Past Meetup

Big Data, Data Science, BI and no BS

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Maybe the hype is running ahead of the reality of what business are doing on the ground. But this definitely IS an area you need to think about as a leader in technology. We will be welcoming some experts in Big Data, Data Science and Business Intelligence - and avoiding salesy stuff and the hot air/BS that goes with that.

Venue: Tank Streak Labs. This is a really awesome venue (we were there on the debugging-diversity night) and its very centrally located.

We have 3 speakers whose backgrounds are varied, with a tech founder, a national figure in big data, and a leader in data at a large online retailer.

After some socializing, there will be talks, then a panel discussion involving the audience, then a bit more food and beer.

We will all need to head off home (or to the pub next door) at 8:30pm rather than 930 on this night....just in case you want to call your chauffeur in advance :)

The Speakers:

Talk 1: Ian Opperman

Ian has worked on real petabyte-scale data and has built a national reputation in this area, featured in SMH , on the radio and he is the Chief Data Scientist for NSW regularly adding thought-leadership articles on LinkedIn:

Talk title: TBC


Talk 2: Brent Maxwell

Brent is an executive technology leader at The Iconic and co-founder of Style Arcade Software.

He applies systems thinking in devising long-term strategic technology initiatives in tight alignment with business trajectory. Brent plans with long-term vision but executes by leveraging modern engineering principles to ensure his engineering teams are agile and effective. Coming from a background in corporate technology consulting and software engineering leadership, Brent has built technology architecture to help businesses thrive. He enjoys identifying areas of opportunity for businesses to benefit from technology and crafting end-to-end architecture and projects that succeed, be it in enabling capabilities or cost savings through automation.

Talk title: The value of modern data warehousing

In this talk Brent will outline the ongoing importance of classic data warehousing and the way in which these simple concepts are still important in this modern world of data buzzphrases. We will then explore modern tools and techniques that greatly improve the way data warehouses can be leveraged in your organisation.


Talk 3: Aaron Wallis

Aaron is founder and leader at rapid growth SaaS business ( ) and his ideas led to Lexer’s award-winning SaaS platform - that drives data driven decisions.

He previously worked at Mark/M&C Saatchi as a Technical Director, and as a Digital Services director, and has experience of delivering real data projects for large clients, as well as building a business that delivers a solution

Aaron's talk will give real work "school of hard knocks" examples of what works, and what doesn't, in projects that are to do with data.

Aaron is going to give it to you more directly, more honestly, more 'real' than a real-estate agent ever could.