Please note doors will be open from 7:30pm for nibbles/drinks
'Looking at Bristol through Data'
This was the winning topic from the survey. It is a good subject to work upon, I will spend the next few days identifying relevant datasets for us to work with. Any idea's of datasets to make available would be fantastic, so we can pre-load them on to the instances.
Have a location and we have pizza! University of Bristol IT Services R&D / ILRT are sponsoring the space and Armadillo are kindly sponsoring a food fund for the event!
The event will run from Friday at 7:45pm till late. Then will start again on Saturday afternoon/evening with team presentations at 5-6:00pm.
7.30pm drinks and nibbles
7:45-8:00pm - Edward Tufte primer talk (possibly a last minute guest speaker)
8:00 to 8:15pm - Briefing and organise into teams,
8:30 pm to 9:30 pm - Theme planning and selecting datasets, environment setup (gituhub, AWS)
9:30pm - till we get kicked out - more environment, github, AWS, Elastic MapReduce etc... and some coding
10:00am to 1:00pm - Coding
1:00pm to 1:30pm - Lunch
1:30pm to 5:00pm - More Coding
5:00pm to 6:00pm - 5 minute Presentations and Q&A
6:00 to 6:10pm - Voting and Feedback
(btw hashtag for the event is #SWBigData)
The purpose of the event is to create enough interesting data to produce the worlds first South West Big Data infographic, visualisation or live dashboard on a topic we select. All the topics are below, please fill out the survey! The winning team will get south west big data t-shirts!!!
We didn't' manage to find a speaker, so I will be dusting off my keynote and presenting the following primer for the weekend:
- Edward Tufte and the Integrity of Data Visualisation.
Which will be a bit about the methodology behind infographics and visualisations.
The first Hack/Reduce attempt will now be very generously hosted by Simon Price and colleagues at a University of Bristol venue in 8-10 Berkeley Square, BS8 1HH.
Using instances and AMI's on Amazon AWS.
If you are interested in volunteering for the event, either as a technical volunteer (if you have a skills such as quickly setting up a Hadoop environment) or just want to help me organise it then please let me know.
You will need a computer.
Other than that, there are no pre-required skills. Please just come along and 'have a go' or lurk in the corner and watch. Come as a group or company or come on your own and join in.
There are many disciplines to BigData that don't involve heavy technical lifting, including visualisation with pens, planning and even just having a good knowledge of the subject you are attempting to query can be extremely useful. Often, just a second set of eyes can be very valuable.
The format will stay the same as proposed before with Friday Evening / Saturday Evening group activities and a set of presentations at the end.
University of Bristol (Thanks Simon and colleagues)