Posted by Steve Wooledge in Blogroll on June 14, 2010

As the market around big data heats up, it’s great to see the ecosystem for Hadoop, MapReduce, and massively parallel databases expanding. This includes events for education and networking around big data.

As such, Aster Data is co-sponsoring our first official “unconference” the night before the 2010 Hadoop Summit. It’s called BigDataCamp and will be June 28th at the TechMart from 5:00-9:30PM (adjacent to the Hyatt where Hadoop Summit is taking place). Similar to our ScaleCamp event last year where we heard from companies like LinkedIn and ShareThis and industry practitioners like Chris Wensel (author of Cascading), there will be a lineup of great talks, including hands-on workshops led by Amazon Web Services, Karmasphere, and more. In addition, we’re lucky to have Dave Nielsen as the moderator/organizer of the event as he’s chaired similar unconferences such as CloudCamp, and is an expert at facilitating content and discussions to best fit attendee interest.

It’s very fitting to have the more open/dynamic agenda style of an unconference given the audience will be more of the “analytic scientists” - a title which I’ve seen LinkedIn use when describing the rise in job roles dedicated to tackling big data in companies to tease out insights and develop data-driven products and applications. The analytic scientist-customers I speak with who use Aster Data together with Hadoop challenge the norms and move quickly - not unlike an unconference agenda. I expect a night of free thinking (and free drinks/food), big ideas, and a practical look at emerging technologies and techniques to tackle big data. Best of all, the networking portion is a great chance to meet folks to hear what they’re up to and exchange ideas.

Check out the agenda at www.bigdatacamp.org and note that seats are limited and we expect to sell out, so please REGISTER NOW. Hope to see you there!

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