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DataWorks Summit is the new brand name of the Hadoop Summit, the premier event for business and technical audiences who want to learn how (big) data is transforming business and the underlying technologies that are driving that change.

This event is organized annualy (both in US and EU) by Hortonworks Inc, an independent company, formed in June 2011 and funded by $23 million venture capital from Yahoo! and Benchmark Capital.

The company employs contributors to the open source software project Apache Hadoop. Maybe is not know as Red Hat, but is one of the OpenSource biggest companies!

The last European event was in Munich, during April 4-6 and Hortonworks invite me at this event.

With over 1,400 attendees, this year’s event was the biggest and best European Summit to date. And I was really curious to learn more about the “Big Data” world.

To recap the highlights and the news announced during this event:

  • Keynote Sessions: from laser light shows to powerful presentations, the opening keynotes certainly packed and punch. If you’d like to relive the experience and want know what the hype was all about, click on these links:
  • Breakout Sessions: really a lot a with high technical level. The program is designed by the community, for the community so we really have all of you to thank for creating such a powerful program. Videos and presentation slides are available for to download via the DataWorks Summit website.
  • Summit Party: What a party! Featuring live music, entertainment, gemuetlichkeit games, traditional foods and most importantly – plenty of beer, we hope you had a great time.
  • Sponsors: not so much like at VMworld events, but an interesting community and ecosystem.