Join 800+ attendees at the Applied AI Conference 2018, #AAI18 – The world leading conference in the latest Applied AI innovations.

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2018 Speaker Line-Up (more to come)

Richard Socher

Chief Scientist, Salesforce

Richard Socher is Chief Scientist at Salesforce where he leads the company’s AI research efforts. Prior to Salesforce, he was the CEO and founder of MetaMind, an AI startup acquired by Salesforce. Socher has received numerous awards and grants including the Distinguished Application Paper Award at the ICML, the Yahoo! Key Scientific Challenges Award, a Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship, and the GigaOM Structure Award. Socher’s PhD from Stanford on deep learning with Chris Manning and Andrew Ng won the best Stanford CS PhD thesis award.

Sangeeta Chakraborty

Chief Customer Officer, Ayasdi

Prior to Ayasdi, Sangeeta built multiple professional services practices across a number of successful startups including Digital Fuel (acquired by VMWare), Inquira (acquired by Oracle) and Interwoven. Sangeeta began her career in consulting with Tata, Fujitsu and Vitria.

Alex Holub

Founder, Vidora

Alex is the Co-Founder and CEO of Vidora, a leading ML company working with companies like News Corp, Walmart, and Yahoo! Japan. Prior to co-founding Vidora, Alex was a technical and product management lead at Ooyala. He has published over 15 academic papers and holds numerous patents in the areas of ML, computer vision, and AI. Alex studied artificial intelligence throughout his academic career at Cornell University and during his Ph.D at Caltech.

Paul Daugherty

Chief Technology & Innovation Officer, Accenture

Paul Daugherty is Accenture’s chief technology & innovation officer and leads the company’s Technology Innovation & Ecosystem group. In addition to overseeing Accenture’s technology strategy, Mr. Daugherty has responsibility for driving innovation through R&D activities in Accenture’s Labs. He founded and oversees Accenture Ventures. He is responsible for managing Accenture’s alliances, partnerships and senior-level relationships with leading and emerging technology companies.

Norma Krayem

Sr Policy Advisor & Co-Chair – Cybersecurity and Privacy, Holland & Knight

Norma Krayem is a Senior Policy Advisor and Co-Chair of the Holland & Knight Global Cybersecurity and Privacy Team. She brings more than 20 years of experience within the global policy-making arena including executive-level positions in the U.S. Departments of State, Commerce and Transportation, and as a consultant at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). She works on a daily basis with the White House, Executive Branch and Congress on a host of matters, including Homeland Security, Commerce, Defense, Treasury, Transportation among others. She is a member of The Chatham House and served on the prestigious CSIS Cybersecurity Task Force from 2015-2017.

Thomas Birr

SVP Innovation & Business Transformation, innogy SE

Thomas is chief futurist and strategist at innogy, a leading European utility which mission is to create a future beyond the traditional energy business. He leads innogy’s Innovation Hub, which is now building and co-creating new digital and platform-powered business models in partnership with the world’s most promising start-ups. Thomas is a strong believer that AI will change every industry – including Energy.

Kay Firth-Butterfield

Head of AI and Machine Learning, World Economic Forum

Kay Firth-Butterfield is the Head of  AI & ML at the World Economic Forum and is a Barrister-at-Law and former part-time Judge in the UK. She is an Associate Fellow of the Centre for the Future of Intelligence at Cambridge and Fellow of the Robert E. Strauss Center on international Security and Law at the University of Texas. She is Vice-Chair of the IEEE Initiative on Ethical Considerations in AI and Autonomous Systems. She is one of Robohub’s top 25 Women in Robotics and co-founded AI-Austin, AI-Global and the Consortium for Law and Policy of AI and Robotics.

Nadeem Sheikh

VP Self Driving Programs, Lyft

Nadeem is the VP of Self-Driving Vehicle Programs at Lyft, where he is responsible for Lyft’s roadmap for scaling self-driving technology. Prior to Lyft, Nadeem was part of the executive team at Opower, an energy-focused software company which went public in 2014. Nadeem was a consultant at McKinsey, where he worked in the Automotive sector and helped found the Sustainability Practice. He earned his MBA from UC Berkeley and his BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Evangelos Simoudis

Founder and Managing Director, Synapse Partners

Evangelos is the co-founder and managing director of Synapse Partners, a firm that invests in early-stage companies developing applications that combine AI with Big Data. He is an author, a member of numerous advisory boards, and has more than 20 years experience working in various high-tech industries. Evangelos earned a Ph.D. in computer science from Brandeis University and a B.S. in electrical engineering from Caltech.

Tom Campbell

Founder & President, FutureGrasp

Thomas A. Campbell, the founder and president of FutureGrasp, which advises organizations on trends and impact of emerging technologies, and a special advisor to BootstrapLabs. Prior to this, Tom was the first National Intelligence Officer for Technology with the National Intelligence Council. Tom holds a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University.

