GLSEC 2017

Big Data

The theme of our conference this year is "Big Data".  Our goal is to explore how organizations across a variety of industries are collecting and utilizing big data to drive organizational behaviors.

May 22, 2017 | Eberhard Center, Grand Rapids, MI

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Registration will open up in mid-February

It's going to be a 'big' conference!


Confirmed GLSEC17 Speakers

Jad Abou-Maarouf

Head of Independent Agents Enterprise Data and Business Intelligence

Jad is the head of Independent Agents Enterprise Data and Business Intelligence at Farmers Insurance. Graduate of Grand Valley State University (GVSU) with an MBA and BS in Information Systems. Over 14 years in digital and data business transformation and multiple years focus on M&A Integration. GVSU Seidman Alumni Board Member, West Michigan Tech Talent Board Member, Michigan Analytics Consortium Co-Founder & Member . "I love to travel with my family and learn about our world cultures, languages and cuisines."


Jennifer Marsman

Principal Software Engineer in Microsoft’s Developer and Platform Evangelism group

Jennifer Marsman is a Principal Software Engineer in Microsoft’s Developer and Platform Evangelism group, where she educates developers on Microsoft’s new technologies.  In this role, Jennifer is a frequent speaker at software development conferences around the world.  In 2016, Jennifer was recognized as one of the “top 100 most influential individuals in artificial intelligence and machine learning” by Onalytica.

Joe Roth

Software Engineer, Machine Perception, Google Inc.

Joseph is a software engineer with the PittPatt team at Google.  In this role, he focuses on understanding humans in photos and videos.  Prior to Google, Joseph was a research assistant in the computer vision lab at Michigan State University and a software developer for Atomic Object focused on mobile applications.

Joseph earned a Ph.D. from Michigan State University, where he received the Fitch Beach Award for the most outstanding graduate researcher within the College of Engineering.  He earned a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Grand Valley State University, where he graduated with great honors..


 David Giard

Technical Evanglelist at Microsoft

David Giard is a former accountant and a former biochemist, who has been developing solutions using Microsoft technologies for over 2 decades.  Currently, David helps people build solutions in his role as a Microsoft Technical Evangelist. David has been very active in the developer community, speaking at numerous major conferences, code camps, and user groups around the world; helping to lead user groups; and helping to organize conferences and other geek events. He is the host and producer of the mildly popular online TV show Technology and Friends. He is the co-author of the Wrox book Real World .NET, C#, and Silverlight. You can read his latest thoughts  His hobbies include video, photography, sports, and embarrassing his sons 

Amen Ra Mashariki

Chief Analytics Officer, New York City

Dr. Amen Ra Mashariki is the City's Chief Analytics Officer and leads the Mayor's Office of Data Analytics (MODA). Dr. Mashariki is an accomplished leader within government, private sector and academia with experience in bringing Big Data processing and analytics for large and complex data management efforts. He started his professional careers as a software engineer at Most recently; Dr. Mashariki served as Chief Technology Officer at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Dr. Mashariki previously worked at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab as a computer scientist and research scientist where he led a team working on data mining and data fusion projects in the bioinformatics domain. Prior to that, he served as the Associate Director of Informatics at the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Research Center. In 2012 Dr Mashariki was appointed by a Presidential Commission to serve as a White House Fellow in Washington D.C.

Dr. Mashariki holds a Doctor of Engineering from Morgan State University, a Master of Science in Computer Science from Howard University, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Lincoln University. Amen is a Brooklyn native and attended Brooklyn Tech High School.



Venu Vasudevan

 VP of Data Science and Machine Learning at Lightpad

Venu is a technology entrepreneur with track record of successful products at the intersection of Data, User Experience and Intelligent Systems. He was the data architect of the Iridium satellite system, collaborated with Dag Kittlaus (co-creator of Siri) to create the mobile industry's first zero-click interface for mobile, and led an ARRIS Big Data and Video product recently acquired by Comcast. In the past, he also worked on a $50M government research initiative on Intelligent Agents for distributed enterprises. He is currently VP of Data Science and Machine Learning at Lightpad, a consumer IoT company aiming to create best-in-class intelligent lighting controls, and an adjunct faculty at Rice University's ECE department working on AI and context-awareness. Venu holds a Ph.D. (Databases & Artificial Intelligence) in Computer Science from The Ohio State University.