Who will speak at Data Day Texas 2020

We are beginning to announce speakers for 2020. Want to join us as a speaker? Check out our proposals page.

Confirmed Speakers

Jon Allen (San Francisco)

Jon Allen is a Senior Data Scientist at SyncThink and a Founder of / Stand-up Comedian at Cheaper Than Therapy. Jon is a physicist who studied at UT Austin’s Center for Relativity. After leaving academia, Jon worked with start-ups from MIT’s Media Lab on automated gait analysis and, later, co-founded Ravel in 2010, which specialized in large scale data solutions for corporate marketing groups. Jon moved out to the Bay Area in 2012 and has worked extensively as a data scientist in the medical and hardware spaces. He also started, runs, and regularly performs in one of the largest independent comedy clubs in the US, Cheaper Than Therapy.

Tim Berglund (Denver) @tlberglund

Tim Berglund is a teacher, author, and technology leader with Confluent, where he serves as the senior director of developer experience. Tim can frequently be found at speaking at conferences internationally and in the United States. He is the co-presenter of various O’Reilly training videos on topics ranging from Git to distributed systems and is the author of Gradle Beyond the Basics. He tweets as @tlberglund, blogs very occasionally at timberglund.com, and is the cohost of the DevRel Radio Podcast. He lives in Littleton, Colorado, with the wife of his youth and their youngest child, the other two having mostly grown up.

Dr. Denise Koessler Gosnell (Charleston) @DeniseKGosnell

Dr. Denise Gosnell leads a team at DataStax which builds some of the largest, distributed graph applications in the world. Her passion centers on examining, applying, and evangelizing the applications of graph data and complex graph problems. As an NSF Fellow, Dr. Gosnell earned her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Tennessee. Her research coined the concept of "social fingerprinting" by applying graph algorithms to predict user identity from social media interactions.​ ​Since then, Dr. Gosnell has built, published, patented, and spoke on dozens of topics related to graph theory, graph algorithms, graph databases, and applications of graph data across all industry verticals.
Dr. Gosnell was one of the most highly rated speakers at Data Day Texas 2019. We're happy that she will be returning for 2020.

Rob McDaniel (Seattle)

Rob McDaniel is the CTO at Sigma IQ, a company that provides artificial intelligence for corporate finance. . Most recently, Rob was Manager of Applied Science at Rakuten, where he managed the AI that expands the depth and quality of Rakuten's global product catalog.

Rob has a diverse background in engineering and machine learning, both with major corporations and startups. He has worked on problems related to machine translation, taxonomy classification and information extraction, and has a passion for unsupervised methods and graph theory.

Juan Sequeda (Austin) @juansequeda

Dr. Juan Sequeda is the co-founder of Capsenta, a spin-off from his research, and the Senior Director of Capsenta Labs. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests are on the intersection of Logic and Data and in particular between the Semantic Web and Relational Databases for data integration, ontology based data access and semantic/graph data management. Juan is the recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, received 2nd Place in the 2013 Semantic Web Challenge for his work on ConstituteProject.org, Best Student Research Paper at the 2014 International Semantic Web Conference and the 2015 Best Transfer and Innovation Project awarded by Institute for Applied Informatics. Juan is the General Chair of AMW 2018, was the PC chair of the ISWC 2017 In-Use track, is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Web Semantics, member of multiple program committees (ISWC, ESWC, WWW, AAAI, IJCAI) and co-creator of the Consuming Linked Data Workshop series. Juan is a member of the Graph Query Languages task force of the Linked Data Benchmark Council (LDBC) and has also been an invited expert member and standards editor at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).


Martin Fowler of Thoughtworks holding a "fireside chat" for the Data Day 2019 audience.


Perennial Data Day favorite, Holden Karau, presenting the latest on Spark at DDTX19.


Jonathon Morgan, CEO of New Knowledge, discussing how to build a data science team, at DDTX19.