Hardware, Software & the Internet of Things
June 23–25, 2015 • San Francisco, CA

Beyond Hadoop: What the world's devices could tell us and how we might affect social change

Mike Olson (Cloudera)
2:55pm–3:35pm Wednesday, 06/24/2015
Location: Herbst Pavilion
Average rating: ***..
(3.14, 14 ratings)

Prerequisite Knowledge

The only prerequisite for this session is a curiosity to hear how data can be used to help some of our most pressing societal problems.


Over the last 2,000 years, Earth’s population has increased from 230 million to seven billion people. Our current population is three times higher than the sustainable level, and we consume about 1.5 times more resources than we are capable of producing. The United Nations estimates that by 2050 we’ll have an estimated two billion more people on our planet. Resources are increasingly more scarce, governance is more complex, and the stakes for solving global problems have never been higher.

We are now instrumenting the world – embedding sensors on devices and collecting data that we could have hardly dreamed of even 10 or 15 years ago. The best part is, Hadoop is making it possible to actually do something with this data; not just to help grow our businesses, but also to help solve some of the most pressing problems that we face. Hospitals are already using machine learning to better understand, diagnose, and treat patients; cancer researchers are analyzing big data to try to turn cancer into a manageable chronic disease; and data analytics is helping integrate renewable energy sources into electrical grids.

In this presentation, Cloudera co-founder and chief strategy officer Mike Olson will discuss case studies on how Hadoop and IoT are already helping to solve some of today’s issues in healthcare and renewable energy. The presentation will also discuss some of the possibilities that this new world of data will provide for us in the future, helping us solve some of our most critical economic and social problems.

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Mike Olson


Mike Olson (@mikeolson) co-founded Cloudera in 2008 and served as its CEO until 2013, when he took on his current role of chief strategy officer (CSO.) As CSO, Mike is responsible for Cloudera’s product strategy, open source leadership, engineering alignment, and direct engagement with customers. Prior to Cloudera Mike was CEO of Sleepycat Software, makers of Berkeley DB, the open source embedded database engine. Mike spent two years at Oracle Corporation as vice president for Embedded Technologies after Oracle’s acquisition of Sleepycat in 2006. Prior to joining Sleepycat, Mike held technical and business positions at database vendors Britton Lee, Illustra Information Technologies, and Informix Software. Mike has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley.