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INFORMS Roundtable Sponsored Speaker

Analytics Today and Tomorrow: A Look at Modern Analytics and Future Trends

Explore the transformative capability of analytics in every industry. Learn about modern analytics practices, technical capabilities, and organizational mindsets that produce excellent analytics work. Discover where analytics might go in the future.

Hilary Mason

Co-founder and CEO of Hidden Door

 Hilary Mason is co-founder and CEO of the Hidden Door, a game technology studio using machine learning to build the future of immersive entertainment. 

A genuinely charming speaker who resonates with both tech and nonspecialist audiences, Hilary speaks about the challenges and the rewards of working with big data, with a special focus on machine learning. She is an optimistic technologist and business innovator who is equally comfortable speaking with audiences from any perspective. 

Before Hidden Door, Hilary was Data Scientist in Residence at Accel Partners, a leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm. She was the Founder and CEO of Fast Forward Labs, an applied machine learning research and product company, which was acquired by Cloudera, where she served as General Manager of their Data Science and Machine Learning business unit for several years. 

From 2009 to 2013, she was Chief Scientist for bitly, the popular link-shortening service, where she worked as Scientist Emeritus, advising a team that studies attention on the internet in realtime. 

Hilary is the co-founder of HackNY, a non-profit that helps talented engineering students find their way into the startup community of creative technologists in New York City; co-host of DataGotham, an annual event for professionals involved in data science; and member of NYCResistor. She advises a number of companies, including Mortar,, collective[i], DataKind, Betaspring, and TechStars New York. She also served on Mayor Bloomberg’s Technology and Innovation Advisory Council. 

Hilary is on Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business 2013 and 1000 Most Creative People in Business 2014. Other honors include the TechFellows Engineering Leadership award, the Fortune 40 under 40 Ones to Watch list and the Crain’s New York Business 40 under Forty.