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The 1st Washington DC Area Apache Spark Interactive Meetup

Please join us for our first general meeting of the Washington DC Area Apache Spark Interactive Meetup on Thursday, June 12, 2014 from 6 - 9pm at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (Room A-5) located on 901 G St NW, Washington, DC 20001 (near Gallery Place and Metro Center Metro stations).  We are excited to have Ryan Fishel, Cloudera Solutions Consultant and Jeremy Freeman, Neuroscientist & Group Leader with Janelia Farm Research Campus, to provide an overview of Apache Spark and discuss how they are using this exciting technology.  We’ll spend the first half hour networking then kick-off presentations at 6:30pm followed by an interactive panel discussion.  



Ryan Fishel - Ryan is a Solutions Consultant at Cloudera, primarily in the Federal space. He is super passionate about open source, distributed computing and how technology can relate to the physical world. In his spare time, he builds drones (of the flying variety), dabbles in robotics, and climbs lots of rocks. He has also accidentally acquired three cats.

Jeremy Freeman - Jeremy is a Group Leader at the Janelia Farm Research Campus, using computation to understand how neural circuits encode sensory information and guide behavior. Jeremy received a BA with high honors in neuroscience from Swarthmore College. He earned a PhD in neural science at the Center for Neural Science at New York University.  Jeremy previously spoke at the 2013 Spark Summit about his exciting research mapping the brains of a fish using Apache Spark.  

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  • Natalie R.

    Engaging presentations and very well-organized!

    June 14, 2014

  • Donna F.

    Hi, all! I mentioned these two cool posts at our Meetup and wanted to pass them along here in case you haven't seen them already:

    EBay - Using Spark to Ignite Data Analytics - Twitter - Learnings from Running Spark at Twitter -

    June 14, 2014

    • Chao C.

      Thanks for sharing! Great job!

      June 14, 2014

  • Jeremy F.

    Thanks all for coming out, and thanks to the organizers! If you have any questions about Spark, or brains, get in touch: [masked]

    1 · June 13, 2014

  • Donna F.

    Hi, all! Thanks for coming out! I really enjoyed meeting everyone and getting things kicked off. Thanks again to our Sponsors - Cloudera & Databricks and our Speakers - Ryan and Jeremy! They were truly awesome! Based our engaged participants and all the questions & interest, the excitement around Spark is evident. Thanks also to my MetiStream crew that pulled off a nice 1st Meetup...we are honored to help facilitate and get the Spark community here in DC off the ground. We welcome any suggestions for our future Meetups.

    Info on next Meetup to come...

    June 13, 2014

    • Biplab P.

      Thank you for organizing everything so nicely-You did an amazing job..

      June 13, 2014

  • Kartik M.

    Presentations, discussions, organization was excellent. Look forward for next meetup and maybe if anyone likes to form a study group for Spark.

    June 13, 2014

  • Madhu

    Excellent location, easy access, lots of room, good F&B, great speakers!

    June 13, 2014

    • Frank F.

      Everything Madhu said, ditto from me.

      June 13, 2014

    • Biplab P.

      In was a great experience..

      June 13, 2014

  • Ryan F.

    Hey all! It was great to meet everyone yesterday! Thanks again for the MetiStream team for putting this all together!

    For anyone with any additional questions about Spark, CDH or anything else Cloudera/Hadoop, please feel free to contact me:

    1 · June 13, 2014

  • Kartik M.

    Looking for fellow big data implementors to form study group for Spark, Spark Cassandra or Hortonworks implemention. Group learning and hands on apart from learning at meetup.

    June 12, 2014

  • Silvio

    Wish I could make it but getting to DC at that time for me will be a nightmare!

    May 12, 2014

    • Biplab P.

      I forgot it was world cup inauguration day tomorrow

      June 11, 2014

  • Susan

    Would love to attend but I have another engagement- wish I could make it.

    June 11, 2014

  • Biplab P.

    I will be there..
    Dr Biplab Pal
    Founder & CTO
    Autopredictivecoding LLC
    Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE) : Suite #660
    9250 Bendix Road North
    Columbia, MD[masked]
    skype: fosaactv

    June 9, 2014

Our Sponsors

  • SnappyData

    F&B, speakers, and Spark enthusiasts

  • Cloudera

    Speakers, F&B, and a passion for Spark!

  • LMI

    F&B, facilities, Big Data & Spark champion

  • O'Reilly Media

    Catering, conference discounts, books, & Strata Conf. ticket.

  • Walmart Technology

    facilities, talks, community support

  • Talend

    F&B, speakers, Spark and Spark Streaming capabilities

  • Savi

    talks, F&B, IoT + Spark expertise

  • MetiStream

    coordination, speakers, F&B, expertise as a Certified Spark SI & Trainer

  • Databricks

    Speakers, F&B, insight from the creators of Apache Spark!

  • DataStax

    speakers, F&B, insight on Cassandra + Spark


    Speakers, food & beverage, lovely Sparkling Water!

  • CodeNeuro

    Speakers and Spark support

  • Comcast

    facilities, speakers, F&B, cool Spark solutions from Comcast Labs DC!

  • Splice Machine

    F&B, speakers, the First RDBMS Powered by Hadoop and Spark

  • Zoomdata

    F&B, speakers, and Certified on Spark software provider

  • IBM

    Speakers, facilities, F&B, and lots of support for Spark

  • Endgame

    Speakers, F&B, facilities, cool work with Spark!

  • Neustar

    facilities, F&B, support for Spark community!

  • Orchestro

    Facilities, F&B, speakers, Spark insight

  • Tableau

    F&B, speakers, and Spark + Tableau expertise

  • Platfora

    Speakers, F&B, and Platfora built on Spark

  • Raytheon

    facilities, F&B, AV, and excited for Spark

  • Tetra Concepts

    F&B, collaboration, and a great love for Spark!

  • Salient Federal Solutions

    facilities, F&B, Spark enthusiasts

  • Apex Systems

    prizes, facilities, and a Spark of enthusiasm!

  • Renewable Energy Corporation

    general sponsorship + prizes

  • AddThis

    facilities + Spark ethusiasts + support

  • IOT DC

    speakers, joint sponsorship of events, insight to IOT

  • O'Reilly

    free books and eBooks, discounts, trinkets, and other support

  • Pivotal

    Speakers, F&B, and full Apache Spark stack on Pivotal HD

  • Hortonworks

    Speakers, F&B, and Spark Ready on YARN

  • MapR

    Speakers, Spark, and F&B

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