Director, Project Delivery & Quality Assurance

Ferguson

Nicole Carry

Principal Infrastructure Engineer

ADP

Briana Augenreich

Senior Software Engineer

HubSpot

Allison Boulais

VP – Architecture Strategy & Governance

Capital One

Kristi Horton

CEO

Horton Innovations, LLC

Jamie Sanderson Reid

Director, Cyber Governance, Risk and Compliance

The AES Corporation

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rvatech/Data Virtual Kickoff

Date: March 11, 2021

Time: 9:00 am until 12:00 pm

Location: TBD

Sponsor: TBD

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Track #1: Drive with Data

Big Data

Cloud

Privacy

Track #2: Drive your Skills

Automation

Dev

Cyber Security

Track #3: Drive the Journey

Program/Product

UX/UI

Agile

The 2020 MLM Awards

The Margaret Lyn McDermid Awards recognize women technologists in the greater Richmond area. The awards program is named after Margaret Lyn McDermid who has had a direct impact on Central Virginia’s tech economy, Virginia’s image across the country, opportunities for women and young people in technology, and most especially our continued growth as an organization at RVATECH. Lyn should be an inspiration to any young person, and especially any woman, who has a desire to become a technologist.

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Event Speakers

Christina Hollingsworth

VP, Information Technology

Hamilton Beach

Courtney Rowell

Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Leader

Thomson Reuters

Elaine Cheng

VP and Chief Information Officer

Shentel

Emma MacMullan

Cyber Intelligence Analyst

Federal Reserve

Jimma Elliot-Stevens

Chief Privacy Officer

Thomson Reuters

Johanna “Jojo” Leasiolagi

Senior Technical Advisor

Defense Intelligence Agency

Katia Mastropas

Senior Data Scientist

James River Insurance

Lauren Hill

Product Lead

Capital One

Mary Glerum

Director of Product Management

InRythym

Megan Overton

Product Management Consultant

The Mom Project

Santhi Sridharan

Head of Engineering, Open Source Office

Capital One

Sara Demeria

VP, Business Information Security Officer

Federal Reserve

Teresa Washburn

Senior Manager, User Experience Design

Workday

Crystal Harris

Agile Transformation Coach

CapTech

Karen Rodd

Agile Transformation Coach

CapTech

LaLisha Hurt

Deputy Chief Information Security Officer

GDIT

Tanya Madison

Chief Privacy Officer

Aristocrat Technologies

Charlene Mowery

Director, Strategic Initiatives

Red Hat

Viji Natarajan

Enterprise and Solution Architecture Leader / Director

Veracity / Women Who Code

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    Date

    April 21, 2021

    Time

    11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    About the Event

    In March of this year, Virginia signed into law the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (VCDPA) joining California (CCPA) as the second state to enact comprehensive data privacy legislation. Other states are also working on their own privacy laws. Data Privacy legislation means more than just legal and business challenges for corporations, it means empowering the consumer to have more access and control over their data which is a valuable commodity.

    In this rvatech/Data Summit series’ event, come and join the discussion as business leaders share their thoughts on what the recent Data Privacy legislation means for the business community as well as for you, the consumer.

    Webinar Speakers

    Moderator | Jeanine Cook

    Manager

    CapTech Consulting

    Kyle Fondren

    Senior Manager, Consumer Identity Management and Privacy

    Altria Client Services

    Caroline Stapleton

    Assistant General Counsel

    West Creek

    John Duncan

    Director + Head of Data Governance and Master Data

    CarMax

    Christopher Jones

    Attorney

    Sands Anderson

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    Thank You for a Great Event!

    Huge thank you to our sponsors, committee + volunteers, and, of course - our attendees!

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    Introducing rvatech/ ProductFest RVA

    Join us for Richmond’s inaugural Product Management conference, ProductFest RVA, created for Product Managers by Product Mangers. Enjoy a day surrounded by the most forward-thinking voices in the industry as we gather for incredible presentations and working sessions given by a diverse lineup of speakers that will leave you feeling inspired and motivated.

    Register Today

    Conference Details -

    About the Event

    Join us in Richmond, Virginia, and let’s stray away from your average workday and dedicate some time towards you. Get ready for a day of innovative sessions focused on connecting with the Richmond product community and growing your career.

