Big Data War Stories

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Description:

So you want to work with Big Data, but you don't have a PhD in semantic-bio-informatic-natural-language-computational-rocket-science? Our hosts at Walmart Labs and First Retail are sponsoring this event to communicate why the analysis of Big Data is vital to the competitiveness of organizations large and small. Panelists drawn from a variety of disciplines will share their stories from the front lines to demonstrate that using available tools and techniques a good engineer can deliver game-changing insights.

This conversation among real-life Big Data developers will be moderated by Dr. Andreas Weigend (www.weigend.com) who does happen to have a PhD in rocket science (ok, it's actually in physics).

Agenda:

6:30 pm Networking
7:00 pm Welcome - Dave Nielsen
7:15 pm "The Need for Data Scientists" by Gam Dias (First Retail) and David Needham (Walmart Labs) who will describe the need for data scientists, machine learning engineers, and other engineers willing to learn about scaling and big data.
7:45 pm Panel Presentations: Each panelist (see below) will have approximately 10 minutes to recount a real-life story about working with big data. Then we will encourage discussion and questioning from audience. Moderated by Dr. Andreas Weigend 
9:00 pm Final Words & Strata Raffle
9:30 pm Drinks & More Networking sponsored by O'Reilly Strata Conference

Panel Bios:

Dr. Andreas Weigend (Moderator) directs the Social Data Lab at Stanford University. He was the chief scientist at Amazon, where he drove the customer-centric and measurement-focused culture that has been central to Amazon's success. Today Andreas speaks at top conferences around the globe, and most recently he shared his vision on the future of data at the United Nations. He's a great speaker who challenges and inspires his audiences. 
This is not going to be a Meetup to miss!

Mark Torrance is Chief Technology Officer of Rocket Fuel, a web display advertising company that uses big data systems built on Hadoop, Hive, HBase, and MongoDB to analyze and optimize ad campaigns for their clients' performance metrics.  He was the founder and CEO of StockMaster.com, the first financial service on the Web back in 1993, and since that time has continued to deliver compelling web applications and services to consumers and businesses.  At his web consultancy Vinq, his team designed and implemented large scale web applications such as DataPlace.orgKnowledgeplex.org, a patent search application for Stanford University, and an AI based webmail system for DARPA.  Mark holds degrees from Stanford and MIT.

Chuck Lam is the author of Hadoop in Action, a best-selling book for understanding and using Hadoop. He first got interested in data when he studied signal processing at San Jose State University. He went on to get a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford, with a thesis on "computational data acquisition." He gained practical experience in large social data as a tech lead at RockYou, analyzing 100M+ users on its application platform and 20B+ monthly impressions on its social ad network. In the last two years he founded a mobile group coordination startup named RollCall, with funding from Charles River Ventures, Storm Ventures, and Kapor Capital.

Pete Warden is the founder and CTO of Jetpac, a company whose mission is to inspire travelers through their friends’ experiences. After spending over a decade as a software engineer, including 5 years at Apple, Pete is now focused on a career as a mad scientist.  He enjoys gathering, analyzing and visualizing the flood of web data that's recently emerged, trying to turn it into useful information without trampling on people's privacy. Pete is a serial entrepreneur who founded Mailana and OpenHeatMap in addition to Jetpac.

Raj Venkat is the Lead Engineer of the Item Catalog team @WalmartLabs, focusing on building the next generation Global Product Catalog that aims to position Walmart as a leader in the multi-channel eCommerce space. He has worked for over 15 years in a wide variety of business domains including Supply Chain, Financial Services, Product Management and eCommerce. But the common challenge across all of these domains has been data structure, volume and scale. Backed by a rockstar team, he is working to tackle hundreds of millions of items in an n-dimension space using a deadly combination of Cassandra, Hadoop, Hive, Solr and related technologies. He has previously held positions as Chief Architect at Third Pillar Systems and Senior Architect at Accept Corporation and has degrees from PSG Tech and IIT.

Sponsors:

Thank you to Walmart LabsFirst Retail & O'Reilly Strata Conference for providing us the venue & food. 

If you would like to sponsor, send an email to dave at cloudcamp.org

  

 

 

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  • Dave N.

    The video of the event has been posted on Youtube here: http://youtu.be/oFwUzDaoBY4­

    February 13, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Awesome! Thanks.

      September 24, 2012

  • Shawn D.

    The quality of the panel discussion was fairly low. Topics discussed were way too general for the audience. People wanted to hear some real, specific success and failure stories.

    February 25, 2012

  • Serge M.

    Panel discussion was by far the least interesting part of the meeting, yet it dominated the agenda.

    February 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good mix of people and ideas. Thanks to our the speakers and our hosts (Walmart and OReilly)

    February 10, 2012

  • John D.

    Enjoyed the venue and people very much. The speakers were very good but I did not get to hear enough from them due to Weigend constantly bloviating.

    February 9, 2012

  • Sanjay G.

    A good overview session, expected more of the war stories from the trenches. What went well, and what didn't. Perhaps its the early days, where expectations are more than experience at this stage.

    February 9, 2012

  • Dave N.

    Great to hear so many perspectives

    February 9, 2012

  • Jim K.

    The topic was War Stories but there was very little of that.

    February 9, 2012

  • Anna T.

    Fantastic - a great networking venue and carefully curated speakers that provided a Skyscraper's view of the Big Data landscape - useful since most of us are caught in our myopic piece of the data center and application infrastructure. Thank you!

    February 9, 2012

  • Kaz S.

    Good set up and organization.

    February 9, 2012

  • John M.

    more time for Q&A would have been better

    February 9, 2012

  • Dave N.

    Hey Raja, I had to start the meeting. If you find a way over, I will give you a ride back.

    February 8, 2012

  • raj

    Can anyone give ride from San Bruno Bart?

    February 8, 2012

  • Karan C.

    Sounds good. I can meet you anywhere convenient in MV including your place. Let me know.

    February 8, 2012

  • Devi N.

    Indraneel, what time are you leaving from Mountain View?

    February 8, 2012

  • Karan C.

    Hi Indraneel,

    What time are you leaving and when do you plan to comeback?

    Karan

    February 8, 2012

  • Stephen

    I am on the wait list but would like to attend. Also, who wants to carpool from Palo Alto/101?

    February 8, 2012

  • Girish B.

    Anyone driving from Cupertino? Could use a ride. Thx girishbhat AT yahoo DOT com

    February 7, 2012

  • Siri

    Thanks Gam, that's useful.

    February 7, 2012

  • Gam D.

    Hi Siri, We're not planning on streaming this, however, it will be videoed and posted on our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/Fir...­

    February 7, 2012

  • Siri

    Will the event be streamed ?

    February 7, 2012

  • raj

    Thanks Dave. It would be great if you can give me a ride from Bart Station.

    February 6, 2012

  • Dave N.

    Let me know if you still need a ride from the Bart station. Its not very far so shouldn't be a problem to get you a ride.

    February 6, 2012

  • raj

    Is any one driving from walnut creek area?

    Ride from San Bruno Bart is also fine?

    Thanks
    Raj

    January 25, 2012

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