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.

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

Tim Davies


Infrastructures and eco-systems for open data

Submitted May 24, 2013

This talk / workshop will provide an overview of developments in open data across the globe, and will outline some of the technical and organisational challenges to effectively publishing or making use of open data.

Looking from both the publisher and user perspectives it will ask what the core infrastructures of open data need to include, and how ecosystems of specialised tools and platforms develop around open data.

It will explore critically what this means for the possibility of delivering the democratic benefits of open data, and will look practically at steps open data publishers and users can take to best promote the democratising potential of open data.


Governments, international institutions and other entities across the world are publishing vast quantities of open data. The first part of this talk will outline recent developments in open data across the world, and will discuss the potential of open data as a resource for business, government and civic actors.

Although the promise of open data is that all groups (business, government and citizens) can benefit, implicit and explicit choices about how data is published have a big impact on what can be done with data, and between the publication of ‘raw’ data, and the creation of useful tools, platforms and informations for citizens there can be many steps and tasks to be carried out.

Publishers of data need to choose what they will provide alongside data, and what sorts of infrastructures they will put in place to support data re-use. This might range of APIs and documentation, to online communities and developer outreach. Civic re-users of data need to work out how to bridge the gaps between the open data as it arrives from publishers, and the data as they need it: finding sustainable economic and open models for enriching, improving and making data accessible. Frequently eco-systems of data users may emerge, sharing source code, intermediary platforms, APIs and social interactions, to make sense of data and make it usable.

Using examples from across the world, and drawing particularly on examples from the International Aid Transparency Initiative, this second part of this talk will look both practically and critically at what thinking about open data infrastructures and ecosystems can bring to work on creating, publishing and using open data.

Speaker bio

I work for the World Wide Web Foundation, as a researcher looking at the impacts of web technologies.

I have a humanities and social research background, but also try and work hands-on experience with web technologies, managing the development of a number of open data platforms, and building a series of linked data demonstrators for international development organisations. My PhD work looks at the use of open data, drawing on ideas from infrastructure studies and the emerging field of data studies.


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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