Meet the Panel


Vijay Gill

SVP Software Engineering | Salesforce

Vijay is current SVP, SW Engineering at Salesforce focusing on platform and infrastructure for Big Data, telemetry, visualization, IoT and ML/AI. In his last role, Vijay Gill was the GM and led teams for Microsoft Azure Global foundational infrastructure for Microsoft online services for consumers and businesses worldwide. This included design, engineering, operations, software development, data analytics, automation and capacity/demand planning as well as P&L for the service.


Ben Hamner

Co-Founder & CTO | Kaggle

Ben Hamner is Kaggle’s co-founder and CTO. At Kaggle, he currently’s focused on creating tools that empower data scientists to frictionlessly collaborate on analytics and promote their results. He has worked with machine learning across many domains, including natural language processing, computer vision, web classification, and neuroscience. Prior to Kaggle, Ben applied machine learning to improve brain-computer interfaces as a Whitaker Fellow at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland. He graduated with a BSE in Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Math from Duke University.


Sam Shah

CTO | Skipflag

Sam Shah is cofounder and CTO of SkipFlag, which uses machine intelligence to build the knowledge graph for work. Previously, he was Director of Engineering at LinkedIn where he was responsible for consumer data products and infrastructure for the site including People You May Know, Who's Viewed My Profile?, Skills, and more. Sam holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.

Panel Moderator


Mike Driscoll

Founder & CEO | Metamarkets

Mike Driscoll founded Metamarkets in 2010 after spending more than a decade developing data analytics solutions for online retail, life sciences, digital media, insurance, and banking. Prior to Metamarkets, Mike successfully founded and sold two companies: Dataspora, a life science analytics company, and CustomInk, an early pioneer in customized apparel. He began his career as a software engineer for the Human Genome Project. Mike holds an A.B. in Government from Harvard and a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics from Boston University.