Data is in the wild! In all sorts of shapes and sizes! Do you deal with or want to learn how to deal with reigning in all this data ? Lets get together to meet, discuss and learn all the popular frameworks, paradigms and tools (like Hadoop, NOSQL etc) and the associated best practices. And let's get to the technical know-how. For instance, do you have a nifty MapReduce paradigm that solved a very unique problem? Or maybe you have a reusable template for loading data in a highly performaning way into a NoSQL store? Or did you recently play around with Apache Spark and have some lessons to share? HBase and automatic Solr indexing anyone? Let's hear it - and oh by the way - code snippets in your slides are very welcome! Let's build a thriving open source development and engineering community in the heart of the midwest!