PyData Miami


Conference Overview

We welcome attendees with wide varieties of experiences, expertise, and backgrounds to join us at the Ampersand Studios on September 22, 2022. Users, contributors, and newcomers can share experiences and learn from one another to solve hard problems and grow a stronger open-source community.

About PyData

PyData is an educational program of NumFOCUS, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in the United States. PyData provides a forum for the international community of users and developers of data analysis tools to share ideas and learn from each other. The global PyData network promotes discussion of best practices, new approaches, and emerging technologies for data management, processing, analytics, and visualization. PyData communities approach data science using many languages, including (but not limited to) Python, Julia, and R.

We aim to be an accessible, community-driven conference, with novice to advanced level presentations. PyData tutorials and talks bring attendees the latest project features along with cutting-edge use cases.


The mission of NumFOCUS is to promote sustainable high-level programming languages, open code development, and reproducible scientific research. We accomplish this mission through our educational programs and events as well as through fiscal sponsorship of open source scientific computing projects. We aim to increase collaboration and communication within the data science and scientific computing community.

NumFOCUS is a 501(c)3 public charity in the United States.

To learn more about PyData, visit

Organizing Committee

Mark RussellMark Russell
Mark Russell
Mark RussellCo-organizer for the lead team
Mark Russell is lead data operations engineer for ModMed, a Boca Raton based developer of an award-winning electronic health records software system. Mark started joining data meetup groups in the Miami area after moving here in 2015, and has contributed to the community by offering his time and talents to make events like PyData Miami 2022 happen.
Samina TrachierSamina Trachier
Samina Trachier
Samina TrachierCo-organizer for the lead team
Samina Trachier joined NumFOCUS in 2021 as an Events & Digital Marketing Coordinator. Before joining NumFOCUS, Samina was active in the Austin, TX events industry and acted as the Media Communications Coordinator for The OpenAir Collective. She’s a graduate of New York University where she received a BFA in Game Design.
Teodor GeorgievTeodor Georgiev
Teodor Georgiev
Teodor GeorgievCo-organizer for the lead team
Teodor Georgiev is a data scientist for Gistia Healthcare. He has almost 10 years of experience in the field. He is passionate about improving data-literacy, and thus organizes PyData Miami. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida where he also automated image processing for the Interdisciplinary Microsystems Group. This is where his journey into data science began.
Tony TijerinoTony Tijerino
Tony Tijerino
Tony TijerinoCo-organizer for the lead team
Tony is an HR and community leader focused on doing his part to help build a better world of work. He is passionate about this because he believes everyone should live fulfilling lives. For him, this requires that we all have exceptional experiences in the workplace.
Oleg SafronovOleg Safronov
Oleg Safronov
Oleg SafronovCo-organizer for the lead team
Oleg is a Chief Technology Officer at Motorsport Network. Oleg's expertise lies in building startups in such domains as media, e-commerce, and entertainment. He's leading multiple offshore development teams. Oleg is an entrepreneur and obsessed with machine learning and digital transformation.
Jacob JensenJacob Jensen
Jacob Jensen
Jacob JensenCo-organizer for the lead team
Jacob is the founder of Leaky.AI, a company devoted to helping students learn A.I. coding skills. He has spent the last 5 years teaching and mentoring students in A.I. and has over 20 years of enterprise software development experience. He was the Sr. Director of Product Management at Cisco Systems and also held executive positions at VMware and start-ups in the bay area. Jacob has a M.S. in E.E. from Stanford University and a graduate from Stanford’s GSB Executive program.
Sean Mondesire, Ph.D.Sean Mondesire, Ph.D.
Sean Mondesire, Ph.D.
Sean Mondesire, Ph.D.Co-organizer, PyData Miami
Sean is an Assistant Research Professor of Big Data Analytics and Cybersecurity at the University of Central Florida's Institute of Simulation and Training. His research specialties include machine learning and big data analytics, autonomous agent decision-making, high-performance computing for simulation-based training and education, and real-time predictive modeling of large, dynamic systems.
Rashida SuckyRashida Sucky
Rashida Sucky
Rashida SuckyAssistant Organizer
Rashida is a data analyst at Davey Resource Group. Rashida is author, and engineer experienced in Data Analysis, Visualization, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, SQL, and BigQuery. She analyzes data and develops mathematical models. Rashida started as a Civil Engineer. She worked for 5 years in the construction industry and earned an M.S. in the Environment Management and Environmental Engineering. She also worked as a research assistant for three years which sparked her interest in data science, and she completed her M.S. in Applied Data Analytics.
Brittany FoxBrittany Fox
Brittany Fox
Brittany FoxAssistant Organizer
Brittany Fox is the owner and co-founder of Focus Global Talent Solutions, one of the fastest-growing niche IT staffing agencies in South Florida. She is passionate about changing the way recruitment is done in tech, guaranteeing immediate results upon engagement, and serving clients the best candidates they will ever encounter. As a huge believer in changing the face of technology, Brittany champions and supports women to help them get the roles they deserve.
James DevalonJames Devalon
James Devalon
James DevalonCo-host
James Devalon is the founder of Devalon Fitness and the co-founder of performance weight management. He has been working in the fitness/wellness industry for 20-plus years. Throughout his journey, he has been able to help the members of his community improve their health and wellness through data-driven strategies, mindfulness, and functional fitness. As a former firefighter/paramedic helping others in their times of need has been a lifelong mission. Currently, his primary focus is bridging the gap between the science of training and mindfulness. Our mission at Devalon Fitness is to help individuals build healthy habits, and improve energy, sleep quality, productivity and nutrition through fitness and mindset training.


PyData has an engaged and respectful community made up of people from all over the world. We are committed to creating a productive, professional, and inclusive environment for everyone. All community members are expected to show respect and courtesy to other attendees throughout the conference, all conference events and online forums. Our code of conduct is strictly enforced.


Our commitment to the PyData community is to create an inclusive and respectful conference environment that invites participation of people from all backgrounds. We welcome a diverse attendance to foster deeper discussions and build a stronger community.