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Big Data Science Meetup Event


This event is co-sponsored by Neo Technology -- a graph database company.





1:30 P.M. - 2:00 P.M. Networking


2:00 P.M. - 2:45 P.M.  Session 1

Title: Graphs & Big Data: The Power of Graphs & The Technology Ecosystem Around Graphs

Speaker: Philip Rathle, Senior Director of Products, Neo Technology

Abstract: Graphs are everywhere! Just about every real-world system involves a set of connected components. Making sense of such a system requires understanding how these components relate to and influence one another.

Traditional methods for storing, navigating, and querying connected data quickly break down when dealing with systems that are large and highly inter-connected. Graphs are an incredibly powerful way of understanding and working with connected systems. Their simplicity and elegance has caused them to increasingly catch on, as a preferred way of working with connected data.

This session will provide an overview of the graph model, explain where graphs are useful, and provide some basic comparisons to non-graph abstractions. For example, a graph database does 
entirely away with the need for join tables, and runs connected queries a thousand times faster than a relational database! This session will also highlight the major elements of the emerging 
graph technology ecosystem, touching upon the various technologies are emerging in this very promising space.

Speaker Bio: Philip is the Head of Product for the Neo4j graph database, and a contributor to the Graph Database book recently published by O'Reilly Media. Before taking the red pill and realizing 
that graphs are indeed everywhere, Philip spent more than 15 years working with data and databases as a solution architect and product manager for database tooling.

Philip was an early pioneer in master data management, co-founding Customer Evolutions, an early supplier of customer data integration solutions. He started his career at Accenture, and spent several years at Tanning Technology, a boutique technology consultancy known for large-scale data and data warehousing work, as a solution architect. Philip is excited by recent evolutions 
in data technology and data science, and excited to talk about graphs at the Big Data Science Meetup event.


2:45 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.  Q/A


3:00 P.M. - 3:45 P.M.  Session 2

Title: Graphs in the Real World: Working with Graphs & Case Study Examples

Speaker: Andreas Kollegger, Product Experience Designer for Neo4j

Abstract: In this talk, we'll talk through the basic of accessing graphs: programmatically and visually. You will also have a chance to hear about some of the many real-world uses of graphs, by looking at some real-world graph database deployments. A few of the examples covered include: online recommendations, social, making sense of telecommunications data, and intelligent package 
routing at one of the largest postal carriers.

Speaker Bio: Andreas Kollegger is a leading speaker and writer on graph databases and Neo4j and the bridge between community and developer efforts. Hebworks actively in the community, appearing at meetups around the world and promotes the larger Neo4j ecosystem of projects. Author of Fair Trade Software and the lead for Neo4j in the cloud, Andreas plays a valuable role for 
progressive happenings within Neo4j.


3:45 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.  Q/A








4:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.  Networking

Coffee and Light Snacks will be available.


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  • Ben B.

    Exceptionally good presentation, including a very clear explanation of principles and easily understood examples of applications, not to mention a free book and a very powerful tool. I now understand that graph databases deserve serious attention and I will apply Neo4j to Earth observation satellite, model and in-situ data.

    July 28, 2013

  • Prasad

    Overall it is very good and very informative.

    July 28, 2013

  • Navin S.

    cutting edge topic and very knowledgeable presenters.

    July 27, 2013

  • Jagan N.

    This was one of the best meet ups I have attended...both substance as well as style were excellent. ..and Thank you SGI for hosting... the cakes, cookies and coffee etc etc...

    ..and The free book on Graph databases.. who ever said there is no free lunch.... Thank you all especially Philip and Andrea.


    July 27, 2013

  • Randy B.


    July 27, 2013

  • Navin S.

    Excellent meetup!!!

    July 27, 2013

  • Anvesh Reddy J

    Looking forward to it

    July 10, 2013

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