     

    ProductFest RVA promises a full day of skill development, new ideas, and connections to supercharge your product career.


    Date + Time

    June 8, 2022 | 9 AM – 5 PM


    Venue

    Science Museum of Virginia – Thalhimer Pavilion

    2500 West Broad Street

    Richmond, VA 23220

     

    Parking: 2301 W Leigh Street Richmond, VA 23220

     

    Science Museum parking is ample and free. Spaces near the front of the building are designated for guests with mobility challenges. All other guests should park in the lot located directly behind the Science Museum off West Leigh Street or DMV Drive. Signage will provide you with WALKING directions to the Thalhimer Pavilion.


    You may also view a detailed parking map here.

    One Room,
    Two Stages + Simultaneous Content.


    Welcome to our Silent Conference. Powered by Silent Events® – we’re bringing our attendees a conference experience they’ve never seen before. Each attendee will receive their own headset enabling you to listen to whatever speaker you want by tuning into that channel via your headset.

     

    We’re making it easier for the product community to come together to learn, engage, and have fun!

     

    Love both speakers – there’s no need for FOMO, just switch the channels.


    There’s no breakout commitment – change the channel and check out what’s happening on the other stage!


    Feeling Social? That’s cool too – take off your headset + chat it up without fear of disruption.

     

     

     

     

    Silent Events | DJ Service Niagara | Liquid Entertainment

    2022 Agenda

    9:00 - 9:30 AM / Registration

    Registration / Networking – Doors Open at 9 AM

    9:30 - 9:45 AM / Welcome

    Welcoming remarks from rvatech/ + ProductTank Organizers

    9:45 - 10:30 AM / Morning Keynote -
    RVA as a Product Town

    Speakers: Garret Westlake - VCU, Bill Harney - Keeping Current Matters, Casey Humphries - UNOS + Shannon Eastwood - Aquent

    RVA as a Product Town – Past, Present + Future

     

    Speakers:

     

    Garret Westlake – Executive Director at VCU da Vinci Center for Innovation

    Bill Harney – CEO at Keeping Current Matters

    Casey Humphries – Logistical Products Service Line Leader at UNOS

    Moderator – Shannon Eastwood – Senior Product Manager at Aquent


    Over the years, Richmond has grown significantly as a product and technology town. Our Morning Keynote panelists will share their experience and perspective regarding how the product scene has evolved in RVA, past, present, and future.

    10:40 - 11:25 AM / "It Pays to Discover… Properly"

    Speakers: Amy O'Callaghan - Vangst + Victoria Lawson - CarMax

    Speakers:

     

    Amy O’Callaghan – Head of Product at Vangst

    Victoria Lawson – Director, Product Management at CarMax


    Discovery is an incredible tool, but it’s all too easy for bias and assumptions to derail our efforts. Join Victoria and Amy as they share how cognitive shortcuts show up in discovery, and how to build a learning agenda to outwit them. You’ll walk away with actionable techniques that you can immediately apply – whether you’re an experienced pro refining an established toolkit, or just starting out.

     

    10:40 - 11:25 AM / Storytelling with Product Analytics

    Speakers:

     

    Chandler Tyler – Product Strategist at Shockoe


    With hundreds of different data analysis tools and the allure of “big data” superpowers, it’s easy to get lost in a sea of meaningless reports and graphs. As product people, we have to not only make sense of the data we collect, but also tell a compelling story about what the data actually means to the customer or the business. In this session, Chandler will explain how to effectively leverage data to tell product stories using a combination of visualizations and narratives that create actionable outcomes.

    11:35 AM - 12:20 PM / "The Value of Building Inclusive Product Teams"

    Speakers: Dr. Kendra Cabler - Etsy, Somiah Lattimore - U of R + Charlotte Dales - Inclusively

    Speakers:

     

    Dr. Kendra Cabler – Senior Manager, DEI at Etsy

    Somiah Lattimore – Director, Creativity, Innovation & Entrepreneurship at University of Richmond

    Charlotte Dales – CEO of Inclusively

    Moderator – Shannon Morales


    It’s easy to build high-performing product teams that get the job done. But what’s the value in the team if it doesn’t reflect its’ users or generally is not inclusive? Today, we want to unpack some of the stories, experiences, and perspectives on building inclusive product teams – from the team itself all the way to the organizational level of inclusion and diversity.

