This is an Apache Spark Meetup for users, enthusiasts, and explorers of Apache Spark ( http://spark.apache.org/ ) in the area of Richmond, Virginia. Apache Spark is a fast and general open source engine for large-scale data processing, supporting SQL, streaming, and complex analytics. This meetup will be a platform where we can exchange thoughts, discuss problems and solutions, share lessons learned, and inspire innovative ideas, virtually anything about Apache Spark! Topics of interests include but are not limited to the following items: 1. Introduction to Spark and various features and functions along the way. 2. Use cases from current Spark Users 3. Best practices and lessons learned from Spark 4. Guest speaker lectures from industry leaders who have embraced Spark 5. Various Trainings related to Spark Can’t wait for you to join. Let’s build the central Virginia Spark Community together!