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 and I occasionally speak at conferences.

I’ve been featured in…

Python Bytes #191 · KDnuggets · Practical AI Podcast · SourceSort · Bayerischer Rundfunk · kulturnews · Zündfunk (Bayern 2) · Techtiefen Podcast · Mouse vs. Python · Python Bytes #139 · 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

2020-11-25
Keynote
Transfer Learning und die Zukunft von NLP
Minds Mastering Machines · Heidelberg (Germany)
2020-10-05
spaCy v3.0: Bringing state-of-the-art NLP from prototype to production
NVIDIA GTC 2020 · digital
2020-06-18
Designing Practical NLP Solutions
L3-AI · digital
2020-02-08
Keynote
The Future of NLP in Python
PyCon Colombia · Medellín (Colombia)
2019-11-09
Künstliche Intelligenz beyond the hype
Zündfunk Netzkongress · Munich (Germany)
2019-10-13
Keynote
Let Them Write Code
PyCon India · Chennai (India)
2019-10-09
spaCy and the future of multi-lingual NLP
META Forum Award Ceremony · Brussels (Belgium)
2019-07-06
spaCy and Explosion: past, present and future
spaCy IRL · Berlin (Germany)
2019-05-09
Practical NLP transfer learning with spaCy and Prodigy
InfoShare · Gdańsk (Poland)
2019-01-28
Practical transfer learning for NLP with spaCy and Prodigy
Applied Machine Learning Days · Lausanne (Switzerland)
2018-11-22
The AI Revolution will not be Monopolized
Hack Talks · Helsinki (Finland)
2018-07-26
Keynote
How to Ignore Most Startup Advice and Build a Decent Software Business
EuroPython · Edinburgh (Scotland)
2018-05-05
Teaching AI about Human Knowledge
PyDays · Vienna (Austria)
2018-04-14
Increasing Data Science Productivity: spaCy & Prodigy
San Francisco (United States)
2018-04-12
Rapid NLP Annotation Through Binary Decisions, Pattern Bootstrapping and Active Learning
TomTom Founders Festival · Charlottesville (United States)