Faraz Babar

Vice President of Architecture
at American Express

Currently working on next generation architecture for payments and commerce at American Express, Faraz Babar is passionate about using technology as a multiplier. A mechanical sympathy aficionado at heart, he practices his craft by building software that exhibits grace under pressure and resilience in the face of chaos.

Enrico Canzonieri

Tech Lead
at Yelp Inc.

Enrico works as a tech lead on the distributed systems team at Yelp, designing, building and maintaining streaming and real-time processing infrastructure. He’s been working on real-time processing systems since 2013 and he is one of the maintainers of Yelp’s Kafka deployment that moves tens of terabytes of data and tens of billions of messages every day. Enrico loves designing robust software solutions for stream processing that scale and building tools to make application developers’ interaction with the infrastructure as simple as possible. Enrico has previously spoken about Apache Kafka at Berlin Buzzwords, Techsummit.io and Kafka meetup.

Jason Carey

Software Engineer
at Lyft

Jason spent over ten years building frameworks and applications for the Department of Defense. He helped build the core of NiagaraFiles (now Apache NiFi) and is a PMC member. He is currently an engineer at Lyft focusing on building a streaming platform using Flink that enables customers to more easily build reactive services and systems.

Shuyi Chen

Senior Software Engineer
at Uber

Shuyi Chen is a senior software engineer at Uber. He built Uber’s real-time complex event processing platform for the marketplace, which powers 100+ production real-time use cases. Currently, he is the tech lead of the stream processing team in Uber data infrastructure. Shuyi has years of experience in storage infrastructure, data infrastructure, and Android and iOS development at both Google and Uber.

Stephan Ewen

Co-founder and CTO
at data Artisans

Stephan Ewen is CTO and co-founder at data Artisans where he leads the development of the stream processing platform based on open source Apache Flink. He is also a PMC member and one of the original creators of Apache Flink. Before working on Apache Flink, Stephan worked on in-memory databases, query optimization, and distributed systems. He holds a Ph.D. from the Berlin University of Technology.

Andrew Gao

Software Engineer
at Capital One

Andrew is a Software Engineer with a focus in the real-time fraud decisioning space. Most recently Andrew has been working with his team to create a Kubernetes-based streaming platform following the Kappa architecture model for Capital One Bank.

Alex Garella

Software Engineer
at DriveTribe

Alex is a Software Engineer with an interest in functional programming and distributed systems. As a backend developer he is responsible for the design and implementation of various data systems and product features at DriveTribe, the social network for motoring enthusiasts.

Fabian Hueske

Co-Founder / Software Engineer
at data Artisans

Fabian Hueske is a committer and PMC member of the Apache Flink project and has been contributing to Flink since its earliest days. Fabian is a cofounder of data Artisans, a Berlin-based startup devoted to fostering Flink, where he works as a software engineer and contributes to Apache Flink. He holds a PhD in computer science from TU Berlin and is currently writing a book about “Stream Processing with Apache Flink”.

Anand Iyer

Product Manager
at Google Cloud

Anand Iyer is a Product Manager at Google Cloud Platform, focused on delivering industry leading big-data solutions that delight users. He is particularly passionate about the intersection of data, machine learning and open source. Prior to Google, he gained experience building and delivering big-data platforms at Cloudera and LinkedIn. He holds a master’s in computer science from Stanford and a bachelor’s from the University of Arizona.

Jowanza Joseph

Senior Software Engineer
at One Click Retail

Jowanza Joseph is a senior software engineer at One Click Retail, a SaaS company based out of Salt Lake City, Utah. Jowanza’s work focuses on distributed data platforms like Apache Spark and Apache Flink. Outside of programming Jowanza is a frequent blogger about big data technology and a connected home junkie.