    11:35 AM - 12:20 PM / "Driving Decisions From Experience Data"

    Speakers:Ann Marie Guzzi - Koalafi, Jordan Silton - Apartments.com + Odean Maye - Capital One

    Speakers:

     

    Jordan Silton – Senior Director of Product, SE at Apartments.com

    Ann Marie Guzzi – Senior Product Manager at Koalafi

    Odean Maye – Director of Technology at Capital One


    Our world is full of data. From the things we read, the content we watch, and the products we interact with daily. We need data to help understand our customers and products that help us make decisions to drive your business forward.

     

    Making decisions with data is great in theory, but what does it mean to be data-driven in practice? Join Ann Marie, Jordan, and Odean as they share how they share some of their experiences on using data (or lack thereof) to build products and drive decisions forward. From their experience, hear how data-driven decision-making can enable you to be a more effective product leader in your organization or entrepreneur in your venture.

    12:20 - 1:20 PM / Lunch + Live-cast

    Lunch / Networking / LIVE Product Podcast

    Lunch will be provided by local food trucks!

    1:20 - 2:05 PM / "Building Healthy Product Manager Teams"

    Speaker: Abhi Agrawal - VP of Product Management, Ceridian

    Speakers:

     

    Abhi Agrawal – VP of Product Management at Ceridian


    A lot of time is spent discussing how to build the right roadmap (“Outcomes over Outputs!”) or the right process (Agile vs. SCRUM vs. SAFe), but little time is spent on leading healthy product teams. In this talk, Abhi will discuss some of the principles that have worked for him in the past, and the tactics that you can try as you build your PM team.

    1:20 - 2:05 PM / "The Path to Yes"

    Speaker: Lauren Fox - Director of Product Management, Capital One

    Speakers:

     

    Lauren Fox – Director of Product Management at Capital One


    Influence is the skill of the 21st-century workplace. As a product manager, you wrangle and bring together stakeholders from numerous functions, businesses, and in many cases external partners to deliver your vision to the market. In this talk, we break down what goes into influencing successfully, especially when you aren’t leading from a position of hierarchical authority, and build you a roadmap to successfully get a “yes” to your great ideas.

    2:25 - 3:00 PM / Afternoon Keynote -
    The Art of Being Ridiculous

    Grayson Scott @ Sony Music Entertainment

    Speaker:

     

    Grayson Scott – Director of Product Design at Sony Music Entertainment


    There is a power within that endows us with a healthier, more productive, and less stressed-filled life. This superpower grants the user the ability to lead teams better, communicate more effectively, and protects them from career burnout. It even generates additional neural connections within the brain leading to a boost in memory.

     

    However, this power has a dark side. When used inappropriately, it isolates you from your family and your coworkers. If left unchecked, it will have a corrosive effect on everyone around you. So how do you harness this amazing power without becoming a supervillain?

     

    At the end of the session, attendees will understand:

     

    • What multiple scientific studies and even Albert Einstein attributed to becoming brilliant
    • Increase your verbal and non-verbal intelligence while managing stress and adversity
    • Open the learning centers of your brain and become more creative
    • Know when it’s time to save the day, and when it’s time to walk away

    3:00 - 4:30 PM / Happy Hour

    2022 Speakers

    Amy O'Callaghan

    Head of Product

    Vangst

    Abhi Agrawal

    VP of Product Management

    Ceridian

    Victoria Lawson

    Director, Product Management

    CarMax

    Jordan Silton

    Senior Director of Product, SEO

    Apartments.com

    Grayson Scott

    Director of Product Design

    Sony Music

    Shannon Eastwood

    Senior Product Manager

    Aquent

    Lauren Fox

    Director of Product Management

    Capital One

    Garret Westlake

    Executive Director

    VCU da Vinci Center for Innovation

    Dr. Kendra Cabler

    Senior Manager, DEI

    Etsy

    Isaiah Harvin

    Product Manager

    HBO Max

    Charlotte Dales

    CEO

    Inclusively

    Casey Humphries

    Logistical Products Service Line Leader

    UNOS

    Shannon Morales

    CEO

    Tribaja

    Bill Harney

    CEO

    Keeping Current Matters

    Ann Marie Guzzi

    Senior Product Manager

    Koalafi

    Odean Maye

    Director, Technology

    Capital One

    Chandler Tyler

    Product Strategist

    Shockoe

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    RVA's leading Data Conference Returns March 2022.

