Highlights and Pictures from ODSC East 2023 Highlights and Pictures from ODSC East 2023
We’re a few weeks removed from ODSC East 2023 and we couldn’t have left on a better note. The week was... Highlights and Pictures from ODSC East 2023

We’re a few weeks removed from ODSC East 2023 and we couldn’t have left on a better note. The week was filled with engaging sessions on top topics in data science, innovation in AI, and smiling faces that we haven’t seen in a while. Here are some highlights from ODSC East 2023, including some pictures of speakers and attendees, popular talks, and a summary of what kept people busy. You can find our photo album here and more pictures will be added as we develop them.

Top Sessions

With sessions both online and in-person in Boston, there was something for everyone. We had bigger sessions on getting started with machine learning or SQL, up to advanced topics in NLP, and how to make deepfakes.

Some of our most popular in-person sessions were:

  • Data Science Software Acceleration at the Edge: Audrey Reznik Guidera | Sr. Principal Software Engineer | Red Hat 
  • Idiomatic Pandas: Matt Harrison | Python & Data Science Corporate Trainer, Consultant | MetaSnake
  • Hyper-productive NLP with Hugging Face Transformers: Julien Simon | Chief Evangelist | Hugging Face
  • Causation, Collision, and Confusion: Avoiding the most dangerous error in statistics: Allen Downey, PhD | Staff Producer | Brilliant.org
  • Predict-GPT: A small step towards AGI: Ted Kwartler | Field, Chief Technology Officer | DataRobot
  • The Stuff They Didn’t Tell You in Data Science Class:  Tips and Tricks for Every Level of Practical Data Science: Kerstin Frailey | Co-Founder & CEO | SuperUse
  • Machine Learning with XGBoost: Matt Harrison | Python & Data Science Corporate Trainer, Consultant | MetaSnake
  • Ace the Data Science Interview: Nick Singh | Co-Author | Ace The Data Science Interview

Popular virtual sessions:

  • Interactive Explainable AI: Meg Kurdziolek, PhD | Staff UX Researcher | Intrinsic.ai
  • Reasoning in Natural Language: Dan Roth, PhD | Professor, VP/Distinguished Scientist | University of Pennsylvania, Amazon AWS
  • Applying Responsible AI with Open-Source Tools: David Talby, PhD | CTO | John Snow Labs
  • Containers + GPUs In Depth: Emily Curtin | Staff MLOps Engineer | Intuit Mailchimp
  • Winning The Room: Creating And Delivering An Effective Data-Driven Presentation: Bill Franks | Director of the Center for Statistics and Analytical Research | Kennesaw State University
  • The 10 Ways Machine Learning Systems Can Fail and How to Avoid Them: Bhaktipriya Radharapu | ML Tech Lead, Responsible AI | Google

You can watch the top virtual sessions for free here on Ai+ Training here and watch all of the virtual keynotes here.


Both in-person and virtually, we had some amazing keynote speakers that told the audience about their research, expertise, use cases, or state-of-the-art developments.

On the virtual side, we had four unique keynotes: Pedro Domingos, PhD, Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington; Eve Psalti, Principal Group Program Manager at Microsoft; and Daphne Koller, PhD, CEO and Founder of insitro. You can watch all three keynote presentations here for free on Ai+ Training.

In-person on Tuesday, we had keynotes from Ted Kwartler, Field/Chief Technology Officer at DataRobot, where he discussed Predict-GPT and AGI, and also Hagey Lupesko, VP of Engineering at MosaicML and Jay Jackson, VP of AI/ML at Oracle, where they teamed up to talk about why LLMs aren’t out of reach for companies of any side.

Wednesday started off strong with a keynote from Raluca Ada Popa, PhD, Associate Professor at Berkeley and Co-Founder of PreVeil and Opaque Systems, where she discussed confidential data computing.


It wouldn’t be a conference without some fun after a hard day’s work of data science training! Speakers, partners, and attendees all gathered for separate networking events Tuesday and Wednesday nights to share some drinks, talk shop, and make new friends after a long day.

Extra Events

ODSC events are more than just data science training and networking events. 

On Tuesday and Wednesday, we had our AI Expo & Demo Hall where over 20 of our partners set up to showcase their latest developments, tools, frameworks, and other offerings. Shoutout to Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud + NVIDIA, Red Hat, Taipy, WGU, dotData, iguazio, and everyone else who helped make the expo hall a success!

Aside from that, we had our in-person AI Career Expo on Thursday, book signings with Matt Harrison, Stefanie Molin, and Adam Ross Nelson, the Women’s Ignite session, and the Generative AI Hackathon on Thursday.

That’s it for our ODSC East 2023 highlights! Thank you to everyone who attended for making this event possible, and showing once again why we do what we do – connecting the greater data science community together to push the industry forward. As a reminder, ODSC Europe is coming up on June 14th & 15th, and then ODSC West will be coming back to San Francisco from October 31st to November 3rd.



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