Berlin Buzzwords 2012 - Call for submissions

2012-01-13 19:15
The countdown started several weeks ago - finally in the past days the date for Berlin Buzzwords was announced, the call for submissions published. It's exciting to see that the first talk is in already. Looking forward to yours.

Compared to last year there are two changes:

  1. Submissions are no longer evaluated by Jan, Simon and myself only. Due to the large number of talks submitted last year we reached out for help to be able to split the task of reviewing talks.
  2. Also the conference itself grew quite a bit in the past two years. As a result it now takes several full time positions to handle not only ticketing, hosting and software development, sponsorships, venue management, travel support, but also external communication and marketing. The team of newthinking grew quite a bit and is helping substantially with tasks that before were handled by Jan, Simon and myself exclusively to keep some of our time reserved for the fun part of schedule curation. Please make sure to include info@berlinbuzzwords.de if you have questions that need a quick answer.


We are looking forward to a successful community conference on all things scalable - be it search, NoSQL or data analytics. Don't be afraid to submit highly technical talks - Berlin Buzzwords always has been a place for developers to discuss new technologies, algorithms and implementations.

If your community need more than just a day to meet - please do talk to us. We will be providing room for meetups on Wednesday after the conference. Those are handed out on a first come first serve basis.

If you are a local Berlin company and want to get Berlin Buzzwords into your offices, please talk to us - we are more than happy to get you in touch with one of the meetup organisers.

If you would like to co-locate trainings with Berlin Buzzwords - we are happy to co-promote you event. Talk to us to be included in our official schedule. In case you need any help organising your training, newthinking will be more than happy to provide their services for your event.

Looking forward to June: It's amazing how large that event grew in the past two years - and almost scary to return back online after a flu and see how things unfolded magically.

Call for Presentations Berlin Buzzwords - one more week to go

2011-02-21 20:24
As a little reminder: the Call for presentations of Berlin Buzzwords will close next week on Tuesday, March 1st. Submissions on scalable search, data storage and analysis are all welcome. We are looking for presentations on the core technologies such as Apache Hadoop, CouchDB, Lucene, Redis, Voldemort but also talks on interesting use cases and system architectures.

Tickets are out for sale - don't wait too long to get your early bird ticket.

In addition we are in the process of drafting some additional packages for those of you who would like to bring their non-tech spouse to the conference or need day care facilities for their children. If you are interested in either package please provide feedback on our blog.

CFP - Berlin Buzzwords 2011 - search, score, scale

2011-01-26 08:00
This is to announce the Berlin Buzzwords 2011. The second edition of the successful conference on scalable and open search, data processing and data storage in Germany,
taking place in Berlin.




Call for Presentations Berlin Buzzwords

http://berlinbuzzwords.de

Berlin Buzzwords 2011 - Search, Store, Scale

6/7 June 2011




The event will comprise presentations on scalable data processing. We invite you to submit talks on the topics:




  • IR / Search - Lucene, Solr, katta or comparable solutions
  • NoSQL - like CouchDB, MongoDB, Jackrabbit, HBase and others
  • Hadoop - Hadoop itself, MapReduce, Cascading or Pig and relatives




Closely related topics not explicitly listed above are welcome. We are looking for presentations on the implementation of the systems themselves, real world applications and case studies.



Important Dates (all dates in GMT +2)

  • Submission deadline: March 1st 2011, 23:59 MEZ
  • Notification of accepted speakers: March 22th, 2011, MEZ.
  • Publication of final schedule: April 5th, 2011.
  • Conference: June 6/7. 2011




High quality, technical submissions are called for, ranging from principles to practice. We are looking for real world use cases, background on the architecture of specific projects and a deep dive into architectures built on top of e.g. Hadoop clusters.



Proposals should be submitted at http://berlinbuzzwords.de/content/cfp-0 no later than March 1st, 2011. Acceptance notifications will be sent out soon after the submission deadline. Please include your name, bio and email, the title of the talk, a brief abstract in English language. Please indicate whether you want to give a lightning (10min), short (20min) or long (40min) presentation and indicate the level of experience with the topic your audience should have (e.g. whether your talk will be suitable for newbies or is targeted for experienced users.) If you'd like to pitch your brand new product in your talk, please let us know as well - there will be extra space for presenting new ideas, awesome products and great new projects.



The presentation format is short. We will be enforcing the schedule rigorously.



If you are interested in sponsoring the event (e.g. we would be happy to provide videos after the event, free drinks for attendees as well as an after-show party), please contact us.



Follow @berlinbuzzwords on Twitter for updates. News on the conference will be published on our website at http://berlinbuzzwords.de.



Program Chairs: Isabel Drost, Jan Lehnardt, and Simon Willnauer.



Schedule and further updates on the event will be published on http://berlinbuzzwords.de Please re-distribute this CfP to people who might be interested.



Contact us at:



newthinking communications GmbH
Schönhauser Allee 6/7
10119 Berlin, Germany
Julia Gemählich
Isabel Drost
+49(0)30-9210 596

Velocity update

2010-06-14 18:34
After Berlin Buzzwords is over now, I thought it might be time to update a formerly published velocity graph. If you have been following this blog during the past few months you may know already, that we are using Scrum @ Home for several months already. I even published results of a Scrum Nokia test earlier this year.

