3rd International Conference on Predictive Applications and APIs

October 10, 2016: Training
October 11-12, 2016: Conference & AI Startup Battle
Microsoft N.E.R.D — Boston

What's at PAPIs '16?

Training & tutorials

Are you new to Machine Learning and looking to make the most of it? Learn first-hand what predictive technology can do, how to use modern tools and APIs to solve real-world problems, and how to create tomorrow's intelligent applications.

Talks & networking

PAPIs is your chance to meet leaders from around the world who'll discuss new developments, opportunities and challenges in building intelligent applications. It features business & technical talks for all levels of experience (see highlights & JMLR proceedings).

AI Startup Battle

PAPIs hosts the world's 1st startup competition where the jury is an AI (powered by Telefonica Open Future). Find out which are the most promising startups in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, or apply to pitch your own startup and be part of this unique event! Learn more... 




Cynthia Rudin
Director of the Prediction Analysis Lab at MIT

Claudia Perlich
Chief Scientist at Dstillery

Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye
Researcher at Imperical College London & MIT Media Lab

Mac Devine
Fellow, VP and CTO at IBM

LI Erran Li
Senior Software Eng. at Uber
Adjunct Prof. at Columbia

Chalenge Masekera
Data Scientist at Salesforce

David Weinberger
Sr. Researcher at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society

Yan Zhang
Sr. Data Scientist at Microsoft

Scott Leishman
Team Lead at Intel Corporation (previously Nervana Systems)

Sean Lorenz
Founder & CEO at Senter

Anusua Trivedi
Data Scientist at Microsoft

Stuart Bailey
Partner & Chief Technology Officer at Open Data Group

Poul Petersen
Chief Infrastructure Officer at BigML

Clément Stenac
CTO at Dataiku

Ikaro Silva
Data Scientist at MC10

Richard Tibbetts
CEO at Empirical Systems

Vinny Senguttuvan
Senior Data Scientist and Professor at Metis

Jeremy Barnes
Founder & CEO at MLDB.ai

Shaheen Gauher
Data Scientist at Microsoft

Dallin Akagi
Data Scientist and Engineer at DataRobot

Bas Nieland
CTO at Datatrics

Jason Macy
CTO at Forum Systems

Lisa Lewers
Founder and Managing Director at Lewers Research

Henri Dwyer
Data Scientist and Engineer at Dataiku


Stephen Gooberman-Hill
Principal Consultant at Amey

Pierre Gutierrez
Senior Data Scientist at Dataiku

Lana Novikova
Founder and CEO at Heartbeat Al Technologies Inc.


... and more! Our main CfP has closed but we are calling for lightning talks.




CRM & Marketing

Computer Vision

Machine Learning


Big Data

Predictive Maintenance

Deep Learning




Future of AI


AI Startup Battle


AI has a track-record of improving the way we make decisions. So why not use it to decide which startups to invest in, and take advantage of all the startup data that’s available? The AI Startup Battle powered by PreSeries and Telefonica Open Future_ is a unique experience you don't want to miss where you’ll see LIVE real-world & high-stakes AI. You’ll discover disruptive innovation from the best startups in AI and, for the first time in history, the winner will be chosen by an impartial algorithm that evaluates startups’ chances of success

One of the most remarkable instants, which culminated the event, was the Startup Battle
— Enrique Otero, Data Scientist at BEEVA
Our participation in the Battle has given us an impressive boost that is already bearing fruit.
— Marco Laucelli, CEO at Novelti

Want to compete?

If your startup has AI at its core, the Battle is your chance to participate in a world premiere, get press coverage, pitch on stage, make connections at the conference and get unique exposure.

The five startups selected to present will get a free exhibitor package at PAPIs worth $4,000 each. The winner of the battle will be invited to Telefonica Open Future_’s acceleration program and will receive funding of up to $50,000. The winner will not only enjoy an incredible place to work but also access to mentors, business partners, a global network of talent as well as the opportunity to reach millions of Telefónica customers.

Applications to the AI Startup Battle are now closed.


Pre-conference Training

Get up to speed with some of the main topics of the conference with our training programs taking place on October 10 at General Assembly. Our experienced instructors will be teaching in classrooms of up to 20 persons:

  • Operational Machine Learning with Open Source & Cloud Platforms. Learn about the possibilities of ML, how to create predictive models from data, operationalize and evaluate them.
  • Predictive analytics at scale: hands-on with Apache Spark. Learn the basics of Spark, including its core API, DataFrames, data processing and cluster deployment.

Register below (by choosing the Training + Conference package) or contact us!


Want to be a PAPIs '16 sponsor? Four different sponsorship tiers are available:

Sponsorship Tier Availability Visibility Exhibitor space Speaking Slot
$20000 Platinum 1 Complete 3 tables 20' Keynote
$10000 Gold 2 High 2 tables 10'
$4000 Silver 4 Extended 1 table -
$2000 Supporting 4 Basic - -

Venue sponsor


Gold sponsor


Silver sponsors

Community partners

AI Startup Battle Participants


Join us at Microsoft N.E.R.D!


PAPIs is a vendor-neutral and independent community conference. It wouldn’t be able to exist without the support of its partners. This year, we're grateful to have Microsoft sponsor the venue at their New England Research & Development Center — which allows us to keep registration prices low!

Read more on how to reach the venue and local accommodation...


Companies attending

I was impressed by the quality and diversity of speakers and attendees. It attests to the skills and experience of the organizers. I walked away with valuable knowledge and also made new friends. PAPIs surpassed my expectations and I look forward to the next one.
— Rizwan Mallal, VP of Operations at Forum Systems
PAPIs had great talks on real world Machine Learning implementations from all over the world. It was also an opportunity to meet interesting people, partners and clients to collaborate with in the future.
— Andrés Gonzalez, Big Data Manager at CleverTask