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Big Data for Beginners

6/19/2013 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM


You’ve probably heard about “big data,” but chances are you haven’t been told what it means. In this class, you’ll receive a comprehensive overview of the technologies powering big data — including the history of databases and storage, the difference between relational and “document” databases, the challenges of big data and the tools it necessitates, and demystifying “map reduce” and Hadoop. Whether you’re a product manager, digital strategist, producer, web developer, or just work near big data, this class will give you a better understanding of the systems involved and how they work.


Background regarding why NoSQL and big data tools have become important now

A solid understanding of different data storage paradigms, including relational and document databases

A high-level understanding of how big data tools like Hadoop work

Prereqs & Preparation


About the Instructor(s)

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Matt LeMay

Head of Consumer Product,


Matt LeMay is the Head of Consumer Product at bitly, where he has helped to manage one of the most widely used APIs on the social web. Matt is also a musician, recording engineer, senior contributor to music website, and the author of a book about singer-songwriter Elliott Smith. You can find his extracurricular work here.

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Plans change. We get it. But if you can't make it to a class/workshop, please email us at least 7 days before the scheduled event date. No refunds will be given after this timeframe.

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