Today I created another one of these nice velocity charts. What is interesting about this graph are two things. First of all: There are two spikes in the velocity graph. As our scrum board is used only for things done during our spare time, these spikes roughly correspond to German vacation days (Christmas and Easter).

More interestingly the work load shortely before Berlin Buzzwords happend was not much higher than usual. Weekend was totally free of any work - except for meeting with friends, going to town and attending the Barcamp. A sure sign of fantastic preparation and organisation with that few tasks left to do. Julia, thanks for helping with scheduling tasks such that no panicky late-night action was needed before, during or after the conference.

My highly subjective Berlin Buzzwords recap

2010-06-13 18:32
Last November I innocently asked Grant what it would take to make him to give a talk in Berlin. The only requirement he told me was that I'd have to pay for his flight. About eight months later we had Berlin Buzzwords - a conference all around the topics scalability, data storage and search. With Simon Willnauer, Uwe Schindler, Michael Busch, Robert Muir, Grant Ingersoll, Andrzej Bialecki and many others we had quite a few Lucene people in town.







From the NoSQL community, Peter Neubauer, Rusty Klophaus, Jan Lehnardt, Mathias Meyer, Eric Evans and many others made sure people got their fair share of NoSQL knowledge. With Aaron Kimball, Jay Booth, Doug Judd and Steve Loughran we had several Hadoop and related people at the conference.

The conference also featured two talks on Apache Mahout: An overview from Frank Scholten as well as a more in-depth talk by Sean Owen. It's great to see the project grow - not only in terms of development community but also in terms of requests from professional Mahout users.









In addition we had a keynote by Pieter Hintjens that concentrated on messaging in general and 0MQ in particular - a scalability topic otherwise highly underrepresented at Berlin Buzzwords.







We got well over 300 attendees that filled Berlin Kosmos - a former cinema. Attendees were a good mixture of Apache and non-Apache people, developers and users. People used the breaks and bar tours after the event to get in touch, exchange ideas. It's always good to see developers discuss design issues and architectural challenges.

Monday evening was reserved for local people taking out the speakers and interested attendees for Bar Tours to Friedrichshain. Those from Berlin took Berlin Buzzwords people to their favourite restaurants and bars - or to what they considered to be "typical Berlin". Some spent evenings later that week drinking beer or Berliner Weisse.




The tour for keynote speakers Grant Ingersoll, Pieter Hintjens and friends was organised by Julia and myself. We went over to Kreuzberg - some went to famous Burgermeister for Burgers, the other half went to a nearby Indian restaurant. After that we spent the evening in Club der Visionäre - a club next to the water. Me personally I left at about midnight - several people of the Lucene community moved to the well known Fette Ecke later on.

When asking the audience about repeating the conference next year, all hands went up immediately. Beside lots of praise for the organisation, from the feedback form we put up we got some good ideas on how to improve the conference next year. I'd love to have you guys back here in 2011 - and I'd love to get even more attendees in. Was great fun having you here. Thanks for 5 great days:

Five instead of two days, because:

  • Keynote speakers got a special treatment - that is a personal city guide for the weekend before Buzzwords.
  • We had the official conference start on Sunday with a Barcamp.
  • We had another Apache dinner on Wednesday with those Apache people that live in Berlin. In addition the Aaron and Sarah joined us as they were still in town for the Apache Hadoop trainings. Also Greg Stein had pizza and beer with us - he was in town for the svn conference at the end of the week.












Thanks to all who helped turn this conference into a success: Julia Gemählich for conference management, Ulf and Wetter for WiFi setup, Nils for travel management, Simon and Jan for support ranking talks and reaching out to your communities, all speakers for fantastic talks, those taking pictures of the conference and sharing them on Flickr for showing those who stayed at home how great the conference was, peoplezapping for the videos that will soon be available online, all sponsors for supporting the conference, all attendees for their participation. I'd love to have all of you (and many more) back in Berlin next year. An informal call for presentations has been set up already - submit now and be the one to set the trend instead of just following the Buzzwords!

For those who do not want to wait for another year: We will have another Apache Hadoop Get Together in September 2010 - watch this space for more information. If you'd like to give a talk their and present your Hadoop/ Solr/ Lucene etc. system - please get in touch with me.

Apache Dinner June 2010

2010-06-09 23:54
After Berlin Buzzwords was over yesterday - and as there is an svn conference in the city that starts tomorrow, we thought we could easily put together a smallish Apache Dinner for tonight. So Torsten mailed a few people, booked some space at Heinz Minki in Kreuzberg. We announced it at the end of the conference and invited people to join us.






So after a beautiful day out I spent the evening with a bunch of Apache related guys and girls having drinks and great pizza: We had several svn committers, Greg Stein met us there - he arrived today for the svn conference. Of couse the usual suspects were there as well: Simon Willnauer and his wife, Torsten Curdt, Erik Abele, Thomas Wöhlke, Valerie Hajdik. In addition we had guests from the Apache Lucene and Apache Hadoop communities: Sarah Sproehnle and Aaron Kimball as well as Uwe Schindler joined us.







Thanks to Torsten for putting the meetup together. See you next time in July. If you are interested in joining our meetups: Subscribe to our mailing list.