August 2019 Speaker Series

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Jon M. Huntsman Hall

3730 Walnut St · Philadelphia, PA

How to find us

From the Walnut Street entrance, go to the end of the long hallway, then to the right. G-55 will be on your right.

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The event will be held at the Wharton School, Huntsman Hall, room G-55.
Doors open at 5:30 PM. From the Walnut Street entrance, go to the end of the long hallway, then to the right. G-55 will be on your right. If you arrive after 7 PM you WILL NOT be able to enter the building without a Penn card.

Get ready for another scintillating evening of presentations on Data Science.

Data Science in Scala with Apache Zeppelin
Notebooks are interactive environments which combine code, markdown, mathematics, plots and, interactive forms. This talk will demonstrate building a dataset for machine learning image classification using Apache Zeppelin with Scala. It will highlight the unique development workflow benefits of notebooks for data exploration and interacting with AWS cloud services.

Gary Sieling is a Senior Software Engineer at Element 84, with interests in data warehousing, machine learning, and devops. He is a co-organizer and regular speaker for the Philly Area Scala enthusiasts. He has worked in multiple industries: legal document search, life sciences document management, and satellite data processing.

Data Anarchy & Cultural Competency
This talk will focus on how companies can form and utilize qualitative and quantitative data sets from a number of sources in their organization to improve their corporate cultural wellness. It will cover methods and tools for empowering and engaging employees more effectively to establish alignment, cross educate teams, and develop mutual buy in for resource investments that improve the workplace for everyone.

Tara Taylor (They / Them) is a sociotechnologist defined by a genuine love for developing empathetic relationships with others through critical consideration and empowering advocacy. They fulfill needs, solve problems, and improve systems through relationship anarchy, equitable engagement and effective resource investment. Currently investing themself fully in facilitating the systemic saving of the world.
@PrideJellyfish r/pride_n_Jellyfish

Event Sponsors:
The Wharton School @ Penn (
In 1881, American entrepreneur and industrialist Joseph Wharton established the world’s first collegiate school of business at the University of Pennsylvania — a radical idea that revolutionized both business practice and higher education.

CapTech (
CapTech is a team of master builders, creators, and problem-solvers who help clients grow efficient successful businesses. CapTech unites diverse skills and perspectives to transform how data, systems, and ingenuity enable each client to advance what’s possible in a changing world. As perceptive partners, CapTech's U.S.–based consultants find inspiration in the unknown and enjoy getting their hands dirty solving clients’ myriad of challenges.