• How Alphabet's Verily plans to ride the health data tsunami

    I am excited to have Jay Gengelbach come talk about what Verily Life Sciences is working on right here in Boulder! For those of you that don't know Verily is an Alphabet company focused on using technology to better understand health, as well as prevent, detect, and manage disease. Jay is the site lead for Verily Boulder and I had the good fortune to work for Jay briefly at Google. He is incredibly smart, a great communicator and an even better leader. Come learn about the work the local Verily team is doing and how they are building solutions that solve important health care problems now and scale to solve them for everyone! Come on, how often do you get to hear about the future of Health care being created right here in Boulder! Great opportunity to get insight into some impressive work being done and how a seasoned Google infrastructure leader thinks about and approaches the problems. Parking details at the end of the announcement. Agenda 6:00 – 6:45 - Socialize over food and drinks 6:45 – 7:00 - Welcome, opening remarks and announcements 7:00 – 8:30 – Jay Gengelbach - How Alphabet's Verily plans to ride the health data tsunami 8:30-9:00 - Networking About the event Can your phone's accelerometer detect early warning signs of Parkinson's disease? Can your FitBit detect heartbeat irregularities that could signal an impending heart attack? Sensors get faster and cheaper all the time, which means that the range of health-relevant data that can be cheaply acquired via wearables or passive household sensors is starting to explode. Verily Life Sciences dreams of a world where health management moves beyond the walls of clinics and hospitals and into your homes and daily lives. In this world, diseases can be caught in their earliest stages, when they are the most manageable. This dream isn't without its challenges, though. When the scope of your health data isn't just captured by the results of an annual blood test and sporadic clinical notes by your doctors but by a stream of high-fidelity round-the-clock sensor data, or by the expansive results of sequencing your entire genome (plus your ever-changing microbiome), then the complete collection of your health data is no longer something that you could carry around on a single DVD. Come hear about how Verily is preparing for a world where there could be terabytes of data on every human's health, and what we hope becomes feasible with data sets of that size. About the Speaker Jay Gengelbach is the site lead for Verily Boulder. This Alphabet company opened its presence in Colorado in 2018, and is expanding its local presence while still being housed in the offices of its sibling company, Google. Jay is a 12-year veteran of Google infrastructure teams, and is bringing his infrastructure expertise to Verily's software organization as it seeks to scale up its software offerings to more customers, more patients, more locations, and more data. We're hiring! Check out http://verily.com/careers for our open roles! Jay's a native of the midwest who failed to fall in love with the chaos of Silicon Valley. He moved to Colorado on a whim in 2008 and has been putting down roots ever since. He lives in Boulder with his wife, 3 kids, and 2 miniature schnauzers. Parking Logistics There's ample parking on site underneath the Google buildings. Use the employee entrance accessible from 30th Street and turn right into the garage entrance. There will either be an attendant there to buzz you into the garage or you can press the call button to let security know you're there for the event. Once parked, find the elevator to building B and take it to the first floor reception area, from which you'll find the event space. (You'll need an employee badge to access building A or any other floors of building B.) Alternatively, if on foot or arriving by transit, you can use the main entrance, found off the courtyard between the two buildings. There is call button outside to get buzzed into reception.

  • The evolution of low latency analytics at Risk Management Solutions (RMS)

    I'm excited to announce that Chris George is going to come and speak about the big data work they have been doing for years over at Risk Management Solutions. Chris has a ton of experience with big data technologies and RMS is a contributor to the big data open source community through projects like Apache Arrow. Come hear how Chris and his team have built a low latency query system and how their approach has evolved over time. There will be a sponsored food truck from “Big Daddy's Texas BBQ” as well as soda and beer. Agenda 6:00 – 6:45 - Socialize over food and drinks 6:45 – 7:00 - Welcome, opening remarks and announcements 7:00 – 8:30 – Chris George - The evolution of low latency analytics at RMS. 8:30-9:00 - Networking About the event Learn about the evolution of RMS' low latency analytics. Our evolution on persistent spark contexts to building our query engine with Apache Arrow when pre-computed dimensions are not an option while still being cost effective. A continuation of a talk that Chris gave at the Big Data Conference 2 years ago see we started as heavy contributors and users of Apache Kudu and have since moved on to parquet and snowflake with our own custom query engine. See real numbers and code as well as the pitfalls of the various approaches to this challenge. About the Speaker Chris George is Senior Director and Architect of Core Platform at RMS. He has worked with big data technologies for over 15 years including building legal citation detection and storage systems, large scale affiliate attribution and payment systems, real-time metrics for large scale ad tech brokerage and most recently building low latency insurance exposure systems. Chris has used a variety of big data technologies in production settings and brings that experience to the challenges at RMS.