Join us – Silicon Valley Inspiration Tour – March 26, 2016



Visit the Silicon Valley ecosystem:

Just after the Data Innovation Summit that will be held in Brussels on March 23, the Data Science Community is organising a Low Budget innovation tour in Silicon Valley.

Silicon Valley has a variety of business organizations and institutions that create a business environment that has proved to be highly conducive to the successful creation of startup firms, disruptive business models, and leadership in a variety of high-tech areas.

With our team we want to get a first hand impression on what are the key components of Silicon Valley, how do they work, and how do they fit together?

Key Characteristics of the Silicon Valley Ecosystem that we will focus on:

  • Dual ecosystem of large firms and startups
  • High financial returns for successful entrepreneurs and startups’ early employees
  • Global top-level human resources for all stages of startups
  • Business infrastructure (law firms, accounting firms, mentors, etc.)
  • Venture capital – most competitive market
  • Globally top class universities (Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCSF)
  • Human resource clusters anchored around top universities
  • Extensive government role in shaping technological trajectories and basic science
  • Highly competitive industries, balance between “open innovation” and secret protection
  • Balance of “open innovation” and intellectual property protection
  • “Technology Pump” of top human resources from all over the world
  • High labor mobility at all levels of management and talent
  • Culture of accepting failures (effective evaluation and monitoring)

We plan to arrive on Saturday, we will rent a house for our community members in San Francisco from Saturday 26/3 to Tuesday 29 then we will move to a house in San Jose on Wednesday.

Agenda of our Visit:

We have lined up a few companies that we want to meet. If you can help us and facilitate the access to an interesting company please let us know.

We have already received some nice invitations from:

We plan to attend a few meetups too, like to one from SF DataScience on Monday about  ‘Kafka and Data Science’ , …

On arrival the ‘Sons of Analytics’ will rent a bike to attend the LAUGHLIN RIVER RUN .

And of course we will travel to San-Jose to attend the Strata Hadoop event. Please always use our discount code at any O’Reilly activity: our 20% discount code UGBDSC

Strata + Hadoop World is the leading event on how big data and ubiquitous, real-time computing is shaping the course of business and society. It brings together the world’s best data scientists and business leaders to share hard-won knowledge and innovations in technology and strategy.

Check out the impressive program and make plans to join Strata + Hadoop World in San Jose March 28-31, 2016.

Save 20% on most passes with discount code UGBDSC.

“The best opportunity to learn about the technologies that are transforming big data and data science.”


We will travel on a budget and share cars and houses, make sure you take a sleeping bag. Our first estimation is that you should be able to do this for less than 3000.

Flight 800
Accomodation 6 300
Food and drinks 600
Car rental 120
Peto cash 200
Ticket Strata 1000


  • scouting to find interesting meetings: all community members + Philippe
  • practical organisation: Laurence
  • if you are interested just put your name on the list


Data & The New Era of Interactive Storytelling–Strata+Hadoop 2014 (Video)

Why Interactive Storytelling becomes so key to understanding the data.

76% of the executives share data via email !?

Dashboards are not interactive.

What's The Big Data?

Data is an evolving story. It’s not a static snapshot of a point in time insight. With data from internal and external sources constantly updating, we are evolving from rear-view mirror dashboard views into an era of interactive Storytelling. Data Storytelling is both a visual art and a method of interpreting analytic results. Data Stories shed insights every minute, every hour, everyday, every week. This keynote will discuss how data dashboards are no longer adequate and how companies are using Interactive Storytelling to discover faster insights across many disparate data sources.

About Sharmila Shahani-Mulligan:
Sharmila has spent 18+ years building game-changing software companies in a variety of markets. She has been EVP & CMO at numerous software companies, including Netscape, Kiva Software, AOL, Opsware, and Aster Data. She drove the creation of several multi-billion dollar market categories, including application servers, data center automation and big data analytics. She is on…

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Conference – Strata – Hadoop World – Oct 15–17, 2014 New York


About Strata + Hadoop World

Why You Should Attend | Experience Strata + HW | Who You’ll Meet | Kudos | Program Committee | Contact

Strata + Hadoop World is where cutting-edge science and new business fundamentals intersect—and merge. It’s a deep-immersion event where data scientists, analysts, and executives get up to speed on emerging techniques and technologies by dissecting case studies, developing new skills through in-depth tutorials, sharing emerging best practices in data science, and imagining the future.

Our speakers have a laser-sharp focus on the data issues that are shaping the business, finance, media, fashion, retail, and government worlds.

The data industry is growing fast, and Strata + Hadoop World has grown right along with it.  We’ve added new sessions and tracks to reflect challenges that have emerged in the data field—including security, ubiquitous computing, collaboration, peer analytics, reproducibility, new interfaces, emerging architecture, building data teams, machine data—and much more.

Strata + Hadoop World is now the largest conference of its kind in the world, yet it’s kept the informal, collegial spirit that makes it one of the best places to connect and collaborate.

Why You Should Attend

Strata + Hadoop World in New York is where big data’s most influential business decision makers, strategists, architects, developers, and analysts gather to shape the future of their businesses and technologies. If you want to tap into the opportunity that big data presents, you want to be there.

