2012 Kick-off meeting

***Update 2/14/2012***

We're looking forward to tomorrow evening, and hope you all are too!  Here's what we have planned as a rough agenda:

  • 5:30-6:00 - Doors open, catering beings
  • 6:00-6:15 - Find a seat
  • 6:15-6:20 - Brief welcome & introduction
  • 6:20-6:40 - Adam @ Cloudera
  • 6:45-7:05 - Ted @ MapR
  • 7:10-7:30 - Philip @ Hadapt
  • 7:30-8:30 - Open networking etc.
  • 8:30 - Doors close

See you all tomorrow!


What better way to kick off the new year (albeit a bit belatedly) than with a Hadoop MeetUp?  We've gotten support from Cloudera, Fidelity, Hadapt, and MapR for this kick-off event.  The agenda we've lined up is geared more towards the beginner Hadoop user, but there will certainly be experts in attendance if you're looking to strike up a more technical discussion.  We've lined up three 15-20-minute talks (plus Q&A):

  • Ted Dunning, Chief Application Architect at MapR - Ted will be giving an overview of machine learning within Hadoop.  Bio: http://linkd.in/xOO0ra
  • Adam Smieszny, Systems Engineer at Cloudera - Adam will discuss how Hadoop fits into existing data management and analysis workflows.  Bio: http://linkd.in/yJlQmP
  • Philip Wickline, Chief Technology Officer at Hadapt - Philip will give a high-level discussion about the differences between HBase and Hive, and about transactional versus analytical workloads more generally speaking, and dive into the systems required for each type of workload.  Bio: http://linkd.in/AewGIw

The kind folks over at Fidelity have offered up conference room space.  Cloudera, Hadapt, and MapR will be providing food (of the sandwich or pizza variety) and drinks (of the soda and beer variety).  We'll kick things off at a bit past 6pm, run these three lectures until around 7:30, and then have an hour or so to drink beer and chat.

You'll notice that there is a cutoff for RSVPing.  Fidelity has some security procedures that we need to follow, specifically (a) a guest list a few days in advance and (b) photo ID for each attendee.  It would be a shame to have to turn someone away because they're not on the list we give to Fidelity, so please sign up if you intend to come.

Please feel free to contact Reed Shea at [masked] with any questions.  We look forward to seeing you there!

***Edit 1/31/2012***

Glad to see the substantial interest in this event!  We have two important updates:

- In order to be allowed in to Fidelity's building, as mentioned, we need a guest list and everyone will need photo ID.  We therefore need your first and last name on that guest list.  If you're not comfortable putting your full name on your MeetUp profile, that's fine - just be sure to email [masked] with your full name.

- We have a capacity limit of around 220 people, so we may have to cap attendance if we get that many RSVPs.  (As much as I'd hate to have to turn anyone away, this seems like a pretty good problem for the MeetUp group to have!)


***Update 2/9/2012***

We've reached our capacity limit, factoring in some anecdotal evidence of meetup event yields.  We have 160 seats, so assuming ~75% of the RSVPs attend, it should be a fairly full house.  There is also standing room. 

Please RSVP if you're interested in attending; there are still a couple of dozen of people who've indicated that they'd like to come but haven't sent me their full names.  If, by Monday, we haven't gotten names, we will open up those slots and alert the next people in line.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a good intro to trends...

    March 2, 2012

  • Reed S.

    Slides for Philip Wickline's talk (sorry for the delay!):


    February 28, 2012

  • Martin M.

    I was disappointed with the technical level of the talks. I didn't learn as much as I had hoped. The event description was unclear about what to expect.

    February 17, 2012

  • Adam S.

    Great energy, incredible turnout, great venue.

    February 16, 2012

  • D.O.

    Many thanks to the speakers and organizers!

    February 16, 2012

  • Reed S.

    Slides for Adam's & Ted's talks are posted; I'll get slides for Philip's talk up soon.


    1 · February 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was great learning experience and very happy to get a summary of all the developments in this area.

    February 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    The meetup was informative and as I'm new to Hadoop, it was a very good beginner level introduction and overview.

    February 16, 2012

  • Joshua N.

    Ted Dunning had a great talk. I enjoyed meeting the other attendees.

    February 16, 2012

  • Ian H.

    Outstanding! I learned a lot, and met great people.

    February 16, 2012

  • Michael K.

    Great meetup

    February 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    well organized. Good talks

    February 16, 2012

  • David W.

    Great turn out, nice to have to different vendors. The presentation and content from Cloudera was pretty bad. The back and forth dialog at the end was good. After the three presentations, a moderated Q&A from the audience with all three vendors would have been useful. Great job for your first presentation, Reed.

    February 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Presenters were all over the place -- a sales pitch from Cloudera, what appeared to be a slide deck for a lecture from a Data Mining class, and a discussion of storage layouts from Hadapt. The connection to hadoop was tenuous, and it would have been nice to have some sort of unifying theme.

    February 16, 2012

  • Sharon C.

    Good format for networking with the round tables which encourage people to converse.

    February 16, 2012

  • Paul R.

    Good introduction for a guy like me.

    February 16, 2012

  • Carmen T.

    great session. especially the networking.

    February 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good kickoff. Phil Wickline's presentation was the most useful to me: informative, focused, clear and without obvious product bias. Each presentation contained some useful information. The opportunity to meet and talk with people involved in Hadoop -- vendors and users -- or with a serious interest in Hadoop -- was excellent. It would be very helpful to have the charts from these presentations posted.

    Would like to have more tutorials on architecture and operation of Hadoop and the eco-system around it; sharing of design and implementation experiences; design and architecture of solutions; facts and measurements about products and impementations. I like to hear the specifics of configurations on which real solutions are running and what they are doing. I think it should be ok for vendors to talk about their products so long as it is technically informative not sales pitch.

    February 15, 2012

  • Talbott C.

    If you don't want to take the T or train, then Necco Stree Garage at 10 Necco Street is $16. Closer by there is Propark at 99 High Street for $36.

    February 15, 2012

  • Matt M.

    If it's possible for you to take a train, this building is literally next door to South Station, could save you some money and frustration.

    February 15, 2012

  • Reed S.

    Fidelity unfortunately does not have parking that they can offer us. There's an open-air lot across the Fort Point channel that costs $12, I think. I'm sure there are other parking lots nearby, too.

    February 15, 2012

  • Jeremy F.

    Is there parking at Fidelity? If not, where would you recommend we look for it?

    February 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really disappointed that a last minute conflict came up. Hope everyone enjoys and posts slides.

    February 14, 2012

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