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As we continue our road show across the United States, there has been one observation that has been true along our first two stops — there is an unquestionable thirst for Apache Spark knowledge.  Spark Live, an eight-city road show brought to you by Databricks in collaboration with premier sponsor Intel, made its first stop in Hanover, Maryland (recap here) in early May with a massive turnout. This week we continued our march towards training the masses on Spark and Databricks with a visit to Los Angeles, California.

Packed house a Spark Live LA

The full day workshop took place in The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills.  The packed room was filled with leading innovators across various industries including Warner Brothers, Disney, NFL, Amgen, Toyota, and many more.  All of these companies are looking for ways to leverage the power of Spark to enable business use cases that help them differentiate from the competition and drive market share.

The agenda included talks from Databricks CEO and Co-Founder Ali Ghodsi who gave a history lesson on the origins of Spark and how that work led to the founding of Databricks. Ram Sriharsha, Databricks product manager, long time committer and PMC member of the Apache Spark project discussed the latest Spark 2.0 release and shared insights into the Databricks roadmap.  The audience was also treated to several demos of the Databricks platform as well as talks from sponsors Intel and Redis Labs, who shared insights into their contributions to the open source Spark community.  And of course, the afternoon was dedicated to training everyone on Spark through the Databricks platform.

Back on the road in July

Stop three of our traveling workshop will be in Reston, Virginia on July 21st.  The day will feature a stellar lineup of presenters from Databricks, Intel, and Lockheed Martin and Spark training by the Spark experts.  Sign up to request your spot in Reston today!

Join us at Spark Live in a city near you!

For more information about the Spark Live 2016 road show or to request your spot for the city closest to you, visit the Spark Live homepage.

Not in Reston?

Don’t worry, we’ve got a few more stops along the way: