Building Data-Driven Smart Apps

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Pivotal Labs

1 Toronto Street, 11th Floor · Toronto, ON

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Downtown at the corner of Toronto st. and King st. E, two blocks east of King subway station (Yonge Line) -

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In this Meetup, we explore what it means to build intelligent apps + products driven by data science knowhow and machine learning techniques.

Our two speakers for the evening have a lot of first-hand experience to share on the importance of product design and business/consumer impact.

• Xavier Snelgrove ( is CTO and cofounder of Whirlscape ( based in Toronto, ON. Xavier will discuss how Whirlscape applies deep learning to conversational text to predict rich content like Emoji and GIFs, including the challenges of optimizing their algorithms to run in real-time on consumer mobile devices. He'll also talk about the connection to product design, and the challenges of building an interface around a probabilistic algorithm.

• Woo J. Jung ( is a Principal Data Scientist at Pivotal Labs ( based in Palo Alto, CA. Woo is passionate about the adoption & usability of advanced analytics tools in the Big & Fast Data ecosystem. In his talk, Woo will walk through a selection of real world data science use cases, focusing on approach, methodology, tools, and business impact. Woo will discuss how the Data Science Team at Pivotal Labs collaborates with clients from a wide range of industries (retail, media, telco, and energy) to identify, prioritize, build out, and operationalize analytics opportunities. This will include a discussion of the team's experience in building data-driven smart apps.

About Whirlscape ( Whirlscape is a consumer technology company based in Toronto that works at the interface of human-computer interaction and machine learning. Whirlscape is the creator of the popular Minuum keyboard, which uses powerful language modelling to allow sloppy typing in highly constrained situations. More recently Whirlscape has been building Dango, an assistant for Android that analyzes the semantic content from the text you write and uses it to help you select relevant emoji, stickers, and GIFs.

About Pivotal Labs (NASDAQ: PVTL) ( Pivotal Labs is an agile software development consulting firm headquartered in Palo Alto, California. The company actively engages enterprises to solve real problems and launch market-tested, innovative products that have the power to transform the world. Pivotal Labs promotes Lean and XP software develpment, which includes pair programming, test-driven development + behavior driven development and are the people behind the popular agile project management software Pivotal Tracker. Through a long-standing commitment to open source technologies, Pivotal includes among its success stories clients such as Groupon, Best Buy, Mavenlink, Netflix, Southwest Airlines, Twitter, and Zendesk.

Our special thanks to Pivotal Labs ( Toronto office for hosting our event. Look forward to seeing everyone on Wed Apr 20th.