Friday, October 22, 2010

2010 November 11th Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on the 11th of November at CoSpace Austin.

This is going to be the last meeting of the year and its going to be awesome. We have 3 great sessions and loads of pizza, tacos and beer. Consider it the geek start to the festive season, especially if you're sporting a sweet Movember Stash.

This event is free and open to everyone. We have lots of people that come that are new to Hadoop and Big Data.


6:30 - 7:00 : Meet and Greet (Austin's Pizza, Quality Beer and Tacos)

7:00 - 7:45 : "Apache Cassandra 0.7" - Jonathan Ellis, Riptano, Apache Cassandra PMC Chair - @spyced

This session will cover Cassandra and its main use cases and also provide a response to recent mentions to Cassandra deployments in the technology press. The session will go on to discuss the new features in the 0.7 release and then conclude with a demo/code walkthrough of how to actually use Cassandra in the real world, showing how to load data into Cassandra and then access it via the Cassandra API from another application.

7:45 - 8:15 : "Million Fold Mashups and the Shape of Data" - Flip Kromer, InfoChimps - @mrflip

Typically, AHUG talks focus on the tools and methods for working with massive data. I'd like to focus instead on our stock in trade, the data itself. I'll describe interesting and unexpected themes in the public and commercially available data that's out there; new mechanisms for the creation of humanity-scale datasets; and the challenges and opportunities of wiring that data up into a connected millionfold-mashup whole.

8:15 - 8:45 : "Saving lives with Big Data - the Chilean Earthquake Crisis" - Steve Watt, IBM - @wattsteve

This session will provide an explanation and demonstration of a solution our team created using the Apache Big Data stack that mines social media (such as Twitter) in the event of a Crisis (The Chilean Earthquake) allowing one to divine actionable information from your ad-hoc network on the ground and present it in a contextually relevant, human comprehensible format on a map.


Directions to CoSpace are available here


This event wouldn't have been possible if it was not sponsored by the awesome folks at RackSpace and Riptano