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Spark!

More than 80 people showed up at our last meetup focused on Spark. Because there are more and more signs that Spark will become the successor to Hadoop MapReduce we invited some people who are already using Spark in production.

Andy gave an introduction to functional progamming and Scala in just 45 minutes, which is  definitely not enough for passing all details. His slides can be found here

Excellent meetup. The Scala introduction was so quick that it blew my mind but gave me enough information to follow the rest

(Eric Darchis)

We had Toni Verbeiren who gave an introduction to Spark and demonstrated Spark from the command line. Follow the links to his slides and visualization code.

Very interesting mix of Scala, Spark and Use Case

(Peter Vandenabeele)

Gerard Maas showed us how Spark is used in production at Virdata.com. With a cool demo of their platform in the end. His slides are availabele here: Spark-at-Virdata

It was Sparkling! (Radek O)

I am always amazed by the quality of the BigData.be and ScalaBe presentations. Big up to all of you ! (Frederic)

The presentations were recorded by Parleys.com and to be published in a “bigdata.be” channel. We’ll let you know when they become available over there.

Thanks to Ordina for the location and for providing food and drinks.

See you next time, we are always looking for venues and presenters.

 

Meetup 8: Call for participation

Hello all,

the next meetup is already approaching and we are still missing some interesting topics to discuss.

So if you have read something lately that is worth mentioning, or if you’re in the middle having a breakthrough on an interesting brain teaser, or if you are implementing a wonderful project or just doing anything else relevant to our domain, please take a moment to prep some slides and get a discussion going on our 8th meetup!

Looking forward to hearing from you all!

-BigData.be

The 7th meetup or Waiting for CSI Ixelles

Three weeks ago our litte community on bigdata had their 7th meetup in Brussels. We think it is a good idea to hold our meetups in different cities, since we are the Belgian bigdata community. (If you can host a meetup in your city, please contact us!). Next to the typical  evening traffic chaos and a meeting of all European prime ministers there was a crime scene (some sort of knife fight) next to our meeting place, which caused some of our participants to arrive a bit later, than planned.

Nevertheless did we have a good schedule, which consisted out of two talks with lots of good interaction between the speakers and the audience.

The first talk was about storm a distributed realtime processing framework coming out of twitter. Daan Gerrits gave an introduction into storm and walked us through an example application he had created for this meetup.

The second talk (by me) was about apache giraph a graph processing framework on top of apache hadoop.

If you have been to one of our meetings and you liked it, please spread the word, leave comments here, and consider the “call for papers” for our 8th meetup in July open!

The day after …. and more

So it has been a whlie since we held our first meetup on July 5th, 2011. We had a lively discussion on ideas, wants and won’ts for our young but apparently vibrant community. After some discussion in our group, we prefer to setup our meetups using a rotating schedule over Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at an interval of 6-7 weeks.

So, we’ll be calendering our 2nd meetup for Wednesday August 24th, 2011. Keep an eye on our meetup page.

All ideas for  a topic that night are more then welcome!

One day to go …

We have all been anxiously waiting for that special day on which we may kick some life into our community. For those who have no idea what I’m talking about: The Belgian BigData launch event will take place tomorrow in Ghent!

There are a few things we would like to talk about, but most importantly we want your feedback and brilliant idea’s regarding BigData concepts, technologies and the Belgian community.

As you may know, the event will start tomorrow (july 5th) at 6:30 PM in the Atari room of the IBBT Zuiderpoort Office Park (Gaston Crommenlaan, 8 (bus 102), Ghent – map ). The following items are a rough outline of the evening:

  1. Members introduction
  2. Community brainstorm
  3. bbuzz debrief

21 members already confirmed their presence. If you are not one of them and you still want to join the event you can do so on our meetup page. All information about the event can be found there, as well as the list of members which will join us tomorrow.

We are impatiently looking forward to meet you.

See you tomorrow!

Let’s meet!

It is time to meet up in real life! IBBT in Ghent, is so kind to host our very first meeting and you are invited. We have created a meetup-page and would like to ask you to subscribe, if you are interested in joining us for an informal  #bbuzz debrief and community introduction.  The event is free of charge and should be seen as a first contact event of our new little community.

If you are interested in big data and joining a brand new community, put your name on the attendee list!

Hope to see you there!