Last night we had the pleasure of co-hosting yet another Big Data Debate. They are getting to be pretty popular so we had to move to a bigger venue for this one. The lovely people at Shoreditch Works let us rent out the Shoreditch Village Hall for the evening and were a great help in arranging the obligatory beer and pizza.
We kicked off the evening with the usual 10 minute presentations. First up was Alex Denis from educational planning company Pearson, followed by James Hodge from Splunk who showed us an adorable picture of his new baby!
Then it was time for the main event. The impressive panel, full of industry experts, included Sean Owen, Director of Data Science at Cloudera; Duncan Ross, Director of Data Science at Teradata; Francine Bennett, CEO and Co-Founder of Mastodon C; John Burn-Murdoch, Data Journalist at the Financial Times; and Paul Miller, Research Analyst at GigaOM. The moderator Christian Prokopp, himself a Data Scientist at Rangespan, did a great job of reigning in the panel and keeping them on the night’s topic: Big Data Rules.
The big question of the night, was: is Big Data the new oil? As usual there were some contentious moments, especially when the topic strayed into the realm of data privacy. But all in all the 150+ attendants were treated to a great night of stimulating debating, great networking, delicious pizza and craft beer.
The Thank You’s
Of course none of this would be possible without our generous sponsors, Teradata, Splunk and Cloudera! And I must say a big thank you to the team at import•io who came to help me set up and take down the room.
Join us Next Time!
The next BDD will be all about Big Data in the Media moderated by the Guardian‘s Technology Editor Charles Arthur. You can sign up on their meetup page to come along on Wednesday April 2, 2014 at Shoreditch Village Hall. And follow them on twitter on @bigdatadebate #bigdatadebate!