A Pioneering Conference on Big Data and Open Analytics

This is a sponsored post by Scott Raspa at IKANOW, a big data software company. He is involved in the company’s sales and marketing efforts supporting public and private sector clients. He can be found on Twitter as @sraspa. IKANOW is producing the Open Analytics Summit, which is a sponsor of Data Community DC. Big Data conferences cover everything from NBA rebounds to government spending. Now there is a conference that covers open analytics across industries and platforms... and it’s right here in DC: The Open Analytics Summit.

Growth in Big Data Conferences

Since 2011, interest in Big Data has grown exponentially. A quick look at the Google trends shows that beginning in 2011, Big Data began its ascent and has now entered the common vernacular.

Google Trends plot of "big data"

Not surprisingly, as interest in Big Data has grown, so has interest in Big Data conferences. There have been 286 Big Data conferences according to social conference directory Lanyrd since 2010. 93 more are already scheduled or taking place in 2013. Google Trends shows the greatest growth in Big Data conferences starting in 2012, and there is no doubt that conferences have continued to grow alongside interest in the topic.

Google Trends showing "big data conferences"

Initially, Big Data conferences focused on platform-specific solutions. Hadoop World in October 2010 was a pioneer in this space and similar conferences have focused on MongoDB, NoSQL, Cassandra and others. Highly technical, and focused on a community of engineers, these conferences have continued to grow rapidly. On the heels of the technical conferences came events focusing on specific data types. Government and enterprise data-focused conferences grew in popularity as well. While the majority of spending and largest conferences have been focused around big players like IBM, Intel and the Federal Government, more specific markets are taking part as well. This past weekend for example was the 7th Annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. This conference looks specifically at how data can be used in professional sports and has attracted over 2700 attendees this year, with research papers ranging from “Breaking Down the Rebound” to “Effort versus Concentration.” With Big Data touching fields from sports to government, we are excited to host in DC a new conference pioneer looking at Big Data and Open Analytics.

Open Analytics Summit

The Open Analytics DC Summit takes a unique approach by combining both data types, professional backgrounds and industries. Companies such as OpenGeo, Berico, and Praescient Analytics will present on how open source tools can create understanding from structured and unstructured data. Specific platforms will be covered with deep dives and examples of how to use Hadoop, Elasticsearch, MongoDB, open analytics platform IKANOW, and others. Big Data at huge organizations and companies will be the focus for people like Sean Patrick Murphy, a Senior Scientist at Johns Hopkins University (and board member at Data Community DC), Shahid Shah, a Chief Architect at OMB, and Donald Cox of Recovery, who will look at Data Analytics in the Government. The Open Analytics Summit is unique in that data scientists, CTO’s and analysts will mingle with executives and industry experts. It will focus on combining technical skills with real-world implementation experience, making the Summit a great place to learn to integrate Big Data in to projects and analysis within companies and organizations of all sizes.

Open Analytics Summit Special for Data Community DC

The Open Analytics DC Summit is excited to announce special pricing for Data Community DC readers and members. You can purchase tickets for the Summit and enter the code DataDC50 to receive $50 off the regular ticket price. At only $225, this conference is a great investment to learn more about implementing Big Data and open source analytics, and to meet industry leaders who will prove to be valuable contacts in the future. While Big Data’s moment has arrived, it is about time that open analytics gets a focused look. The Open Analytics Summit on March 25th in Washington, DC does just that. And we couldn’t be more excited.