There are a lot of great reasons to attend GraphConnect 2018, but one of the best reasons is that every year we feature a fresh, new lineup of the world’s best graph experts sharing their experiences on how graph database technology impacted their business.

Discover the must-see speakers at this year's GraphConnect 2018.

This year’s GraphConnect is no exception! While we have countless speakers this year, there are certainly a few that are top of mind when it comes to “must-see” status.

Here are the 11 must-see presenters at GraphConnect 2018 (in no particular order):

Ann Grubbs, Lockheed Martin Space Systems


See Ann Grubbs, Chief Data Engineer for IT at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, speak at GraphConnect 2018.Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Ann Grubbs is responsible for technical solutions for data governance and data management. Throughout her career she’s been a database developer, object modeler, software developer and project manager. As an early adopter of graph technology and a graph evangelist at Lockheed Martin, she strongly believes in leveraging the right tool for the job. You can even call her Poly (as in Polyglot).

At GraphConnect, Ann will be presenting on Product DNA: Master Data Graph Enabling the Digital Transformation


Brandy Freitas, Pitney Bowes


See Brandy Freitas, Senior Data Scientist at Pitney Bowes, speak at GraphConnect 2018.Brandy Freitas is a Senior Data Scientist at Pitney Bowes who specializes in machine learning for predictive analytics. Her undergraduate degree is in Physics and Biochemistry. For graduate school, Brandy was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow in Biophysics at Harvard University. She specialized in single particle cryo-electron microscopy, with a focus on machine learning in automated protein structure determination.

At GraphConnect, Brandy is presenting on Enhancing Machine Learning with Graph Metrics.


David Fox, Adobe


See David Fox, Software Engineer at Adobe, speak at GraphConnect 2018.David Fox is a Software Engineer at Adobe, with a focus on application development and data engineering. He has 10 years of experience developing high-performance backend systems and working with a large variety of databases alongside massive datasets.

David will be presenting on Harnessing the Power of Neo4j for Overhauling Legacy Systems at GraphConnect.


Dr. Alexander Jarasch, The German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD)


See Dr. Alexander Jarasch of DZD speak at GraphConnect 2018.As Head of Data and Knowledge Management at DZD, Dr. Alexander Jarasch is responsible for a knowledge graph database and machine learning techniques in diabetes research. With a background in bioinformatics, Dr. Jarasch has a Ph.D. in biochemistry and structural bioinformatics from Gene Center Munich (LMU). As postdoctoral fellow on behalf of Evonik Industries AG, he developed protein engineering software for 3D modeling of enzyme candidates with biotech application. As part of the Global Strategic Team at Roche Diagnostics GmbH, he developed machine learning techniques for predicting more chemically stable antibodies.

Dr. Alexander Jarasch will be presenting on Graphs to Fight Diabetes at GraphConnect.


Seth Dimick, Nordstrom


See Seth Dimick, Data Scientist at Nordstrom, speak at GraphConnect 2018.As a Data Scientist at Nordstrom, Seth Demick is tasked with creating innovative solutions that leverage data for personalization, automation, optimizations and measurement in fashion retail. He mines from click streams, customer and website data to perform behavioral research informing feature and UX design, measure success and create statistical models powering feature personalization.

At GraphConnect, Seth will be presenting on Graph Recommendations at Nordstrom.


Dr. Tatiana Romina Hartinger, Cognitiva


See Tatiana Romina Hartinger of Cognitiva speak at GraphConnect 2018.Dr. Tatiana Romina Hartinger is a Solutions Expert at Cognitiva where she implements projects related to artificial intelligence. She has a Ph.D. in Discrete Mathematics where her research focused mainly on graph theory and combinatorics. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Primorksa in Koper, Slovenia. There she worked as a teaching assistant at the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies (FAMNIT) and as a Young Research at Andrej Marušič Institute.

At GraphConnect, Dr. Hartinger is presenting A Conversation with Graphs.


Gary Stewart & Will Bleker, ING


See Gary Stewart of ING speak at GraphConnect 2018.
See Will Bleker of ING speak at GraphConnect 2018. Gary Stewart is a hands-on platform architect at ING for distributed data. With over 17 years of experience in integration, business process management and RDBMS, in the past few years Gary has submerged himself in the NoSQL world to make ING more resilient and scalable without trading consistency.

Will Bleker is Chapter Lead and Middleware Engineer at ING. He has over 15 years of experience in the platform engineering field. With high-availability systems as his main focus, he has moved from technologies like Solaris Cluster to distributed NoSQL databases and now Neo4j.

Gary and Will are presenting on Being In Control and Staying Agile with Graph Requires Shifting Left at GraphConnect.


Amy Hodler, Neo4j


See Amy Hodler of Neo4j speak at GraphConnect 2018.Amy Hodler manages the Neo4j graph analytics programs and marketing. She loves seeing how our ecosystem uses graph analytics to reveal structures within real-world networks and infer dynamic behavior. In her career, Amy has consistently helped teams break into new markets at startups and large companies including EDS, Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard (HP). She most recently comes from Cray Inc., where she was the analytics and artificial intelligence market manager. She has a love for science and art, with an extreme fascination for complexity science and graph theory.

At GraphConnect, Amy will be presenting on 6 Ways Graph Technology Is Changing Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.


Dr. Alessandro Negro, GraphAware


See Dr. Alessandro Nego, Chief Scientist at GraphAware, speak at GraphConnect 2018.Dr. Alessandro Negro is the Chief Scientist at GraphAware, where he specializes in recommendation engines, graph-aided search and NLP. He has been a long-time member of the graph community and is the main author of the first-ever recommendation engine based on Neo4j.

Dr. Alessandro is speaking on Graph-Based Natural Language Understanding, Part 1 and Part 2 (both sessions have limited capacity seats).


Pat Patterson, StreamSets


See Pat Patterson of StreamSets speak at GraphConnect 2018.Pat Patterson has been working with Internet technologies for over two decades, building software and working with developer communities at Sun Microsystems, Salesforce and StreamSets. At Sun, Pat was best known as the community lead for the OpenSSO open source project; as a developer evangelist at Salesforce, he focused on identity, integration and the Internet of Things. As a technical director at StreamSets, Pat has been responsible for building the community around the open source StreamSets Data Collector, speaking at events around the world and educating the big data community on the value of data in motion.

Pat is presenting on Ingesting Data into Neo4j for Master Data Management at GraphConnect.


Dr. Peng Sun, CA Technologies


Dr. Peng Sun, Principal Strategic Research at CA Technologies, specializes in building smart applications leveraging streaming, graph-aided search, NLP and neural networks. He holds a Ph.D. in Planetary Sciences from the University of Arizona, on cosmic rays transport theories leveraging high performance numerical simulations techniques. Dr. Sun enjoys the convenience provided by Neo4j in handling the graph data representation, storage and comprehensive queries.

Dr. Sun is speaking on Accelerating Digital Transformation in CA Technologies with Neo4j at GraphConnect.


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Greta Workman , Neo4j

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Greta Workman has been a part of the Neo4j team for over four years. She’s enjoyed watching the graph community grow through events like GraphConnect which has more than doubled during her time at Neo4j. She currently oversees field marketing for the eastern half of the U.S. In her spare time, she enjoys solving the daily New York Times crossword puzzle and watching University of Kentucky basketball.


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