    Join the technology community March 2022, for our next conference full of innovation, in-depth workshops, and incredible presentations given by a diverse line-up of expert speakers + thought leaders at rvatech/DataSummit. Get immersed in the world of Data & discover the trends, and innovations shaping the future of technology!

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    About the Event

    Tech is continuously evolving and innovating, making it essential to stay ahead of the curve and explore the year’s trending technology. In 2022, artificial intelligence and data science are continuing to move from the realm of university research to be a critical part of a software developers toolkit and a key differentiator for forward-leaning companies.


    Schedule

    9:30 AM – 5:oo PM


    Student Tickets

    Discount Rate – The special discounted rate for student tickets is 25% off. That’s $50 off the regular ticket price!

     

    Discount code: DATA22STUDENT

     

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    Venue

    Science Museum of Virginia – Dewey Gottwald Center

     

    2301 W Leigh Street Richmond, VA 23220


    Common Questions


    Where exactly am I going?

    The Dewey Gottwald Center is located behind the museum. Parking lot entrance located off of West Leigh Street or DMV Drive.

    Where do I park?

    Science Museum parking is ample and free. Spaces near the front of the building are designated for guests with mobility challenges. All other guests should park in the lot located directly behind the Science Museum off West Leigh Street or DMV Drive.


    You may also view a detailed parking map here.

    Meet the Keynotes

    Dr. Scott Penberthy

     

    Director, Applied AI, Office of the CTO

    at Google


    Session: Thinking like Newton

    Dr. Scott will share his perspective and personal experience on the journey from being a kid playing baseball and writing code in Midlothian Va, to the rise of AI and Machine Learning, its use in business and most recently the discovery of the source code to life. He’ll show how simple curiosities can lead to grand discoveries, often by making naive observations and asking what at first appear to be stupid questions. These are now leading to the vaccination of millions against terrible disease, the prevention of cancer, and soon perhaps a cure for gray hair.

    Ovetta Sampson

     

    V.P. Machine Learning Experience Design & Responsible Artificial Intelligence at Capital One


    Dr. Timothy Haas

     

    Professor of Statistics and Wildlife Conservation

    Author at University of Wisconsin


    Session: How Firms can Apply Data Science to Save Species

    Ecosystem loss, extinctions and climate change are ongoing challenges to life on Earth, and coming up with a plan to tackle their effects requires an accurate picture of what’s happening where, and who is involved.

    Prof Tim Haas, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, has taught and refined such models for years. In his latest paper, he lays out the case for a model unifying human behaviour, climate and ecosystem data, the computational power required to run it, and the credibility criteria any model should meet to prove its worth.

    Conference Agenda

    9:30 - 10 AM
    Registration + Morning Networking

    10 - 10:50 AM | Keynote - Dr. Timothy Haas
    "How Firms can Apply Data Science to Save Species"

    Speaker: Dr. Timothy Haas – Univ. of Wisconsin

     

    Ecosystem loss, extinctions and climate change are ongoing challenges to life on Earth, and coming up with a plan to tackle their effects requires an accurate picture of what’s happening where, and who is involved.

     

    Prof Tim Haas, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, has taught and refined such models for years. In his latest paper, he lays out the case for a model unifying human behaviour, climate and ecosystem data, the computational power required to run it, and the credibility criteria any model should meet to prove its worth.

    10:50 - 11:20 AM | Keynote - Ovetta Sampson
    V.P Machine Learning Experience Design & Responsible AI at Capital One

    11:25 AM - 12:05 PM | Breakout Session #1
    "Machine Learning Orchestration with Airflow"
    Data Ethics Panel

    Session: Machine Learning Orchestration with Airflow

     

    Speaker: Dr. Santona Tuli – Astronomer

     

    While more popular as a ETL and data engineering tool, Airflow is also extremely powerful at orchestrating machine learning pipelines. In this talk, I show how you can write complete end-to-end pipelines starting with retrieving raw data to serving ML predictions to end-users, entirely in Airflow.

