KNIME Fall Summit 2016 takes place in San Francisco, Sept. 15-16

First North American conference happens next month in US tech hub

SAN FRANCISCO (Aug. 8, 2016) — The creators of KNIME Analytics Platform, a popular open source data analytics, reporting and integration tool, will host their 2016 Fall Summit on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 15-16  in San Francisco. Making KNIME’s North American summit debut, the packed schedule of sessions will take place close to downtown at the Mission Bay Conference Center. Featuring more than 15 speakers from an array of industries and backgrounds, the summit promises to offer a fresh look at what is happening in the data science community.

The conference’s goal is to get the larger KNIME community to talk about the variety of applications and opportunities, as well as provide sneak peeks of new and upcoming features of the platform. This opportunity will bring users together and spur discussion on and around modern data analytics.

This year’s packed schedule features speakers from around the globe. The current two-day lineup includes:

  • Andrew Ruegger and Greg Smith, from Group M and Catalyst, speaking on “Open Source Innovation in a Closed Source World”
  • May Tan, from Comcast, discussing “The Universal Model: Realizing Business Value through Near Real-Time Decision Support Systems”
  • Nathaniel Lin, from the National Fire Protection Association, addressing "How Big Data Analytics Powered by KNIME Can Transform a 120 year Non-Profit NGO"
  • Jere Helenius, a representative from the Palo Alto Network, talking on "Weaponizing Sales and Marketing with Predictive Real-Time Lead Ranking"
  • Ryan Keane with Under Armour, on “Transforming Under Armour’s market Execution through Geospatial Analytics”
  • Cathy Pearl, presenting "What's Love Got to Do with It? Analyzing Tweets About Online Dating"
  • Benjamin Spiegel, from MMI Agency, providing insights on "Extracting Truths from Social Media"
  • Patrick Lee, with Novartis, talking about “KNIME as a Platform for Integrated Hit Finding at Novartis”
  • Christian Dietz, from the University of Konstanz and Curtis Rueden from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, on “Open Source Tool Blending: Image Analysis in KNIME”
  • Rumi Ghosh, with Bosch, speaking on “When the Old Meets the New: How Advanced Data Analytics is Transforming Manufacturing”

The summit will conclude with an eagerly-anticipated keynote with Dean Abbott, world-renowned data scientist. As the co-founder of and chief data scientist at SmarterHQ, Abbott has been applying data mining, data preparation and data visualization methods to business and research problems since 1987. In past years, Abbott has been the closing speaker at KNIME summits in Berlin, so the transition to having him speak to the American audience is much awaited.

“We are particularly excited about this summit because its highlights KNIME’s growth all over the world,” said Michael Berthold, president and founder of KNIME. “The field of data science has just exploded—particularly in the US in the past year—and we’re excited to move this year’s conference closer to our users. We have an amazing lineup of speakers joining us from across North America and beyond, representing a wide-range of industries and applications.”

Various additional speakers, including several team members from KNIME itself, are also scheduled throughout the two days.

Online registration is open with early bird pricing available through Aug. 29. Registrants may also choose to attend a one-day KNIME beginner or big data training before the summit on Sept. 14. Academic discounts are also available. For registration, event schedule, and a full list of speakers, visit


At KNIME®, we build software for fast, easy and intuitive access to advanced data science, helping organizations drive innovation. Our KNIME Analytics Platform is the leading open solution for data-driven innovation, designed for discovering the potential hidden in data, mining for fresh insights, or predicting new futures. Organizations can take their collaboration, productivity and performance to the next level with a robust range of commercial extensions to our open source platform. For over a decade, a thriving community of data scientists in over 60 countries has been working with our platform on every kind of data: from numbers to images, molecules to humans, signals to complex networks, and simple statistics to big data analytics. KNIME’s headquarters are based in Zurich, with additional offices in Konstanz, Berlin, and Silicon Valley. We’re open for innovation®, so visit us at

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