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November 21, 2012
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Announcing Chairs for Hadoop Summit Europe

Track Chairs have been named for Hadoop Summit Europe. Track Chairs will, in turn, select their track committees who, as a team, will decide which sessions are to be presented at Hadoop Summit Europe. They are as follow:

Operating Hadoop – Evert Lammerts, SARA

I joined Sara as a technical consultant in October 2008. In 2009 I started experimenting with non-traditional distributed processing and storage platforms, mainly Hadoop. I’m currently the lead Hadoop and related big data services. I’m also the organizer of the Dutch Hadoop User Group meetup, jury member for the 2012-2013 Norvig Web Data Science Award, and chair of the Operating Hadoop track of the first European Hadoop Summit.

Before joining Sara I lived in Hungary for four years, where I finished my studies Software Engineering at MTA SZTAKI. During those years I also worked as a short-term expert for the Dutch ministry of Agriculture, Nature Management, and Fisheries, in a Twinning project with our counterpart in Serbia. Right now I’m back in The Netherlands.

Applied Hadoop – Isabel Drost-Fromm, Mahout

Isabel Drost is member of the Apache Software Foundation. She is founder of the Berlin Buzzwords Conference, of the Apache Hadoop Get Together in Berlin, and co-organised of the first European NoSQL meetup. Isabel co-founded Apache Mahout and is active Apache Mahout committer. Isabel is actively engaged with communities of various Apache projects, e.g. Lucene and Hadoop. She is regular speaker at renown conferences on topics related to free software development, scalability, big data, Hadoop and Mahout. Currently Isabel Drost works for Nokia Gate 5 GmbH as Software Developer.

Integrating Hadoop – Lars George, Cloudera

Lars George has been involved with HBase since 2007, and became a HBase committer in 2009. He has spoken at many Hadoop User Group meetings, and conferences such as FOSDEM, QCon, and Hadoop World. He also started the Munich OpenHUG meetings. He now works for Cloudera to support Hadoop and HBase in and around Europe through technical support, consulting work, and training. He is also the author of O’Reilly’s “HBase – The Definitive Guide”.

Hadoop Futures – Steve Loughran, Hortonworks, Hadoop

Steve Loughran is a member of technical staff at Hortonworks, where he works on leading-edge developments within the Hadoop ecosystem, including service availability, cloud infrastructure integration, and emerging layers in the Hadoop stack.

Previously, he worked at HP Laboratories on large-scale distributed systems, including cloud computing infrastructures, dynamic Hadoop clusters and configuration management.

He is the author of Ant in Action, a member of the Apache Software Foundation, an active committer on the Hadoop core projects; an inactive committer on Apache Ant and Axis.

He lives and works in Bristol, England.

Call for Abstract is now Open!

The call for abstracts is now open. To submit an abstract, go here: The deadline for submission is November 30th, so hurry now!


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