     

    A plethora of tools have flooded the field of data science, many of which have overlapping functionality. As a data scientist‚ especially as one from a traditionally disenfranchised background with limited resources‚ selecting and learning the right tools in order to maximize one’s competitiveness in the job market, can be intimidating and, possibly, challenging. In this talk, I will walk through an end-to-end data science workflow using only easily accessible open-source software (OSS). Many of these OSS in fact form the basis of the enterprise products that companies purchase as tools for their data professionals to use. Knowing the underlying software can give data scientists the competitive advantage of being tool-agnostic and quick at picking up new tools in an ever-evolving landscape. We will use OSS for data featurization, machine learning model training and serving as well as validation and visualization of results.


     

    Session: Panel on Data Ethics

     

    Speakers: 

    Abigail Byram – Data Engineer at SingleStone Consulting

    Jodi Kuhn – Director, Office of Data Quality and Visualization at Commonwealth of Virginia

    Zachary Knitter – Data Engineer, Office of Data Quality and Visualization at Commonwealth of Virginia

    12:05 - 1 PM
    Lunch Break + Networking
    Live Data Privacy Podcast Session

    Lunch provided by Groovin’ Gourmet 

     

    Live Podcast on Data Privacy and Governance

     

    Featured Guests:

    Marcus Thornton, Deputy Chief Data Officer – Virginia Office of Data Governance and Analytics

    Souj Narasimhacharya, Senior Vice President of Engineering – Koalafi

    Ford Prior, Principal Cloud Engineer – CarMax

     

    1- 1:45 PM | Breakout Session #2
    "From Model to Micro-service - ML Deployments At Scale"
    "Achieving Data Acumen: Improving Workforce Literacy"

    Session: From Model to Micro-service – ML Deployments At Scale

     

    Speaker: Ed Shee, Head of Developer Relations at Seldon

     

    Until recently, the data science / machine learning field has been pretty immature in it’s adoption of DevOps tools and processes. That’s now changing rapidly as engineering teams realise that, in order to gain any value from their ML models, they need to get them into production.

    In this talk, Ed will introduce the open source Seldon Core library and show how it simplifies the steps required to containerise, serve, log and monitor an ML model during deployment. Ed will demonstrate live how to build a model using popular machine learning tools, save and store the model artefact and then deploy it to Kubernetes to handle production traffic.

    You will learn how to turn an ML model into a production microservice that handles REST/gRPC traffic and how to scale your deployment. You’ll also learn how to use complex model deployment techniques and how to monitor both the infrastructure and the models themselves, spotting drift and outliers as they take place.


     

    Session: Achieving Data Acumen: Improving Workforce Literacy

     

    Speaker: Peter Aiken – VCU & Anything Awesome

    1:50- 2:25 PM | Breakout Session #3
    "Sculpting Data for Machine Learning"
    "Principles of Building Greenfield Data Platforms"

    Session: Sculpting Data for Machine Learning

     

    Speakers:

    Jigyasa Grover, Machine Learning Engineer at Twitter

    Rishabh Misra, Machine Learning Engineer at Twitter

     

    In the contemporary world of machine learning algorithms – “data is the new oil”. For the state-of-the-art ML algorithms to work their magic it’s important to lay a strong foundation with access to relevant data. Volumes of crude data are available on the web nowadays, and all we need are the skills to identify and extract meaningful datasets. This talk aims to present the power of the most fundamental aspect of Machine Learning – Dataset Curation, which often does not get its due limelight. It will also walk the audience through the process of constructing good quality datasets as done in formal settings with a simple hands-on Pythonic example. The goal is to institute the importance of data, especially in its worthy format, and the spell it casts on fabricating smart learning algorithms.


