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Monday, December 3
 

9:30am

Data Able Podcast Live Taping - Stories from the Data Trenches
Dave and Matt will be doing a live taping of the Data Able podcast interviewing a couple to be named Twin Cities analytics professionals that will telling data stories. What was most successful analytics projects? What was the definition of success? What made it successful? Along with taking questions from the audience.

Speakers
avatar for Tessa Enns

Tessa Enns

Truck Logistics Analyst, Cargill
avatar for Matt Jesser

Matt Jesser

Co-Founder and Data Coach, Beyond the Data
avatar for Dave Mathias

Dave Mathias

Founder / Director / Podcaster, Beyond the Data / MinneAnalytics / Data Able
Dave is founder of Beyond the Data and NorthRupt Labs. He helps organizations, leaders, and individuals be customer focused and data fluent. Dave is on the board of MinneAnalytics, co-leads both the Twin Cities Data Fluency Group and the Twin Cities Data Visualization Group, and co-host... Read More →
avatar for Liz Weber

Liz Weber

Director, Financial Planning, Analysis, Business Insights & Reporting, SuperValu


Monday December 3, 2018 9:30am - 10:15am
(5) Elements Café (Floor 6) Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 W Kellogg Blvd St. Paul, MN 55102

9:30am

Startup Showcase
Featuring 12 startups each giving a six-minute pitch and taking questions from the audience afterward.

Session Chair: Graeme Thickins (graeme@minneanalytics.org)

Check out the panel discussion Launching & Growing a Fintech Startup: The View from the Trenches following the showcase.

Startups
avatar for Copernicus

Copernicus

Copernicus has mobile phone technology designed to empower parents of teen drivers, and teen drivers themselves, by creating accountability and incentives that can change dangerous driving habits and reduce the urge to use a phone while driving. It uses pattern recognition technology... Read More →
avatar for EdwardsAI

EdwardsAI

EdwardsAI is developing a technology called “AppMaker,” which empowers people that know their own businesses to rapidly develop sophisticated artificial intelligence apps to automate their work and grow their opportunities exponentially on mobile, desktop, or in the cloud.
avatar for Fountane_LLC

Fountane_LLC

Fountane was founded with the intention to help early stage/Idea stage Entrepreneurs and small teams that are passionate about solving some of the budding problems in the world with help of technology. But technology doesn't come cheap, and Entrepreneurs often can't afford crazy amounts... Read More →
avatar for FullContact

FullContact

FullContact creates full profiles of individuals and pieces together the fragmented data for a unified view of a person’s professional and personal lives, in compliance with all existing privacy regulations, It matches identities with probabilistic data, which allows it to adapt... Read More →
avatar for FusionSeven

FusionSeven

FusionSeven provides a SaaS-based blockchain financial management platform dedicated to automating supply chain reconciliation from contract to payment. It lets you monitor the financial heartbeat of your ad campaigns from buy to bill. It is addressing the growing financial complexity... Read More →
avatar for KickFactory

KickFactory

KickFactory is a marketing platform for social sales, built on top of powerful identification and engagement algorithms to connect brands with new customers. Its AI listens for conversations that brands should be involved in and, when it finds one, it pairs the perfect reply using... Read More →
avatar for Pergatech

Pergatech

Pergatech has an AI-powered, data-driven brand analytics platform called TRACKIT that quantifies the link between TV advertising campaigns and online consumer response. 88% of consumers use a second screen device while watching TV. 45% of consumers search online for an ad they just... Read More →
avatar for Radaro

Radaro

Radaro has an enterprise technology platform that streamlines and optimizes “last-mile” delivery of goods or services while transforming the digital customer experience for clients in the US, Australia, and Europe. It enables any business to shift from a traditional model of dispatch... Read More →
avatar for Raw_Office

Raw_Office

Raw Office has a next-generation procurement platform for office supplies that identifies and solves inefficiencies in current processes, outputs suggested improvements, and automates the reordering and fulfillment process. It uses AI and big data to recommend comparable products... Read More →
avatar for Runway_Analytics

