Graph Day comes to Seattle

In June, we recently hosted the annual Graph Day Conference in San Francisco. Speakers came from all over the world to speak and present over 40 sessions. The leaders of every practically every major commercial graph project were in attendance, many meeting each other for the very first time. Quite a few folks from Seattle made the trek down to SF for the conference. Many more asked if we would host a graph day in Seattle -- so we are.
NOTE: Graph Day in Seattle is part of Data Day Seattle. Your Data Day Seattle ticket gets you into all the graph talks and workshops as well.

Who's speaking?

We've just begun to send invites to speakers, and will publish updates on this page as new speakers are confirmed.

Graph Keynote - Haikal Pribadi (London) @ haikalpribadi

Haikal Pribadi is the Founder and CEO of GRAKN.AI, the database for AI. His interest in the field began at the Monash Intelligent Systems Lab, where he built an open source driver for the Parallax Eddie Robot which was then adopted by NASA. After which, he completed a masters degree in AI from the University of Cambridge. Haikal was also the youngest Algorithm Expert behind Quintiq’s Optimisation Technology behind some of the world’s largest supply chain systems in transportation, retail and logistics. He now works on GRAKN.AI, a distributed knowledge base with that uses machine reasoning to handle and interpret complex data. GRAKN.AI was recently awarded Product of the Year 2017 by the University of Cambridge Computer Lab.

Dave Bechberger (Houston)

Dave Bechberger is a Sr. Architect at Gene by Gene, a genetic genealogy and bioinformatics company, where he works extensively on developing their next-generation data architecture. Dave has spent his career engaging in full stack software development but specializes in building data architectures in complex data domains such as bioinformatics, oil and gas, supply chain management, etc. He uses his knowledge of graph and other big data technologies to build out highly performant and scalable systems. Dave has previously spoken at a variety of international technical conferences including NDC Oslo, NDC London, and Graph DayTexas.

Ryan Boyd (SF Bay)

Ryan Boyd (Linkedin) is a SF-based software engineer focused on helping developers understand the power of graph databases. Previously he was a product manager for architectural software, built applications and web hosting environments for higher education, and worked in developer relations for twenty products during his 8 years at Google. He enjoys cycling, sailing, skydiving, and many other adventures when not in front of his computer.
Ryan will be giving the following Graph Day Seattle presentation: Combining graph analytics with real-time graph query workloads for solving business problems.

Mike Downie (Bryan/College Station)

Mike Downie, Technical Lead at Expero, is driven to solve technical problems in the most practical way possible. To do this well he developed a diverse set of skills to truly understand the problem(s) at hand and a depth of technical knowledge to create great solutions.
Lifelong interests in technology, math, and science and that drive to solve problems led Mike to pursue a Computer Science degree at Texas A&M. He wasn’t content to learn about software in a classroom, he wanted to apply concepts in real-world settings as soon as possible. His final three years of college he worked professionally developing software. First as a co-op student for a (then) national telecommunications company and later part-time for a software consulting company. This ‘dual education’ allowed Mike to graduate with a strong academic foundation and the practical skills to apply his knowledge.
After completing his degree Mike continued to work for the consulting company, helping the company grow from 4 employees to more than 60 over the course of a decade. He gained expertise through success on a diverse set of projects. Project work included data acquisition and control, database applications and user interface design. During this period Mike also built software teams, studying software project management, estimation, requirements gathering, application lifecycle management and learning to effectively mentor junior developers.
Mike’s most recent work includes database design and front-end development for enterprise resource planning systems. He continues to look for difficult problems needing great solutions. What makes a great solution? He says first and foremost it has to work well, meeting both the functional and non-functional requirements. A solution can’t just work it has to work fast enough, be intuitive to the user and be maintainable by the developers to be great.
Mike will be giving the following Graph Day Seattle presentation: Graph Data Obfuscation

David Gilardi (Orlando)

David Gilardi is a Technical Evangelist at DataStax, and is a total nerd for distributed databases - with a particular interest in distributed graph. He has over 20 years of relevant experience in programming, database administration, cloud, server/network monitoring, and analytics. Before his time at DataStax he was Senior Development Manager at Hobsons, an education services company, responsible for a flagship SaaS CRM product deployed on hybrid cloud using a combination of relational and NoSQL database technologies.
David will be presenting the following Graph Day session: 3 ways to build a near real-time recommendation engine

