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hayaData 2021

In-Person | October 19 | ZOA, Tel-Aviv

Thank you for joining!

The first conference had 400 attendees, 23 speakers, two tracks, and one wonderful community.
After months of virtual communication, we were thrilled to meet our fantastic data-minded community in person for the first time.

Hen Ben Hemo

Big Data Tech Lead, Riskified

Big Data Tech Lead at Riskified. Hen has been a key player in the design and development of Riskified’s next-gen big data infrastructure using DeltaLake, Airflow, Snowflake, and Spark on Kubernetes. Before Riskified, Hen worked in various tech companies, facing different scaling & big data challenges. Hen is also an amateur pilot, foodie and loves to travel with his wife and kids

Big Data Tech Lead at Riskified. Hen has been a key player in the design and development of Riskified’s next-gen big data infrastructure using DeltaLake, Airflow, Snowflake, and Spark on Kubernetes. Before Riskified, Hen worked in various tech companies, facing different scaling & big data challenges. Hen is also an amateur pilot, foodie and loves to travel with his wife and kids

Simona Meriam

Senior Data Engineer, Aidoc

Simona Meriam is a Senior Data Engineer at Aidoc, where she specializes in research and development of solutions for big data infrastructures. In her previous position as a Big Data Engineer at Nielsen, she researched and developed big data solutions using cutting-edge technologies such as Spark, Kafka, and Elasticsearch.

Simona Meriam is a Senior Data Engineer at Aidoc, where she specializes in research and development of solutions for big data infrastructures. In her previous position as a Big Data Engineer at Nielsen, she researched and developed big data solutions using cutting-edge technologies such as Spark, Kafka, and Elasticsearch.

Roy Sasson, PhD

Head of the Data Guild, Waze

Roy is a Data Science Executive with a 15-year track record of applying machine learning in both business and academic domains. Building teams and data-driven cultures. Currently at Google, heading the Data Guild at Waze (which includes data science, product analytics and data eng groups), responsible for most of Waze’s Machine Learning models and analytical frameworks, serving more than 140maus. Previously was Chief Data Scientist at Outbrain, one of the largest content recommendations platforms in the world. Roy’s Academic background includes a PhD in Econometrics from Tel Aviv University, a teaching affiliation at TAU’s school of economics and at the IDC’s executive business school. His personal home page and newsletter can be found here – https://www.datascienceeconomics.com

Roy is a Data Science Executive with a 15-year track record of applying machine learning in both business and academic domains. Building teams and data-driven cultures. Currently at Google, heading the Data Guild at Waze (which includes data science, product analytics and data eng groups), responsible for most of Waze’s Machine Learning models and analytical frameworks, serving more than 140maus. Previously was Chief Data Scientist at Outbrain, one of the largest content recommendations platforms in the world. Roy’s Academic background includes a PhD in Econometrics from Tel Aviv University, a teaching affiliation at TAU’s school of economics and at the IDC’s executive business school. His personal home page and newsletter can be found here – https://www.datascienceeconomics.com

Gali Katz

Senior Software Engineer, Taboola

For the past 4 years, I worked as a senior, full-stack developer in the Production Engineering team at Taboola. Facing real-life scaling and reliability problems, I worked hard to make our monitoring framework stable and reliable. One major step during this project was the development of an anomaly detection engine, which is now becoming widely used by different teams across the company.

For the past 4 years, I worked as a senior, full-stack developer in the Production Engineering team at Taboola. Facing real-life scaling and reliability problems, I worked hard to make our monitoring framework stable and reliable. One major step during this project was the development of an anomaly detection engine, which is now becoming widely used by different teams across the company.

David Ostrovsky

Principal Architect, Proofpoint

At age 9 little David found a book in Russian called “Electronic Computational Machines” at the library and, after reading it in a single weekend, decided that this was what he wanted to do with his life. Three years later he finally got to touch a computer for the first time and discovered that it was totally worth the wait. One thing led to another and now he’s an architect at Proofpoint. David is a software developer with over 20 years of industry experience, speaker, trainer, blogger and co-author of “Pro Couchbase Server”. He specializes in distributed system architectures and exotic databases.

At age 9 little David found a book in Russian called “Electronic Computational Machines” at the library and, after reading it in a single weekend, decided that this was what he wanted to do with his life. Three years later he finally got to touch a computer for the first time and discovered that it was totally worth the wait. One thing led to another and now he’s an architect at Proofpoint. David is a software developer with over 20 years of industry experience, speaker, trainer, blogger and co-author of “Pro Couchbase Server”. He specializes in distributed system architectures and exotic databases.

