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Databricks Announces Jer Thorp As Keynote Speaker at Spark Summit Europe 2017

Renowned Data Analytics Thought Leader and Former Data Artist-in-Residence at The New York Times to address Spark Summit on how living in data will affect the world

September 13, 2017
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San Francisco, CA — September 13, 2017Databricks, provider of the leading Unified Analytics Platform and founded by the team who created Apache Spark™, today announced Jer Thorp as a keynote speaker at the Spark Summit Europe event in October. Thorp, best known for bringing information to life by combining data science with a love of colorful design through his ever-popular “Cascade” tool, will present his session about “Living in data” during the Summit. Thorp will build on his experiences as National Geographic Explorer, NYU Adjunct Professor and Data-Artist-in-Residence at The New York Times. He will be providing insight into how people can understand the data they create every day, how data affects culture and how this new avalanche of information can be used to improve life for everyone.

Spark Summit Europe, which takes place in Dublin, Ireland October 24-26, is the leading event for data scientists, data engineers and business professionals around data, analytics and artificial intelligence. More than 1,200 attendees at the Summit will attend three days’ worth of training sessions, presentations and networking events. Key themes for this year’s Spark Summit Europe include machine learning and deep learning, streaming applications and discussions on industry use cases and best practices for Spark deployments.

Other presenters confirmed for the event include:

  • Ali Ghodsi, CEO and Co-Founder, Databricks
  • Matei Zaharia, Co-Founder and Chief Technologist, Databricks
  • Matt Fryer, Vice President and Chief Data Science Officer, Hotels.com
  • Daniel Jeavons, General Manager – Advanced Analytics Centre of Excellence, Shell Research Ltd.
  • Jarrett Garcia, Director of Software Services & Quality, Nielsen
  • Jakub Wozniak, Software Engineer, CERN

Find out more information about additional keynotes and speakers and register to attend this year’s Spark Summit Europe 2017.

About Databricks

Databricks’ mission is to accelerate innovation for its customers by unifying Data Science, Engineering and Business. Founded by the team who created Apache Spark™, Databricks provides a Unified Analytics Platform for data science teams to collaborate with data engineering and lines of business to build data products. Users achieve faster time-to-value with Databricks by creating analytic workflows that go from ETL and interactive exploration to production. The company also makes it easier for its users to focus on their data by providing a fully managed, scalable, and secure cloud infrastructure that reduces operational complexity and total cost of ownership. Databricks, venture-backed by Andreessen Horowitz, NEA and Battery Ventures, among others, has a global customer base that includes Salesforce, Viacom, Shell and HP. For more information, visit www.databricks.com.

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