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CTO of NYC + Mayor's Office of Data Analytics present: Big Data in the Big Apple

Big Data in the Big Apple
presented by
Minerva Tantoco, Chief Technology Officer for the City of New York
and
Dr. Amen Ra Mashariki, Chief Analytics Officer for the City of New York

Free beer, drinks & candy PLUS free Selfie-Sticks, 4gb USB keys & more swag courtesy of ClustrixDB!

A Database Month event: http://www.DatabaseMonth.com/database/nyc-cto

The NYC CTO and Mayor's Office of Data Analytics will discuss the NYC technology ecosystem, explain how each of their relatively new offices operate, talk about how data impacts their work, and present opportunities for engagement with the data community.

Minerva Tantoco is New York City's first-ever Chief Technology Officer (CTO). As CTO, Tantoco directs the Mayor's Office of Technology and Innovation with responsibility for the development and implementation of a coordinated citywide strategy on technology and innovation and encouraging collaboration across agencies and with the wider New York City technology ecosystem.

For more than 25 years - from launching her own start-up to directing technology and innovation for large enterprises - Tantoco has worked to affect business transformation across a range of industries from advertising to finance. With her appointment to the administration of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, she brings this wealth of experience in technology-enabled transformation to government.

Raised in Flushing, Queens, Tantoco is a product of New York City public schools. She attended Bronx Science High School and while still in college, moved to Silicon Valley where she co-founded technology startup, Manageware Inc, which was successfully sold five years later. Since then, Ms. Tantoco has led emerging technology initiatives including artificial intelligence, e-commerce, virtualization, online marketing and mobile applications.

Ms. Tantoco holds four US patents on intelligent workflow and is a speaker and author on mobile, security, big data, and innovation. As Senior Product Manager at Palm, Tantoco pioneered mobile enterprise solutions in the early 2000s which helped pave the path in mobile technology, developing and deploying some of the world's earliest mobile applications.

As Chief Architect at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Tantoco led the re-design and implementation of the company's Investment Banking data warehouse, a project that mirrors many of the City's big data and analytics initiatives. Ms. Tantoco most recently served as UBS APAC CTO for client-facing technology and innovation, with regional responsibility for the Asia Pacific region.

Dr. Amen Ra Mashariki is the City's Chief Analytics Officer and leads the Mayor's Office of Data Analytics (MODA). Dr. Mashariki is an accomplished leader within government, private sector and academia with experience in bringing Big Data processing and analytics for large and complex data management efforts. He started his professional careers as a software engineer at Motorola working on over-the-air data transmission projects and led a team of user-interface developers to build components of security features for handheld devices. Most recently, Dr. Mashariki served as Chief Technology Officer at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Dr. Mashariki previously worked at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab as a computer scientist and research scientist where he led a team working on data mining and data fusion projects in the bioinformatics domain. Prior to that, he served as Assistant Director of Informatics at the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Research Center and taught computer science courses at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and robotics at Northwestern University.

Dr. Mashariki holds a Doctor of Engineering from Morgan State University, a Master of Science in Computer Science from Howard University, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Lincoln University. Amen is a Brooklyn native and attended Brooklyn Tech High School.

Swag giveaway + food/drinks at 6:30pm 
Power-Networking at 6:35pm 
Presentation starts at 6:40pm

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  • Eric David B.

    Event video has been posted to http://www.databasemonth.com/database/nyc-cto

    Enjoy!

    3 · October 20, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    The talks were quite interesting and I was happy to meet NYC's very first CTO. I'm a bit disappointed however that the MODA guy wouldn't share what tech stack they used. His answer wasn't quite satisfying. If he'd said that there was a gag order on that I'd accept it, but what about transparency? I might have to complain to the Mayor's office about that ;)

    1 · October 8, 2015

    • Eric David B.

      AP, I'll share that sentiment, I too was curious about the tech-stack, but the take-away is that everything they do is platform-agnostic, so it would work on any platform - at least, that is the theory.

      1 · October 8, 2015

    • Todd

      To me his reply was right on target, forward-thinking and I appreciated it. Flexible is key.

      October 9, 2015

  • Russ D

    can you guys offline this?
    I've got about 40 emails n my inbox. Very few of which are helpful, or polite for that matter.

    9 · October 8, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    Big Data Analytics for Urbanization is critically confined to Data Sets provided by Agencies or Sensors.. "Small Input" from informal Sectors. As the MODA director Amen Ra rightly recognized - those who don't call 311 - are majority of population and economy- Let's improve our Big DaTa responsive to Majority

    1 · October 9, 2015

    • Chris L.

      Without any real evidence, I'll claim that the underground economy is a small but significant portion of the economy at large, not a "majority". Also, we shouldn't let holes in data prevent us from benefiting from the data we do have. That said, it would be a worthwhile effort to consider surrogate variables and appropriate weights to at least partially fill in these holes.

      1 · October 9, 2015

    • Eric David B.

      Great review! Thank you for making the effort to document and share it!

      1 · October 9, 2015

  • Eric David B.

    Please keep comments productive; if you have access to larger Midtown-Manhattan venues then please message me privately - that kind of group-effort response would be enormously helpful. Also, please keep the first-world-problem complaints in perspective; every attendee was welcomed with open arms :) nobody was turned away at the door and everyone fit in the room, albeit not in the utmost of comfort but never-the-less the event is provided free, attendees eat, drink and socialize for free, leave with free swag and a free education and get to meet exceptional tech-leaders who are at the forefront of IT.

    5 · October 8, 2015

  • Methanogen

    Too crowded and the first 30 minutes were spent on selfie sticks rather than the excellent speakers.

    3 · October 8, 2015

    • Eric David B.

      Lol, my trivia swag-giveaways (aka. "selfie-sticks"­) are always timeboxed to 5-7 minutes, that is far less than 30... The rest of the evening was solely the excellent speakers. In those few minutes I gave out hundreds-of-dollars in free swag - this is just after providing free beer, drinks and junk-food. As for being crowded, well, we only announced the event 4-days prior and did not anticipate the scale of the crowd that would attend on such short notice - this is a good problem to have as it implies an exciting popular Meetup event.

      October 8, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm excited to attend a meetup at ThoughtWorks office, which I've never done. Does it have the capacity to comfortably fit everyone who RSVP'd?

    October 7, 2015

    • A former member
      A former member

      I wish someone would have answered my question about comfortably fitting everyone who RSVP'd. Fortunately I came early to get a seat as I feared a standing room.

      October 8, 2015

  • Tom B.

    Thanks for setting up this event.

    1 · October 8, 2015

  • Jeff S.

    WebINTENSIVE Software is looking for a client-facing project manager for our web and mobile app dev. Interested or know someone? Ping me: [masked]

    1 · October 8, 2015

    • Jeff S.

      Hah!!! Speaking of spam... Lol!!!

      October 8, 2015

    • Mohammad C.

      Jeff, no ill intention towards you. But I did notice that at every Database event organized by Eric Benari, you always advertise about recruitment which I am sure many members would not prefer to see here. If you would like to get in contact with potential talent, might I suggest a polite email with permission from the organizer? Cheers!

      October 8, 2015

  • Mohammad C.

    Of all the previous Database meetups I have attended. Never have I seen the audience being so irate in their comments and make fusses like it is the end of the world. Previously, Eric (the organizer) had organized and sponsored high profile events which had speakers of equal or higher caliber than tonight's events. And those venues were packed to the brim, yet no one complained and were rather grateful that those attendees could attend. Sometimes, logistical errors or calculations can go awry but there is a polite way to bring it to the organizers attention. And for those of you who were complaining that they could not secure a spot, well I do empathize with that, however, tough luck! This is the only tech event of all the meetups that I regularly attend, starts way late than other meetups to give the registered attendees enough time to come to the location after their workdays are over. So, as a result, the simple rule of "first come, first serve" applies to all. Everyone chill out!

    2 · October 8, 2015

  • Tom C.

    This event should have been at the nyu Skirball center like the NY Tech Meetup

    1 · October 8, 2015

    • Tom C.

      But overall great speakers! Makes me want to work for the city!

      3 · October 8, 2015

    • Tero P.

      Think bigger! MSG!

      2 · October 8, 2015

  • Nancy

    I may have a scheduling conflict as well and would appreciate knowing whether you plan to record and make available a recording of the talk.

    1 · October 8, 2015

    • Saager M.

      Yes, the talk is being recorded.

      1 · October 8, 2015

    • Sanjay R.

      I would like the recording as well still stuck up in the office

      2 · October 8, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately I can't attend. Will the talks be recorded?

    October 7, 2015

    • Saager M.

      Yes, the talk is being recorded.

      1 · October 8, 2015

  • Don H.

    Sounds like a great event. Sorry had a prior commitment. Do enjoy this!

    October 4, 2015

  • Todd M

    5 minutes is some serious "Power Networking" lol

    2 · October 3, 2015

    • Eric David B.

      Haha, many people arrive a bit earlier to chat-and-nosh plus there is plenty of networking time after the event as well.

      1 · October 3, 2015

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