As I first mentioned when we announced Hadoop Summit 2012, we are focused on making Hadoop Summit the preeminent conference for the Apache Hadoop community. Today I’m pleased to tell you about Community Choice, a public online voting system that enables the entire Apache Hadoop community to have a say in the sessions chosen for Hadoop Summit. Anybody can vote and the top vote getters in each track will automatically be included in the Hadoop Summit agenda.
One of the things you will notice when you vote is the large number of abstracts that were submitted for the conference. In fact, there were 267 submissions for Hadoop Summit, more than double the number of submissions from last year’s highly successful event. There are six tracks; each of which has a wide selection of compelling topics. Another interesting fact is that there were submissions from 120 different organizations (companies, universities and government agencies). It’s becoming even clearer that Apache Hadoop is having a significant impact in the data industry.
In addition to Community Choice, there is also a content selection committee in place that will identify the other sessions for Hadoop Summit. This is also a community effort. The content selection committee is made up of 36 leaders from the ecosystem representing 27 different organizations (vendors, end users and universities). The committee is hard at work reviewing sessions and we expect to be able to publish the final agenda before the end of March.
Please remember to vote in the Community Choice process. If you ever wanted to have input into a conference, this is your chance. Voting ends March 20th, so please vote today.