Chris Slowe

Chris Slowe

Job Title: CTO and Founding Engineer

Company: Reddit

Chris is CTO and Founding Engineer of Reddit.  Though a software engineer by vocation, his first attempt at a career started with his finishing a PhD in experimental physics at Harvard where he learned about the importance of modeling, critical thinking, statistics, and (honestly) welding.  He uses the first three skills regularly.  The final years of his PhD were concurrent with him breaking into startups and getting accepted to the first YCombinator class, where he subsequently met Steve and Alexis and became Reddit’s first employee five months into the company. After five years at Reddit, he left with Steve to work on Hipmunk as Chief Scientist.  He’s been back at Reddit for 18 months and has just transitioned to CTO after a year as Director of Engineering.

Speaking at the following:

9.00am - 9.30am
Keynote Presentation: The History (and Future!) of Machine Learning at Reddit

Feed personalization has become a mainstay of the modern web. Reddit is special in that it doesn’t just have a pile of content that needs to be categorized, it has an engaged active user base which also actively curates the content into Communities (née “subreddits”).  This additional metadata provides challenges and opportunities for feed customization…. Read more.

10.00am - 10.30am
Panel Discussion: Exploring the Machine Learning value proposition

Is Machine Learning/AI/Cognitive just a passing fad, or is it here to stay? Should you invest in these new technologies and approaches or not? What is the value, and is it tangible and quantifiable? Constantly evolving and learning – exploring the ways in which Machine learning can be used to process huge amounts of unstructured… Read more.