Opher Dubrovsky

Director Data Engineering, Nielsen

I am a director of data engineering at Nielsen. My group builds massive data pipelines that are cost effective and scalable (~250 Billion events/day). Our projects run on AWS, using Kafka, Spark, Aerospike, serverless Lambda functions, Airflow, OpenFAAS, Kubernetes and more. I am passionate about new technologies, data, algorithms and machine learning. I love to tackle difficult problems and come up with amazing solutions. I have 4 patents in the area of security, and lots of ideas for more…

I am a director of data engineering at Nielsen. My group builds massive data pipelines that are cost effective and scalable (~250 Billion events/day). Our projects run on AWS, using Kafka, Spark, Aerospike, serverless Lambda functions, Airflow, OpenFAAS, Kubernetes and more. I am passionate about new technologies, data, algorithms and machine learning. I love to tackle difficult problems and come up with amazing solutions. I have 4 patents in the area of security, and lots of ideas for more…

Rachel Wities

Healthcare NLP Researcher

Rachel Wities is an NLP Researcher, focused on the Healthcare domain. In her previous roles she was an NLP Data Scientist in Zebra Medical and a Research Scientist in PayPal. Rachel is a public speaker addressing Healthcare NLP challenges, and believes that understanding doctors and their needs is the key to successfully implementing AI Healthcare algorithms. Rachel holds an M.Sc. from BIU NLP lab, researching knowledge graph representation of text semantics, and a B.Sc in Physics and Cognitive Science from Hebrew University. Loves her family, God and Oxford Comma jokes.

Rachel Wities is an NLP Researcher, focused on the Healthcare domain. In her previous roles she was an NLP Data Scientist in Zebra Medical and a Research Scientist in PayPal. Rachel is a public speaker addressing Healthcare NLP challenges, and believes that understanding doctors and their needs is the key to successfully implementing AI Healthcare algorithms. Rachel holds an M.Sc. from BIU NLP lab, researching knowledge graph representation of text semantics, and a B.Sc in Physics and Cognitive Science from Hebrew University. Loves her family, God and Oxford Comma jokes.

Eynav Mass

VP R&D, Oribi

I am a fan of the combination of technology and people – bringing technical visions into implementation. At the past 2 years I am leading the R&D group at Oribi, a big-data based product, where we handle billions of events a day, while scaling both the system and the engineering group. My main focus is to create processes that support high scale & high standards; striving to maintain scalable R&D groups and infrastructure environments, while investing in personal growth and deployments quality.

I am a fan of the combination of technology and people – bringing technical visions into implementation. At the past 2 years I am leading the R&D group at Oribi, a big-data based product, where we handle billions of events a day, while scaling both the system and the engineering group. My main focus is to create processes that support high scale & high standards; striving to maintain scalable R&D groups and infrastructure environments, while investing in personal growth and deployments quality.

Andres Asaravicius

Data Science Team Lead, Riskified

Andres leads a team of experienced Data Scientists in Riskified. Over the years, he has lead end-to-end researches and has been a key player in building the data science infrastructure. Even though his background is in Social Sciences, he is passionate about Machine Learning technologies and infrastructure. Andres is originally from Uruguay, and despite he has been living in Israel for the last 12 years, he still wakes up in the middle of the night to watch the games of the Uruguayan soccer team.

Andres leads a team of experienced Data Scientists in Riskified. Over the years, he has lead end-to-end researches and has been a key player in building the data science infrastructure. Even though his background is in Social Sciences, he is passionate about Machine Learning technologies and infrastructure. Andres is originally from Uruguay, and despite he has been living in Israel for the last 12 years, he still wakes up in the middle of the night to watch the games of the Uruguayan soccer team.

Hanan Shteingart, PhD

CTO , Decision Optimization, Vianai

Hanan is a data scientist at Vianai Systems where he develops methods to optimize business outcomes by using ML (causal inference, bandits, and RL). He is alumni of successful startups such as BioCatch.com and Gong.io where he showed proof of concept and built the data science teams from scratch. He is also an alumnus of cooperates such as Microsoft where he was a senior data scientist. During his army service, Hanan was a signal processing and digital communication team leader (IDF). Hanan holds a Ph.D. in computation neuroscience (Hebrew University) specialized in computational modeling of behavior and neural activity. He holds also a B.Sc. [cum laude] in Physics, B.Sc. [summa cum laude] and M.Sc. [cum laude] in Electrical Engineering (Tel Aviv University)

