Something big is brewing in Barcelona around the “Big Data” movement. More than 65,000 people visited the Big Bang Data Exposition last year, breaking the record of CCCB and also turning it into a place for workshops and classroom learning. The Big Data Centre of Excellence (or BigData CoE) just opened last month by the hands of Oracle, andO’Reilly is also making a bet on the city, as they chose Barcelona for their first Big Data Conference outside of the US last November: STATA+HADOOP.
In Barcelona, new companies focused on data are flourishing thanks for the support of accelerators like Incubio and Startupbootcamp, both considered 2 of the 5 largest data science accelerators in the world. Data scientists are becoming increasingly specialized in all of the technical universities in Barcelona, and both large and small companies are hiring them in order to generate the right melting pot of people, ideas, and innovation.
With these macro trends in mind, we sat down with Dani Villatoro, from BBVA DataAnalytics and host of the Madrid-based Meetup group also called DataBeers, to launch a similar community in Barcelona.
The idea behind DataBeersBCN is to become the beacon of discussion and experiences within the emerging world of data in Barcelona. The boom of big data is not only an extensive continuation of a classic field of data analysis, but it’s also an extensive world for new opportunities. At this event, data experiences of multidisciplinary profiles will be presented, including machine learning, data visualization, data journalism, data analysis, as well as an informal exchange to further spread the stories and knowledge on this field.
The group will meet every 6 weeks, featuring dynamic presentations mixed with some beers that should help in the networking and ideation part flow nicely.The First DataBeersBCN event will be on, March 19th, at 19:00 at Itnig, Carrer Àlaba 61, Barcelona.
- “MetaDataBeers” with Dani Villatoro from BBVA Data Analytics – @dani_agent
- “Publicity Effective AwaReness Campaigns. 1st prize BBVA Innova Challenge Mx” with David Solans from Centre Innovació i Tecnoglogia, UPC
- “Alea iacta est! Understanding the dynamics of Roman economy using Monte Carlo simulation” wtih Xavier-Rubio Campillo, researcher at Barcelona Supercomputing Center – @xrubiocampillo
- “Simple viz, complex analysis” with Oscar Marín from Outliers.Collective – @oscarmarinmiro
Join BigDataBCN on their inaugural event this Thursday at itnig! And don’t forget to bring your data-friends!
This was a guest article created by Santi Seguí and Eloi Puertas, professors at the University of Barcelona, both working in the fields of Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Computer Vision.