Data Brew
Let’s talk data

Welcome to Data Brew by Databricks with Denny and Brooke!

In this series, we explore various topics in the data and AI community and interview experts in data engineering and data science. So join us with your morning brew in hand and get ready to dive deep into data and AI.


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Season 4

For our fourth season, we focus on connected health and how data & AI augment and improve our daily health. While we’re at it, we’ll be enjoying our morning brew.

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Missed Season 3?

You can still catch Season 3 on how leaders use data for change here, on YouTube, and on your favorite podcast service like Spotify and Apple Music.


Reducing Injury & Increasing Retention of Industrial Athletes

Globally, 38,000 people get hurt on the job every hour. In the United States alone, over $250 billion dollars is spent on workplace injury annually. Sean Petterson, founder and CEO of StrongArm Tech, discusses the role of wearable devices to reduce workplace injury and increase retention of industrial athletes.

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NBA Analytics

Alexander Powell chronicles the evolution of sports analytics and how professional sports teams use data as a competitive advantage.

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Last Man Standing

Winner of the infamous Last Man Standing race (running 246 miles in 59 hours), Guillaume merges the world of competitive long-distance running with data science to push the boundaries of body and mind.

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1283 Days of Running (and Counting)

Running the length of the US every year, Alexandra Matthiesen shares her motivational secrets for running 1,283 consecutive days (and counting!) and redefining physical and mental limits.

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Public Health: Education, Access, and Policy

Matt Willis, Marin County Public Health Officer, shares the three pillars of public health: education, access, and policy, and the critical role data plays in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic & opioid epidemic.

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Professional Athletes

Shayna Powless and Eli Ankou, professional cyclist for L39ion of Los Angeles and defensive tackle for the Buffalo Bills, respectively, provide valuable insight on how professional athletes leverage data to improve their performance and how they combine their passion for sports with the Dreamcatcher Foundation.

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About the hosts

Brooke Wenig

Brooke Wenig is a Director of the Machine Learning Practice at Databricks. She leads a team of data scientists who develop large-scale machine learning pipelines for customers, as well as teach courses on distributed machine learning best practices. Previously, she was a Principal Data Science Consultant at Databricks. She received an M.S. in Computer Science from UCLA with a focus on distributed machine learning. She speaks Mandarin Chinese fluently and enjoys cycling.

Denny Lee

Denny Lee is a Developer Advocate at Databricks. He is a hands-on distributed systems and data sciences engineer with extensive experience developing internet-scale infrastructure, data platforms, and predictive analytics systems for both on-premises and cloud environments. He has a Master’s of Biomedical Informatics from Oregon Health and Sciences University and has architected and implemented powerful data solutions for enterprise healthcare customers. His current technical focuses include distributed systems, Apache Spark, deep learning, machine learning and genomics.

Brooke and Denny are two of the co-authors of Learning Spark, 2nd edition.

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