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

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AWS re:Invent Conference

Las Vegas, NV

December 2-

December 6, 2019

AWS re:Invent is the annual learning conference hosted by Amazon Web Services for the global cloud computing community. The event features keynote presentations, training and certifications opportunities, and access to more than 2,500 technical sessions for more than 60,000 attendees spread out across six venues along the Las Vegas Strip. FINRA presented at seven of the best attended talks.

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Acquia Engage Conference

New Orleans, LA

November 13, 2019

Michael Scheidt presented alongside AWS’s Josh Hofmann, GM and Global leader, ISV Partner Ecosystem during their keynote address. Acquia Engage shines a spotlight on innovative digital experiences developed by customers and partners and powered by cloud and open source technology. Digital leaders from around the world share their insights and strategies and offer a look into the future of digital experiences and customer interactions.

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Technica (Hackathon)

College Park, MD

November 9-

November 10, 2019

FINRA was a proud sponsored of Technica for the second year in a row. Technica is the world’s largest all-women and non-binary hackathon that is hosted annually. Over the duration of 24 hours, women and non-binary people are immersed in tech culture and encouraged to exercise their imagination to create interesting and innovative hacks. This year, FINRA supported the event with 20 volunteers who met with and mentored teams.

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MIT FinTech Club Buildathon

Cambridge, MA

November 8-

November 10, 2019

Sponsored jointly by FINRA’s Office of Financial Innovation and Deloitte Advisory, the Buildathon brought together academia, regulators, and firms from across the U.S. securities industry. The theme was “Breaking Barriers: Pioneering the Future of Fintech for Investors,” and participants competed in four separate challenges related to investor protection. FINRA Technology sent out 10 of its top IT professionals to support, mentor and judge.

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DevOps Enterprise Summit

Las Vegas, NV

October 28-

October 30, 2019

FINRA’s Daniel Koo was interviewed after his presentation on FINRA’s DevOp’s transformation at this conference for technology leaders of large, complex organizations implementing Devops principles and practices.

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FINRA Createathon

Rockville, MD

August 26-

August 28, 2019

Wired Together (Connect, Collaborate, Create)

This year marked FINRA’s 4th annual internal hackathon, entitled the Createathon. The event is the company’s innovation pipeline to harvest and prototype the best ideas for business impact. With over 1,300 participants and 50 different teams, the 2019 Createathon was the largest annual hackathon event to date.

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AWS New York Summit

New York, NY

July 11, 2019

Steve Randich was invited to present as a keynote speaker to discuss the progress on our cloud and Consolidated Audit Trail (CAT) migration at this one-day learning conference with over 11,500 developers and IT/cloud engineers in attendance.

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AWS re:Inforce Conference Talk

Boston, MA

June 28, 2019

FINRA presenters at this conference included Daniel Koo and Stephen Mele, who described how FINRA has developed a holistic security strategy that also helped speed up its DevOps through a unified and frictionless access strategy.

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AWS Public Sector Summit

Washington D.C.

June 11, 2019

Raghu Raman presented on “The Future of Fraud Detection and Risk Modeling with AI/AL” where he highlighted FINRA’s journey of innovation over the past several years.

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IIF Digital Finance Symposium

Washington D.C.

May 29, 2019

Steve Randich participated in the panel discussion that focused on the critical adoption of cloud technology in the financial services industry, in the context of the new competitive landscape and evolving customer expectations for immediacy and personalization.

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SIFMA 2019 Conference

Boca Raton, FL

May 6-

May 9, 2019

Steve Randich was a keynote speaker at the 46th annual SIMFA Operations Conference, for which he spoke about the evolution of policy response, risk, technology and regulatory changes. The annual conference gathers operations, technology and regulatory leaders from across the securities industry.

