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Our 24th meetup is kindly hosted by Ordina in Mechelen.

This meetup is focussed on introducing Spark:

• Functional programming + Scala (Andy Petrella - 45 min)

Andy will cover the basics of functional programming like immutability and expressiveness and how these concepts eases parallelization.

Spark is implemented in and exploits the Scala language.

• Spark (Toni Verbeiren - 45 min)

Toni will introduce spark and how to get into production with it. He'll show a demo of a working platform used to explore data in realtime by visualizing it.

• Spark@Virdata (Gerard Maas - 45 min)

Spark at is used at the core of Virdata data pipeline to process both batch and streaming data flows. In this talk Gerard will be sharing his experiences with bringing a Spark job to production, covering the supporting Spark ecosystem and some of the challenges involved in running a Spark job 24/7

• Anthony Liekens invites you to the Fri3d Camp (5 min)

The Belgian hacker community positively and constructively promotes technology, innovation and related ethical topics as a philosophy and a hobby, for all generations.

From 14 to 17 August 2014, we organise a medium-sized (256 heads max) family-friendly summer camp about technology, education and nature. Mark your calendars!

More info at

Doors open at 18h30, meetup starts at 19h30

Sandwiches and beverages offered by the host.