Jon Gifford

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Senior Staff Engineer, Machine Learning

Jon has been working on Search problems for over 20 years, and has been using Lucene since 2005. Along the way, he has been involved in a number of projects that have pushed the limits of scale and performance, including one of the first ever Solr Cloud deployments, two years before the official release.

As Senior Staff Engineer at Reddit, Jon is focused on applying both traditional IR and current ML techniques to the worlds best discussions on every subject imaginable. The end-goal is to engage Redditors more deeply on the things they care about. In other words, Weaponized Procrastination.

Jon Gifford is speaking at the following session/s

Keynote Panel: The Many Faces of Digital Transformation, Through the Prism of Search and AI

Wednesday | 9:20AM - 10:00AM | International Ballroom

Digital Transformation is a big topic. We read those words several times a day, every day, but that idea means something different to everyone. This panel discussion will explore the aspects of digital transformation primarily driven by search and AI technologies. Experts from diverse industries like manufacturing, e-commerce, online social platforms, and financial services will share how they see this the same, and where and how their industries make things different.

Lucidworks CEO Will Hayes will moderate the discussion. The panelists will share what digital transformation means to them personally, below the buzzword. Where are the biggest opportunities? What are common challenges that block uptake and adoption? How do you build cross-functional enthusiasm between business analysts, data scientists, executives and devops teams so that machine models work, deliver results and can actually operate at scale.  

Audience Takeaway
Learn how business experts lead search and AI initiatives into their organizations: from concept to development to deployment. Understand how to meet your business goals, while also modernizing the company culture.