Runway_Analytics

Runway Analytics delivers automated reporting solutions that help its clients save time, make informed choices, and compete effectively. It gets you from data, to dashboard, to decision using powerful reporting technology and custom visual dashboards created for your business.
avatar for ShareRoot_Group

ShareRoot_Group

The ShareRoot Group is expanding global awareness around consumer data and privacy issues and has a mission to become a major player in the marketing data and privacy protection ecosystem. Its ShareRoot legal rights management UGC platform is used by such clients as J&J, McDonald's... Read More →
avatar for Trinlogix

Trinlogix

Trinlogix offers a patented, award-winning investment performance measurement tool for financial professionals to provide clients with a clear, easy-to-understand snapshot of their investment portfolio. It presents big data in an interactive, 3D view.


Monday December 3, 2018 9:30am - 10:15am
(4) Argon Room (Floor 6) Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 W Kellogg Blvd St. Paul, MN 55102

9:30am

In Four Simple Steps, ETL Clickstream to Data Product APIs (no Engineer needed!)
Many organizations use Clickstream for reporting but struggle to turn that data into valuable Data Products and production-ready ML models. Thanks to Apache Spark and Cloud Computing, it’s not as daunting task as you may think.

I’m going to cover in detail a recipe for you to take your Clickstream, explore it, ETL into a cloud platform, then create/publish data products into a REST API for consumption. This approach is designed to be nimble and iterative, with no back-end engineering needed.

Speakers
avatar for Josh Janzen

Josh Janzen

Life Time, Inc, Senior Data Scientist
Josh is a fast-moving Data Scientist with experience in both the Retail and Healthcare industries, leveraging various cloud computing platforms.  The key to Josh’s success is the ability to recognize opportunities in data and the skills to capitalize from start to finish.  Josh... Read More →


Monday December 3, 2018 9:30am - 10:15am
(6) Xenon Room (Floor 6) Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 W Kellogg Blvd St. Paul, MN 55102

9:30am

Recommender Systems: Algorithmic Fundamentals
Recommender systems have been integrated into a wide variety of commerce, content, and other marketing systems to guide customers and users to products and information they are likely to find valuable. In this talk, we look at a diverse set of techniques for recommendation, from easy-to-implement algorithms for small systems to the high-throughput algorithms used in larger-scale deployments. We focus on understanding the key data and user assumptions behind these algorithms, and in turn where they are most likely to be useful.

Speakers
avatar for Joseph Konstan, PhD

Joseph Konstan, PhD

Professor, University of Minnesota
Joseph A. Konstan is Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Distinguished University Teaching Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota.  His research addresses a variety of human-computer interaction issues, including... Read More →


Monday December 3, 2018 9:30am - 10:15am
(1) Omnitheater (Access via Floor 5 or 6) Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 W Kellogg Blvd St. Paul, MN 55102

10:30am

Startup Showcase (continued)
Featuring 12 startups each giving a six-minute pitch and taking questions from the audience afterward.

Session Chair: Graeme Thickins (graeme@minneanalytics.org)

Check out the panel discussion Launching & Growing a Fintech Startup: The View from the Trenches following the Startup Showcase.

Startups
avatar for Copernicus

Copernicus

Copernicus has mobile phone technology designed to empower parents of teen drivers, and teen drivers themselves, by creating accountability and incentives that can change dangerous driving habits and reduce the urge to use a phone while driving. It uses pattern recognition technology... Read More →
avatar for EdwardsAI

EdwardsAI

EdwardsAI is developing a technology called “AppMaker,” which empowers people that know their own businesses to rapidly develop sophisticated artificial intelligence apps to automate their work and grow their opportunities exponentially on mobile, desktop, or in the cloud.
avatar for Fountane_LLC

Fountane_LLC

Fountane was founded with the intention to help early stage/Idea stage Entrepreneurs and small teams that are passionate about solving some of the budding problems in the world with help of technology. But technology doesn't come cheap, and Entrepreneurs often can't afford crazy amounts... Read More →
avatar for FullContact

