Events

Connect with FINRA technologists at upcoming events and read about past ones below.

Upcoming

AWS re:Invent

Las Vegas, NV

November 27-

December 2, 2016

Join us to see the new AWS offerings. We'll also be hosting a breakout session where we'll discuss best practices for migrating from commercial databases to Amazon Aurora or PostgreSQL.

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Yhack

New Haven, CT

November 11-13, 2016

FINRA sponsored YHack, Yale's student led hackathon. We had one challenge with a $1000 prize for the winners and offered two drones for raffle prizes.

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PennApps

Philadelphia, PA

September 9-11, 2016

FINRA sponsored PennApps, University of Pennsylvania's student led hackathon. We had one challenge with a $1000 prize for the winners as well as two drones for raffle prizes.

Past

Strata+Hadoop

San Jose, CA

March 31, 2016

Scott Donaldson, Senior Director for Market Regulation Technology at FINRA, shared how we're improving analysts access to petabytes of market regulation data while maintaining security.

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YHack

New Haven, CT

November 6-8, 2015

FINRA sponsored YHack, Yale’s student led hackathon. We had three challenges with $1000 prizes for the winners of each challenge. Learn what it was like in our interview with judge and FINRA product manager Vitali Potchekin.

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PuppetConf 2015

Portland, OR

November 6-8, 2015

Peter Magnaye, Director of Systems Engineering, represented FINRA at PuppetConf 2015 and shared his experience with emerging trends in IT, DevOps, and how FINRA’s IT is changing.

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FINRA CD Hacks

Rockville, MD

October 23-24, 2015

FINRA’s CD Hacks focused on continuous delivery solutions. The winning team, Backpack, created a solution that included efficient test infrastructure provisioning-on-the-fly and auto-terminating the instances all while reducing the feedback test cycle by utilizing parallel-virtualization.

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Pentaho World

Orlando, FL

October 14-15, 2015

FINRA won two excellence awards at PentahoWorld 2015, one for the most ambitious, innovative and impactful Pentaho big data implementations and one for overall excellence.


Saman Michael Far, FINRA Technology’s Senior Vice President, shared our approach to analytics and empowering analysts.

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AWS Re:Invent

Las Vegas, NV

October 5-9, 2015

FINRA Technology leaders made multiple presentations at AWS re:Invent.


Scott Donaldson, Senior Director of Market Regulation Technology, shared insights and best practices on using Amazon’s EMRs.

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Strata+Hadoop World 2015

New York, NY

Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, 2015

Jaipaul Agonus, FINRA Director of Market Regulation Technology, shared insight on moving FINRA from a proprietary MPP database appliance architecture to the Hadoop ecosystem in the cloud, leveraging Hive, Amazon EMR, and S3.

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Splunk >.Conf2015

Las Vegas, NV

September 22, 2015

Gary Mikula shares how FINRA leverages Splunk Cloud to manage its AWS environment thorugh security and compliance with optimizing resources.

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Stamford Hackathon

Stamford, CT

September 18-20, 2015

Three developers from FINRA attending the Stamford Hackathon which focused on civic hacks, IoT, and wearables. The FINRA team won the award for top civic hack.

They created SmartWalks, a tool to help all citizens, including those with visual or hearing impairments. The goal was to ensure that all citizens and visitors could independently navigate the city.

SmartWalks brought together various types of information including mapping technology and traffic light information to help individuals navigate the city. Adding vibrating wristbands to notify the blind and deaf about when to turn, creating an easier experience navigating the city.



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Cloudera Sessions

New York, NY

July 21, 2015

Tigran Khrimian, FINRA’s Vice President of Enterprise Platforms, shared how Hadoop and the Cloud are transforming the way we process billions of market events daily and the benefits and lessons learned from moving to elastic cloud processing.

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XebiaLabs, Inc.

New York, NY

July 14, 2015

Kym Weiland, Director of Enterprise Release at FINRA, discussed the challenges and opportunities of continuous delivery at FINRA, where we had 175 applications and over 2,000 production deployments in 2015.

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Jenkins User Conference 2015

Alexandria, VA

June 18-19, 2015

Kostas Gaitanos, Senior Director of Information Technology, presented how we were able to reduce the overall effort of creating and managing the Jenkins-based ecosystem by 70-80%.

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Introduction to Angular Meetup

Rockville, MD

June 10, 2015

Using Codepen, Allen Bond, showed the audience how to use Angular from very basic to more complex examples. Developers not only from FINRA but from all over the region came to learn and chat more about front-end development.



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Puppet Camp

Washington, DC

May 12, 2015

Miguel Cruz, Lead Systems Admin/Engineer of Development Services at FINRA, presented on Hiera as Node Classifier. Sharing his own experience, Cruz showed potential implementations for this specific tool and answered questions from other Puppet users.



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Splunk>live!

Boston, MA

April 12, 2015

Gary Mikula, Senior Director of Information Security Engineering, shared experience and insight on Splunking the Cloud, focusing on log centralization in an amorphous environment.



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Strata + Hadoop World

San Jose, CA

February 19, 2015

Two FINRA leaders showed how we're using cloud technology to protect US financial markets.


Tigran Khrimian shared how FINRA leverages Hadoop in Amazon Web Services (AWS) to protect investors and ensure the integrity of US financial markets. Scott Donaldson showed how FINRA uses big data analytics to detect fraud and catch insider trading in the US financial markets.

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Scott Donaldson showed how FINRA uses big data analytics to detect fraud and catch insider trading.

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DataGen Hackathon

Rockville, MD

November 15, 2014

FINRA’s second hackathon of 2014 focused on our DataGenerator open source project. The winning hack improved the DataGen code and added an Android mobile notification application to alert users upon completion of a DataGen job.

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GTAC 2014

Kirkland, WA

October 28-29, 2014

FINRA developers Daniel Koo and Bryan Robbins presented their Mock Service Layer (MSL) client side integration testing tool to industry and academic engineers at the Google Test Automation Conference.

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EWD Hackathon

Rockville, MD

July 19, 2014

FINRA opened its Rockville campus to host its first hackathon and take its Java Test Automation Framework (JTAF) Extensions for WebDriver (EWD) open source product to the next level. The winning hack added a Maven archetype for an easy way to start a new project.

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AWS Summit

New York, NY

July 10, 2014

FINRA Technology’s Senior Vice President Saman Michael Far shared why FINRA chose to build its surveillance systems on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing platform and the benefits of AWS features.

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