H2O World First Day Wrap-Up

H2O fans, we wish that all of you were here, but we also know that our community is spread across the globe and not all of you could make it to H2O World. However, those of you not able to attend the conference are just as much a part of our community as those that are. While we can’t hope to convey the energy and excitement of H2O World, we can share some highlights.

In one of the day’s big surprises, AT&T data scientist Lauren Savage, who has been using H2O for just two weeks, won yesterday’s three-hour hackathon as judged by our panel of Kaggle pros. Congratulations Lauren!

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The rest of the day was full of tons of great demonstrations and walkthroughs designed to help our community get the most out of their data.

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New community members got an introduction to the H2O platform followed by an explanation of how to install H2O and introductions to data science, R, Python and the Flow UI. Veteran H2O users received an update on the software and an explanation of how to upgrade it. Both groups were treated to a special conversation over lunch with our Chief Architect, Arno Candel.

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Silicon Valley Data Science’s Chen Huang got the the afternoon off to a great start with a talk on how to ask smarter questions to make better business decisions. Erdos, one of our two main stages, hosted a series of awesome afternoon talks on Deep Learning, GLM, Ensembles, Sparkling Water and building smart applications, plus a panel on competitive data science! Not to be outdone, the Ramanujan stage featured talks on using H2O with Databricks Cloud, GBM and Random Forest, GLRM, migrating proprietary stacks to open source H2O, Deep Learning and a panel discussion on Smart Applications!

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Pre-H2O World, Part 2

H2O fans, we have a day of data delights in store you for you tomorrow! The first day of H2O World is totally devoted to demos and walkthroughs designed to help YOU get the most out of your data. In fact, we have so many sessions planned that unless you have Hermione’s Time Turner, you won’t be able to attend them all. So choose wisely! A half day hackathon will kickoff at 9 am and last until 12 pm. At the same time the Erdos stage will be hosting an introduction to the H2O platform for you newcomers followed by an explanation of how to install the platform and introductions to data science, R, Python and the Flow UI. A panel on the challenges and pitfalls of data science and a talk on Gradient Method Boosting and Random Forest will follow before we even get to lunch! Last, but certainly not least, the Ramanujan stage will feature a morning packed with an update on the H2O platform for veteran users and an explanation of how to upgrade the software. This will be followed by an overview of the “top 10 data science pitfalls,” an update on what’s new in R, Python and Flow, and talks on GLM and Python Pipelines.

Time is precious, so even the lunch hour gets used at H2O World! Enjoy your meal while you hear from our very own Chief Architect, Arno Candel. Silicon Valley Data Science’s Chen Huang will kickoff the afternoon at Boole with a talk on how to ask smarter questions to make better business decisions. Boole’s afternoon will be graced by talks on Sparkling Water and building smarter applications. Although the morning’s talks on the Erdos stage will be a tough act to follow, we’ll be making an attempt with a series of awesome talks on Deep Learning, GLM, Ensembles, Sparkling Water and building smart applications, plus a panel on competitive data science! Likewise, the Ramanujan stage will be putting on a strong effort in the afternoon. Ramanujan will feature talks on using H2O with Databricks Cloud, GBM and Random Forest, GLRM, migrating proprietary stacks to open source H2O, Deep Learning and a panel discussion on Smart Applications!

Questions? Tweet us @h2oai #h2oworld

Pre-H2O World, Part 1

H2O fans, the H2O.ai team is burning the midnight oil to get H2O World ready for you all. With an audience size twice that of last year’s event we’re going to pack the house at the Computer History Museum! This year’s event will feature 70+ speakers spread out over 41 talks, 22 training sessions and eight panels during the course of the most exciting three days a data scientist could ask for. These folks are amongst the leading lights in our industry including Hilary Mason, Monica Rogati and Stanford Professors Stephen Boyd and Rob Tibshirani.

Right now our awesome new QA team members are burning over 1,000 USB sticks filled to the brim with new content. We’re especially excited for you all to see use cases from your colleagues across a wide variety of industries including ad tech, insurance and finance and from companies like Progressive, Macy’s, PayPal and AT&T. Stay tuned for a follow up outlining all of Monday’s events, we’ve got some surprises in store!

If there’s something YOU want to see at the show Tweet us @H2Oai #h2oworld