Databricks Application Spotlight

The Application Spotlight will highlight selected “Certified on Spark” applications that leverage Spark to help their users derive greater value from their data. For each application their will be a brief demo of key functionality followed by a fireside chat discussing the developers experience with Spark, lessons learned, and wish list for the future.

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About Christopher Nguyen

Christopher Nguyen is CEO and co-founder of Arimo, the leader in enterprise big apps. Previously, he served as engineering director of Google Apps and co-founded two successful startups. As a professor, Christopher co-founded the Computer Engineering program at HKUST. He earned his B.S. degree from the University of California-Berkeley summa cum laude, and a Ph.D. from Stanford, where he created the first standard-encoding Vietnamese software suite, authored RFC 1456, and contributed to Unicode 1.1. He is a co-creator of the open-source Distributed DataFrame project

About Dean Wampler

Dean Wampler (@deanwampler) is an expert in streaming systems, focusing on ML/AI. He is Head of Evangelism at, which is developing Ray for distributed Python. Previously, he was an engineering VP at Lightbend, where he led the development of Lightbend CloudFlow, an integrated system for streaming data applications with popular open source tools. Dean has written books for O'Reilly and contributed to several open source projects. He is a frequent conference speaker and tutorial teacher, and a co-organizer of several conferences and user groups in Chicago. Dean has a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Washington.

About Farzad Aref

Farzad is the head of Product at Zoomdata and one of its founding employees. He is responsible for Zoomdata’s Roadmap, UX, and Quality. He has over 12 years of experience in building and delivering complex Analytics solutions to Fortune 500 companies through his tenures at Clarabridge, IBM, Deloitte, and now Zoomdata.