data science melbourne
MeDaScIn 2016
16 Speakers
5 - 6 May 2016
data science melbourne
MeDaScIn 2016
16 Speakers
5 - 6 May 2016

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MeDaScIn 2016

The Melbourne Data Science Initiative is an event for data scientists by data scientists. The purpose is to grow the talent pool and promote Melbourne as a world city of excellence in Data Science.
The inaugural event will take place on 5th-6th May 2016 during Melbourne Knowledge Week and include the 2nd Melbourne Datathon which will commence two weeks earlier, culminating in the ‘pitch night’  on the 6th at the nab Arena.

Meet the Speakers

click on the photos for more information on the speakers

Rob Hyndman

Professor of Statistics, Monash University

Ross Farrelly

Chief Data Scientist, Teradata ANZ

Tim Manns

Analytics Solution Lead, Analytics8

Kendra Vant

GM Big Data Analytics, Telstra

Yuval Marom

Head of Analytics & Data Services, iSelect

Yanir Seroussi

Head of Data Science, Car Next Door

Xavier Conort

Chief Data Scientist, DataRobot

Eugene Dubossarsky

Partner, Presciient

Chris Hausler

Data Science Team Lead, Zendesk

Brett Adam

VP Engineering & Managing Director, Zendesk

Leonie Walsh

Lead Scientist, Victorian Government

Matthew Michalewicz

CEO, Complexica

Scott Wilson

CEO, iSelect

Evan Stubbs

Chief Analytics Officer, SAS Australia

Philip Dalidakis

Minister for Small Business, Innovation & Trade, Victorian Government

Pradeep Philip

CEO, Launch Vic

Meet the Tutors

Alistair Walsh

Community Co-ordinator for Research Platform, University of Melbourne

Kim Doyle

PhD student, The University of Melbourne

Nayyar Zaidi

Research Fellow (Machine Learning) and Data Scientist, Monash University

Zhen He

Associate Professor, La Trobe University


Friday 6th MayNab Arena
700 Bourke St, Docklands
8:00Registration (tea & coffee provided)
8:40 - 8:55Conference Opening Address
Hon. Philip Dalidakis
Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade
8:55 - 9:40Keynote
Matthew Michalewicz
My Lessons as an Analytics Entrepreneur
9:40 - 10:00Morning Tea (provided)
10:00 - 10:30Evan Stubbs
How I learned to stop worrying and love the machine:
Ethics and what it means to be human
Workshop #1
10:00 - 11:30
Feature Engineering
Xavier Conort
10:30 - 11:00Kendra Vant
Unlocking Big Data with Spark
11:00 - 11:30Ross Farrelly
The Alpha and Omega of Analytics:
Designing analytical processes from the ground up
11:30 - 11:40Break
11:40 - 12:10Eugene Dubossarsky
Data Science is Different:
Key Concepts, Cultural Challenges and where is it heading in the future?
Workshop #2
11:45 - 1:15
Rob Hyndman
12:10 -12:25Yuval Marom
Special Announcement!
12:25 - 1:15Panel Discussion
The need to invest in analytic talent
Leonie Walsh, Pradeep Philip
Brett Adam, Scott Wilson
Chaired by Yuval Marom
1:15 - 2:00Lunch (provided)
2:00- 2:30Chris Hausler
Productionising Machine Learning:
Building a model is only half the battle
Workshop #3
2:00 - 3:30
Business Analytics
Evan Stubbs
2:30 - 3:00Yanir Seroussi
Ask why:
Finding motives, causes, and purpose in data science
3:00 - 3:30Tim Manns
Mind the Gap:
A description of unexpected challenges faced in real-world analytics projects
3:30 - 3:45Afternoon Tea (provided)
3:45 - 4:15Xavier Conort
Make Sense out of Data with Feature Engineering
4:15 - 4:45Rob Hyndman
Automatic FoRecasting using R
Evening Datathon(free event)
4:45 - 5:45Networking Time
5:45 - 7:30Datathon Presentations
7:30 - 10:00Drinks & Award Ceremony


How it Works

There are 3 one day tutorials on Thursday 5th May and 3 x 90 minute breakout workshops on Friday 6th May, each limited to 12 participants. On the Friday there is also the main MeDaScIn talks during the day followed by the Datathon pitch night and award ceremony.

