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SF Spark and Friends -- a new meetup!

From: Alexy K.
Sent on: Monday, May 18, 2015 11:29 PM

In 2012, we spun off Spark Users off SF Scala (then Scala for Startups) with Matei.  Since then, it grew to the biggest Spark meetup in the world.  I've ran some great early meetups, e.g. at Foursquare, on all Big Data Scala frameworks of the time (2012), and then Databricks was incorporated and its staff was scheduling the meetup, doing a great job.  The DB meetup co-orgs are also Apache Spark committers and organizers.  At the same time, a whole wave of businesses emerged, competing with DB and each other on products and services.  Furthermore, Spark ecosystem itself evolved to include multiple non-DB stacks.

So now again, just as we spun Spark Users off of SF Scala in 2012, SF Scala will spin off a new community-centric meetup, called SF Spark and Friends (SFSF -- e.g. Flink, Kafka, etc.).

It will serve specifically Apache
Spark and sister projects.  Our goal is to serve user companies like Nitro, Pinterest, VigLink, ZignalLabs, Trulia, StumbleUpon, etc.

We'll be hosting all kinds of data pipeline topics related to or inspired by Spark, including vendor-neutral topics such as

-- Spark deployments, DBC vs EC2 vs Mesosphere etc.
-- MLLib vs alternatives
-- 3rd party services such as PredictionIO, Sigmoid Analytics, etc.

I.e., there will not be even a perceived conflict of interest for SFSF to question any kinds of commercial vendor offerings on top of Apache projects by any vendors, or by consultants and DB competitors to step forward.

We'll always value good relations with DB as one of our key values and coordinate and schedule our events so as not to overlap with BASM.  We'll run joint meetups with DB and will invite DB speakers all the time.  We'll leverage out vibrant SF Scala ecosystem for new faces.

SFSF will not be limited to Spark either.  Flink, Samza, when Spark makes sense and when it doesn't, what OSS harnesses work best, etc., are all fine.

The first talk is Spark Deployment in Practice by SF Scala regular Evan Chan on the first night of the Spark Summit SF 2015.  Please join and RSVP at SFSF.  Remember to use the code sfmeetup10 to get 10% off your Summit registration.

See you at SF Spark and Friends in June!

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