FullContact

FullContact creates full profiles of individuals and pieces together the fragmented data for a unified view of a person’s professional and personal lives, in compliance with all existing privacy regulations, It matches identities with probabilistic data, which allows it to adapt... Read More →
avatar for FusionSeven

FusionSeven

FusionSeven provides a SaaS-based blockchain financial management platform dedicated to automating supply chain reconciliation from contract to payment. It lets you monitor the financial heartbeat of your ad campaigns from buy to bill. It is addressing the growing financial complexity... Read More →
avatar for KickFactory

KickFactory

KickFactory is a marketing platform for social sales, built on top of powerful identification and engagement algorithms to connect brands with new customers. Its AI listens for conversations that brands should be involved in and, when it finds one, it pairs the perfect reply using... Read More →
avatar for Pergatech

Pergatech

Pergatech has an AI-powered, data-driven brand analytics platform called TRACKIT that quantifies the link between TV advertising campaigns and online consumer response. 88% of consumers use a second screen device while watching TV. 45% of consumers search online for an ad they just... Read More →
avatar for Radaro

Radaro

Radaro has an enterprise technology platform that streamlines and optimizes “last-mile” delivery of goods or services while transforming the digital customer experience for clients in the US, Australia, and Europe. It enables any business to shift from a traditional model of dispatch... Read More →
avatar for Raw_Office

Raw_Office

Raw Office has a next-generation procurement platform for office supplies that identifies and solves inefficiencies in current processes, outputs suggested improvements, and automates the reordering and fulfillment process. It uses AI and big data to recommend comparable products... Read More →
avatar for Runway_Analytics

Runway_Analytics

Runway Analytics delivers automated reporting solutions that help its clients save time, make informed choices, and compete effectively. It gets you from data, to dashboard, to decision using powerful reporting technology and custom visual dashboards created for your business.
avatar for ShareRoot_Group

ShareRoot_Group

The ShareRoot Group is expanding global awareness around consumer data and privacy issues and has a mission to become a major player in the marketing data and privacy protection ecosystem. Its ShareRoot legal rights management UGC platform is used by such clients as J&J, McDonald's... Read More →
avatar for Trinlogix

Trinlogix

Trinlogix offers a patented, award-winning investment performance measurement tool for financial professionals to provide clients with a clear, easy-to-understand snapshot of their investment portfolio. It presents big data in an interactive, 3D view.


Monday December 3, 2018 10:30am - 11:00am
(4) Argon Room (Floor 6) Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 W Kellogg Blvd St. Paul, MN 55102

10:30am

Analytics & RPA
If you could, picture your brain as analytics and your arms and legs as RPA. RPA gathers data and brings it together. Once run, it’s the analysis of this massive volume of data — on both customers and business activities — where RPA can become incredibly useful. There are two important kinds of analytics worth noting here: Operational analytics and customer analytics. Operational uses data on a company’s business operations in order to drive operational improvements, while customer analytics deals with analyzing customer data in order to attract and retain customers.

Speakers
avatar for Chet Chambers

Chet Chambers

Chief Evangelist, UiPath
Michael “Chet” Chambers has driven growth in RPA for businesses for over a decade - a successful early adopter of RPA technology, back when functioning robots were still science fiction to most people.Prior to joining UiPath, Chet was the Director of  Innovation at companies... Read More →


Monday December 3, 2018 10:30am - 11:00am
(3) Discovery Hall (Floor 4) Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 W Kellogg Blvd St. Paul, MN 55102

10:30am

Future of Sports Retail Powered by Machine Learning
2017 saw the most doors closed for retail. 2018 is set to pass that, yet more brands like Nike and Under Armour, as well as retail startups, are opening more doors than ever. What's with this conundrum?

The reality is, retail is thriving, more than ever; due in large part to machine learning and analytics on the customer. This presentation will explore success stories of retail winners in this "retail apocalypse" age. The presentation will cover market share on brands in the footwear, sports, apparel and fashion industries. It will also include consumer habits, the importance of segmentation, shopping preferences, and ultimately, shopper destinations.

