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Come and meet other users of Big Data technologies including Hadoop, exchange ideas, learn from each other, and have a beer. At the February meetup, we will be talking about everything real-time Big Data.

Schedule: February 20, 2013

5.30 pm Socializing & beer

6.00 pm The Blessing and Curse of Big Data by Mark Forster
6.30 pm Big & Furious: In-Memory Analytics of Petabytes of Data by Dr. Volkmar Uhlig
7.00 - Q&A / Networking

Talk 1: Blessing and Curse of Big Data

Serial entrepreneur Mark Forster will demonstrate how Big Data is changing industries by showcasing the need in mobile advertising to track and analyze a billion users with millisecond latencies. Mark will also talk about the challenges of predictive modelling and why he believes the future of mobile advertising as well as other industries lies in understanding users and why all businesses will have to invest significantly in technology and analytics in order to stay competitive.

Mark Forster is founder and president of Adello Group AG, the leading mobile advertising network in Switzerland. He is a digital media evangelist since 2000. Before Adello, Mark founded mobile-app company OnEmotion which was acquired by Goldbach Group. Before, he was managing director of mobile agency MINICK. Mark is an active investor in various startups and frequently lectures about mobile and Big Data.

Talk 2: Big & Furious: In-Memory Analytics of Petabytes of Data

The majority of Big Data is machine generated such as operational data, time series data, and video feeds. While Hadoop is an excellent tool for deriving insights across huge data sets, it is too slow for real-time analytics which requires immediate automated action. In this talk, Dr. Volkmar Uhlig, Big Data Computer Scientist, will discuss architectural approaches and challenges to real-time big data analytics in production deployments. He will cover the full data pipeline from real-time data acquisition, real-time processing, continuous archival, batch analytics, and visualization.

Volkmar is the founder of HStreaming, a Silicon Valley startup providing real-time analytics platform built on Hadoop. Before, Volkmar worked on massive scale low-latency stream processing in High Frequency Trading and at IBM Research. Volkmar was the lead architect of the L4 microkernel which is commercially deployed in over two billion cell phones. Volkmar has published numerous papers, holds multiple patents, and is actively participating in the research community. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University Karlsruhe, Germany.

Acknowledgements to CyberForum ( for helping us with the organization.