Keynote Speakers

Dr. John D. Hunter



John Hunter is a quantitative analyst at TradeLink Securities. He received his Ph.D. in neurobiology at the University of Chicago for experimental and numerical modeling work on synchronization of neurons. His postdoctoral research was in coherence and characterization of transient synchronizations in pediatric epilepsy. An avid python programmer and lecturer in scientific computing in python, he is the original author of the scientific visualization package matplotlib. He left academia for quantitative finance in 2005. At TradeLink Securities, he develops quantitative and discretionary investing strategies focusing on equities.

Dr. Joshua Bloom


Associate Professor of Astronomy
University of California, Berkeley

Josh is a professor of astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley, where he works on finding and understanding a diverse zoo of explosive astronomical transients. He is author of the book "What Are Gamma-ray Bursts?" (Princeton University Press, 2011) and was the recipient of the Newton Lacy Pierce Prize from the American Astronomical Society. Python lives at the core of his work: from running the world's largest fully automated telescope to serving as the foundation for a real-time discovery and classification engine for astronomical surveys. He teaches a popular 3-day Python bootcamp at Berkeley as well as leads a seminar series on Python computing for physical scientists.