Big Answers

Grand Ballroom (NY Hilton)
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Society confronts enormous challenges today: How will we feed nine billion people? How can we diagnose and treat diseases better, and more cheaply? How will we produce more energy, more cleanly, than ever before?

Big questions like these demand new approaches, and “Big Data” is a crucial of the toolkit we will use over the coming years to answer them. New algorithms, applied to much more raw data than has ever been available before, will help professionals in almost every discipline make better, more informed decisions, and will guide research and policy toward better outcomes, faster.

Born in the consumer internet, the Apache Hadoop platform has, over the last six years, become a critical piece of infrastructure for government, commercial and research organizations that need to answer big questions using Big Data. In his opening keynote, Mike will explore some revolutionary use cases form his own experiences at Cloudera and will show how building applications within a broader community and ecosystem has vast implications for the speed and depth of innovation, helping humanity to ask bigger questions and gain bigger answers.

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Mike Olson


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


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