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Hundreds Turn Out for Rock Stars of Big Data; Event Returns to Silicon Valley Next Year

Rock Stars of Big Data at the Computer History Museum on October 29 was a sold-out event, attracting more than 325 attendees, nine speakers, and nine sponsors. Presentations from industry speakers covered the ethics, logistics, and challenges of big data, as well as future opportunities.

"We are very pleased with the turnout at Rock Stars of Big Data, and are already beginning preparation for another Rock Stars event in the Silicon Valley next fall, this one focusing more closely on data analytics," said Chris Jensen, director of marketing and sales at IEEE Computer Society, producer of the event. "We thank everyone, from attendees to speakers and sponsors, for their support and interest in making the event such a tremendous success."

Those interested in attending next year's event can visit in coming weeks for information on next year's event.

Participants in the 2013 event came from a variety of sectors, including computing, telecom, retail, and entertainment. Among the companies represented were: Amazon, Bank of America, Broadcom, China Mobile USA, Cisco, Cray, Ericsson, Fujitsu, GE Software, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Siemens, Sony, VMware, and Wells Fargo.

Among the sponsors were Cray Inc., GE Software, AMAX, FairCom, Aerospike, and Mark Logic. 

Featuring big data experts from Google, Netflix, IBM, Kaiser Permanente, GE Software, and other companies, Rock Stars of Big Data was intended to empower attendees to understand the potential for big data in their business, create a big data culture, make big data projects succeed, and use big data analytics to make the right decisions.

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