I’m getting prepared for the Raleigh-Durham SQL Server Launch 2016 Discovery Day coming up this Saturday and working with the data set. I’m not going to link the data set here (because I don’t want anybody getting any head starts), but through perusing it, I learned that my Much Ado About Hadoop talk is not the only talk by that name. In fact, Jeremiah Peschka had a talk with exactly the same title in 2013, and one of the two places he presented it was at SQL Saturday #217 in Columbus, an event I attended.
At the time, I didn’t know anything about Hadoop and my name selection was completely unrelated, but I’m glad to see that great minds think alike.
Another couple of tidbits from this data set:
- There were 594 submissions which include “Hadoop,” “HDInsight,” or “Big Data” in the title. I am responsible for 21 of these. If you strip out “Big Data” and just use the other two terms, I am responsible for 21 out of 278, or 7.5%.
- 323 Hadoop/HDInsight/Big Data talks were selected, or 54% of submissions. Stripping out Big Data, we have 164 out of 278, or 59%. Maybe it pays to be more specific?
- 14 of my 21 submissions were selected, meaning that I am responsible for 8.5% of Hadoop/HDInsight talks at SQL Saturdays through approximately April of 2016.
- Looking just at Hadoop/HDInsight talks, here’s the year breakdown of selected session counts since 2012: 13, 37, 45, 54, 15 (again, through about April). I’ve done 4 of the 15 Hadoop talks in 2016, and did 7 of the 54 in 2015.
- I am the only person in the data set with my combination of postal code, industry, and job function. This means I can trace exactly where I’ve been…although it has me at 3 SQL Saturdays I never attended and is missing two that I did attend. The three I didn’t attend were cases in which I submitted as a speaker but did not get selected, and was before the website handled this scenario gracefully; the two I attended were long ago and I probably didn’t register for them.
This is a pretty fun data set. I’m looking forward to seeing what people can do with it.