Dr. Denise Koessler Gosnell (Charleston) @DeniseKGosnell

In August 2017, Dr. Denise Gosnell, transitioned into a Solutions Architect position with DataStax where she aspires to build upon her experiences as a data scientist and graph architect to further their established line of graph solutions. Prior to her role with DataStax, Dr. Gosnell was a Data Scientist and Technology Evangelist at PokitDok. During her three years with PokitDok, she built software solutions for and spoke at over a dozen conferences on permissioned blockchains, machine learning applications of graph analytics, and data science within the healthcare industry.
Dr. Gosnell earned her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Tennessee. Her research on how our online interactions leave behind unique identifiers that form a “social fingerprint” led to presentations at major conferences from San Diego to London and drew the interest of such tech industry giants as Microsoft Research and Apple. Additionally, she was a leader in addressing the underrepresentation of women in her field and founded a branch of Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In Circles.
Dr. Gosnell will be presenting the following Graph Day session: Everything is not a graph problem (but there are plenty)

Gunnar Kleemann (Berkeley / Austin)

Gunnar Kleemann is a Data Scientist with the Berkeley Data Science Group (BDSG). He is interested in how data science facilitates biological discovery and lowers the barrier to high-throughput research, particularly in small, independent labs. In addition to his work with BDSG, he is also involved in the development and implementation of technologies like the ATX Hackerspace Biology Laboratory.
Gunnar holds a PhD in Molecular Genetics from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a Master’s in Data Science from UC Berkeley. He did post-doctoral research on the genomics of aging at Princeton University, where his research focused developing high throughput robotic assays to understand how genetic changes alter lifespan and reproductive biology.
Gunnar will be speaking as part of Graph Day Seattle.

Denny Lee (Seattle) @ dennylee

Denny Lee is a Principal Program Manager at Microsoft for the Azure CosmosDB team - Microsoft's globally distributed, multi-model database. He is a hands-on distributed systems and data sciences engineer with extensive experience developing internet-scale infrastructure, data platforms, and predictive analytics systems for both on-premise and cloud environments. Prior to joining the Azure CosmosDB team, Denny worked as a Technology Evangelist at Databricks; he has been working with Apache Spark since 0.5. He was also the Senior Director of Data Sciences Engineering at Concur, and was on the incubation team that built Microsoft's Hadoop on Windows and Azure service (currently known as HDInsight). Denny also has a Masters of Biomedical Informatics from Oregon Health and Sciences University.
Denny will be co-presenting the following session: Applying an active learning algorithm for entity de-duplication in graph data

William Lyon (SFBay) @lyonwj

William Lyon is a software developer at Neo4j, the open source graph database. As an engineer on the Developer Relations team, he works primarily on integrating Neo4j with other technologies, building demo apps, helping other developers build applications with Neo4j, and writing documentation. Prior to joining Neo, William worked as a software developer for several startups in the real estate software, quantitative finance, and predictive API fields. William holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Montana. You can find him online at
William will be presenting the following session: Applying an active learning algorithm for entity de-duplication in graph data

Christian Miles (Ontario, Canada)

Christian Miles is the Technical Sales Manager at Cambridge Intelligence. Since completing his Masters in Maths & Computer Science at Bristol University in the UK, Christian has specialized in graph visualization software for global enterprise deployments. In his roles at BAE Systems and the Wynyard Group, Christian's focus has been applying graph network analysis in Financial Crime, Cyber and Law Enforcement domains. Christian is a North American Sales Engineer for Cambridge Intelligence, makers of KeyLines, and is based out of Canada.
Christian will be giving the following Graph Day Seattle presentation: Exploring the graph database landscape through graph visualization.

Josh Perryman (Bryan / College Station) @joshperryman

Josh Perryman likes to play with data. Oftentimes this is implementing proprietary algorithms closer to the data for performance or scale. Sometimes it is ad-hoc investigation and analysis, a sort of exploratory querying. A few times he’s been able to leverage his experience with data engines for dramatic performance improvements. But the real joy is designing a schema for both functionality and performance, one which increases the productivity of other developers and enables a technology to solve new problems or deliver new value to the business.
But technology isn't just data, and he does more than just play with data. He’s worked with high performance computing (HPC) environments, taking computations from hours to minutes or seconds. He has built visualizations which deliver new insights into complex data domains. He’s managed technology personnel, both directly and indirectly, to deliver technology solutions. He’s have put together more types of technology components, software and hardware, than can be counted, because one of his fortes is solving problems by building sustainable systems.
Josh will also be offering a Thursday afternoon workshop: Hands-on Introduction to TinkerPop and the Gremlin Query Language.