Flavio Junqueira

Engineering Lead
at Pravega by DellEMC

Flavio Junqueira leads the Pravega team at DellEMC. He holds a PhD in computer science from the University of California, San Diego and is interested in various aspects of distributed systems, including distributed algorithms, concurrency, and scalability. Previously, Flavio held a software engineer position with Confluent and research positions with Yahoo! Research and Microsoft Research. Flavio has contributed to a few important open-source projects. Most of his current contributions are to the Pravega open-source project, and previously he contributed and started Apache projects such as Apache ZooKeeper and Apache BookKeeper. Flavio co-authored the O’Reilly “ZooKeeper: Distributed process coordination” book.

Sanket Kadarkar

System Engineer
at Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.

I have done Master of Technology in Communication Enginnering from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. Mumbai. Working for Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. Innovation Lab Mumbai from 1.5 years. I am experienced in working with Apache Flink, Apache Spark, Apache Ignite, MongoDB, VoltDB, Redis and Apache Kafka, with system perspective. I am also exploring the field of Machine Learning and Deep Learning as I have worked on Reinforcement Learning during my master thesis which is also published in IEEE VTC 2016, montreal conference. I am keen to try to solve real time problems like whether unpredictability with machine learning solution.

Holden Karau

Developer Advocate
at Google Cloud

Holden is a transgender Canadian open source developer advocate @ Google with a focus on open source big data tools (like Apache Flink, Spark, and BEAM). She is the co-author of Learning Spark, High Performance Spark, and another Spark book that’s a bit more out of date. She is a committer on the Apache Spark, SystemML, and Mahout projects. She was tricked into the world of big data while trying to improve search and recommendation systems and has long since forgotten her original goal.

Aris Koliopoulos

Scala Team Lead
at Drivetribe

Aris is a backend engineer working on the Data platform at Drivetribe. He started off as a distributed systems researcher at the University of Manchester. The last few years he has designed and built distributed systems for various start-ups.

Ken Krugler

at Scale Unlimited

Ken Krugler is an Apache Tika committer, a member of the Apache Software Foundation, and a long-time contributor to the big data open source community. He’s been using Hadoop in anger for over a decade, and is also an expert on big data search & analytics using Solr and Elasticsearch. More recent projects include continuous analysis of display advertising for https://www.adbeat.com/, and creating a digital assistant for sales reps using Akka & TensorFlow as part of https://saleshero.ai/.

Garrett Li

at ebay

Garrett has been creating software for 10 years, his current role is a senior software engineer on eBay unified monitoring platform team.

David Reniz

Senior Telecom Analytics Consultant
at Everis

David Reniz is a Senior Telecom Analytics Consultant at everis Colombia, with more than 5 years of experience in the telco sector. In 2017, joined the Telco & Big Data Analytics team at everis, a consulting company part of NTT Data group, with presence in 15 countries. Now is working in batch and stream analytics innovative use cases for telcos. Current interests are: next-generation stream processing engines, bussiness-applied machine learning use cases, NoSQL & Time Series databases and functional programming.

Stefan Richter

Software Engineer
at data Artisans

Stefan is an Apache Flink comitter and works as a software engineer at data Artisans. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from Saarland University where he worked as researcher in the field of infomation systems. His research focus was on indexing, big data, and main memory databases.

Till Rohrmann

Engineering Lead
at data Artisans

Till is a PMC member of Apache Flink and software engineer at dataArtisans. His main work focuses on enhancing Flink’s scalability as a distributed system. Till studied computer science at TU Berlin, TU Munich and École Polytechnique where he specialized in machine learning and massively parallel dataflow systems.

Jörg Schad

Technical Lead Community Projects
at Mesosphere

Jörg is a Technical Lead for Community Projects at Mesosphere in Hamburg. In his previous life he implemented distributed and in memory databases and conducted research in the Hadoop and Cloud area. His speaking experience includes various Meetups, international conferences, and lecture halls.

Jeff Sharpe

Senior Software Engineer
at Capital One

Jeff is a senior software engineer working for Capital One in Virginia. He’s been an engineer for almost 18 years, with major projects spanning five different languages. Though he began his work on kernel drivers and web applications, he’s been repeatedly drawn into high volume, high throughput data processing projects.

