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In 2013, commodity hardware and computing capacity for storing and processing large and small volumes of data are easily available on demand. The bigger issues pertain to questions of how to scale data processing, handle data diversity, manage infrastructure costs, decide which technologies work best for different contexts and problems, and build products from the insights and intelligence that the data is presenting to you.

The Fifth Elephant 2013 is a three-day workshop and conference on big data, storage and analytics, with product demos and hacker corners.

Event format, themes and submission guidelines

The Fifth Elephant 2013 invites proposals on use cases and real-life examples. Tell us what specific problem you faced, which technology/tools worked for your use case and why, how you have developed business intelligence on the data you are collecting, and analytics tools and techniques you employ. Our preference is for showcasing original work with clear take-aways for the audience. Please emphasize these in your proposal.

The conference will have two parallel tracks on 12th and 13th July:

  1. Storage: OLTP, messaging and notifications, databases and big data, NoSQL
  2. Analytics: Metrics and tools, cloud computing, mathematical modelling and statistical analysis, visualization


This year we are adding a preliminary day of workshops, on 11th July, to provide attendees more in-depth, hands-on training on open source frameworks and tools (Pig, Hadoop, Hive, etc), commercial solutions (sponsored), programming languages such as R, and visualization techniques and tricks, among others.

Product demos and sponsored sessions

We have a demo track for startups and companies who want to showcase their product to customers at The Fifth Elephant 2013 and get feedback. Slots are also open for 4-6 sponsored sessions for companies who want to talk about their technologies and reach out to developers, CTOs, CIOs and product managers at The Fifth Elephant. For more information on demo and sponsored session proposals, write to

Commitment to open source

HasGeek believes in open source as the foundation of the internet. Our aim is to strengthen these foundations for future generations. If your talk describes a codebase for developers to work with, we require that it is available under a license that does not impose itself on subsequent work. This is typically a permissive open source license (almost anything that is listed at and is not GPL or AGPL), but restrictive and commercial licenses are also considered depending on how they affect the developer’s relationship with the user.

If you’d like to showcase commercial work that makes money for you, please consider supporting the event with a sponsorship.

Proposal selection process

Voting is open to attendees who have purchased event tickets. If there is a proposal you find notable, please vote for it and leave a comment to initiate discussions. Your vote will be reflected immediately, but will be counted towards selections only if you purchase a ticket. Proposals will also be evaluated by a program committee consisting of:

Emphasis will be placed on original work and talks which present new insights to the audience.

The programme committee will interview proposers who have received maximum votes from attendees and the committee. Proposers must submit presentation drafts as part of the selection process to ensure the talk is in line with the original proposal and to help the program committee build a coherent line-up for the event.

There is only one speaker per session. Attendance is free for selected speakers. HasGeek will cover your travel to and accommodation in Bangalore from anywhere in the world. As our budget is limited, we will prefer speakers from locations closer home, but will do our best to cover for anyone exceptional. If you are able to raise support for your trip, we will count that towards an event sponsorship.

If your proposal is not accepted, you can buy a ticket at the same rate as was available on the day you proposed. We’ll send you a code.

Discounted tickets are available from


The program committee will announce the first round of selected proposals by end of April, a second round by end-May, and will finalize the schedule by 20th June. The funnel will close on 5th June. The event is on 11th-13th July 2013.


SolrCloud and NoSQL

Anshum Gupta

36 minutes 6 August 2013

Neo4j Graph Workshop

Andreas Kollegger

1 minute11 June 2013

Workshop: Learning ElasticSearch and using it to analyze Aadhaar's Public Datasets


2 minutes 3 July 2013

Finding order in the chaos : machine learning for web text analytics using R

Harshad Saykhedkar

42 seconds 1 July 2013

Analyzing Terabytes of Data with Google BigQuery

Chandramouli Mahadevan

41 minutes 6 August 2013

Workflow Schedulers: The Heart Beat of a Big Data Stack

Rajat Venkatesh

30 minutes 6 August 2013

Strategic advantages of MongoDB

Edouard Servan-Schreiber

43 minutes15 August 2013

A Billion Snapshots- Principles and Processes in the Census of India

Varsha Joshi

43 minutes27 March 2014

Interactive analysis of data live, using Pandas, Matplotlib and IPython

Lakshman Prasad

Smart Analytics in Smartphones

Satnam Singh, PhD

37 minutes 7 August 2013

Co-occurrence Analytics: A versatile framework for finding interesting needles in crazy haystacks!

Shailesh Kumar

1 hour12 August 2013

Visualising networks

Anand S

43 minutes 7 August 2013

MapReduce and the "Art of Thinking Parallel"

Shailesh Kumar

46 minutes12 August 2013

Julia: A fresh approach to technical computing and data science

Viral B. Shah

Building large scale Analytics Platform

Prabhu Prakash Ganesh

42 minutes 7 August 2013

Evaluating SSD Performance for Databases Handling Real-Time Big Data

brian bulkowski

45 minutes12 August 2013

15 Billion value at risk computations in 187 milliseconds

Abinasha Karana

26 minutes 6 August 2013

HOWTO run a hadoop cluster on a laptop


37 minutes15 August 2013

Agility and Innovation vs IT: how new data platforms can overcome this neverending struggle

Edouard Servan-Schreiber

1 hour 3 August 2013

Unlocking the Potential of Data for Everyday Developers and Product Managers

Karthik Kastury

2 minutes28 June 2013

Extracting consumer trends in real time using 100 billion tweets.

Pankaj Risbood

3 minutes23 May 2013

What Happens When Firefox Crashes?

Erik Rose

2 minutes 1 June 2013

Latency and Fault tolerance in OLTP @ 1.5 billion/day service calls

Regunath Balasubramanian

1 minute26 May 2013

Data Analysis and Visualization using R

Vinayak Hegde

3 minutes25 June 2013


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