About Me

Hi, I’m Ines.

I’m a software developer working on Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing technologies, and the co-founder of Explosion. We’re the makers of spaCy, the leading open-source library for Natural Language Processing in Python, and Prodigy, a machine teaching tool powered by active learning.

I believe in programming until four in the morning in my pyjamas instead of getting up early to attend conferences about productivity. I believe in making the best possible products instead of launching just for the sake of it because some startup advice blog told me so. I believe in rational planning, logical consequences and bullshit-free hard work instead of “following my dreams”. In short, I believe in doing things.

I grew up on the internet and started coding and designing websites at 11. After completing my degree in Communication Science, Media Studies and Linguistics, I spent four years working in media and sales. I’ve been self-employed since 2015. I live in Berlin with my fancy rats and I occasionally speak at conferences.

I’ve been featured in…

Zündfunk (Bayern 2) · Techtiefen Podcast · Mouse vs. Python · Python Bytes Podcast · DataHack Radio · TWiML & AI · TalkPython Podcast · ARD-alpha · NLP Highlights Podcast · Spiegel Online · The Exponential View · O’Reilly Newsletter

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Blog & Updates

Selected Talks

Künstliche Intelligenz beyond the hype
Zündfunk Netzkongress · Munich (Germany)
Let Them Write Code
PyCon India · Chennai (India)
spaCy and the future of multi-lingual NLP
META Forum Award Ceremony · Brussels (Belgium)
spaCy and Explosion: past, present and future
spaCy IRL · Berlin (Germany)
Practical NLP transfer learning with spaCy and Prodigy Scale
InfoShare · Gdańsk (Poland)
Practical transfer learning for NLP with spaCy and Prodigy
Applied Machine Learning Days · Lausanne (Switzerland)
The AI Revolution will not be Monopolized
Hack Talks · Helsinki (Finland)
How to Ignore Most Startup Advice and Build a Decent Software Business
EuroPython · Edinburgh (Scotland)
Teaching AI about Human Knowledge
PyDays · Vienna (Austria)
Increasing Data Science Productivity: spaCy & Prodigy
San Francisco (United States)
Rapid NLP Annotation Through Binary Decisions, Pattern Bootstrapping and Active Learning
TomTom Founders Festival · Charlottesville (United States)