Esteemed Data Scientist Hilary Mason to Keynote Postgres Vision 2017

Date -2017-04-18 Location - BOSTON Hilary is an entrepreneur, technology adviser, startup counselor, and philanthropist whose endeavors have brought her recognition in the form of a coveted TechFellows Engineering Leadership award. She has also been named to the Forbes 40 Under 40 to Watch; the Crain’s New York 40 under 40; and the Fast Company Top 100 Most Creative People in Business.  

“Technology is giving companies superpowers to compete more intelligently and capture the data behind changing trends, expanding markets, and new opportunities,” said Hilary Mason. “To gain the competitive edge, companies must master the ability to innovate. Forums like Postgres Vision create the conversation for investigating technologies making a difference across the spectrum.”

Hilary joins a growing all-star agenda featuring thought leaders, top executives, and open source community technologists from the data management ecosystem, including:

  • Graham Brooks, Partner, .406 Ventures;
  • Santiago Comella-Dorda, Principal, McKinsey & Co;
  • Frank Fanzilli, Director, Linux Foundation; 
  • Robert Haas, PostgreSQL Project Major Contributor and Committer;
  • Raffi Holzer, Product Manager, Pivotal Labs;
  • Kathleen Kennedy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Postgres Vision 2017 emcee);
  • Larry Kerschberg, Professor Computer Science, George Mason University;
  • Dr. Michael Meskes, Major Contributor to PostgreSQL, maintains the embedded SQL C-Preprocessor;
  • Kiki Mills Johnston, Managing Director, MassChallenge;
  • Bruce Momjian, Co-founder of the PostgreSQL Global Development Group, Core Team Member, Committer;
  • Dave Page, PostgreSQL Global Development Group Core Team Member;
  • John Rymer, Software Industry Analyst, Forrester Research;
  • Joe Schuler, Vice President, MasterCard; and
  • Matthew Spilich, Director of Engineering Operations, Tripadvisor.

Hilary has had a significant impact on the expanding data industry, both professionally and personally. She spent four years as Chief Scientist at Bitly Inc. followed by one year as Scientist Emeritus. She was also an Assistant Professor at Johnson & Wales University.

“Machine learning and other data capabilities are progressing so rapidly that it's becoming possible to create entirely new types of products. It's a very exciting time to be working in this domain,” Hilary said.

Hilary is an advisor to multiple organizations, including Mortar,, collective[i], and DataKind, and serves as a mentor to Betaspring, the Providence, Rhode Island-based startup accelerator, and to the Harvard Business School Digital Initiative. She co-founded HackNY, a non-profit organization that helps engineering students navigate the New York startup community, and is on the Board of Directors of the Anita Borg Institute for Women in Technology. She also served on former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Technology and Innovation Advisory Council.

The Postgres Vision agenda will include keynote sessions, informational panels, and presentations delivered across four tracks: business; open source community; DevOps; and technical workshops. During Postgres Vision, attendees also will have the opportunity to participate in training and certification sessions for various skills levels.  

The cost to attend Postgres Vision is $395. For information and to register for Postgres Vision, please visit the website here

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