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Thursday, July 21 • 2:25pm - 2:55pm
Panel Discussion: Presto for the Open Data Lakehouse - Dave Simmen, Ahana; Girish Baliga, Uber; Tim Meehan, Meta; Ali LeClerc, Ahana & Moderated by Eric Kavanaugh, Bloor Group

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Today’s digital-native companies need a modern data infra that can handle data wrangling and data-driven analytics for the ever-increasing amount of data needed to drive business. Specifically, they need to address challenges like complexity, cost, and lock-in. An Open SQL Data Lakehouse approach enables flexibility and better cost performance by leveraging open technologies and formats.
Join us for this panel where leading technologists from the Presto open source project will share their vision of the SQL Data Lakehouse and why Presto is a critical component.

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Tim Meehan

Chair of Presto Technical Steering Committee & Software Engineer, Meta
Tim is a Software Engineer at Meta working the core Presto engine. He is also the Chairperson of the Technical Steering Committee of Presto Foundation that hosts Presto under the Linux Foundation. As the chair and a Presto committer, he is works with other foundation members to drive... Read More →
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Ali LeClerc

Chair, Community Outreach, Ahana | Presto Foundation
Ali has over a decade of experience in open source software, product, and community marketing. She’s currently the Head of Community at Ahana, the SaaS for Presto company, where she works closely with the Presto Foundation to drive open source programs. Prior to Ahana, Ali held... Read More →
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Dave Simmen

CTO & Co-Founder, Ahana
As Cofounder and CTO, David oversees Ahana’s technology strategy and drives product innovation. David joined Ahana most recently from Apple where he engineered iCloud database services. Prior to Apple, he was Chief Architect with Splunk and named the first Fellow in the company’s... Read More →
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Girish Baliga

Director of Engineering, Uber Technologies Inc
Girish manages Batch Data at Uber, and has previously worked on Search and Real-Time Analytics.  Before that, he spent over a decade optimizing resources, search ads, and geo data analytics at Google, interrupted by a brief start-up stint at Urban Engines. He has a PhD in Computer... Read More →
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Eric Kavanaugh

CEO, Bloor Group
Eric Kavanagh is CEO of The Bloor Group, a new-media analyst firm focused on enterprise technology. A career journalist with more than two decades of experience in print, broadcast and Internet media, he also hosts DM Radio for Information Management Magazine, and the ongoing Webcast... Read More →

Thursday July 21, 2022 2:25pm - 2:55pm PDT