Carolina Garcia Rizo

Chief Business Officer,  Just Biotherapeutics

Dr. Garcia-Rizo is the Chief Business Officer of Just Biotherapeutics, an AI-driven platform that brings Antibody-based molecules faster. Carolina has more than 15 years experience in the biopharma and diagnostics industry and worked at Thermo Fisher Scientific, Roche Molecular, Cepheid, MIT, and Max Planck Institute. Carolina has an MBA from MIT and a Ph.D. in Atomic and Molecular Physics at C.S.I.C., C.N.R.S. and UC Berkeley, where she was Fulbright Scholar.

Zachary Hanif

Director – Center for Machine Learning,  Capital One

Zachary Hanif is a director in Capital One’s Center for Machine Learning, an in-house consultancy and center of excellence for machine learning innovation, research, and product delivery across the business. He leads the team’s anti-money laundering and fraud work. Previously, Zachary was a pre-Series A employee at Endgame, a startup focused on offensive cyber security products.

George Mathew

CEO, Kespry

George Mathew is the CEO & Chairman of Kespry, the leading aerial intelligence platform
provider. At Kespry, he focuses on leading the company’s mission to transform how people and businesses capture, use and get value from worksite intelligence. Prior to Kespry, George held senior leadership positions at Alteryx, and SAP. He holds a BS in Neurobiology from Cornell University and an MBA from Duke University, where he was a Fuqua Scholar.

Ben Levy

Co-Founder, BootstrapLabs

Ben is a repeat entrepreneur who launched, built, and exited two startups in the financial technology space. Previously as Investment Banker he helped  his clients raise over $300M and close over $5 Billions in M&A transactions.

Robbie Allen

CEO, Infinia ML

Robbie Allen is the CEO of Infinia ML, which helps enterprise organizations implement ML solutions. Previously, he founded and led Automated Insights, whose natural language generation software helped automate content production for The Associated Press, Yahoo!, and others. Robbie has authored or coauthored 10 books and has spoken at multiple conferences including: O’Reilly AI Conference, Strata, SXSW, and the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium. He holds two Master’s degrees from MIT and is completing his Ph.D. in CS at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Dan Faggella

CEO & Founder, TechEmergence

Daniel Faggella is the Founder and CEO at TechEmergence, the only market research and company discovery platform focused exclusively on artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Daniel is a serial entrepreneur and has grown and sold two previous companies. He is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania with a masters degree in cognitive science.

Matt Swanson

CEO, Augment

Matt Swanson is the founder and CEO of Augment, a customer experience-driven AI platform, and is responsible for driving the strategic direction and vision of the company. He also serves as the managing partner of Silicon Valley Software Group. Prior to Augment, he co-founded SpeakerText in 2010 and served as its CTO before the company was acquired by CloudFactory. Matt received his M.S. in CS and Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University.

John Absmeier

Vice President and Head of Smart Machines, Samsung Electronics

John Absmeier is the SVP of the Autonomous/ADAS strategic business unit and VP of Smart Machines for HARMAN and Samsung. Absmeier is a self-proclaimed geek, gearhead and jarhead with 20 years’ experience in the automotive industry. He founded Delphi Labs @ Silicon Valley and led the team to develop Delphi’s autonomous vehicle platform. Absmeier has a BSME from Purdue University, MSME from UC Berkeley, and executive MBAs from UC Berkeley,, University of Michigan, and Thunderbird.

Jane Macfarlane

CEO & Founder, Seurat Labs

Jane Macfarlane is the CEO of Seurat Labs and is also the Director of Smart Cities and Sustainable Mobility at the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Macfarlane has over 30 years of experience in high performance computing, data analytics and geospatial mapping. She has held various roles responsible for directing industry research groups including: Chief Scientist and Head of Research for HERE, VP of Process Engineering at Imara, and Director of Advanced Technology Planning for OnStar at General Motors. She has authored 26 patents, primarily in geospatial data analytics. She holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. Currently she is leading a DOE National Laboratory effort focused on the use of High Performance Computing to address Big Data Issues in transportation systems.

Chris Merz

VP, Security and Decision Products – Enterprise Security Solutions, MasterCard

Dr. Chris Merz is the vice president of Security and Decision Products for the Enterprise Security Solutions product team at Mastercard. He is responsible for decision science and associated data strategies for real-time, transaction-level decision and fraud monitoring solutions. Since joining Mastercard in 2001, Dr. Merz has applied machine learning and data science techniques to applications in cardholder segmentation, loyalty solutions, recommender systems, and fraud detection. He holds a PhD in Information and Computer Science from the University of California – Irvine, and is a recognized researcher in Machine Learning, with over 20 published conference and journal articles. He is also an adjunct professor at the Missouri University of Science and Technology since 2004.

