For the Data Scientists: 5 Upcoming Big Data Conferences You Shouldn’t Miss

Big data is a big deal right now, and it’s only going to become a bigger deal in the future, so it makes sense to learn about as many of its aspects as you can, as quickly as you can. Or pick one and learn it very well. Or don’t pick any, if you are a staunch believer in the shelf-life of traditional data warehouses. From a machine learning deep-dive to an open-source buffet,  the following five conferences provide educational and networking opportunities for both the specialists and renaissance persons among you. Attending a cool one I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments!



  • O’Reilly Strata Conference
    • What: Data science, data-driven business, visuailzation, hadoop and big data, policy and privacy and domain specific data, a startup showcase and an Expo Hall.
    • Where: Santa Clara, CA
    • When: February 28-March 1st, 2012
    • Who: Doug Cutting, Ben Goldacre, Avinash Kaushik, Coco Krumme, Hal Varian, Pete Warden
    • Why: Strata brings together practitioners, researchers, IT leaders and entrepreneurs to discuss big data, Hadoop, analytics, visualization and data markets.
    • How much: from $99 for the Expo Hall only to  $1795-2045 for the all-access pass
    • @strataconf


  • Open Source Business Conference 2012
    • What: DW/BI, Hadoop, systems intelligence for cloud deployments, virtualization, data storage, mobile application development and social media.
    • Where: San Francisco, CA
    • When: May 21-22, 2012
    • Who: N/A
    • Why: Connects newbies in the open source world to the developers, users and companies behind the most significant open-source, mobile and cloud technologies, including HTML5 frameworks like jQuery and SproutCore, NoSQL databases like Mongo, Big Data technologies like Hadoop and Cassandra, and cloud platforms like OpenStack and Cloud Foundry.
    • How much: $895
    • @osbc



  • World Conference 2012: Big Data Tipping Point
    • What: How internet, social media and streaming adata are changing DW/BI.
    • Where: San Diego, CA
    • When: July 29-August 3rd, 2012
    • Who: N/A
    • Why: Explore alternatives to traditional data warehousing that allow for more comprehensive insight and analysis of your organization’s data.
    • How much: From $1290 for the 3-day standard package to $3650 for the 6-day tera package.


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