     

    Session: Principles of Building Greenfield Data Platforms

     

    Speaker: Sam Portillo, Data Engineer at Ippon

    2:30 - 3:15 PM | Breakout Session #4
    "The Pre-cloud to Multi-Cloud journey with Cassandra on Kubernetes"
    "Not-so-good-vibrations: Electric Grid Oscillations and Unearned Data Wisdom"

    Session: The Pre-cloud to Multi-Cloud journey with Cassandra on Kubernetes

     

    Speaker: Raghavan “Rags” Srinivas, Lead multi-cloud Developer Advocate at Datastax

     

    Although some of today’s cloud properties, like elasticity, scalability, self-healing, durability, DR, etc. seemed revolutionary during the pre-cloud days, Cassandra had many of these properties already. With the ever growing popularity of Kubernetes, the k8ssandra open source project is intended to bring Cassandra’s advantages to the cloud and help simplify operations.

    The biggest challenge in the Kubernetes world today is multi-cloud. Although it is easy to conceptualize, it is hard to implement. Attend this session for a quick overview of Cassandra, k8ssandra and Astra (DBaas). You will see how the worlds of Cassandra and Kubernetes on the cloud collide in a remarkably cohesive way to incorporate the best of both.

    After attending this primarily demo driven session, attendees will walk away with a good understanding of the k8ssandra project and how it is evolving to support multi-region and multi-cloud. Along this journey we will look at one-off deployments on GKE, EKS including multi-cloud (GKE and EKS). On EKS, we leverage EKS Kubefed.


     

    Session: Not-so-good-vibrations: Electric Grid Oscillations and Unearned Data Wisdom

     

    Speaker: Kevin Jones, Manager – Electric Transmission Operations Engineering Support at Dominion Energy

     

    This will be a fun and novel session that will expose participants to new flavors of data as well as electric grid use cases that address some of the more pernicious challenges of decarbonization. The talk will be grounded (no pun intended) for the practitioner audience by then exploring the perils of applying unearned wisdom on data-focused digital transformation through the lens of this unique set of use cases and data types. It will conclude by providing a (possible) alternative framework, as well as its contemporary significance and necessity, for the transfer and application of such wisdom.

    3:20 - 3:55 PM | Keynote - Dr. Scott Penberthy - Director of Applied AI, Office of the CTO at Google
    "Thinking like Newton"

    Session: Thinking like Newton

    Speaker: Dr. Scott Penberthy, Director of Applied AI, Office of the CTO at Google

     

    Dr. Scott will share his perspective and personal experience on the journey from being a kid playing baseball and writing code in Midlothian Va, to the rise of AI and Machine Learning, its use in business and most recently the discovery of the source code to life. He’ll show how simple curiosities can lead to grand discoveries, often by making naive observations and asking what at first appear to be stupid questions. These are now leading to the vaccination of millions against terrible disease, the prevention of cancer, and soon perhaps a cure for gray hair.

    2022 Speakers



    Ovetta Sampson

    Vice President Machine Learning Experience Design and Responsible Artificial Intelligence

    Capital One

    Dr. Scott Penberthy

    Director, Applied AI, Office of the CTO

    Google

    Dr. Timothy Haas

    Professor

    University of Wisconsin

    Ed Shee

    Head of Developer Relations

    Seldon

    Dr. Santona Tuli

    Staff Data Scientist

    Astronomer

    Sam Portillo

    Data Engineer

    Ippon

    Peter Aiken

    Associate Professor of Information Systems

    VCU + Anything Awesome

    Abigail Byram

    Data Engineer

    SingleStone Consulting

    Jigyasa Grover

    Machine Learning Engineer

    Twitter

    Rishabh Misra

    Machine Learning Engineer

    Twitter

    Raghavan Srinivas

    Lead multi-cloud Developer Advocate

    Datastax

    Kevin Jones

    Engineering Analytics & Modeling

    Dominion Energy

    Marcus Thornton

    Deputy Chief Data Officer

    Virginia Office of Data Governance and Analytics

    Souj Narasimhacharya

    Senior Vice President of Engineering

    Koalafi

    Jodi Kuhn

    Director, Office of Data Quality and Visualization

    at Commonwealth of Virginia

    Zachary Knitter

    Data Engineer, Office of Data Quality and Visualization

    at Commonwealth of Virginia

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