Answers by Owen O’Malley, co-founder & technical fellow, Hortonworks. Jason Roe will be covering it for Irish Tech News.

When is it on?

DataWorks Summit/Hadoop Summit in EMEA takes place on April 5-6th in Munich, Germany.

Hortonworks runs events globally and this year there are also Summits taking place in San Jose, California, June 13-15th and Sydney, Australia, September 20-21st.

How many years has it been going?

Overall, Summit has been around since 2008. The EMEA Summit is now in its fifth year and 2017 sees the conference expand to meet the demands of a growing and accelerating data ecosystem. This was a move to recognize the changing nature of the ways businesses interact with technology to support their data journey. With customers looking to IoT, cloud and modern data application technologies to fuel business transformation, the event expanded its scope to include other growing communities.

DataWorks Summit/Hadoop Summit is the only community event in the region, bringing together prominent open source ‘thought leaders’ who will discuss successful use cases and recent community developments. For the first time, the event’s Community Showcase will have specific areas that reflect broader trends and technologies in the ecosystem, including Apache Hadoop, IoT & Streaming, Cloud & Operations and Apache Spark & Data Science.

What was the inspiration to start it?

Originally the event was just called Hadoop Summit and it originated in the Silicon Valley in 2008. That year we were expecting 100 people, but we filled the venue with 300+ attendees. The Summit held annually in San Jose still remains the largest and over the years, the size and scope has grown exponentially. There was a clear demand coming from the Apache Hadoop developer community to get more involved in showcasing successful Hadoop use cases, sharing development and administration tips and tricks and educating organisations about how best to leverage Hadoop as a key component in their enterprise data architecture. This year in Munich we will now look forward to over 1,000 attendees this year in Munich.

What exciting things can people look forward to for the 2017 version?

We have a thorough and packed agenda. There are too many sessions to mention here, covering everything from technical and business breakout sessions to crash courses and customer showcases. We’ve also got keynote presentations from Scott Gnau, CTO. I am going to participate in a keynote panel with Centrica and another colleague to discuss the state of open source in 2017 and its role as a cultural movement that helps to accelerate enterprise digital transformation.

The event is a great opportunity to learn how leading organisations like Centrica, BMW Group, Lloyds Bank and ING are using Hadoop to support their data strategies and driving growth.

What opportunities are on offer for people / startups / investors and companies attending?

There are several tracks on offer, from dedicated Apache Hadoop, Spark and Data Science to overall business trends such as cloud, IoT, governance, security and enterprise adoption. Each attendee can build their own unique agenda depending on their areas of focus and specialist interests.

What tips would you give to people attending to get the most out of it?

The opening keynote on April 5 is a must attend and will highlight what the future of the enterprise will look like, including the latest big data technology trends. On the April 6 don’t miss the enterprise adoption panel with industry leaders, Centrica, Danske Bank, and Walgreens. These businesses will discuss their results and experience using Hortonworks Connected Data Platforms. From securing sponsorship, driving deployment, and delivering measureable results, the panel will provide insight and advice from their data-driven journey. I’d recommend studying the agenda in advance so attendees aren’t rushing while there. Each person should really decide what they want to get out of the event for themselves. For some it might be a deeper technical understanding, for others, they might need more ways in which to get board level buy-in. Finally, the party on Wednesday evening promises to be a lot of fun and a chance to relax.

How can people book tickets / when does it usually sell out?

Tickets are available to buy online. There will additionally be some availability for people to buy tickets on the door over the course of the event.

Anything else you’d like to add / we should have asked?

DataWorks Summit/Hadoop Summit is unlike any other data conference in that all sessions are vetted and selected by the open source community, for the community.We’ll be live tweeting from the event using the #DWS17 hashtag, we’d love to hear your reader’s thoughts!


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