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July 14, 2016
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My Summer at Hortonworks- Part 3: We Are Only Seeing the Tip of the Iceberg

Day 1: On Day 1 we heard about how data is revolutionizing the world and how people are changing the landscape of Big Data. At our Women in Big Data (WiBD) lunch, panelists offered advice and insight on how women are changing the cultural landscape of technology. The Women in Big Data group was strongly encouraging girls to start their interest in technology young, develop an interest in science and math and follow their passions. Manasi Maheshwari, a high school senior and Intern at Hortonworks, said, “I think the most important thing is to find a support network of people who are going through the same thing…The most important thing is to find women in tech to talk to.” I agree that being able to find a mentor to guide you through the process is one of the keys to success. If I learned one thing from Hadoop Summit San Jose, it is that there is power in numbers. And numbers we had! By the end of Day 1 #HS16SJ was a top trending hashtag in the Bay Area on Twitter!

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On Day 2: We heard from a panel of customers which included Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s Beata Puncevic, Seetha Chakrapany from Macy’s and ConocoPhillips’ Kelly Cook, moderated by Hortonworks President Herb Cunitz (@hcunitz). Seetha Chakrapany said, ”We are only seeing the tip of the iceberg” referring to Big Data, and he couldn’t be more accurate, big data is fast changing and we’re finding new ways to utilize the data collected.

I attended a session lead by Mike Bishop from Prescient titled, “Prescient Keeps Travelers Safe with Natural Language Processing and Geospatial Analytics (include YouTube Link or Slideshare),” the session demonstrated how data can now keep travelers informed and offer tips about traveling to unfamiliar places in the world.

On Day 3: After an amazing #10YearsOfHadoop party the night earlier, Hadoop Summit started to wind down, but the passion for Big Data remained the same. Speakers and attendees alike were enthusiastic about what the future of technology holds. There is no doubt that with over 4,000+ attendees at Hadoop Summit, the community will make a difference in shaping the technology landscape. Across all industries including retail, medicine and utilities we are changing the way society functions, creating a more efficient future. Many (myself included) can’t wait for Dataworks next year and the things we can learn from now till then! Thank you Hortonworks and our sponsors for hosting an amazing conference and powering the future of data!

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