Kevin Hua

Sr. Manager – AI/Data Mining, Bayer

Dr. Kefeng (Kevin) Hua has 20 years of experience working in design and development of AI/Machine Learning applications in healthcare, insurance, banking, retails and manufacturing industries. He is currently a senior manager with the Digital Health Intelligence Group of Bayer, responsible for developing AI/ML applications. Prior to Bayer, he was a machine learning specialist at Deloitte Consulting and a research manager of AI at Center for Advanced Research of PwC. His work in analytics has won the Analytics Leadership Award from IU Kelley School of Business in 2014 and INFORMS Data Mining contest in 2008.

Sabrina Atienza


Sabrina is excited about leveraging the latest technology in new ways to solve massive, deeply entrenched problems. She trained in Computer Science and Physics at UC Berkeley. Prior to Qurious, Sabrina was a software engineer at Tealeaf (acquired by IBM) and software development consultant for tech companies. Her favorite reads are “The Power and the Glory” by Graham Greene and “The Way of Zen” by Alan Watts.

Madhav Thattai

COO, Rigetti Computing

Madhav Thattai is the COO of Rigetti Computing, a full-stack quantum computing company based in Berkeley, California. Prior to joining Rigetti in 2015, Madhav worked at Dell Computing for eight years in a variety of roles, most recently as Director of Product Operations. Madhav holds a Master’s degree in management from Stanford University, a Master’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science in India.

Doug Aley

Chief Revenue Officer, Ever AI

Doug Aley has spent his career helping to found, lead, and scale startups. He is currently Ever AI’s CRO and a principal at Atomic Ventures. Prior to Ever AI, he held positions early in his career at Amazon, was VP of Marketing, Product, and Business development at Jott Networks, helped Zulily scale from $100M to $700M as VP of Product and Corporate Development, held the same role at Room77, and started and led Minted’s digital growth team. Mr. Aley holds a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, and lives in Greenbrae, CA with his wife, Susan, and their two boys.

Tolga Kurtoglu

Chief Executive Officer, PARC – a Xerox Company

Kurtoglu is the CEO of PARC, Silicon Valley R&D firm developing advanced technologies including artificial intelligence & human machine collaboration to microsystems and smart sensing, from IoT and cyber-physical security to novel printing and digital design. PARC accelerates innovation journey for its clients and partners by developing future technologies with businesses seeking early stage collaboration, by attaching existing IP to evolving, complimentary research needs, and by embedding fully-developed technologies into consumer, industrial and government applications.

Steve Carlin

Chief Strategy Officer, SoftBank Robotics America

Steve Carlin leads SoftBank Robotics America and is the global Chief Strategy Officer. In this role, he acts as the General Manager for the Americas region and oversees global marketing, product and strategy. Carlin most recently came from Facebook where he held the role of Global Head of Strategy – Gaming. Prior to Facebook, Carlin was the Senior Director of Marketing and Insights for Ubisoft. He also held a series of roles in sales, shopper marketing, brand management, and strategy at Energizer and Procter & Gamble. He holds a BA in Geology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and an MBA in Marketing and International Business from Goizueta Business School. He has also studied at Cornell, HEC business school in Paris and the UIBE business school in Beijing.

Andrew Salzman

Partner, Chasm Group

Andrew has enjoyed a distinguished career working with enterprises seeking to transition disruptive technologies into growth businesses. As a member of Chasm Group, he works with cross functional teams to identify their best strategic growth pathways. Andrew served as a senior operating executive over a 25 year career in the US, Europe, and Japan, with CMO roles at Oracle/ Siebel Systems, HP/Compaq, Information Resources, Saba, and Kodak. Recent assignments at Google, LinkedIn, Mitsubishi, Nest, Arxan, Model N, Panasonic, Kuraray, and MemSQL. Andrew sits on several advisory boards, and is a frequent blogger, guest writer, and keynote speaker on topics tied to business transformation and emerging market dynamics.

Matt Man


Matt Man is the founder of, a video analytics and big data product for construction sites. In Matt’s previous life he founded a mobile application development firm GreenOwl Mobile which deployed 45+ smart city apps across 5 countries. He is an experienced SaaS founder who understands the enterprise B2B market. He holds a Masters in Engineering from Stanford, and BASc in Engineer Science from the University of Toronto. He started experimenting with AI during his undergraduate years, where he coded his first neural network to translate sign language.

Gilad Lotan

VP – Head of Data Science, BuzzFeed

Gilad is the Head of Data Science at BuzzFeed where he leads a team that’s tasked with building state of the art analytics and data products to support entertainment, news, business and tech. Previously Gilad led Data Science at beta works, and built data products and Microsoft. Gilad’s work has been covered across a wide range of academic journals and publications, most recently focused on propaganda and bias within algorithmic ranking systems.