Note: the workshops and tutorials are essentially free as you are registering for the main talks but are choosing a breakout option.  

  • Choose a tutorial or workshop you wish to attend from the pictures below
  • Click on the picture to register for that event
  • It is first come first served – each is limited to 12 participants
  • Registration is for access to the main talks, with the tutorial/workshop being complimentary
  • If you want to do a tutorial and workshop(s) then you must purchase 2 (or more) tickets
  • If you only want to attend the talks (or the tutorials and workshops are sold out) then register via the link at bottom. The cost is the same but there are early-bird and student prices for talk only registration
  • Should the workshops or tutorials need to be cancelled due to any unforeseen reason, then as they are free events there is no refund policy as you still have access to the main talks

5th May - Tutorial Day

CBD venues
(price includes access to the main arena talks on the 6th)

Kim Doyle and Alistair Walsh Zhen He Nayyar Zaidi


6th May - Breakout Workshops

@nab – 700 Bourke St
(breakout sessions during the main arena talks)

Xavier Conort (morning) Rob Hyndman (lunch) Evan Stubbs (afternoon)

6th May - Main Arena Talks

MeDaScIn is now SOLD OUT. There is an option to still attend though by purchasing a two conference ticket for MeDaScIn and the Sports Analytics Conference for $700 ($100 saving). You must register here and we’ll then register you for the Sports Analytics Conference.

NOTE: There are only 5 of these available.




Machine Learning Tutorial

Thu 5th May – 9am
Zendesk, Level 3, 395 Collins St.
On the corner of Collins and Queen. Click here for a map.

The room is the meeting room just to the left as you come our of the escalator.

Text Mining Tutorial

Thu 5th May – 9am
Colab in the University of Melbourne, Old Quadrangle G06-G08
To locate the Old Quadrangle click here

Deep Learning Tutorial

Thu 5th May – 9am
Level 1 Conference Centre
242 Exhibition St.

This is on the corner of Lonsdale St. and Exhibition St. in this building.

Enter the building lobby, walk past the security doors and take the escalator to level 1. Turn hard right and head towards the air walk. Signs point right to the Telstra Conference Centre. The actual room will not be allocated until the day.

Arena Talks, Workshops & Datathon

Fri 6th May – 8:00am
nab Arena
700 Bourke St

The nab is on the walkway between Southern Cross Station and Etihad Stadium. For directions see here or a map here, or just scroll through the pictures below.

The Arena is on the ground level just opposite the cafe. The workshops will be in room 3.301:  it is upstairs from the Arena (take escalator), turn right at the top of the escalator (do not go into the ‘Hall’ large meeting room near top of escalator) walk all the way along the walk way and when you can go no further turn left. Meet outside the Arena just before the workshops to be guided to the room.

for more information on the Datathon click here


The event is organised by data scientists who love Melbourne and don’t want to have to move to Silicon Valley. It has evolved from the popularity of the Data Science Melbourne meetup group but we want anyone with a passion for both analytics and Melbourne to get involved.


We thank all the sponsors and supporters of DSM, especially the speakers and tutors who have given their time – it is really a team effort to make this event happen.

Sponsorship Opportunities
Making this event happen relies on generous DSM sponsors and particularly the nab who are providing the main venue, although we are still seeking specific event sponsorship to help keep the registration cost to a minimum.

The worldwide demand for analytic talent far outstrips supply. By supporting the events you will be helping promote and grow the Melbourne Data Science community and attract potential recruits.

If you would like to help out then contact Phil Brierley via the meetup group.

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