Posts by: Ashling Loh-Doyle

Palantir Sync brings together investigative, regulatory, and prosecutorial communities to discuss how technology can revolutionize their missions

Last month we hosted Palantir Sync: Investigate, which brought together members of the investigative, regulatory, and prosecutorial communities for a discussion of how technology and data are transforming their missions. Through a series of presentations we demonstrated how our software could provide a single, end-to-end platform for their investigations—from initial lead all the way to prosecution.

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Announcing the 2012-2013 Palantir Scholarship for Women in Technology Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Palantir Scholarship for Women in Technology! This year, scholarship applicants wrote essays addressing why they were pursuing a technical degree, what can be done to increase the number of women in technical fields, and what ways technology can be used to promote opportunities for women worldwide. The finalists were flown to Palo Alto to visit Palantir’s HQ. Morning interviews and a product demo paved the way for a lunch with our Philanthropy Engineers, a tour of Palo Alto, and roundtable discussions with Directors Bob McGrew and Michael Lopp. To cap off the day, the women joined fellow girl geeks at a Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner, the second to be hosted by Palantir.

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Panel features Palantir Women on Working in Tech

On November 13, Pooja Sankar, CEO of Piazza, an online Q&A platform used by students and teachers, sat down with four women at Palantir to discuss their experiences working in technology. Originally broadcasted live to students in Piazza’s network, the panelists spoke about their roles at Palantir and how they’ve navigated the ups and downs of working at a rapidly growing company in a fast-paced industry. Sankar not only moderated the panel, but shared a bit of her own experience as a former graduate student, new mother, and CEO.

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Journalist uses Palantir to investigate illicit Human Tissue Trafficking

Palantir donated software to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) in support of a four-part investigative series on the global trade and illegal trafficking of human tissue. ICIJ broke the story at the Google Ideas Summit on Illicit Networks on July 17, 2012. The series investigates how human tissue is taken from the dead, how the tissue moves through illicit networks, and how the use of this tissue in medical procedures is affecting patient safety. In response to the stories, the World Health Organization is planning to create a coding system to better the trade of human tissue.

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Shyam Sankar speaks at TEDGlobal 2012

TED invited Shyam Sankar, Director of Forward Deployed Engineering, to speak at TEDGlobal 2012 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Shyam used the opportunity to discuss Human-Computer Symbiosis: the idea that technology should be designed in a way that amplifies human intelligence instead of attempting to replace it. He explained the concept, which is core to the development of Palantir’s software, by using the canonical example of chess. He told the stories behind two classic encounters between man and machine: the 1997 match in which IBM’s Deep Blue supercomputer defeated chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov, and a 2005 freestyle tournament in which two amateur players using three weak laptops defeated all comers, including grandmasters armed with supercomputers. (For more on these examples, see earlier posts here, and here.)

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Our first-ever Intern Night Live

Just a week after the last group of summer interns arrived, we hosted their official welcome to the company at Intern Night Live. The event featured founder Stephen Cohen, who shared how his own experience as an intern at Clarium Capital led to the founding of Palantir.

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