The Fifth Elephant 2013

An Event on Big Data and Cloud Computing

(Skip ahead to session proposals)

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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Sirish M Simha


Big Data Product Ideas - Building Interactive BI Analytics

Submitted Apr 3, 2013

As more and more companies are embracing Big Data ( read as Hadoop for now) technologies, there are opportunities for companies and geeks to address the ‘GAPS’ by designing and implementing products on Hadoop platform.


  1. Current Scenarios in Hadoop Analytics

  2. List Down the GAPS

  3. List Opportunities

  4. Discuss in Detail - An Interactive BI Analytics tool Design

  5. Q & A

Benefits :

     1. Interactive Analysis on Hadoop Data 

     2. Traditionarily BI tools are exorbitantly priced thus low TCO.


This talk will discuss current scenarios in hadoop analytics and the existing gaps. It will list down couple of product opportunities to fill these gaps. We will deep dive and discuss one such product design - Interactive Analytics tool for Hadoop with technical architecture and implementation strategies. Traditionally, processing on Hadoop (and so Analytics) is batch oriented as it has to go through MapReduce. We will discuss tools and technologies which go beyond MapReduce and will leverage them to build interactive Analytics tool so that the data residing in Hadoop cluster is available for interactive analysis for end users.
This talk will be a bit technical, But No! - You don’t have to know coding :-) as it will be in simple language. I am assuming to have 45 mins - 1hr slot for my talk. I would like to reserve good amount of time for Q&A. This is the outline , let me know in advance if you would like me to address any specific topic related to Hadoop Analytics.


An understanding of Hadoop Eco Sytem (prefered) and Datawarehousing/Business Intelligence Concepts.

Speaker bio

Sirish M. Simha has put > 20 yrs in designing and developing Datawarehousing, Business Intelligence, Data Mining products and solutions. Currently he is a Freelance Cloud Computing and Big Data Analytics Consultant with focus on Hadoop Analytics. He is currently working on providing Hadoop - Karmasphere Analytics as a POC.

Prior to this, He was heading Business Intelligence Team of Intel India - nurtured and manged end to end large data warehousing and business intelligence solution based on Teradata, Microstrategy and few home grown tools.
Sirish has also been the chief architect of the First Indian OLAP product Daphne which was showcased way back in 1998. Sirish as product engineering lead delivered a Neural Network based Data Mining Product NeuDataMine (Neusciences UK). He has assumed various roles ranging from developer, project manager, Chief Architect - People Manager to execute and deliver several large scale data integration, business intelligence products and solutions to global customers and employers like Apple, Citgo Petroleum, Lawrence Livermore labs, Bay Networks, Stanford University and VIT (Seachain).


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