Alison Alvarez

Alison Alvarez

I'm a person who can't sleep if I'm not making things. I love solving problems and learning as much as I can about the world.
General Business • General Engineer
Pittsburgh, US
  • Agile
  • Big Data
  • Data Science
  • Design Thinking
  • Geospatial
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Pitching
  • Product Management
  • Python
  • Software Engineering
  • Team Building
  • Team Management
Innovative Systems, Inc.

Product Manager @Innovative Systems, Inc. • Employee

Feb '16 - Present (3 years 7 months)

Valor Water

Advisor @Valor Water • Employee

Jun '15 - Present (4 years 3 months)


Software Engineer and Computational Linguist @Rhiza Unconfirmed

Web based consumer research and sales tools to drive omnichannel targeting

Dec '09 - Present (9 years 9 months)


CEO @BlastPoint • Co-Founder

BlastPoint makes data affordable and accessible through the magic of maps.

Amazing things Alison's made
I designed a series of iPython notebooks designed to get Python programmers started with using spatial data via the Shapely package. I've found that geospatial data analysis to be an accessible skillset that is not often found even among data experts. My lessons were meant to correct this.

I built my notebooks to get people started with the basics before moving on to more complex topics such as loading shapefiles and correcting unsound shapes. I also included code to help people visualize their results, giving them generated PNGs that they can drop into presentations and projects.

You can find packages to get started in my nosila github repository.
Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University

MBA Aug 2014 - May 2016

Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University

Computer Science/NLP Aug 2003 - May 2007

George Washington University

George Washington University

Computer Science and Japanese Aug 1999 - May 2003


Jim Jen Executive Director at AlphaLab Fall 2015 Application recommended BlastPoint where Alison is Co-Founder

I highly recommend BlastPoint for the Quake Capital accelerator program. I have gotten to know the BlastPoint team through their participation in the AlphaLab early-stage accelerator program earlier this year. They are a great team that takes full advantage of the educational and networking opportunities provided by accelerator programs while staying focused on moving their business forward. They are also highly engaged and energetic which is very valuable for a cohort.

Blastpoint made tremendous progress in building out their product and acquiring early customers in our program and have continued to gain momentum in the months since. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any further questions.

Jim Jen
Executive Director, AlphaLab