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DataGotham 2012 - Coming to a Data Scientist Panel

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Published on Sep 18, 2012

Max Shron - Max Shron is a Data Strategy consultant based in New York. He provides mentorship to organizations of all sizes on the topic of understanding, exploring, modeling and presenting data. Prior to striking out on his own, he led OkCupid's Data Science efforts, providing big data support for the well-known OkTrends blog. In addition to his work for clients and employers, his analyses of transit, public health, and home foreclosure have been featured in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, WNYC, and more.

Oliver Hurst-Hiller, DonorsChoose - Oliver is responsible for the technology and user experience that power DonorsChoose.org's unique philanthropic marketplace. During his tenure, the org has delivered $100MM+ in resources to 6M+ students and was named one of the World's 50 Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company. In 2011, the Microsoft Alumni Foundation honored Oliver with the Integral Fellows Award. Prior to joining the DonorsChoose team in 2006, Oliver managed product engineering projects for Microsoft's new search engine, now called Bing. He also helped start Microsoft Live Labs, an applied research laboratory for Internet technologies, and is the co-inventor of 11 issued U.S. patents related to Internet search technologies. Oliver joined Microsoft when the Windows division acquired EQuill, a venture-backed startup that he co-founded and led for three years as CEO. He has a Computer Science degree from Brown University.

Jay Garlapati, DonorsChoose - Jay is a Data Scientist at DonorsChoose.org, an online philanthropic marketplace. He analyzes the wealth of data at DonorsChoose.org to help the site better serve teachers and donors and to uncover findings that could improve the education system in America. Prior to joining DonorsChoose, Jay was an Edward A. Knapp fellow at the Santa Fe Institute where he studied evolutionary game theory. He graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.S. in Mathematics.

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