General Assembly Boston - Intro to Data Science and Analysis: Session 1: How to Create New Business Models through Big Data

When: Thu December 06, 2012 7:00 pm

Organization: General Assembly Boston

Location: GA Boston, Cambridge Innovation Center, One Broadway, 5th Floor, Cambridge, MA

Website: https://generalassemb.ly/education

Intro to Data Science and Analysis

Session 1: How to Create New Business Models through Big Data

Thursday, December 6th from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

 Aki Balogh, Calpont 

There's a lot of buzz around BIG DATA these days, but don't let these words intimidate you. Big Data has been called "the next frontier for innnovation, competition and productivity" (McKinsey) and one of the "Big Five IT trends of the next half decade" (ZDNet). VCs estimate that Big Data is a $100Bn industry with only 1,000 practioners.What exactly is Big Data and what can you do with it? This class provides conceptual frameworks for thinking about Big Data and presents concrete examples of Big Data applications being used today.

Prerequisites:
This class will cover technical architectures and will show some code snippets. You don't need to be a developer to take this class but some technical experience would be beneficial.

Materials:
(Required) Read GigOM's overview of Hadoop architecture: http://gigaom.com/cloud/what-it-really-means-when-someone-says-hadoop/
(Optional) Read McKinsey's coverage on Big Data: http://www.mckinsey.com/Insights/MGI/Research/Technology_and_Innovation/Big_data_The_next_frontier_for_innovation