Exeter, UK. Leading the way in Big Data

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In recent months Big Data seems to have hit Exeter. With the announcement of a 97 million pound investment in to a new big data “Super Computer”, the Exeter based MET Office is set to make the South West a “world-leader in weather and climate change” and Big Data [1].

This increased attention on the South West seems to have prompted a surge of Big Data related training and conferences.

Unlocking Big Data – Investing in Human Capital 28/01/2015 [2]

The aim of the event is to help the Heart of the South West realise its Big Data potential by shaping the conversation and coming together to define the focus for our investment in Big Data Human Capital. It will also discuss possible funding proposals to the European Structural and Investment Fund Strategy.

There are 5 sessions tackling subjects such as building a Big Data team and the Big Data revolution. This is a free to attend conference held at the MET Office on the 28th January, and is organised by the Heart Of The South West (HOSW). The HOSW are expecting this event to be well subscribed so register early. Register here. [2]

Date: 28/05/2015
Start time: 08:45
Location: MET Office

Data visualisation workshop – 28/01/2015 [3]

The workshop is designed to encourage collaborations and discussions between bioscientists, mathematicians, systems biologists, physicists, geographers, medics, engineers, psychologists, computing scientists and anyone else with an interest in visualising large and/or complex data.

Unfortunately this workshop is on the same day as “Unlocking Big Data”. This workshop is being organised as part of Exeter University’s Big Data Challenges Series and The Exeter Imaging Network. This workshop is designed to promote cross-disciplinary networking regarding the challenges of visualising and interpreting data.

You can find details here.

Date: 28/01/2015
Start time: 13:30
Location: Exeter University Washington Singer 219

ExIStA-YSS: Early-Career Stats Showcase – 11/02/2015 [4]

The evening will begin with a series of eight-minute talks from eight speakers whose professions span the statistical spectrum, giving a unique insight into the variety of different careers that are available, and a flavour of the current challenges and future trends within each area.

Following on from the Data vis workshop, Exeter University will be hosting an evening showcasing young-career statisticians work or those working with statistics in the South West. The evening will feature 8 minute talks followed by snacks. Free to attend. Register via their website [4].

Date: 11/02/2015
Start time: 17:00
Location: Exeter University, Meeting Rooms 1-3 of the Forum, on the University of Exeter’s Streatham campus

SQL Saturday Exeter 2015 – 24/04/2015 & 25/04/2015 [5]
(Disclosure, I am an organiser of SQL Saturday Exeter).

Now in its third year, SQL Saturday Exeter is a community driven free to attend event on a huge variety of topics for every type of data professional. Sessions are not announced but in recent years sessions topics have included Parallel data warehousing, data visualisation, R & hadoop for Big Data.

24th April – Friday pre-conference training day. Whole day training on one of a number of sessions from world class SQL Server professionals. Sessions have not been announced yet, for more details follow #SQLSatExeter on Twitter or via the SQLSouthWest website [5]

25th April – SQL Saturday. Approximately 30 training sessions over 4 tracks covering all areas of working with SQL Server. Speakers will be a mixture of MVP’s, international speakers and people making their first appearances as speakers. Admittance to the Saturday event is free, all costs are covered by donations and sponsorships .

Please register soon as attendance is limited and tickets go fast!

Register here [6]

Date: 24/04/2015 & 25/04/2015
Start time: 08:00
Location: Jurys Inn, Exeter.

With 4 events in 4 months, Exeter is storming ahead in the Big Data sphere. If you’re having a big data event let me know in the comments.

[1] http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/news/releases/archive/2014/new-hpc
[2] http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/unlocking-big-data-investing-in-human-capital-registration-14775029511
[3] http://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/events/details/index.php?event=2562
[4] http://www.exista.org/events/exista-yss-showcase/#d.en.427409
[5] http://sqlsouthwest.co.uk/sql-saturday-372/
[6] https://www.sqlsaturday.com/372/eventhome.aspx