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Big Data


Big data is about numbers, sure. But our big data speakers take those numbers—the billions of data sets that quantify human life—and transform them into recognizable and relatable concepts that you can use to understand and grow your business.


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Jer Thorp

Co-Founder, Office for Creative Research; Fmr NYT Data Artist in Residence

Jer Thorp is a data artist whose work focuses on adding narrative meaning to huge amounts of data. In other words, he makes data more human. Through cutting edge data visualization techniques, Thorp h...

Jessica Carbino

Tinder's Sociologist and Expert on Online Behavior

What can online dating tell us about human behavior? Ask Dr. Jessica Carbino. As Tinder’s Sociologist, she offers an unparalleled look at relationships, technology, and decision-making in the 21st cen...

Jake Porway

Big Data Speaker, Founder of DataKind

Jake Porway uses big data to tackle big social problems. As the founder of DataKind, he connects—and acts as an accessible bridge between—data scientists and not-for-profit companies, which often don’...

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

Author of Everybody Lies | Former Google Data Scientist | New York Times Opinion Writer | Wharton Visiting Lecturer

In Everybody Lies, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz explores how Google searches open an unprecedented window into human behavior, choice, and decision-making—after all, we offer up 8 trillion GBs of data eve...

Rahaf Harfoush

New York Times Bestselling Co-author of The Decoded Company

Rahaf Harfoush is a Digital Innovation & Foresight Strategist who has a deep passion for exploring how technology is affecting the way we communicate, work, and play. The co-author of New York Tim...

Christian Rudder

Co-Founder of OKCupid and Author of Dataclysm

In the age of Big Data, Christian Rudder stands out. Rudder is in personal possession of one of the richest data sets in the world, accumulated from the dating site he co-founded, OkCupid, as well as ...

Douglas Merrill

Co-Founder and CEO of ZestFinance.com; Google's Former Chief Information Officer

Douglas Merrill is the former Chief Information Officer at Google. Put another way: he championed innovation at one of the world's most innovative companies. In his passionate keynotes, Merrill draws ...

Katherine Milkman

Expert in Behavioral Economics; Associate Professor at The Wharton School at UPenn

How can we break bad habits and stick to tough goals? How do we learn self-control in an age of distraction? An expert in big data and behavioral economics, Katherine Milkman studies the ways we devia...

Charles Wheelan

Author of Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data

“Economics should not be accessible only to the experts. The ideas—especially now—are too important.” Enter Charles Wheelan: a speaker with a flair for turning the “dismal science” into talks that hel...

David Eaves

Expert on Open Innovation; Kennedy School of Government at Harvard

A leader in both open and disruptive innovation, David Eaves invigorates audiences with talks on how technology is changing work, collaboration, brands, and policy. What are the challenges and opportu...

John Maeda

Global Head, Computational Design and Inclusion at Automattic

John Maeda is a world-renowned artist, graphic designer, computer scientist, educator, and investor whose career reflects his philosophy of humanizing technology. For more than a decade, he has worked...

Douglas Stephens

Retail and Consumer Futurist | Internationally Acclaimed Author and Founder of Retail Prophet

Douglas Stephens is one of the most influential retail futurists on the planet. His talks are required listening for any company that orbits the retail world. In fully customized and thoroughly resear...

Eric Berlow

TED Senior Fellow and Complexity Scientist

Eric Berlow is an ecologist, complexity scientist, and speaker who specializes in not specializing. In an increasingly interconnected world, this TED Senior Fellow helps simplify things. Berlow untang...

Sara Critchfield

Founding Editorial Director of Upworthy

Sara Critchfield is the former Editorial Director of Upworthy—“the fastest-growing media company of all time” (Fast Company). She believes that stories focusing on social issues can be just as viral a...

Sean Gourley

TED Fellow and Founder of Quid

TED Fellow Sean Gourley has three passions in life: physics (such as self-assembled quantum nanowires), politics (he once ran for a national elected office in New Zealand), and technology (he is the f...

Michael Casey

Bitcoin, Blockchain & “Fintech” Expert, Co-Author of The Age of Cryptocurrency and The Social Organism

As Senior Advisor to MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative and co-author of The Age of Cryptocurrency, Michael Casey demystifies the blockchain: the decentralized record-keeping system driving the bitcoin...

Jordan Ellenberg

Author of How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking

How early should you get to the airport? Why do tall parents have shorter children? What’s the best way to get rich playing the lottery? In his “refreshingly lucid” (The New York Times) bestseller How...

Jean-Baptiste Michel

Author of Uncharted and Leading Data Scientist

Jean-Baptiste Michel is a leading data scientist and the founder of Quantified Labs, a company that turns big data into products. While at Harvard and Google, he invented new ways to extract meaning f...

Yale Fox

TED Fellow, Open Data Specialist, and CEO of Rentlogic

Activist and entrepreneur Yale Fox is the CEO of Rentlogic: a rental search engine that scans government databases to rate landlords and buildings. He works with cities and communities to put power ba...