This is a meetup group for users and wanna-be-users of Spark (http://spark.apache.org), the high-speed cluster programming framework that extends and accelerates Hadoop; built around speed, ease of use, and sophisticated analytics. This initiation is brought to you by Ravi Shankar, founder of Hadoop User Group at Florida, to exchange ideas, inspire and learn from each other, and bring the top minds and innovators around big data and real-time solutions to the table. We will discuss Spark-related projects, including Spark SQL, MLlib, GraphX, Scala, Spark Streaming, BlinkDB, Mesos, Velox, Succinct, Tachyon, SparkR, Splash and other growing ecosystem from the Berkeley Data Analytics Stack (BDAS) The meetup includes introductions to the various Spark features, case studies from users, best practices for deployment and tuning, and updates on development. Join us to learn more about how Spark can change your environment and development time. This meetup offers a great opportunity to network and learn about this emerging technology from the experience of others. This is a very interactive meetup where we will exchange ideas. This meetup is meant for both the business and technical community (both the curious and the experts) interested in the "how" and the "why" of Spark's capabilities.