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

Adethya Sudarsanan

Open Data Aero - An opportunity for the Airline Industry

Submitted May 17, 2013

  1. Participants will get to know data’s perspective on airline industry.
  2. Participants can understand & appreciate the power of BigData
  3. Participants will be exposed to the idea of open data - making data open for research & improving businesses
  4. Participants can look into possibilities of implementing the approach into their business stream
  5. Participants can work out methods to convert raw data into business intelligence.


The session will be on how airline industry is embracing BigData & how they are leveraging its potential to grow their business. Industries today are looking at IT as an option to stabilize & automate their business. But the process of including IT into your work involves lot of cost & time. Unless there is a mechanism through which investments in the form of cost & time is translated into renveue, industries are at loss.

In today’s fast moving world, all organizations are expected to embrace “Customer First” mantra to stay clear & ahead of all competitions and emerge successful. Embracing such an abstract initiative needs a lot of research & data backing which will help organizations to arrive at a decision on how to proceed with customer service.

In order to provide a monetary value to industries, and to help businesses attain heights of “customer first”, we adopt BigData as an option to make sure that businesses don’t miss any prospective area which generates revenue. Prospective areas could be in terms of the return on investment generated by IT or revenue generated through enhanced customer experience.

The session thus puts in foucs how BigData can be used to arrive at business decisions & generate revenue



Speaker bio

 Adethya Sudarsanan is involved with a not-for-profit organization as a Director, which Conducts Research And Provides Consultancy In Areas Such As Public Policy, Strategy, Law, Management, Economics And Information Technology.

Awards & Accolades
• He is the recipient of the most prestigious, highest civilian scout award in India – The Rashtrapathi Scout Award from His Excellency Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the Honorable former President of India in 2007
• He is also the recipient of the highest scout award in a state in India – The Rajyapuraskar Scout Award from His Excellency Mr. P.S. Ram Mohan Rao, the Honorable Governor of Tamil Nadu in 2006

Speaker at International Events
His interests are conducting research on technical & business aspects of the IT industry. He has participated as speaker in the following conferences
• International Conference on Marketing – MARCON 2010, Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, India, presented a paper on “IT and Marketing”
• International Conference on “Doing Business in India – Challenges and Opportunities”, IFIM Business School, Bangalore, India, presented a paper on “IT and Marketing”
• National Level Symposium on Computer Science – Panimalar Engineering College, Anna University, Chennai, presented a paper on “Bio-Metrics”
• ISTE (Indian Society of Technical Education) conference – Mepco Schlenk Engineering College, Tamil Nadu, India, presented a paper on “Bio-Metrics”
• SofTec 2011, a conference on Software Testing organized by Silicon India.
• Case Study on Schneider National Inc., Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA.
• “Improving Wikipedia’s presence in the internet” – a research study – Invited Speaker at the Wikimedia India Conference, Mumbai, India.
• International Workshop on Cloud Computing – Services & Architecture, New Delhi, India
• National Conference on Technology, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India
 “Open Data for Non Profits”, Invited speaker at the Open Data Camp 2013 at Bangalore, India

Association with Wikipedia
Adethya is an active Wikipedian, contributing to the noble cause of free knowledge and access to information. His contributions to the cause includes, but not limited to the following -

  1. Editing articles on Wikipedia to enrich the already available content online.
  2. Engage in writing new articles which will help people refer the articles and spread the word of free knowledge.
  3. Contribute photos to Wikimedia Commons – an open photo sharing site focused on copyright free images.

Volunteering Activities – PMI – Project Management Institute
 An active volunteer with PMI as “Subject Matter Expert Submission Reviewer for EMEA 2013 Global Congress”

Volunteering Activities – Team Everest
 An active volunteer in Team Everest – an organization based out of Chennai, Tamil Nadu which focuses on bringing about a change in the lives of thousands of young children and senior citizens.
 In addition to Team Everest, his volunteering is extended to ServeIndia – an initiative by Team Everest organization.

Volunteering Activities – Cognizant Outreach
 An active participant and volunteer in Cognizant Outreach – a CSR initiative by Cognizant.
 Volunteered for projects in schools, old age homes, orphanages.
 Works with the team that imparts quality education on computers and internet to underprivileged students.

Volunteer Activities – Wikipedia
 Adethya actively participates in volunteering as a part of his Wikipedia service.
 He is involved in fact finding activity on a famous personality, whose information on Wikipedia was disputed as factually wrong and citation-less.
 Post the fact finding activity, was involved in updating the necessary pages of the personality & uploaded all proofs to Wikimedia Commons.

Recruitment Activities - Wikipedia
 He is also a member of the recruitment committee, representing the community on Wikipedia, which hires workforce for Wikipedia sponsored project/initiatives.
 With his volunteering and as an avid traveler, he has travelled far and wide, to reach the needy masses and understand their lives in India.

Journal Publications
He has published his works in the following Journals
• FOUCS – International Journal of Management
• IJCCSA - International Journal on Cloud Computing: Services and Architecture


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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