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Two Recent NECINA-DIG Events Where I Gave Talks

In the past I've attended multiple events hosted by NECINA. Recently the Director of NECINA-DIG invited me to speak in two events.

On May 4, 2017 I was invited to be the sole speaker of a NECINA-DIG meetup event. The title of my talk was "Big Data Platform Landscape by 2017". The talk slides are available at There were around 40 professionals who attended.

On May 14, 2017 I was invited to be a panelist of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence in Financial Technology at 2017 Boston FinTech Forum with Ant Financial. My co-panelists included Peng Xu (Senior Director of Artificial Intelligence, Ant Financial), Charles Wang (AI and Big Data Scientist/Entrepreneur), and Greg Woolf (Founder & CEO, Coalesce.Info). There were around 200 people who attended.

NECINA stands for New England Chinese Information and Networking Association. Founded in 1996 (the year I came to the United States), it is a non-profit organization whose mission statement is to "create value for you by brief you on the latest technology, connect you with superb talents and experts, help you build your professional and social networks, and support you in developing your career and startup business." One way it accomplishes the mission is to host high-quality events such as forum, conference, job fair, start-up pitch, etc.

NECINA-DIG is a special interest group under NECINA. The name stands for Deep Intelligence Group. Its stated area of interest was AI and Deep Learning, but its events seem to span other areas as well such as venture capitalism, startup companies, and big data. I have met the director of NECINA-DIG, Victor Cao, and his wife Jenny multiple times. Very nice people.

Events hosted by NECINA tend to be useful and to have a high quality, as far as I can tell. And they are free of charge. Compare with professional conferences that charge hundreds of dollars or more. The annual membership fee is only nominal comparing with the value they provide -- it does not even cover the cost of free pizza and drinks provided at the events. I am a member and fan of NECINA.


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