Second Hive London Meetup

I am excited to announce the next Hive meetup.

Where: Forward Internet Group, Floor 2, Centro 3, 19 Mandela Street, NW1, London

When: 6:30 pm, Thursday 11th of October 2012

What: Drinks, food, networking, and two excellent speakers!

Yali Sasson

SnowPlow: How Apache Hive and other big data technologies are transforming web analytics

Yali is cofounder at SnowPlow - an open source web analytics platform that puts customer-level and event-level data directly in the hands of web analysts and data scientists. SnowPlow uses Hive extensively, both for ETL and data analysis. In this talk, Yali will give an overview of SnowPlow and explain how big data technologies include Hive have the potential to shake up the web analytics industry. In the second part of his talk, he'll explain precisely how Hive is used at SnowPlow, looking particularly at the strengths and weaknesses of Hive versus other MapReduce and columnar database alternatives.

Pedro Figueiredo

Your Hive honeymoon can be cut short if you don't take the necessary precautions. In this talk I'll share my experience with Hive in the last 3 years (in Elastic MapReduce and Cloudera CDH3), describing what I got wrong the first time around, and what eventually saved the day. I've used Hive in environments with a number of events ranging from a few million to a few billion a day, so hopefully there'll be something for everyone.


The Forward Internet Group has agreed to host and sponsor the second meetup with drinks and food. They have an awesome place so this meetup is set to be fun and comfortable.

Big thank you to Forward Internet Group, and Andrew and Paul for helping to organise the event!

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  • Herman R.

    It was very good though I'm fairly new to Big Data so some of it was a bit over my head. Thanks to Christian for organising, Yali and Pedro for presenting. I'd also like to thank Robin for his postings.

    October 15, 2012

  • Robin M.

    Have posted a few notes and observations about tonight's Meetup on my blog here - - good event, glad I made the effort in the rain :)

    October 11, 2012

    • Pedro F.

      Thanks. Did I really sound negative? I didn't mean to :)

      October 12, 2012

    • Robin M.

      Nah - your talk, in fact both talks, were really good. I hate it at events when everything is presented as "washes whiter", so I want to hear strong evidence-based views and learnings, and this is exactly what I got. As with all things, horses for courses, and Hive has a key role.

      October 12, 2012

  • Pedro F.

    Hi, my slides are at

    Looking forward to the next meetup, it was great to meet a lot of new people last night (also, I'm very good with faces but awful with names, apologies in advance :)

    October 12, 2012

  • Peter H.

    Two great speakers last night, chance to meet like minded fellows and a great venue.

    October 12, 2012

    • Raja K.

      Nice to see you again Peter

      October 12, 2012

  • Raja K.

    It was great, Thank you Christian, Yali and Pedro

    October 12, 2012

  • Dimitris P.

    Very informative, with insightful presentations and useful tips!

    October 12, 2012

  • Robin M.

    Useful event, good speakers, lots of beer and pizza!

    October 11, 2012

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