Keynote Speaker – LigaData Customer Council Meeting Summit, Menlo Park, CA, April 19-20, 2016.


Unless you’ve sworn off e-mail as your New Year’s resolution, you should know that the LigaData Community Council Meeting is taking place this Tuesday and Wednesday,  April 19th – 20th in Menlo Park, CA. The goal of the Customer Council Meeting is to not only share our vision for Kamanja, but to engage the community, as partners, in framing its future.

We will be reviewing some of the recent developments in big data and the role that open source plays. Next we will walk through Lambda architecture, its value and why it is so important. We will review Kamanja’s value propositions (enabling faster and better data analysis and ultimately superior decision making) and the full breadth of currently available features, as well as some of the key items on the Kamanja roadmap for the future. One of our focal points will be to engage the community regarding to their experiences using Kamanja, by exploring use-cases in finance, security, threat detection and prevention. The prototype of the Kamanja user interface will be unveiled and we will demonstrate its features, including: deployment management and monitoring of throughput and performance. Finally we are especially thrilled to have a great group of speakers lined up to present:

  • Amr Adwallah, founder and CTO of Cloudera will be discussing Hadoop’s role in the big data stack.
  • Usama Fayyad will join LigaData CEO, Bassel Ojjey, for an examination of some of the opportunities and challenges that the financial industry faces in big data environments.
  • Professor Jan Rabaey UC Berkeley will explore the impact of the age of always-connected computing having arrived and how immersive systems are the future.
  • Eric Schmidt will join our CEO, Bassel, for a fire-side chat and question and answer session about the future of information and technology and the risks and rewards that will present themselves.
  • Rajesh Parekh will talk about big data recommendation engines and how “good” recommendations are made.

The LigaData Summit has come and gone, however the insights we gained and the feedback we received will live on in the Kamanja Roadmap. We hope you all enjoyed the discussions, sessions and demonstrations, we certainly enjoyed putting on the event.
We were honored to have speakers:

Amr Awadallah, Co­founder and CTO of Cloudera ­ discussed the role and evolution of big data ecosystems in data architecture, understanding customers, creating new and better products and securitizing information.


Usama Fayyad, CDO and Group Managing Director of Barclays ­ presented the opportunities and challenges that big data presents in the financial industry and how open source can be leveraged.


Professor Jan Rabaey, UC Berkeley ­ introduced us to the concept of swarm computing and how internal computers, which have just started to scratch the surface, are leading to huge breakthroughs in medicine.


Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Alphabet Inc ­ joined us for a lively Q&A on topics including cyber security, big data, politics and the future of technology.


Rajesh Parek, Former Data Science VP of Groupon ­ presented us how data analytics power business decisions, and how customer interaction data was leveraged to improve experience, recommendations and ultimately sales.


Our fearless CEO Bassel Ojjey acted as moderator for LigaData run sessions and book­ended the day and a half event. Our very own Greg Makowski explained simple and complex model training before unveiling the Kamanja UI Demo. Chief Solutions Officer Nick Weir covered the Kamanja use­cases followed by demonstrating the power of OrientDB and CTO Krishna Uppala presented the current roadmap and engaged the attendees for feedback.
With the great success of the Inaugural LigaData Summit, we can’t wait for next year! We hope to continue to engage the Kamanja community and thank you all for making the LigaData Summit such a successful event!

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