Berlin Buzzwords Program Highlights

This year Berlin Buzzwords features multiple talks on storing, processing, streaming and searchability of large amounts of digital data, ranging from beginner-friendly sessions to in-depth technical presentations. For everyone who is at Berlin Buzzwords for the first time, you can find our highlights below, but you'd better take your time to check out the full conference agenda:

Heather van Cura: 10 Ways to Ally For Women in Technology

Not your usual Buzzwords topic, we‘re delighted to welcome Heather vanCura who speaks about diversity in workplaces and outlines the positive influence it causes!

Heather VanCura leads the JCP Program at Oracle, and is a leader of the global community driven adoption and user group programs. Heather drives the efforts to transform the JCP program and broaden participation and diversity in the tech community. ...more info

Grant Ingersoll: BM 25 is so yesterday

Grant is the Co-founder and CTO of Lucidworks and a long-term companion of Berlin Buzzwords. Besides that, he is an active member of the Lucene community – a Lucene and Solr committer, co-founder of the Apache Mahout machine learning project, and a long standing member of the Apache Software Foundation. More info on Grant can be found in his speaker profile.

In his talk, Grant is going to review the best practices in reverance tuning and provide details on how to use techniques like learning to rank and query intent classification to improve results, with examples in Apache Solr.

Ellen Friedman: The Shape of Revolutions: What Makes a Difference?

Ellen Friedman is a solutions consultant, speaker and author, currently writing mainly about big data topics. She is a committer for the Apache Drill and Apache Mahout projects.  With a PhD in Biochemistry, she has years of experience as a research scientist.

In her session, Ellen will share her thoughts on the revolution happening in data processing and usage, in particularily pertaining to the streaming technologies. Learn more about Ellen Friedman and her talk here.

Ted Dunning: Update on the t-digest: Finding the Faults in Real Data

Ted is the VP of Incubator at Apache Software foundation as well as member of the Board of Directors at Apache and mentor on many recent projects. Ted is the Chief Application Architect at MapR Technologies and previously was the chief architect behind the MusicMatch (now Yahoo Music) and Veoh recommendation systems.

Ted will explain the algorithms behind the t-digest with practical examples to provide insights into system measurement programs. More about Ted Dunning and his upcoming session.

Stephan Ewen: Exepriences running Flink at a very large Scale

Stephan Ewen is Apache Flink committer and co-founder and CTO of data Artisans. Before founding data Artisans, Stephan was leading the development of Flink since the early days of the project.  His #bbuzz talk this year will focus on his personal experience running Flink stream processing applications for very large scale. More information on Stephan Ewen here.

Trevor Grant/ Andrew Weiner: Weekend Project: Real-World Airbnb Data Science and Pricing Bot

Trevor Grant is PMC Member on the Apache Mahout project, and contributor on Apache Streams (incubating), Apache Zeppelin, and Apache Flink projects.  By day he is an Open Source Technical Evangelist at IBM. ...more info

Andrew Weiner studied Philosophy at Carleton College in Minnesota, which naturally led to a job in fixed income derivatives on Wall Street. …more info

In their hands-on workshop Trevor and Andrew will present interesting highlights of a personal project involding AirBnB API. The speakers will show how to collect data from the API and present a collection of examples of how AI tools and algorithms can be used to extract value from the data.

And of course, we are very thrilled about our Keynotes. The conference kicks of on Monday, June 12 with Karen Sandler and her talk on Free and Open Software Today, followed on Tuesday by Duncan Ross and his talk on Bridging the gap between data sceptics and data evangelists:

Karen Sandler: Free and Open Software Today

Karen is the executive director of the Software Freedom Conservancy, a non-profit organization that provides home for free and open source software projects, such as git, samba, QEMU, selenium, inkscape and more. Karen is a professional lawyer and is known for her advocacy for free software, particularly in relation to the software on medical devices. ...more

Duncan Ross: Bridging the gap between data sceptics and data evangelists

Duncan is the Chair of Trustees of DataKind UK, a not for profit that hopes to improve the entire not for profit sector by helping them make the most of the big data revolution. They do this by encouraging volunteer data scientists to work for not for profits through short and longer term engagements. ...more


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