  • Be among the first to understand how you can leverage the promise of this huge change, and survive the resulting disruption
  • Find new ways to leverage your data assets across industries and disciplines
  • Learn how to take big data from science project to real business application
  • Discover training, hiring, and career opportunities for data professionals
  • Meet-face-to face with other innovators and thought leaders

Experience Strata + Hadoop World

You’ll get three full days of inspiring keynotes, intensely practical and information-rich sessions, and plenty of fun networking events.

  • Nearly 200 sessions that explore the latest advances, case studies, and best practices
  • Networking opportunities with thousands of other business leaders, data professionals, designers, and developers
  • A vibrant “hallway track” for attendees, speakers, journalists, and vendors to debate and discuss important issues
  • Fun evening events, receptions, and more, giving you more face time with attendees and speakers

Who You’ll Meet at Strata + Hadoop World

Strata + Hadoop World attracts the best minds in data: data analysts, data scientists, business managers, developers, and others, including:

  • VPs or directors of marketing, analytics, or data warehousing
  • CIOs, CTOs, enterprise architects
  • Business analysts and decision makers
  • Data scientists
  • Data engineers
  • Developers and database professionals
  • Product managers
  • Designers
  • Researchers and academics
  • Data-driven designers, journalists, and anthropologists
  • VCs and investors
  • Innovators and Entrepreneurs

Kudos for Strata + Hadoop World

What previous attendees have said:

“Strata Conference has great energy, expertise, and purpose. High caliber attendees and presenters make for a great learning experience alongside tons of new industry news.” – CIO, Onboard Informatics

“This is my first Hadoop World visit and I had exceptional experience to gear up our organizational road map strategy.” – Sairamakrishna Edara, Sr. IT Advisor, Healthcore

“Great Conference – excellent collection of the industry’s best speakers and opportunities to meet and work with over 3000 colleagues with similar interests in Hadoop.” – David Burk

See more Kudos

Program Chairs

Alistair CrollAlistair Croll
has been an entrepreneur, author, and public speaker for nearly 20 years. He’s worked on a variety of topics, from web performance, to big data, to cloud computing, to startups, in that time. In 2001, he co-founded web performance startup Coradiant (acquired by BMC in 2011), and since that time has also launched Rednod, CloudOps, Bitcurrent, Year One Labs, the Bitnorth conference, the International Startup Festival and several other early-stage companies.

Alistair is the chair of O’Reilly’s Strata conference; Techweb’s Cloud Connect; and the International Startup Festival. He’s written four books on analytics, technology, and entrepreneurship, including the best-selling Lean Analytics which is being translated into eight languages. He lives in Montreal, Canada and tries to mitigate chronic ADD by writing about far too many things at Solve For Interesting.

Roger Magoulas
is the director of market research at O’Reilly Media. Magoulas runs a team that is building an open source analysis infrastucture and provides analysis services, including technology trend analysis, to business decision-makers at O’Reilly and beyond. In previous incarnations, Magoulas designed and implemented data warehouse projects for organizations ranging from the San Francisco Opera to the Alberta Motor Club.

Program Development Director

Ben Lorica
is the Chief Data Scientist at O’Reilly Media, Inc. He has applied Business Intelligence, Data Mining, Machine Learning and Statistical Analysis in a variety of settings including Direct Marketing, Consumer and Market Research, Targeted Advertising, Text Mining, and Financial Engineering. His background includes stints with an investment management company, internet startups, and financial services.

Committee Members

  • Michael Abbott Kleiner. Perkins Caufield & Byers
  • David Andrzejewski. Sumo Logic
  • Amr Awadallah, Cloudera, Inc.
  • Carla Borsoi. iMATCHATIVE
  • Farrah Bostic. The Difference Engine
  • Christine Carpentier. Elite DW Consulting
  • Eli Collins. Cloudera
  • Alistair Croll. Solve For Interesting
  • Beau Cronin, Salesforce
  • Michael Dauber, Battery Ventures
  • Margaret Dawson, RivalIQ
  • Parviz Deyhim, Amazon Web Services
  • Paul Dix, InfluxDB
  • Jana Eggers, SureCruise
  • John Foreman, MailChimp
  • Margaret Francis, Exact Target / CoTweet
  • Meghan Gill, 10gen
  • Sebastian Gutierrez,
  • Jeff Hammerbacher, Cloudera
  • Gary Hoberman, MetLife
  • Noah Iliinsky, IBM
  • Joyce Kim, Revision 3
  • Daniel Koffler, Rio Tinto Alcan
  • Ben Lorica, O’Reilly Media
  • Michael Loukides, O’Reilly Media
  • Mark Madsen, Third Nature
  • Roger Magoulas, O’Reilly Media
  • Gideon Mann, Bloomberg
  • Adam Marcus, Locu / GoDaddy
  • Dave McCrory, Basho Technologies
  • Elissa Murphy, GoDaddy
  • Andrew Musselman, Accenture
  • Paco Nathan, Zettacap
  • Travis Oliphant, Continuum Analytics, Inc.
  • Pamela Peele, UPMC
  • Molly Rector, DataDirect Networks (DDN)
  • Dan Roesch, Roesch & Associates LLC
  • Bill Schmarz, EMC Consulting
  • Randy Smerik, Osunatech, Inc.
  • Pete Soderling, Hakka Labs
  • Ann Spencer, O’Reilly Media
  • M. C. Srivas, MapR Technologies, Inc.
  • Jen van der Meer, Luminary Labs
  • Dean Wampler, Typesafe
  • Simon Wardley, Leading Edge Forum (CSC)
  • Charles Zedlewski, Cloudera