This presentation will reveal how analytics and big data informs merchandising decisions, merchandising, branding and more. A few examples to be included will be AllBirds, Warby Parker and will showcase how Nike's new store, Nike by Melrose uses crowdsourcing technology to fulfill merchandise in the store - This has never been done before in the history of retail.

Speakers
avatar for John Peters

John Peters

VP, Business Dev, Sports & Fitness Industry Association
John Peters is in charge of all revenue and business development at the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), where he is responsible for all revenue streams and partner relations. The SFIA is the premier trade association of leading industry sports and fitness brands, suppliers... Read More →


Monday December 3, 2018 10:30am - 11:00am
(5) Elements Café (Floor 6) Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 W Kellogg Blvd St. Paul, MN 55102

10:30am

Building Private Clouds
NetApp is the Data Authority in hybrid cloud.  We are uniquely positioned with the most innovative portfolio and unsurpassed expertise to help customers create the data architecture and hybrid cloud data services needed to unleash the full potential of their data.

Speakers
avatar for Rajesh Kapoor

Rajesh Kapoor

Sr. Director, Americas Solution Architect, NetApp


Monday December 3, 2018 10:30am - 11:00am
(6) Xenon Room (Floor 6) Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 W Kellogg Blvd St. Paul, MN 55102

11:15am

How Data Analytics Opportunities Can Co-Exist With US and EU Privacy Regulation
Our panel will discuss ways in which the California Consumer Privacy Act and EU’s General Data Protection Regulation can present opportunities for data analytics and how innovation can co-exist with regulation, including (i) a brief introduction to such regulation, (ii) the impact of such regulation on the performance of analytics and the impact on the resulting insight, (iii) the journey involving tracking and analyzing the California Consumer Privacy Act and (iv) what to monitor and take into account going forward, including prospects for federal US privacy regulation.

Moderator
avatar for Melissa Krasnow

Melissa Krasnow

Partner, VLP Law Group LLP
Melissa Krasnow is a partner at VLP Law Group who advises clients in the financial services, health and life sciences and technology areas on domestic and cross-border privacy, data security, big data, artificial intelligence and governance matters, technology transactions and mergers... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Erich Axmacher

Erich Axmacher

Chief Privacy Officer, Securian Financial Group
avatar for Brad Hammer

Brad Hammer

Partner, Vakaris Group
avatar for Timothy Nagle

Timothy Nagle

Chief Privacy Officer, U.S. Bank


Monday December 3, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm
(5) Elements Café (Floor 6) Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 W Kellogg Blvd St. Paul, MN 55102

11:15am

Predicting Sales during Hurricanes for a Home Improvement Retailer via TensorFlow
When a hurricane is bearing down on a major metropolitan area, accurately predicting the extreme spikes in demand for home improvement categories is extremely difficult, and too often based on inaccurate instinct. See how North Highland used TensorFlow to train a recursive neural network on hundreds of terabytes of weather data, to help a major home improvement retailer better protect their customers' homes and loved ones in times of need.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Yates

Matt Yates

Sr. Data Scientist and Management Consultant, North Highland
Matt is a seasoned data scientist and management consultant recognized in 2018 by Consulting Magazine’s “35 Under 35” as a rising star in retail consulting. Since joining North Highland, Matt has been on a relentless pursuit to craft innovative solutions driving both top and... Read More →


Monday December 3, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm
(6) Xenon Room (Floor 6) Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 W Kellogg Blvd St. Paul, MN 55102

1:00pm

Getting to the Heart of the Customer
The integration of Voice of Customer Research and On-Site (Store & Branch) Journey Measurement provides a remarkably fruitful way to understand and improve the customer experience. In this presentation, we'll not only explain how this works, but we'll show several real world case-studies that illustrate the remarkable power of putting attitudinal and behavioral data from the real world together. We'll also cover the technologies necessary to do the work. The keys to successful integration. And the way to handle common issues around store operations, data collection and security, and consumer privacy. This integration may be fairly common practice in the digital world, but it's almost unheard of in the store.

