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From Academic to Data Rockstar

Energy Infotech NYC

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM (EST)

From Academic to Data Rockstar

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The tech community needs data scientists. Guess what - this city has grad students and postdoctoral researchers with just the right skills.

In this event, we bring entrepreneurs and academics together. There will be talks covering the transition from academic research to working as an analyst or data scientist in industry. Topics will include what skills are useful to companies, how to target your academic skills to a startup job, and how to make connections outside academia.

The event will also include plenty of time to chat, network and grab a drink.


Jun Shimada

Jun Shimada is the founder and CEO of ThinkEco, an energy efficiency start up based in NYC. Under Jun's leadership, ThinkEco has emerged as one of NYC's key cleantech successes by offering its patented, internet-of-things (IoT) platform to perform utility services, including the CoolNYC program with Con Edison.  Prior to ThinkEco, Jun was a founding team member of the biotech start-up Vitae Pharmaceuticals from seed to Series B funding.  In addition, Jun has experience in equity research with Deutsche Bank and theoretical / computational biophysics research at Harvard, Columbia, and NYU.  Jun is the author of several US patents, numerous peer-review articles, and book chapters.  Jun received his BA, MA, and PhD from Harvard.

Mike Dewar is a Data Scientist at the New York Times R&D Lab. Mike has a PhD from the University of Sheffield, UK, where he studied the modelling of complex systems using data. His work now focuses on building tools to study behaviour.

Before joining the New York Times, Mike worked at the New York tech company, and completed postdoctoral positions at Sheffield, Edinburgh and Columbia Universities.

Mike is a data ambassador for the non-profit organisation DataKind, and has published widely on signal processing, machine learning and data visualisation.  


Tyler Tringas and Mike Conti are the founders of SolarList - A New York cleanweb startup that connects people who want solar with solar installers and project developers. With a unique suite of energy market and consumer models they use a data-driven approach to finding solar customers making the process painless and materially cheaper. By connecting solar customers to competing installers we both bring down the cost of renewable energy and allow small local solar companies to compete without requiring the marketing overhead expenses of their larger competitors.

Before starting SolarList, Tyler and Mike were both energy analysts - wpreadsheeting and powerpointing their way around the world. SolarList won the 2013 Big Apps CleanWeb contest.

Emily Bjorklund is a co-founder and head of Marketing & Business Development at Energy Solutions Forum (ESF), an energy policy data and software company based in NYC ACRE. Emily is also the Executive Director of the New York Energy Week initiative, ESF’s groundbreaking annual energy event series. 

Energy Solutions Forum (ESF) is an energy policy research and data company, based in the New York City’s Accelerator for Clean and Resilient Economy (ACRE). Through our research publications and enterprise software platform, EnerKnol, we are solving the problem of fragmented and confusing policy information that the financial market needs to make investment decisions in the energy industry.  ESF Research publishes reports and briefs on energy industry and policy research, with more than 200 publications to date. EnerKnol is a real-time one-stop source for all US energy policy filings that allows users to access, track and understand the most important policy updates and analysis that impact their sector. 

Jon Roberts was a research physicist studying cosmic rays until the summer of 2013. Now he works as a freelance datascientist - working with wide variety of New York tech companies on a wider variety of problems. He heads up the Clean.Data. project, has created interactive maps of NYC electricity use that were featured on the NYC Open Data portal, and was on the winning team for the New York NASA Space Apps hackathon.

Beer, pizza and snacks provided via the kind sponsorship of
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When & Where

Varick Street Incubator
137 Varick Street, 2nd Floor
New York, New York 10013

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM (EST)

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Energy Infotech NYC

Energy InfotechNYC is  a new group composed of leading technologists, developers, entrepreneurs, and investors to bring together the community participating in the Energy Infotech arena, and foster a leading innovation ecosystem, centered in New York City to leverage NYC’s unique capabilities in information technology, internet applications, media, and finance.  The group endeavors to link entrepreneurs to investors and pilot customers to tackle and probe critical issues, challenges, and opportunities in the Energy Infotech space. The goal is to position the City as a global leader at the intersection of IT and clean tech.

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