Keynote Speakers


Euro Beinat

Euro Beinat (@eurobeinat) holds a Masters in Computer Science and a PhD in Economics. He is the Managing Director/ Chairman of CS Research and teaches Geoinformatics and Data Science at the University of Salzburg, where he is a Board Member of the GI Doctoral College. Euro has an extensive experience in industry and business, ranging from startups to global corporations: until recently he held the position of Vice President Internet of Things for Zebra Technologies Corporation in Chicago. He has worked for more than 15 years in data science, predictive analysis, and emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things. As a recognized expert in these fields, he advises executives in public and private organizations on technology innovation and strategy making. Euro is a regular speaker at scientific, business and media conferences and has published over fifty papers and books on topic ranging from geospatial databases, data analytics, natural resource management and strategy making.

Mike Olson

Mike (@mikeolson) co-founded Cloudera in 2008 and served as its CEO until 2013 when he took on his current role of chief strategy officer (CSO.) As CSO, Mike is responsible for Cloudera’s product strategy, open source leadership, engineering alignment and direct engagement with customers. Prior to Cloudera Mike was CEO of Sleepycat Software, makers of Berkeley DB, the open source embedded database engine. Mike spent two years at Oracle Corporation as vice president for Embedded Technologies after Oracle’s acquisition of Sleepycat in 2006. Prior to joining Sleepycat, Mike held technical and business positions at database vendors Britton Lee, Illustra Information Technologies and Informix Software. Mike has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Mario Meir-Huber

Mario (@mariomeir-huber), Solution Professional at Microsoft, is a professional at Big Data technology. He has a lot of experience in the technological aspects of Big Data as well as the process of consulting. In his career, Mario has lead several Consulting teams which offered Big Data and Hadoop Solutions to customers. Mario is the author of 2 books about Cloud Computing and several e-books with the topic Big Data. He also writes the Blog – cloudvane.com – which is on the list of top 100 blogs about Big Data.

Ralf Klinkenberg

Ralf Klinkenberg (@RalfKlinkenberg) is the Co-Founder and Head of Data Science Research at RapidMiner. Ralf is a data scientist and consultant with more than 20 years of experience in data mining and predictive analytics. He is holding a Master of Science degree from Technical University of Dortmund in Germany and Missouri University of Science and Technology in the USA, and worked as a machine learning researcher at both universities. He co-founded both, the open source data mining project RapidMiner, as well as the company RapidMiner, for which he currently serves as Head of Data Science Research. Ralf Klinkenberg has more than 20 years of experience in machine learning, data mining, text mining, web mining, predictive analytics, and their applications in diverse sectors and use cases.

Janek Strycharz

Janek is an economist with a long record of informing and evaluating public policies and programs. He is especially interested in the digitalization of societies and was involved in the assessment of Poland’s programs aimed at digitalization of culture and development of digital competencies. He collaborates with the Digital Center (Poland) whose aim is to inform public decision makers on important social and economic issues connected to digitalization. In this capacity he worked on various analyses aiming at assessing digital school reforms in Poland as well as co-authored a report calculating the economic worth of Polish Open Data. He also co-founded Workshop for Social Innovation – an NGO that aims at connecting innovations with societal goals and needs.