AquaQ launch event on Nov 17th

Over the past few years, I have worked with many consultants. Some can be very easy to work with while others can be a little challenging. Some of the consultants I worked with were from a company called AquaQ Analytics and they were probably the best ones I have worked with.

For those who don’t know, AquaQ is a consulting company that specializes in data management, data analytics and data mining services (mainly through kdb+). They are also very good with sharing what they have been working on. For example, few years ago, they released TorQ which is a framework for setting up kdb+ stack easily (RDB, HDB etc).

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My experience at the QuantCon 2016

quantcon_1Most of you have probably heard of a startup called Quantopian which was launched in 2011. Quantopian is a crowd-sourced hedge fund that allows its users to develop and back-test strategies using its platform. Last year, Quantopian started an annual conference for quants called QuantCon. It has been gaining a lot of popularity in the quant world which I find quite astonishing for a conference that is only a year old. Maybe it has to do with the lack of conferences targeted at quants. I attended the conference yesterday on Apr 09th, 2016 at Convene Conference Center in Midtown Manhattan. From what I could tell and I might be wrong about this, there were about 300-400 people in attendance. The day consisted of various lectures from 40 different speakers from fields such as quantitative finance, machine learning and data science. At any given time, there were about 5 sessions going on which meant that you had to pick your favorite and attend that one only.

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Using kdb+ for big data analytics in pharmaceutical industry

I attended Kx’s latest meetup in New York this Monday at J.P. Morgan. This meetup was different. It was focused on using kdb+ for data analysis in pharmaceutical industry. I have barely any knowledge about how pharma companies work and what type/size of data they deal with. This meetup was an incredible introduction to growing need of powerful analytical tools in the pharmaceutical industry.

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Kx’s new CEO, Mark Sykes, at the meetup

The event started with a quick introduction by Kx’s new CEO Mark Sykes. I don’t know much about him but he seemed like a nice humble guy. He also announced KxCon that will be held in 2016 in Montauk, New York. Mark led the way for Larry Pickett, CIO of Purdue Pharma, to discuss Purdue’s big data strategy. This was quite high level and am not sure how many people found it interesting. I saw many attendees on their phones during this presentation. I, however, was quite interested in seeing how pharmaceutical companies think differently than financial firms when it comes to big data.

 

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My experience at The Trading Show – quant, automated trading and big data conference

I was lucky enough to get a complimentary pass to The Trading Show from one of our vendors – OneMarketData. They were one of the sponsors and had some spare tickets. The Trading Show is a conference on “quant, automated trading, big data and high performance computing (HPC)”. I have never attended a conference at such a large scale so it was definitely a new experience for me. The event was hosted at Three Sixty Tribeca.

I spent the entire day attending keynotes, panel discussions and round-table discussions, and networking. I will give you a brief summary of what each session covered. For reference, this was the agenda.

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