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Spark+AI Summit 2019

San Francisco, CA

April 23-

April 25, 2019

FINRA Tech’s Ahmed Ibrahim presented at the Spark + AI Summit with a session entitled “Quality Assurance of Big Data processes using MegaSparkDiff and Databricks”

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FINRA BitCamp 2019

College Park, MD

April 12-

April 14, 2019

FINRA sponsored at one of the largest hackathons in North America for the fifth year in a row. The event provides young developers and engineers an opportunity to be challenged in tech innovation – and meet representatives from companies for potential job and intern opportunities.

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Strata Data Conferernce

San Francisco, CA

March 25-

March 28, 2019

FINRA Tech was represented by two members from our Rockville office, Jaipual Agonus and Daniel Monteiro who presented on ‘Scaling Visualization for Big Data and Analytics in the Cloud’

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Enterprise Data World

Boston, MA

March 17-

March 22, 2019

FINRA Tech staff presented on ML and MDM.

Ushering in the Age of Machine learning

MDM By Necessity: The Organic Growth of FINRA’s Enterprise Master Data Platform

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SIA Executive Forum

Austin, TX

February 25-

February 28, 2019

The theme was “Breakthrough Leadership.” FINRA’s Geoff Abere participated in panel discussion entitled “Voice of the Customer” talking about the workforce of the future and how to be successful in the evolving market.

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AWS Public Sector Summit

Washington, DC

June 20-

June 21, 2018

FINRA's Daniel Koo, Kris Musard, and Latha Nagaraj talk about FINRA's secure DevOps engineering tools and practices.

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Spark+AI Summit 2018

San Francisco, CA

June 4-

June 6, 2018

FINRA's Saman Michael Far delivered the keynote speech at Databricks' 2018 Spark+AI Summit.

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Bitcamp 2018

College Park, MD

April 6-

April 8, 2018

FINRA signed on to be Bitcamp's Design Sponsor for the 2018 event and brought nearly its entire UI/UX staff to support hackers with sound user experience design advice. FINRA's Kat Stacho also delivered a standing room only workshop around the fundamentals of good UX.

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YHack

New Haven, CT

December 1-

December 3, 2017

FINRA is once again sponsoring Yale's student-run hackathon, YHack. One of the largest in the country, we will offer $3000 in prizes for the winners and raffle off a Nintendo Switch.

View FINRA’s Tech Talk on Machine Learning

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AWS re:INVENT

Las Vegas, NV

November 27-

December 1, 2017

Come hear several FINRA technologists speak about our experience with AWS services at re:INVENT 2017.

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HackGT

Atlanta, GA

October 13-15, 2017

FINRA sponsored HackGT, Georgia Tech's student-run hackathon. We had one challenge with a $3000 prize for the winners and raffled off a Nintendo Switch and a DJI Spark drone.

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FINRA Createathon 2017 Keynote Speech

Rockvillle, MD

September 14, 2017

Jared Lander, of Lander Analytics Opens FINRA’s 2017 Createathon.

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AWS Public Sector Summit

Washington, D.C.

June 14, 2017

Ranga Rajagopal, Outlines FINRA’s Big Data Processing Using S3, EMR, and Lambda.

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AWS Public Sector Summit

Washington, D.C.

June 14, 2017

Kym Weiland and Stephen Mele, Talk About Automating Security Compliance with FINRA’s Gatekeeper.

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AWS Public Sector Summit

Washington, D.C.

June 14, 2017

Todd Griffiths, Describes FINRA’s Innovative Use of Amazon Redshift to Analyze Trillions of Records

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AWS Public Sector Summit

Washington, D.C.

June 14, 2017

Scott Donaldson, Explains How FINRA Leverages AWS Data Management Services.

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AWS Public Sector Summit

Washington, D.C.

June 14, 2017

John Brady, Joins a Panel to Discuss FINRA’s Sophisticated Cybersecurity Operation in the Cloud.

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AWS Public Sector Summit

Washington, D.C.

June 14, 2017

Saman Michael Far, Speaks About FINRA’s “Manhattan Project” to Transform its Culture Through Innovation.

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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.

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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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