Nicolai Wadstrom

Founder, BootstrapLabs

Nicolai is the Founder of BootstrapLabs, a leading venture capital firm, based in Silicon Valley and focused on Applied Artificial Intelligence. He’s been coding since he was 10 y/o and was a multiple time startup CEO and CTO.  He has raised capital from Angels, Private Equity, Investment Banks and VC’s. He is very focused on product and technology development within the Machine Learning, Big Data, Analytics, Internet, Mobile and Software/Cloud sectors. Nicolai is a frequent guest speaker, mentor and judge at Universities and Conferences in the US and Europe.

Ash Fontana

Managing Director, Zetta Venture Partners

Ash joined Zetta Venture Partners – the first venture capital fund focused on intelligent systems – with Mark Gorenberg at the time it launched. Ash is a board member of and lead investor in companies such as Kaggle, Invenia, Clearbit, Tractable and Focal Systems. Before Zetta, Ash started the money side of AngelList, launching online investing, managing $130M over more than 250 funds, creating the first startup ‘index fund’ and more.
Ash previously co-founded Topguest, a Founders Fund-backed company that built customer analytics technology. He graduated with First Class honors in law and finance on five scholarships from the University of Sydney.

Alex Salkever

CMO & VP of Marketing

Karen Kerr

Executive Managing Director, GE Ventures

Will Summerlin

Founder, Pinn

Igor Jablokov

Founder, Pryon

Nisha Talagala

CTO/VP Engineering, ParallelM

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Select Past Speakers

Sangeeta Chakraborty

Sangeeta Chakraborty

Chief Customer Officer, Ayasdi
Rob Nail

Rob Nail

CEO & Associate Founder at Singularity University
Danny Lange

Danny Lange

VP of AI and Machine Learning, Unity Technologies
Meghan Conroy

Meghan Conroy

Marten Mickos

Marten Mickos

CEO, HackerOne
Dennis R. Mortensen

Dennis R. Mortensen

Founder at
Richard Socher

Richard Socher

Chief Scientist, Salesforce
Hema Raghavan

Hema Raghavan

Head of Growth Relevance
Swami Chandrasekaran

Swami Chandrasekaran

Chief Technologist & Executive Architect, IBM Watson CTO
Douglas Maughan

Douglas Maughan

Division Director at Department of Homeland Security
Jack Clark

Jack Clark

Strategy & Communications Director, OpenAI
Susan Altman

Susan Altman

Partner, K&L Gates LLP
Herb Kelsey

Herb Kelsey

CTO, New Context
Tilly Chang

Tilly Chang

Executive Director, San Francisco County, Transportation Authority
Dr. Thomas Campbell

Dr. Thomas Campbell

Founder and President, FutureGrasp
Dr. Paula Wilbourne

Dr. Paula Wilbourne

Co-Founder & Chief Science Officer, Sibly
Nigel Duffy

Nigel Duffy

CTO at Sentient Technologies
Oren Jacobs

Oren Jacobs

CEO and Cofounder, PullString
Lanny Cohen

Lanny Cohen

Group CTO, Capgemini
Sabrina N. Atienza

Sabrina N. Atienza

Founder at
Hussein Mehanna

Hussein Mehanna

Director of Engineering - Core ML at Facebook
Matt Sanchez

Matt Sanchez

Founder and CTO at CognitiveScale
Amir Khosrowshahi

Amir Khosrowshahi

CTO AI Products Group, Intel
Akli Adjaoute Ph.D.

Akli Adjaoute Ph.D.

Founder and CEO, Brighterion, Inc
Rajendra Rao

Rajendra Rao

CEO, Ford Smart Mobility

What are past attendees saying?

Bryan Barber

I wanted to compliment you on your event last week – really outstanding, top to bottom. I’ll fill out the official survey, but I wanted you to know how much I appreciated your work!

Bryan BarberVP at Warner Bros. Studios
Matt King

Congrats on a great event. It takes a lot of work to make things look that smooth and easy. You guys put on a good show, and made possible a lot of connections in the community. A lot of funds talk about adding value, Bootstrap is actually doing it.

Matt KingCTO, IUNU
Phil Brattain

I am most impressed with the Applied A.I. Conference you put together. I enjoyed every minute of it.

Phil BrattainVP Client Relations & Partnerships at VentureSoft Global
Stephanie Waxman

There was such great energy, great speakers and great content. Congrats!! Everyone we talked to was raving about Bootstrap Labs – really great event for the company.

Stephanie WaxmanManaging Director, cred

My hearty congratulations on the Applied AI conference last week. It was truly a tour de force of AI. I learned a lot and made many great new connections. Well done, yet again!

AnonymousUS Government Official
Bob Longo

Lots of value and well worth my time,  especially enjoyed that various speakers were available for “hallway” discussions. 

Bob LongoPresident & CEO, Knōwmatters

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