Experience new ways to put your data to work

Join data and analytics leaders and practitioners from the open source community, startups, and enterprises at the IBM DataFirst Launch Event. We will unveil new ways for you to explore how to put data to work on your path to becoming a Cognitive business.

  • Get hands-on with the new Data Science Experience and machine learning services
  • Accelerate your build to production cycle by taking an InsightOps approach
  • Amplify the value from your data with lessons from new members of the IBM Open Analytics Ecosystem

The IBM DataFirst Launch Event will bring together data engineers, data scientists, data developers and data designers and takes place on the second training day of Strata + Hadoop World NYC. Those attending the Strata Event at the Jacob Javits Center can easily walk to the Hudson Mercantile Building for an evening of food and drink with their peers.


Hudson Mercantile
500 West 36th Street
New York, NY 10018

Schedule of Events

  • 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Registration and Opening Reception
  • 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM Keynote and Special Announcements
    • Bob Picciano, Senior Vice President, IBM Analytics
      Bob has global responsibility for the strategy and management of IBM’s industry-leading data and analytics portfolio. He oversees teams focused on analytics solutions tailored by industry; analytics and data management platforms; cloud data services; enterprise social software and talent management solutions; industry and transformation consulting, and advanced solutions and services that combine cloud, analytics and mobile technologies. Bob began his IBM career in 1987 as a software developer and holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Northeastern University.
    • Ritika Gunnar, Vice President Offering Management, IBM Analytics
      Ritika has worked in development and pre-sales enablement and currently leads offering management for IBM Analytics. Ritika strongly believes in the power of education for today's youth and spends a lot of time advocating and mentoring young women interested in science and engineering. She is a native of Austin and has an MBA and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin.
  • 7:30 PM – 8:10 PM Community Leaders Share Their Expertise
    • Travis Oliphant, Data Scientist, CEO & Founder, Continuum Analytics
      Travis is also the primary creator of the NumPy and founding contributor to the SciPy packages in the Python programming language. Travis was an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Brigham Young University from 2001 to 2007, and also directed the BYU Biomedical Imaging Lab. Travis holds a doctorate from the Mayo Clinic and a Master of Science in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering from Brigham Young University.
    • Jim Deters, CEO & Founder, Galvanize
      Jim Deters has spent the last 14 years starting, building, and investing in companies on the leading edge of technology and social enterprise. Jim co-founded Galvanize in 2012. He previously served as President of Ascendant Technology, and before that founded Portal Interactive. Jim is a business graduate from DePaul University in Chicago with degrees in Economics and Business Management, with a specialty in Entrepreneurship from the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center.
    • Dr. Somesh Nigam, VP, Chief Data Office, Information & Data Governance and Healthcare Informatics, IBM
      Somesh has the overarching mission to establish Data as the foundation of IBM’s Cognitive Business, creating an enterprise wide data governance management framework for IBM business units. Previously he was  Senior Vice President and Chief Informatics  Officer at Independence  Blue Cross and Vice President of health care informatics, medical devices & diagnostics at Johnson & Johnson.   He has Doctor of Philosophy and Chemical Engineering degrees from the University of Michigan.
    • Nik Green Director of Business Intelligence & Data Management, Delhaize America
      Previously, Nick was the Director of Business Intelligence Shared Services at Ascena Retail Group and Manager of Business Intelligence Commercial Systems at Johnson & Johnson. Nik holds a Master of Science in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University.
    • Mukesh Sehgal, Founder, President & CEO, RSG Media Systems
      Mukesh leads the development of RSG Media’s industry-leading software soluitions that are crucial in supporting business strategies.  Mukesh has applied principles from his best-selling book, published on relational database management systems, to further innovate RSG Media into creating a new arm of the company in ad sales, helping clients manage linear and digital ad inventory. Mukesh holds an MBA from the India Institute of Management, Ahmedabad where he was a Unilever Scholar.
  • 8:10 PM – 10:00 PM Demonstrations, Networking and Party on the Rooftop