Many thanks to Dave Smelker and colleagues at Trueffect for hosting our inaugural meetup! They'll be giving an intro to Spark followed by a Real World Spark setup and configuration.
Dave Smelker has more than 15 years working with large data sets, and is currently Director of Software Engineering at Trueffect. Throughout his career he has always been focused on how to perform complicated algorithms against data in the most efficient manner. Dave has been in the Big Data space for over 3 years, and working with Spark for over a year. Dave is a firm believer in the functionality of Spark and is excited to see how the project progresses through the next 6 - 12 months.