Intro Graph Algorithms + TextKernel case + Combating financial fraud at FIOD

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Happy to announce another GraphDB Neo4j meetup in Amsterdam this spring! We have Three speakers lined up:

Agenda:
* 18:00 Door opens
* 18:15 Dinner (sponsored by GoDataDriven)
* 18:45 Talk 1: An introduction to Graph Algorithms - Rik Van Bruggen
* 19:15 Talk 2: How I accidentally built the fastest* python neo4j driver at TextKernel - Jelle Jan Bankert
* 19:50 short break
* 20:00 Talk 3: How the FIOD uses technologies such as Neo4J in detecting and combating financial fraud" by Ron van Weverwijk and Martijn van Leeuwen
* 20:45 Drinks, network

1) An introduction to Graph Algorithms - Rik Van Bruggen (Neo4j)
Lots of smart people are talking about how Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence could be truly transformational for our lives, our societies and our businesses. As it happens, there is an age-old link betweeen ML / AI and Graphs - in the sense that the graph data model is usually a great foundation for running algorithms that offer new insight and intelligence to our users. In this talk we will be outlining this at a high level, and provide some pointers as to where it could be used in real life.

2) How I accidentally built the fastest* python neo4j driver at TextKernel - Jelle Jan Bankert (TextKernel)
There are many ways to connect with neo4j from Python, but not all methods are created equal. In this talk we will compare the performance of querying neo4j with the most popular drivers and our neo4j-connector for different use-cases.

3) "How the FIOD uses technologies such as Neo4J in detecting and combating financial fraud" by Ron van Weverwijk and Martijn van Leeuwen

The increasing use of digital technology in the business world is making it easier for fraudsters to perform criminal activities. In this talk, we will explain which technical challenges FIOD (the Dutch Anti-Fraud agency) is facing and how we build software with a team of software engineers and data scientists that helps to address this. We will share how we build a microservice architecture from scratch using cool technologies like Kubernetes, Kafka, Elasticsearch & Neo4j on top of OpenStack.

About Ron van Weverwijk and Martijn van Leeuwen
Ron van Weverwijk is an experienced Big Data Hacker with a specialisation in Neo4J technology.
At the FIOD Ron is involved in several projects where raw data is processed into useful information for investigation teams.

Martijn van Leeuwen has been working for the FIOD for 12 years. As an ICT Specialist he worked with technologies like Hadoop, Neo4J & Elasticsearch.

Both Martijn and Ron are part of a team of specialists working on a data and analysis platform that will assist investigators in their work in an age of increasing data, where criminals not only operate within national boundaries and new technologies succeed each other at lightning speed.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Cheers

Ron & Rik