Get your Standard ticket for € 450,- only until May 24!

This is just a small reminder, that our standard tickets for € 450,- are only available until May 24, 2012 24:00 MESZ - afterwards, from May 25 you can still buy a Last Minute Ticket, which is € 550,- (until 2nd of June)

So if you want to get a standard ticket and save € 100,- there are less then 7 days left! 

-> Get your ticket HERE

Microsoft @ Berlin Buzzwords – Special Feature


Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services, and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

For more than a decade, Microsoft has been helping customers unlock business insights in data of all sizes and types, beginning with Analysis Services in SQL Server 7.0 and continuing with our new SQL Server 2012 capabilities. Our customers have been asking us to help store, manage, and analyze these new types of data – in particular, data stored in Hadoop environments.

We therefore formed a strategic Partnership with Hortonworks and together we will be working closely with the Hadoop community and proposing contributions back to the Apache Software Foundation and the Hadoop project which is very much in line with our goal of broadening the adoption of Hadoop.

By enabling organizations to deploy Hadoop based big data analytic solutions in Hybrid IT scenarios either on premises on Windows Server, in the cloud on Windows Azure, or both, customers have the flexibility to process data wherever it is born and wherever it lives.

Key benefits include:

Broader access of Hadoop to end users, IT professionals, and developers, through easy installation and configuration and simplified programming with JavaScript.

Enterprise-ready Hadoop distribution with greater security, performance, ease of management and options for Hybrid IT usage.

Breakthrough insights through the use of familiar tools such as Excel, PowerPivot, SQL Server Analysis Services and Reporting Services.

Windows Azure is Microsoft’s public cloud platform that includes a cloud services operating system and a set of developer services, which provide the functionality to build applications that span from consumer Web to enterprise scenarios.

We are excited to meeting you all in person,

Stephan Pepersack

Product Marketing Manager Windows Azure


Great 5* Hotel Deal with limited availability!

Hello everyone! Do you already have a place to stay for Berlin Buzzwords 2012? If you don't, there is a very special offer for you! We have some free rooms at the Grand Esplanade Berlin, which is only a 10 minutes walk away from our Berlin Buzzwords venue, the Urania.

What's special, is that we reserved some rooms for the 3rd and 4th of June, which we can now offer to you for the price of € 110,- including breakfast and wireless internet. There are only a few spare rooms, so if you would like to stay in a comfortable 5* Hotel with pool and wellness area you better be quick and contact Sylvia via e-mail: sto(at)


Nokia @ Berlin Buzzwords - Special Feature

Nokia makes adventure possible everywhere, every day. Yes, we do make phones but we are more than that, really. Our philosophy is all about adventure, so we build great mobile products that enable billions of people worldwide to enjoy more of what life has to offer. Living the adventure, we dare to think out of the box.

We are not only a global company but we are beating right at the heart of the tech trends. Nokia has been present in Berlin since 2006 and our site in Europe’s hottest digital city has grown rapidly. What do we do in this metropolitan hotspot? Well… Currently there are more than 650 proud Nokians from more than 50 countries around the world working across different units; such as Location & Commerce, Mobile Phones and Markets.

Our Location & Commerce unit creates cutting edge technology that revolutionizes the way people discover what matters to them, using their mobile devices and the Internet. Nokia Berlin is the key R&D center for Location Based Services, covering everything to do with Maps, Navigation and We are completely dedicated to help people navigate and explore the world. The journey starts right here in Berlin, on web, mobile or 3D. The Nokia 3D Maps are available for 25 cities worldwide and our Berlin campus is buzzing with enthusiasm to expand the adventure to include more places around the globe constantly. We love outdoors and that is why our Maps have become an integral part of our lives.

We are a people company and we embrace the way Berlin Buzzwords brings the most passionate and dynamic minds together. At Nokia, we believe in networking, sharing, discovering and learning to look at things in a different way, That’s kind of how we roll! Our journey at Nokia is adventurous. For us, Buzzwords is a great opportunity to meet the most brilliant developers in their fields. Our people are keen to share their passion as we are proudly presenting the short talks of Steffen Bickel, Stefan Pohl and Stefan Hübner of our Search Team on Monday, June 4. The Search Team is particularly focused on machine learning and data-driven methods and has close ties to Nokia Research. Our very own Isabel Drost, also a fellow member of Search and one of the founders of Berlin Buzzwords, is repeatedly putting her heart and soul into making this event a must by bringing the greatest minds together.


Join the adventure with Nokia and make a difference in a global organization. In Berlin, we are currently looking for the best talents in the following areas: Machine Learning/ Java Experts, JavaScript/ HTML5 Engineers, System Engineers for Linux/ Cloud & Automation. Interested? Visit

Training classes for Apache HBase and Apache Hadoop by Cloudera


Right after Berlin Buzzwords 2012 there will be two highly interesting training classes organized by Cloudera in Berlin. Sign up for the one day class Essentials for Apache Hadoop on June 6th or the two day Training Class for Apache HBase on June 7th and 8th.

As these are public training classes where everyone is welcome, we have a 10% discount for all Berlin Buzzwords 2012 attendees. Use the discount code bbw_10 for purchasing a ticket.

