NoSQL-Fest: Speakers from Cassandra, MongoDB and Neo4j

Our first meetup! Speakers from MongoDB, Neo4j and Cassandra will be giving an overview of the technologies, use cases and market landscape behind their product offerings. Come and learn more on NoSQL and meet like-minded folks from the big data community.

**** We'll have a lucky draw at the event for a pass to @strataconf Barcelona worth 1000EUR!! ****


Matthew Bates - "Document Databases"

Matthew will be talking us through the low level and high level highlights of the world's most popular NoSQL database, MongoDB. He will provide an overview and use cases for the document databases as well as revealing a little insight into the MongoDB roadmap.

Bio: Matthew is a Solutions Architect at MongoDB.

Jonny Cheetham - "Graph Databases"

The talk will be an introduction to the 4th class of NoSQL database, the GRAPH database. Graph database are behind some of the world's largest companies - Facebook, LinkedIn, Google to name a few. Relational and other NoSQL databases are not suitable for these types of problems because they are not designed to handle highly connected data.  Serving customers in production for over a decade, Neo4j is the world's leading graph database with the largest ecosystem of partners and tens of thousands of successful deployments.

Bio: Jonny Cheetham is part of the Neo4j London team. His background is in BI and open source.

Akmal Chaudhri - "Enhance your CV with the right NoSQL database skills"

This presentation will include an overview of the Cassandra database including Spark. It will then focus in on some of the market aspects of the NoSQL ecosystem including vendor positioning and competitive landscape as well as what needs to go on your CV!

Bio: Akmal B. Chaudhri has been working with database technology since 1988. He has held roles as a developer, consultant and product strategist with Datastax, Hortonworks, Reuters and IBM.


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  • Akmal C.

    If anyone is interested, Gartner just published a new report that can be freely requested through the DataStax web site: http://www.datastax.com/gartner-magic-quadrant-odbms. I used data from the 2013 report in my presentation.

    October 21

  • Malek M.

    BSkyB on why they chose NoSQL at the Couchbase Meet Up, October 20th in Shoreditch: http://www.meetup.com/Couchbase...­

    October 18

  • Dr Jagdev P.

    It was very useful and informative, thanks.

    September 19

  • Angelina

    Couchbase slides are uploaded, in More-->Files. Cheers.

    1 · September 18

  • Yoann T.

    Great speakers and great crowd. GJ

    September 16

    • Angelina

      Wow, and you speak Chinese?

      1 · September 16

    • Yoann T.

      当然!就开玩笑, 我还可以把 :)

      1 · September 17

  • Shree P.

    It was a great intro to NoSQL & the strict timekeeping was appreciated. The idea to mix technical & non technical talks is a good one (for future events) if there are 3+ people speaking as the variety will keep us alert & interested while also helping us to remember the event afterwards (multiple lengthy technical presentations tend to merge into each other after the event)

    2 · September 16

    • Angelina

      Very much agree. With input and feedback from members, I feel that it's something we could hopefully get right.

      September 17

  • Angelina

    Thank you all for coming to the meetup!

    Please tell us what you think we could do to make it better.

    3 · September 16

    • Akmal C.

      Shree, if there is an opportunity, I would be happy to do that. Thank you.

      September 17

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Shree - For learning Cassandra, there is also a step-by-step training courseware book that I recently wrote (Apache Cassandra Hands-On Training Level One)… available at http://www.amazon.co....­

      September 17

  • Thomas

    Loved the event! It was a bit unfortunate that there was not enough time for a discussion/more questions after the presentations. Would also be great to see somebody talk about relational databases to balance things out a bit. NoSQL is great, but it's just one (or a few) point(s) in the data management design space and relational databases have been offering for years a lot of what was advertised as novel yesterday.

    2 · September 16

    • Angelina

      Absolutely. SQL for Big Data is one of the topis

      1 · September 16

    • Angelina

      (fat thumb typing) topics in the pipeline.

      September 16

  • Angelina

    Awesome Jacopo. Thanks for the comment. If you've got ideas what topics you'd like to learn about, let us know. :) See you soon.

    September 16

    • Peter M.

      Go and Julia :)

      2 · September 16

    • Dirk G.

      Would be careful with the word "best" though to avoid pointless flamewars :)

      1 · September 16

  • Matthew R.

    Really enjoyed the event. Thanks to all! Don't forget to join the Couchbase London meet-up:

    http://www.meetup.com/Couchbase-London/

    2 · September 16

  • Taj

    Thanks Angelina and Co, and the speakers, it was my first attendance, very informative.

    September 16

    • Angelina

      Thanks for the comment. Hope to see you at the next meeting, too.

      September 16

  • Angelina

    Hi, for those who are interested to continue deep diving into NoSQL, Matt has a NoSQL meetup next Monday 22nd at Google Campus. More details here:

    http://www.meetup.com/London-NoSQL-and-Big-Data/events/193878712/

    September 16

  • Jonny C.

    To learn more about Graph Databases, visit the Neo4j London Meetup Page: http://www.meetup.com/graphdb-london/

    September 16

  • Jacopo P.

    i am new to the area and i found it a nice gentle intro

    September 16

  • Peter M.

    Speaker slides are and will be uploaded here:
    http://www.meetup.com/data-science-lab/files/

    1 · September 16

  • Matthew R.

    Join the London NoSQL meet-up for NoSQL talks every month: http://www.meetup.com/London-NoSQL-and-Big-Data/

    1 · September 14

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