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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
View the keynote speech
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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’
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
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.
FINRA's Daniel Koo, Kris Musard, and Latha Nagaraj talk about FINRA's secure DevOps engineering tools and practices.
Watch the talk
FINRA's Saman Michael Far delivered the keynote speech at Databricks' 2018 Spark+AI Summit.
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.
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
Come hear several FINRA technologists speak about our experience with AWS services at re:INVENT 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.
Jared Lander, of Lander Analytics Opens FINRA’s 2017 Createathon.
Ranga Rajagopal, Outlines FINRA’s Big Data Processing Using S3, EMR, and Lambda.
Kym Weiland and Stephen Mele, Talk About Automating Security Compliance with FINRA’s Gatekeeper.
Todd Griffiths, Describes FINRA’s Innovative Use of Amazon Redshift to Analyze Trillions of Records
Scott Donaldson, Explains How FINRA Leverages AWS Data Management Services.
John Brady, Joins a Panel to Discuss FINRA’s Sophisticated Cybersecurity Operation in the Cloud.
Saman Michael Far, Speaks About FINRA’s “Manhattan Project” to Transform its Culture Through Innovation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
FINRA CD Hacks Submissions
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.
Matt Cardillo, Senior Director for Market Regulation, shared how we handle billions of transactions daily with elastic cloud technology.
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.
Gary Mikula, Senior Directory of Information Security Engineering, and Siddhartha Dadana, Senior Security Engineer, shared best practices and insight on enterprise security in the
Tigran Khrimian, Vice President of Enterprise Platforms, presented how we’re rethinking data management and our open source solution, herd.
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.
Gary Mikula shares how FINRA leverages Splunk Cloud to manage its AWS environment thorugh security and compliance with optimizing resources.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Gary Mikula, Senior Director of Information Security Engineering, shared experience and insight on Splunking the Cloud, focusing on log centralization in an amorphous environment.
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.
Scott Donaldson showed how FINRA uses big data analytics to detect fraud and catch insider trading.
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.
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.
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.
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.