Alan Pita (Austin)

Alan Pita, Graph Developer and Architect at Expero, has 20+ years of experience as a developer and architect for high-performance software-hardware systems scaling to multiple data centers with thousands of participating nodes each. He specializes in helping firms productize and monetize complex software technology from emerging research. He has three patents stemming from 10 years of work at IBM’s Server Division. He has led globally distributed technical teams, mined and managed agile product requirements, and built a proven track record of delivering boundary-defying technical innovations. Alan brings extensive technical experience in the areas of programming languages, complex SoC design, computer system architecture and functional design verification. Alan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Master's Degree in Computer Science from Stanford University. He is currently on hiatus from the Ph.D. program in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also a graduate of the IBM Leadership Excellence course.
Alan will be giving the following Graph Day Seattle presentation: Interactive prototyping of Graph Applications with JanusGraph

Steve Purves

Steve Purves, Senior Software Developer at Expero, describes himself as an engineer first and foremost. He is comfortable working full-stack, cross-platform in a range of languages and is happiest when there is some mathematical or scientific analysis sprinkled in. He graduated in electrical engineering specializing in signal and image processing, which he took into the scientific computing field in the Oil and Gas industry.
During that time his work was largely split into three: development of low-level number-crunching libraries (C, C++, CUDA) and the cross-platform desktop application with 3D visualization to drive it; applied research in signal processing, numerical analysis algorithm development for 3D seismic analysis, during which he was an IEEE journal geek; and finally management of R&D and Product development teams as CTO, championing practices like TDD, BDD and Agile to get it done.
Around 5 years ago, the excitement of daily binary builds wore thin and Steve got hooked on building applications for the web, starting out with web-desktop integration work for seismic analysis on the iPad. Since then activities have included working on full-stack web applications, with and without desktop integration, for startups in sectors such as Dental, TV Production and Software Micro-Consulting.
Steve will be giving the following Graph Day Seattle presentation: Graph Representations in Machine Learning

Aravind Krishna R (Seattle) @ arkramac

Aravind Krishna R is a Principal Program Manager with the Azure Cosmos DB team, Microsoft’s new globally distributed, multi-model database service. He is one of the team members responsible for building the new Gremlin graph APIs for Azure Cosmos DB. He has worked in various roles building databases and distributed systems, and has been with the Azure Cosmos DB team for the last 4 years.


Shireesh Thota (SF Bay) @ shireeshThota

Shireesh Thota is an Engineering Manager at Azure Cosmos DB, where he is responsible for managing the teams around the Programmability aspects. Shireesh joined Microsoft in 2007 and has worked on SQL Server, SQL DB and Cosmo DB. At Cosmos DB, his focus has primarily been around designing, evolving and engineering Logical Indexing, Query architecture, Scaling, hosting Programming runtimes and Interoperability layers. In the past he has worked on SQL Server, built some of the key components around DAC framework, and Import / Export services for SQL DB.
Shireesh will be speaking as part of Graph Day Seattle.

Denis Vrdoljak (SF Bay)

Denis Vrdoljak (Co-Founder and Managing Director at the Berkeley Data Science Group (BDSG)): Denis is a Berkeley trained Data Scientist and a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), with a background in Project Management. He has experience working with a variety of data types-- from intelligence analysis to electronics QA to business analytics. In Data Science, his passion and current focus is in Machine Learning based Predictive Analytics and Network Graph Analysis. He holds a Master's in Data Science from the UC Berkeley and a Master's in International Affairs from Texas A&M.
Denis will be speaking as part of Graph Day Seattle.

Trey Wilson

As a software consultant for Expero, Trey Wilson focuses on getting real code working quickly. Trey loves to work with the newest technologies, but only when they serve to achieve a pragmatic goal.
As soon as the “middle-of-nowhere” town that Trey grew up in had the Internet, he taught himself to program and hasn’t looked back since. He has programmed everything from displaying real-time geospatial communications data to image recognition using deep learning algorithms. The quickest way to get Trey interested in a problem is to say “This looks difficult.” Trey enjoys traveling to new cities to see if they have any good craft beers, reading up on esoteric subjects in case they ever become useful, and cooking like an amateur.
Trey will be giving the following Graph Day Seattle presentation: Graph Representations in Machine Learning

Dr. Yu Xu (Redwood City)

Dr. Yu Xu is the founder and CEO of TigerGraph, the world’s first native parallel graph database. Dr. Xu received his Ph.D in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of California San Diego. He is an expert in big data and parallel database systems and has over 26 patents in parallel data management and optimization. Prior to founding TigerGraph, Dr. Xu worked on Twitter’s data infrastructure for massive data analytics. Before that, he worked as Teradata’s Hadoop architect where he led the company’s big data initiatives.
Dr. Xu will be giving the following Graph Day Seattle presentation: TigerGraph - A Game Changer



Workshop: Gremlin / TinkerPop

As part of Graph Day Seattle, we've asked Josh Perryman of Expero to teach his Gremlin / TinkerPop workshop. You can find full details and registration here.