BigDataCamp Austin 2013

BigDataCamp is an unconference for users of Hadoop and related Big Data technologies to exchange ideas in a loosely distributed format. Following some short talks, attendees are encouraged to share thoughts in open discussions with community-proposed topics, including Lightning Talks & Unconference Sessions. 

Data engineers, enterprise architects, developers, analysts, data mining and business intelligence professionals are encouraged to attend and mix with other members of the community.

BigDataCamp Austin takes place at Old Pecan Street Cafe. We invite all attendees and anyone else interested in Big Data to join us for a lively discussion, finger food, and a frosty beverage or two.

We will soon be accepting talk proposals and will invite attendees to vote on their favorite talks on Nov 1st.

Voting for Sessions has begun. Please vote or submit sessions here:

The Old Pecan Street Cafe (map)
504 Trinity Street
Austin, TX 78701

Schedule: Dec 10, 2013
6:00pm - Registration w/ Food, Drinks & Networking
6:30pm - Welcome, Thank-you & Introductions
6:45pm - Lightning Talks

  • "What is Big Data Analytics" by Guy Harrison of Dell Software
  • "Amazon Redshift: How we managed 300 billion rows with no DBA" by Matt Cohen of One Spot
  • “Big Data Analytic Strategies” by Mark Davis of Dell Software
  • "Hadoop, why should you care?" by Steve Watt of Red Hat
  • "A First Look At Amazon Kinesis" by Jason Levitt of
  • Submit Lightning Talk Proposals to Dave Nielsen

7:30pm - Real-Time Big Data Panel

  • Jim Tommaney, CTO of Calpont
  • Guy Harrison of Dell Software
  • Moderated by Dave Nielsen

8:00pm - Finalize Voting for Breakout Sessions. Please submit or vote for sessions here:

  • "Intro to Big Data, Map Reduce & Hadoop" by Dave Nielsen of BigDataCamp
  • "The 3 Layer Data Model for Business Intelligence" by Ryan O'Connor of the Texas Department of Public Safety
  • "Big Data Analytic Strategies & Tactics" by Mark Davis of Dell Software
  • "New Kids on the Block: Bleeding Edge Big Data Tools" by TBD
  • Submit Breakout Session Proposals to Dave Nielsen

8:45pm - Breakout Sessions - Round 2

9:30pm - Wrap-up

Facilitator: Dave Nielsen of Platform D
Piyush Mehta
Jeff Fisher
Valerie Brown
- To volunteer, email

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