New “Tech Talk” Lecture Series at Sierra Commons Kicks Off on January 13 with Big Data

The new year is starting off with a bang! Join Sierra Commons for a 6-part “Tech Talk” lecture and networking series to share new ideas, ongoing projects, and interesting work that Nevada County residents are doing in the fields of science, engineering, and technology. Designed to inspire Nevada County’s technology community and act as a catalyst for collaboration, Tech Talks will take place at Sierra Commons (107 Sacramento Street on the third floor of the Stone House building) in Nevada City on the second Thursday of each month from 6:00-8:00pm, starting on January 13.

The first Tech Talk on Thursday, January 13, at 6:00 pm will feature Ken Krugler, speaking about big data: “What is Big Data, and why should you care?”

Ken Krugler has been a software developer, consultant, trainer and entrepreneur for over 20 years. His Bixo Labs startup creates custom solutions for large-scale web mining and data analysis problems. He is active in the open source community and an expert in search, web crawling and data mining.

Ken’s talk will introduce the technologies used to deal with Big Data, and the potential impact (both good and bad) that successful Big Data projects can have on business and individuals.

Web page clicks, electronic medical records, “smart meters” and Facebook social graphs are all examples of datasets that are too big to be processed using traditional databases and tools. These are also all examples of data that can yield billion dollar payouts if analyzed properly.

Join them for Ken’s Tech Talk at 7:00 pm following informal networking from 6:00 to 7:00 pm (a limited supply of beer will be available as an incentive for early arrivals). Tech Talks are free to all techie types who are residents of Nevada County, but a $5 donation to cover costs would be appreciated. Scheduled topics include: big data, smart grid technology, electric mobility, and data modeling for wildlife populations.

Robert Trent, director of Sierra Commons, sees a clear need for this type of event: “Nevada County has so many folks working (often telecommuting) in the fields of science and technology. We want to provide a place for the tech community to come together and exchange ideas.”

Please RSVP for this and future Tech Talks at techtalk@sierracommons.org or by calling (530) 265-8443.

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