Hanan is a data scientist at Vianai Systems where he develops methods to optimize business outcomes by using ML (causal inference, bandits, and RL). He is alumni of successful startups such as BioCatch.com and Gong.io where he showed proof of concept and built the data science teams from scratch. He is also an alumnus of cooperates such as Microsoft where he was a senior data scientist. During his army service, Hanan was a signal processing and digital communication team leader (IDF). Hanan holds a Ph.D. in computation neuroscience (Hebrew University) specialized in computational modeling of behavior and neural activity. He holds also a B.Sc. [cum laude] in Physics, B.Sc. [summa cum laude] and M.Sc. [cum laude] in Electrical Engineering (Tel Aviv University)

Yaniv Shalev

SVP Engineering, ZipRecruiter

Yaniv Shalev is ZipRecruiter’s Senior Vice President of Engineering, leading a group focused on building data products to support the best user experience for connecting job seekers and employers quickly. Yaniv has a history of building high-performance tech teams around scalable, data-driven products. Prior to joining ZipRecruiter, Yaniv was VP of Engineering at Verizon. Previous to that, he was Chief Technology Officer at Convertro (acquired by AOL/Verizon).

Yaniv Shalev is ZipRecruiter’s Senior Vice President of Engineering, leading a group focused on building data products to support the best user experience for connecting job seekers and employers quickly. Yaniv has a history of building high-performance tech teams around scalable, data-driven products. Prior to joining ZipRecruiter, Yaniv was VP of Engineering at Verizon. Previous to that, he was Chief Technology Officer at Convertro (acquired by AOL/Verizon).

Noa Kind

Data Product Manager, monday.com

Noa Kind is a data & ML product manager @ BigBrain, which is monday.com’s amazing data, BI and ML group. In addition, she was an intelligence officer and has 5 years of experience in fraud prevention.

Noa Kind is a data & ML product manager @ BigBrain, which is monday.com’s amazing data, BI and ML group. In addition, she was an intelligence officer and has 5 years of experience in fraud prevention.

Ran Romano

VP Engineering, Qwak

Ran Romano is the co-founder & VP of Engineering of Qwak.ai, where he is focused on building next-generation ML Infrastructure for ML teams of various sizes. Before Qwak.ai, Ran led the Data & ML Engineering groups at Wix.com, where he built Wix’s Internal ML Platform. Previous to that, he was a Technical Product Manager at Unit 8200.

Ran Romano is the co-founder & VP of Engineering of Qwak.ai, where he is focused on building next-generation ML Infrastructure for ML teams of various sizes. Before Qwak.ai, Ran led the Data & ML Engineering groups at Wix.com, where he built Wix’s Internal ML Platform. Previous to that, he was a Technical Product Manager at Unit 8200.

Omri Allouche, PhD

Head of Research, Gong

Dr. Omri Allouche heads the Research group at Gong.io, one of the world’s fastest growing unicorns, which uses machine learning to help teams operate based on customer reality instead of opinions. Omri also teaches Data Science and Deep Learning at Bar Ilan University and the Y-Data program. He has over 20 years of experience in various research positions, and holds a Ph.D. in Computational Ecology from the Hebrew University (cum laude). He won several academic awards and scholarships, and his research papers had been cited thousands of times.

Dr. Omri Allouche heads the Research group at Gong.io, one of the world’s fastest growing unicorns, which uses machine learning to help teams operate based on customer reality instead of opinions. Omri also teaches Data Science and Deep Learning at Bar Ilan University and the Y-Data program. He has over 20 years of experience in various research positions, and holds a Ph.D. in Computational Ecology from the Hebrew University (cum laude). He won several academic awards and scholarships, and his research papers had been cited thousands of times.

Erez Filosof Timnat

Data Science Team Lead, AppsFlyer

M.Sc. in CS (online algorithms) from the Technion, previously worked at 8200, Microsoft, Google.

M.Sc. in CS (online algorithms) from the Technion, previously worked at 8200, Microsoft, Google.

Doron Porat

Data Platform Engineering Team Leader, Yotpo

Hey! I’m in the data business for more than 10 years. I started in a BI services company where I got to build data warehouses for many different start up companies, and eventually arrived in Yotpo to build a data warehouse – it’s been almost 6 years since. Everything else has changed – I shifted towards a world of big data infrastructure and I’m loving every minute.

Hey! I’m in the data business for more than 10 years. I started in a BI services company where I got to build data warehouses for many different start up companies, and eventually arrived in Yotpo to build a data warehouse – it’s been almost 6 years since. Everything else has changed – I shifted towards a world of big data infrastructure and I’m loving every minute.

Teddy Lazebnik, PhD

CTO, DataClue

I am Applied Mathematics and Computer Science researcher with one Ph.D. in biomathematics and another in computer science with 10 years in software development (including five years of algorithm development).