Speakers
avatar for Gary Angel

Gary Angel

CEO, Digital Mortar
One of the leading measurement experts in the world, Gary has spent more than three decades driving enterprise analytics. He's co-founder and CEO of Digital Mortar - a leading technology provider of in-store shopper journey measurement. Before founding Digital Mortar, he founded and... Read More →


Monday December 3, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
(1) Omnitheater (Access via Floor 5 or 6) Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 W Kellogg Blvd St. Paul, MN 55102

1:00pm

The Chief AI Officer's Secret: Getting Insights from AI in Minutes, not Months
As organizations accumulate more data, insights teams struggle to analyze it all and make sure they discover the most important insights. Today, Fortune 500 companies analyze less than 20% of the data they have — the 80% of data that never gets analyzed contains important hidden insights that will never be discovered and used.

These hidden insights are the key to beating the well-organized, digital challengers in your business. You have more data than these challengers, but if you can't get more insight out of that data, it's not serving you.

Noah Horton, the former head of product and core engineering for Oracle Cloud, has invented a new approach to AI — the first based on unsupervised machine learning — that is able to analyze all of a businesses data without human guidance, and discover the insights that matter automatically.

Data Science, machine learning, and AI have long been promised as a solution to dealing with this data growth, but every other AI or machine learning company you've heard about still requires data scientists to start with a hypothesis and to run bespoke projects. Even simple projects still require months of cleaning data, building and training models, and repeated iteration — before you see any results. These approaches are too manual and too slow for you to be able to analyze all your data. In this keynote session, you'll learn why Unsupervised AI is the key to automatically discovering the important insights in your data — saving your team the manual effort of generating and testing hypotheses, and allowing everybody, from the C-level to line-level, to learn faster and make better data-driven decisions.

Noah will also answer questions on improving your insights process, show you ways to get very quick wins in your organization using AI (with real examples), and share what successes we've seen with other key industry executives (like the first Chief AI Officer in the Fortune 500, Pavan Arora, who I've quoted below).

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“Almost everyone underestimates the time it takes to train a machine. Supervised learning requires an enormous amount of data cleaning and transformation. Unsupervised is leaping beyond by reducing AI development from months to minutes. They are on the cutting-edge, helping lead the AI revolution.“
PAVAN ARORA
Chief AI Officer, ARAMARK (first CAIO in the F500)
Former Chief Data Officer, IBM Watson

Speakers
avatar for Noah Horton

Noah Horton

CEO, Unsupervised
Noah is the CEO and Co-Founder of Unsupervised. He is a Fortune 500 AI expert and one of the pioneers in unsupervised learning and AI.Before founding Unsupervised, Noah was the Chief Product Officer of Ayasdi, where he designed some of the most advanced AI products deployed in Fortune... Read More →


Monday December 3, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
(4) Argon Room (Floor 6) Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 W Kellogg Blvd St. Paul, MN 55102

2:00pm

Building Marketing Analytics Capabilities, Brick by Brick
As part of a centralized data science team, we get very specific predictive modeling and analytics requests from our business partners. Over the course of the past 3 years, we've built several of these projects for a relatively small audience, but the real business-changing impact emerged once we combined all of them into a larger marketing and promotion optimization engine.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Rogowski

Jason Rogowski

Director of Data Science, Polaris Industries
Jason is a biostatistician by training, but has spent the majority of his career in business and consumer predictive modeling and analytics.
avatar for Ryan Stellmaker

Ryan Stellmaker

Data Scientist, Polaris Industries


Monday December 3, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm
(1) Omnitheater (Access via Floor 5 or 6) Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 W Kellogg Blvd St. Paul, MN 55102

