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Spark Summit 2014 Brings Together Apache Spark Community

Databricks and the sponsors of Spark Summit 2014 today announced the full agenda for the summit, including a host of exciting keynotes and community talks. The event will be held June 30–July 2, 2014, at The Westin St. Francis in San Francisco.

Spark Summit 2014 arrives at an exciting time for the Spark platform, which has become the most active open source project in the Hadoop ecosystem with more than 200 contributors in the past year. Now available in all major Hadoop distributions, Spark has fostered a fast-growing community on the strength of its technical capabilities, which make big data analysis simpler with a unified platform, easy-to-use APIs in Java, Scala and Python, and drastically faster in-memory computation.

“The Spark Summit presents an exciting opportunity to bring together the fast-growing Spark community and collaborate to push this platform forward,” said Databricks CEO Ion Stoica. “We look forward to discussing Spark’s impact on the big data landscape and how this rapidly adopted technology will play an instrumental role in shaping the future of big data analysis.”

In its second year, the Spark Summit will gather enterprise users, developers and data scientists to examine best practices for development and learn how to use the Spark stack in a variety of applications across multiple industries. Attendees can explore various tracks on topics such as applications, development, data science and research. Keynotes will be delivered by Stoica, Databricks Chief Technology Officer Matei Zaharia, Cloudera Chief Strategy Officer Mike Olson, MapR Chief Technology Officer M.C. Srivas and others from DataStax, Jawbone, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and UC Berkeley’s AMPLab.

Additionally, Databricks will be hosting an introductory level Spark training on the final day of the three-day event, and the Application Spotlight segment will also showcase promising applications that have been “Certified on Spark.”

Other Spark Summit sponsors to date include IBM, UC Berkeley’s AMPLab, Cloudera, Pivotal, Sharethrough, Guavus, Stratio, Red Hat, Ooyala, MapR, DataStax, ClearStory Data, Shopify, SanDisk, Hortonworks, NTT DATA, Yahoo, Platfora, Atigeo and Brain Corporation.

To view the full agenda of keynotes and 50+ talks, click here.

To purchase tickets to the Spark Summit, visit http://sparksummit2014.eventbrite.com/.

To register for a live stream of Spark Summit, click here.

About Databricks

Databricks (databricks.com) was founded by the creators of Apache Spark, and are using cutting-edge technology based on years of research to build next-generation software for analyzing and extracting value from Big Data. They believe Big Data is a tremendous opportunity that is still largely untapped, and are working to revolutionize what enterprises can do with it. They are venture-backed by Andreessen Horowitz.

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