The Fifth Elephant 2013

An Event on Big Data and Cloud Computing

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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.

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The Fifth Elephant - known as one of the best data science and Machine Learning conference in Asia - has transitioned into a year-round forum for conversations about data and ML engineering; data science in production; data security and privacy practices. more

Harpreet Singh


Analysis of genomics data and linking to phenotype of country population to identify health markers

Submitted May 10, 2013

A key factor in determining an individual’s susceptibility to disease as well as response to treatment should include the recognition of both the extrinsic (environmental) and the intrinsic (physiological and genomic) factors. There is a definite need and scope for evolving novel ways to stratify healthy individuals and develop a better understanding of normal phenotypic variation. Human physiology is too complex to be pinned down to a few loci has been highlighted in the recent spate of Genome Wide Association Studies. An integrative approach of stratifying and clustering physiological states on the basis of molecular functioning therefore seems pertinent. I will be presenting method of grouping a population based on Ayurveda. Ayurveda has been practiced for over 3500 years across world. The system already has a built-in framework for stratifying healthy individuals who differ in susceptibility to disease and response to drug and environment. In contrast to the empirical approach of contemporary medicine, the Ayurveda therapeutic regimen is tailored to an individual’s physiology.


This is big data application built on Hadoop leveraging Mongo DB having patient database stored in Alfresco DMS. We have already completed getting data for west zone and compiled patient raw and processed dataset. Each patient document consists of more than 1000 fields and consume multiple GB’s. It includes blood profile, background, genome, RNA sequence etc.

Based on Ayurveda doshas Vata, Pitta, Kapha we classify initial dataset. We then hypothesize that same medical problem (like diabetes or sleep deprivation) can be caused in different doshas due to contrasting lifestyle decisions.

We plan to build this as base for personal medicine supporting our claims with genomic data.



Speaker bio

I am currently working as Senior Architect at a large consulting firm. The work, I will be presenting is a big data research project that I am involved with in CSIR, Delhi. I am an accomplished scientist/entrepreneur in neuroscience domain with a record of achievements in scientific and business leadership roles. Over 14 years of industry and research experience including fundamental biomedical research in area of neurology, sleep disorders, oncology and preclinical (toxicology) drug discovery. As an entrepreneur, setup and led a multidisciplinary teams of 5 - 80 members building products for US and German market ( Involved in clinical research and all aspects of clinical development and study management. Collaborated with University of Wisconsin, Madison on number of academic service contracts along with industry collaborations with EGI and Philips.


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Hosted by

The Fifth Elephant - known as one of the best data science and Machine Learning conference in Asia - has transitioned into a year-round forum for conversations about data and ML engineering; data science in production; data security and privacy practices. more