Cloudera's training for Apache HBase is designed for developers already familiar with Apache Hadoop. Participants should be familiar with Hadoop's architecture and APIs, and have experience writing basic applications. Cloudera's Hadoop Developer course provides all the necessary background required.

More information about the training classes as well as contact information and registrations can be found on the Cloudera University website.


Berlin Buzzwords scheduling - behind the scenes

Isabel Drost, one of the co-organizers of Berlin Buzzwords 2012 gave some insights on how we did the scheduling. An interesting peek behind the scenes.

She wrote: 

I thought it might be interesting to share some background on how Berlin Buzzwords scheduling worked out this year. We changed it quite a bit - adding more people to the conference committee, upping the acceptance rate while at the same time reducing speaking time for quite a few talks. This is to share some background information on some of the reasons and provide some detail on how rating was done.

Read the full article here.


Program and Wiki now online!

You might already have noticed, that the program for Berlin Buzzwords 2012 is now online - with all the talks and speakers in an overview. For detailed information click on a talk or speaker. The different colours indicate the field of the presentation's topic: blue stands for search, red stands for store and yellow stands for scale. In the detailed descriptions you also find an indication of the experience level of the particular talk.

Besides, we now have the Berlin Buzzwords Wiki set up for you. There you find pages about lightning talks, the barcamp, tons of possible hackathons, trainings and much more!

To be able to start using the wiki and/or showing interest in attending particular sessions, you have to create an account at this website. Your contributions to this open space are very welcome, just make sure to be respectful to edits of every other user. May this simple wiki be with you at this years Berlin Buzzwords conference. 



Introduction to Apache Solr & Lucene by Orange11

On June 6th and 7th, right after Berlin Buzzwords 2012 there will be a two days training session by Orange11: an Introduction to Apache Solr & Lucene. This is a public training where everyone is welcome, but there is a special €300 discount for all attendees of Berlin Buzzwords 2012

The course aims to provide a solid foundation in Enterprise Search concepts, starting with Apache Lucene basics and internals throughout best-practices, basic Information Retrieval and distributed search application development with Apache Solr. During and after the training hours there will be time for discussions as well as attendee case-studies. At the end of the training you will have a deep understanding how Apache Lucene and Solr work together, you will be able to reliably analyze, understand and solve common problems and ready to build state of the art Enterprise Search Applications.

More information about the course content as well as contact information and registration can be found on their website.


Workshops @ Berlin Buzzwords


Right after Berlin Buzzwords 2012, there will be several workshops on related topics, which are available to everyone who has a ticket for Berlin Buzzwords. Those who hold a workshop will provide all the details, number of participants and registration procedure in the Berlin Buzzwords Wiki (that will be online in April).

If you would like to hold a workshop and need assistance with finding a venue or other organizational things, we will support you. Contact us via and tell us where you need help. Please register your workshop until April 13.

As an example, here's what will happen in the first workshop that is already confirmed:


Topic: 'Parallel Processing beyond MapReduce'

This workshop will discuss novel paradigms for parallel processing beyond the traditional MapReduce paradigm offered by Apache Hadoop.


The workshop will introduce two new systems:

Apache Giraph aims at processing large graphs, runs on standard Hadoop infrastructure and is a loose port of Google's Pregel system. Giraph follows the bulk-synchronous parallel model relative to graphs where vertices can send messages to other vertices during a given superstep.


Stratosphere ( is a system that is developed in a joint research project by Technische Universität Berlin, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and the Hasso-Plattner-Institut in Potsdam. It is a database inspired, large-scale data processor based on concepts of robust and adaptive execution. Stratosphere offers the PACT programming model that extends the MapReduce programming model with additional second order functions. As execution platform it uses the Nephele system, a massively parallel data flow engine which is also researched and developed in the project.

Attendees will hear about the new possibilities of Hadoop's NextGen MapReduce architecture (YARN) and get a detailed introduction to the

Apache Giraph and Stratosphere systems. After that there will be plenty of time for questions, discussions and diving into source code.


As a prerequisite, attendees have to bring a notebook with:

 - a copy of Giraph downloaded with source

 - Hadoop 0.23+ source tree and JARS local

 - a copy of Stratosphere with source

 - an IDE of their choice

The workshop will take place on the 6th and 7th of June and is limited to 15 attendees. Please register by sending an email to sebastian.schelter @


Call for Submission and Earlybird Deadlines


This is a little reminder, so that you won't miss the chance to submit your talk for Berlin Buzzwords 2012 or to buy your early bird ticket.


Submit your talk for Berlin Buzzwords 2012 until March 11, 23:59 MEZ

We are looking for presentations on scalable data processing. about the following topics:

- IR/ Search - Lucene, Solr, katta, ElasticSearch or comparable solutions

- NoSQL - like CouchDB, MongoDB, Jackrabbit, HBase and others

- Large Data Processing - Hadoop itself, MapReduce, Cascading or Pig and relatives



Get your early bird Ticket until March 20, 16:00 MEZ

 This is easy: Be quick and get a cheaper ticket! :)

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