2:45pm

Agile & Beyond
Over the last two decades agile has gone from obscurity to ubiquity, evolving a lot along the way. Agile forerunners continuously push boundaries and realize major productivity gains as a result. But despite agile being everywhere these days, many data teams struggle to adopt it effectively. Even small agile misapplications can end up decreasing productivity instead of increasing it. This creates a growing productivity gap between data teams that use agile effectively and those that don’t, which can mean the difference between a data team being a competitive asset or a costly liability. In this talk, we’ll dig into modern agile concepts and how they can be applied to manage and run high-performing data teams starting from the basics and working up to recent trends in areas like DataOps, lean workflows, continuous delivery, and objective reliability management.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Ernst

Scott Ernst

Director of Data Science & Engineering, When I Work
Scott is currently the Director of Data Science & Data Engineering at When I Work, a Minneapolis-based startup. He has a PhD in computational physics that focused on large-scale astrophysical and magnetohydrodynamic plasma simulations. Over the last decade Scott has worked in various... Read More →


Monday December 3, 2018 2:45pm - 3:30pm
(1) Omnitheater (Access via Floor 5 or 6) Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 W Kellogg Blvd St. Paul, MN 55102

2:45pm

Don’t Let Your Data Strategy Crash from a Sugar High
The data hype machine continues to be in full effect.  There are very public statistics on the percentage of analytics and data efforts that fail outright, or at a minimum do not meet their advertised goals. As data volumes rise, so does the opportunity for risk and efforts to control your data consumption will often backfire. We will plan to cover a simple analogy, and will discuss behavioral metrics you can use on your organization to gauge the effectiveness of your data and analytics strategy.  Positive side effects will be accelerated adoption of both data & solutions, and the ability to connect your tribe of data ninjas to rise the tide of your entire organization.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Cariveau

Brian Cariveau

VP, Tech Area Senior Manager, Wells Fargo
Brian leads a BI / Analytics organization serving the “business of IT” within Wells Fargo.


Monday December 3, 2018 2:45pm - 3:30pm
(2) Auditorium (Floor 3) Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 W Kellogg Blvd St. Paul, MN 55102

3:45pm

Leveraging Knowledge Graphs for Better Voice Experiences
In late 2017, it was reported that more than 20 million Amazon Echoes and over seven million Google Homes were being used in our homes and offices, and this number continues to grow everyday. While they're good at some things, most aren't very conversational. In order to evolve this medium, we need to move beyond simple one-turn interactions into more human-like conversations. So how might we do this? This talk explores pairing knowledge graphs and graph technologies with voice user interfaces to create more natural conversational interactions between human and machine that engage, inform, and delight users.

Speakers
avatar for Jay Myers

Jay Myers

Product Manger, Voice Assistant, Best Buy
Jay Myers is a Product Manager on Best Buy's Voice Assistant team, focused on delivering AI-based voice experiences on Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant platforms. A wearer of many hats over his career, Jay has served in both product and engineering roles. Outside of Best Buy, Jay... Read More →


Monday December 3, 2018 3:45pm - 4:15pm
(3) Discovery Hall (Floor 4) Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 W Kellogg Blvd St. Paul, MN 55102

3:45pm

Sniff Out, Then Snuff Regression to the Mean
Good analytics leads to better decisions. Great analytics pushes beyond improved choices to enhance how we view a phenomena. Regression to the mean consistently hinders good analytics. Regularly recognizing (sniffing) and eliminating (snuffing) regression to the mean will change how you evaluate both programs and your coworkers behaviors.

In this talk, Jason will outline what analyses are most susceptible to regression to the mean,  (i.e. reversion to mediocrity) and how they can be reworked to provide more accurate measurement. Three real world examples will be weaved into this exploration along with perhaps the most important lesson - avoiding Daniel Kahneman’s regression fallacy.

Speakers
avatar for Jason McNellis

Jason McNellis

Research Director, Gartner
Jason is an analytic strategist and researcher who focuses on identifying systematic improvements that increase analytic impact. His experience and research agenda focus on helping marketing, customer experience and customer insight professionals leverage data, technology and advanced... Read More →


Monday December 3, 2018 3:45pm - 4:15pm
(2) Auditorium (Floor 3) Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 W Kellogg Blvd St. Paul, MN 55102