2012 edition of The Fifth Elephant was the first conference in India which focused on big data and analytics. Followed by that 2013 edition also showcased a successful event with big data, storage and analytics.
The event brings together developers, researchers, scientists, analysts, CTOs, CEOs and academicians who took part in various discussions on big data infrastructure, analytics, and application of technology for harnessing untapped potential of data.
Participants were exposed to some of the popular and emerging technology stacks for storing and processing big data. They learnt about programming languages and libraries available for producing compelling visualisations. Firefox crash reports, Indian Census report, Big data on SSDs, etc were more popular talks. In the analytics track, statisticians, and analysts spoke about various tools, techniques, strategies, and frameworks for building business intelligence and telling stories with data. Overall, the past editions presented the multiple meanings and facets of big data to participants and helped them in understanding the emerging ecosystem.
The Fifth Elephant 2012 brought together community and advocacy organisations such as The Centre for Internet and Society, The Internet Archive, Open Knowledge Foundation Network, and Wikipedia India chapter to showcase the value of open data and community supported efforts in collecting and publishing public data. 2013 edition highlighted MongoDB (10gen) and Julia language community. The presence of these organisations facilitated in answering participants’ questions about how to use big data for the benefit of society.