I am Applied Mathematics and Computer Science researcher with one Ph.D. in biomathematics and another in computer science with 10 years in software development (including five years of algorithm development).

Yonatan Hadar

Data Scientist, BigPanda

I am a data scientist with machine and deep learning experience in Natural language processing, Time series analysis, Recommendation engines, and more domains. I have an MSc. in Industrial Engineering with a focus on NLP and currently working as a senior data scientist at BigPanda where I focus on self-supervised and weakly supervised time series and NLP problems.

I am a data scientist with machine and deep learning experience in Natural language processing, Time series analysis, Recommendation engines, and more domains. I have an MSc. in Industrial Engineering with a focus on NLP and currently working as a senior data scientist at BigPanda where I focus on self-supervised and weakly supervised time series and NLP problems.

Idan Rejwan

Algorithm Developer, AI21 Labs

Idan is an Algorithm Developer at AI21 labs, building AI systems with an unprecedented capacity to understand and generate natural language. Prior to that, he worked as a data scientist at Intel and a researcher at Microsoft. Idan holds a B.S. in Physics and M.S. in Computer Science from Tel Aviv University within the Adi Lautman interdisciplinary program for outstanding students.

Idan is an Algorithm Developer at AI21 labs, building AI systems with an unprecedented capacity to understand and generate natural language. Prior to that, he worked as a data scientist at Intel and a researcher at Microsoft. Idan holds a B.S. in Physics and M.S. in Computer Science from Tel Aviv University within the Adi Lautman interdisciplinary program for outstanding students.

Itamar Syn-Hershko

CTO and Founder, Big Data Boutique

My passion is building innovative, scalable, and stable data platfoms for companies that make the world a better place. I spent the last decade or so building data platforms at scale, and then worked as a consultant and helped startups and large enterprises globally to do the same. Today as the CTO of BigData Boutique (https://bigdataboutique.com/) I lead a team of expert Big Data consultants and together we work hands-on with our customers to improve their journey in the data worlds, while leveraging a plethora of methodologies and technologies.

My passion is building innovative, scalable, and stable data platfoms for companies that make the world a better place. I spent the last decade or so building data platforms at scale, and then worked as a consultant and helped startups and large enterprises globally to do the same. Today as the CTO of BigData Boutique (https://bigdataboutique.com/) I lead a team of expert Big Data consultants and together we work hands-on with our customers to improve their journey in the data worlds, while leveraging a plethora of methodologies and technologies.

Roy Bass

Data Group Leader, Outbrain

My name is Roy Bass, Working at Outbrain for 9 years at various engineering positions. My main technologies of interest are JVM based software, and data processing. Father of two, married, and a professional geek.My name is Roy Bass, Working at Outbrain for 9 years at various engineering positions. My main technologies of interest are JVM based software, and data processing. Father of two, married, and a professional geek.

My name is Roy Bass, Working at Outbrain for 9 years at various engineering positions. My main technologies of interest are JVM based software, and data processing. Father of two, married, and a professional geek.My name is Roy Bass, Working at Outbrain for 9 years at various engineering positions. My main technologies of interest are JVM based software, and data processing. Father of two, married, and a professional geek.

Elior Cohen

CTO, Data Science Group

Elior Cohen is DSG’s CTO, a center of excellence in AI with a proven track record of delivering dozens of projects from inception to production in multiple verticals. Contributor to the open-source community and writer of Python’s most popular node2vec’s implementation.

Elior Cohen is DSG’s CTO, a center of excellence in AI with a proven track record of delivering dozens of projects from inception to production in multiple verticals. Contributor to the open-source community and writer of Python’s most popular node2vec’s implementation.

Harel Ben-Attia

Chief Architect, Coralogix

With a life-long passion for Distributed Systems and Observability as Analytics, Harel Ben-Attia, Coralogix’s Chief Architect, is helping to align the company’s technology with its vision and culture. Harel has a long history of leading large-scale data products and infrastructure for companies such as AppsFlyer and Outbrain, and multiple other startups. Harel is also an avid open source advocate, and the creator of q, a Linux command line tool which merges the world of Linux and the world of databases.

With a life-long passion for Distributed Systems and Observability as Analytics, Harel Ben-Attia, Coralogix’s Chief Architect, is helping to align the company’s technology with its vision and culture. Harel has a long history of leading large-scale data products and infrastructure for companies such as AppsFlyer and Outbrain, and multiple other startups. Harel is also an avid open source advocate, and the creator of q, a Linux command line tool which merges the world of Linux and the world of databases.

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