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O'Reilly and Cloudera Announce Inaugural Strata Data Awards Finalists

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New Awards Program Recognizes Impactful and Innovative Data Science
Startups, Products and Initiatives

O'Reilly,
the premier source for insight-driven learning on technology and
business, and Cloudera
today announced the Strata
Data Awards
finalists. In its first year, the new awards program
recognizes the most innovative data-driven startups, projects and
initiatives from Strata
Data Conference
sponsors and exhibitors from around the world.
Curated by a team of industry experts and selected by conference
attendees, the winners will be announced at Strata, taking place from
September 11-13 in New York City.

Strata sponsors and exhibitors were invited to submit a nomination in
the following three categories: Most Disruptive Startup, Most Innovative
Product and Most Impactful Initiative. The finalists in each category
were required to fulfill the following entry requirements to be
considered:

Most Disruptive Startup: A startup
that is bringing a disruptive technology to market. The finalists are:

  • Memgraph
    - Empowers organizations to build the next generation of intelligent
    applications with real-time connected data.
  • Split
    - A platform for feature experimentation, empowering businesses of all
    sizes to make smarter product decisions.
  • Tigergraph
    - A fast graph analytics platform designed to unleash the power of
    interconnected data for deeper insights and better outcomes.

Most Innovative Product: A
newly-launched product or service that represents a fundamental
innovation in engineering, architecture and product design. The
finalists are:

  • Alteryx,
    Alteryx
    Promote
    - Provides an end-to-end data science system for
    developing, deploying and managing predictive models and scoring data
    with real-time decision APIs.
  • Dow
    Jones
    , Dow
    Jones DNA
    - DNA is a Data-as-a-Service platform providing access
    to fully licensed news and derived data to support data scientists and
    application developers in their advanced analytics and workflow
    initiatives.
  • MapD,
    MapD
    Cloud
    - The first software-as-a-service analytics platform to
    harness the extreme power of GPU-processing, allowing non-technical
    users to query and visually analyze very large datasets with zero wait
    time.

Most Impactful Initiative: A company
that has implemented or has helped a customer deploy an initiative that
has widespread impact on an industry, government, business or society as
a whole. The finalists are:

  • Vertica,
    Vertica
    Analytics Platform
    - A unified analytical database that supports
    all major cloud platforms, all popular data formats and features
    advancements in in-database Machine Learning.
  • Microsoft,
    AI
    for Earth Program
    - An initiative that puts Microsoft's cloud and
    AI tools in the hands of those working to solve global environmental
    challenges through grants that provide access to cloud and AI tools,
    opportunities for education and training on AI and investments in
    innovative, scalable solutions, all working to advance sustainability
    across the globe.
  • Talend,
    Talend
    Real-Time Big Data
    - Along with Bayer Digital Farming comes
    WEEDSCOUT, a new app farmers can download for free that uses machine
    learning and artificial intelligence to match photos of weeds in a
    Bayer database with weed photos farmers send in.

"The Strata Data Awards program is a way to provide recognition to the
most innovative data science startups, products and projects driving the
industry forward," said Ben Lorica, chief data scientist at O'Reilly and
Strata Data Conference program chair. "Congratulations to our finalists,
and with the help of our Strata Data conference-goers, we look forward
to celebrating the first-ever winners at the upcoming show."

Strata attendees are invited to vote for the company of their choice in
each category by texting and following instructions displayed on
conference signage and keynote slides. Attendees will have the
opportunity to visit the finalists at their booths before voting on
September 11 and 12. One award winner per category will be announced
during the keynote presentations on September 13.

Conference media passes are still available for qualified journalists
and analysts. For questions regarding media credentials, contact maureen@oreilly.com;
for media queries or scheduling interviews, contact OReilly@famapr.com.
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or #StrataData
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