Jinkui Shi

Principal Engineer
at Huawei

Jinkui Shi, Scala programmer, Principal Engineer at Huawei Cloud, Service Leader of CloudStream team. Worked for Sohu/Alibaba in the past. Recent two years focus on Streaming platform.

Ralph Su

MTS2 Engineer
at ebay

Ralph Su is engineer at eBay with various area from cloud to hadoop. He major interests in distributed system and database system. Currently, he is focus on streaming processing of monitoring inside ebay. I’m fond of open-source and committer of apache eagle(id: ralphsu), also contribute to other projects like ebay yidb.

Dave Torok

Senior Principal Enterprise Architect
at Comcast Corporation

Dave is an Enterprise Software Architect with over twenty-five years of technical leadership in the telecommunications, financial services, and healthcare domains. Dave’s diverse experience ranges from engineering event-based and rule processing systems at “PaaS” (Platform as a Service) scale to building an autonomous-agent workplace simulation engine. At Comcast, Dave is leading the end-to-end ingest, compute, and machine learning pipeline architectures for supporting Customer Experience Big Data applications.

Dahyr Vergara

Analytics Manager
at Everis

Dahyr Vergara is Analytics Manager at everis, an NTT Data company with wide experience in the Telecom sector: * Commercial / Sales Analytics, Operational / Technical Analytics. * Big Data Analytics, Business Analytics and Data Science. * Regulatory compliance – Telecom sector. * Telecom consultancy services. Main interests are tackling Big Data Analytics challenges from the definition to the implementation with disruptive technologies. Increase or generate value for customers through automated Business Insights. Data should be played, like music.

Sameer Wadkar

Senior Principal Architect (Machine Learning)
at Comcast NBCUniversal

Sameer Wadkar is a senior principal architect for machine learning at Comcast NBCUniversal, where he works on operationalizing machine learning models to enable rapid turnaround times from model development to model deployment and oversees data ingestion from data lakes, streaming data transformations, and model deployment in hybrid environments ranging from on-premises, cloud, and edge devices. Previously, he developed big data systems capable of handling billions of financial transactions per day arriving out of order for market reconstruction to conduct surveillance of trading activity across multiple markets and implemented natural language processing (NLP) and computer vision-based systems for various public and private sector clients.

Timo Walther

Software Engineer
at data Artisans

Timo Walther is a committer and PMC member of the Apache Flink project. He studied Computer Science at TU Berlin. Alongside his studies, he participated in the Database Systems and Information Management Group there and worked at IBM Germany. Timo works as a software engineer at data Artisans. In Flink, he is mainly working on the Table & SQL API.

Feng Wang

Senior Staff Engineer
at Alibaba

I’m responsible for the Blink runtime team in Alibaba computing platform division.

Seth Wiesman

Data Engineer
at MediaMath

Seth Wiesman is a Data Engineer on the reporting team at MediaMath, where he works on real-time distributed systems and ‘Big Data’ technologies to provide analytics and insights to the users of T1.

Steven Wu

Senior Software Engineer
at Netflix

Steven Wu is a software engineer at Netflix. He is working on real-time data infrastructure that powers massive data ingestion pipeline and stream processing . Previously he was working on cloud platform that builds the foundation of Netflix’s cloud-native microservice architecture. He is passionate about building scalable distributed system and empowering people with data.

Xingzhong Xu

Sr Software Engineer
at Uber Technologies Inc.

Xingzhong is a Senior Software Engineer in Uber where he works on dynamic pricing for more than two years.

Xu Yang

Principle Engineer
at Alibaba

Xu Yang is a principle engineer in Alibaba Group. He has been focused on distributed computing for about ten years, and now he is leading a team developing common ML algorithms for PAI(Platform of Artificial Intelligence). His team has implemented common statistics and visualization , tens of machine learning algorithms based on Flink, and are actively contributing to Flink community recently.