Back in May, thanks to Ollie Glass, NixonMcInnes launched Big Data Brighton. Ollie is now at Peerindex, so Sam Zindel at iCrossing picked up the mantle to organise the first meetup. A couple of us from NixonMcInnes are going to be in attendance, and I’ll be giving my two cents about what I hope BDB will become in the future.
Big Data Brighton is a new community that has been set up to discuss the technical and commercial impact of new techniques that harness the power of data. Big Data meetups are open to everyone across all interests, specialisms and skill levels.
So far there’s a bunch of different people who have been involved in designing the first event, from local digital companies Brandwatch, NixonMcInnes, iCrossing and Dabapps. My personal vision is that Big Data Brighton, as a community group, would be great if it continues to be steered and designed by a collective of people working with data in Brighton. This could be an evolving, changing group of people, whoever has the interest, energy and resources for it at the time. I’d like to hear about people’s projects, their own personal experiences of working with data, case studies etc. in a show-and-tell DIY style. Kind of like how Social Media Measurement Camp used to be (remember that?!).
What was great about measurement camp was that a different delegate would offer to host the event at their offices each time, and various other delegates would volunteer to present at upcoming events. It wasn’t glossy-shiny-professional speakers, but it was one of the few
conferences events that I’ve been to where I’ve actually learnt something useful. And there wasn’t (as much) pitching from service providers – it just felt like peers getting together and helping each other. Will McInnes always used to say, “if you’re not getting something out of this, it’s nobody’s fault but your own” or something (that probably sounded nicer) along those lines.
At the first event for BDB, as part of Brighton Digital Festival, we’ve got James Kinley, Solutions Architect at Cloudera (the people that created Hadoop).
27 Sep 2012 | 5pm to 9pm | iCrossing Office, 4th Floor, 13 Black Lion Street
Launching at this year’s Brighton Digital Festival, ‘Big Data Brighton’ is a new community that has been set up to discuss the technical and commercial impact of new techniques that harness the power of data.
This informal session will serve as an introduction to Big Data and a chance to find out the key topics of the data revolution.
Speaking at the inaugural meet-up is James Kinley, Solutions Architect at Cloudera (the people that created Hadoop). After discussion and debate from 5-7pm we will de-camp to the Black Lion for a few ales.
You can sign up to attend by joining the meet-up group at the link below or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Oh, and NixonMcInnes are gonna bring a couple of crates of beer :D