Education Industry Forum

Join us for an interactive Education Industry Forum at Spark + AI Summit. In this free virtual event, you will have the opportunity to network with your peers and participate in engaging panel discussions with leaders in academia on how data and machine learning are driving innovation in student success, the online delivery of education, and more. We’ll also share how Databricks supports educational institutions with free training and tools. This live event is available on a first-come-first-serve basis and has limited capacity. The recording will be available on-demand shortly after.

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About Colby Ford

University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Associate faculty member of the School of Data Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is a bioinformatics researcher in the Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics.

About Charlie Lindville

Visiting Associate Professor of Statistics at the University of Illinois, where he teaches data science foundations.

About Donghwa Kim

University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)

Adjunct professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) where he teaches data science courses to graduate students

About Rob Reed


25 years in the tech and higher ed space working to improve the quality and relevance of higher education.

About Mike Maxwell


Mike Maxwell has over 15 years experience working with government, education, and health care on big data, analytics, and cybersecurity solutions. Mike currently leads the U.S. Education, State and Local Government organization at Databricks. Prior to Databricks, Mike led national education, state and local government organizations at both Tableau and Symantec. In addition to private sector work, Mike has worked in the public sector at the U.S. Veterans Administration and the United States Senate. With a passion for family, skiing, and mountain biking, Mike lives in suburban Salt Lake City with his wife, teenage son, and daughter.