Apache Mahout Hackathon Berlin

2010-12-14 20:50
Early next year - on February 19th/20th to be more precise - the first Apache Mahout Hackathon is scheduled to take place at c-base. The Hackathon will take one weekend. There will be plenty of time to hack on your favourite Mahout issue, to get in touch with two of the Mahout committers and get your machine learning project off the ground.

Please contact isabel@apache.org if you are planning to attend this event or register with the xing event so we can plan for enough space for everyone. If you have not registered for the event there is now guarantee you will be admitted.

If you'd like to support the event: We are still looking for sponsors for drinks and pizza.

Frau Holle, Frau Holle

2010-12-05 18:32
Winter arrived in Germany - below a few pictures I took last Thursday morning:









Seems like this season winter is trying real hard to prove that I am wrong saying that there is no real winter in Berlin with just about a week snow on the streets ;) Guess its time to get the tires with spikes back on my bike.

Machine Learning Gossip Meeting Berlin

2010-10-25 18:51
This evening the first Machine Learning Gossip meeting is scheduled to take place at 9p.m. at Victoriabar: Professionals working in research advancing machine learning algorithms and industry projects putting machine learning algorithms to practical use meet for some drinks, food and hopefully lots of interesting discussions.

If successful the meeting is supposed to take place on a regular schedule. Ask Michael Brückner for the date and location of the next meetup.

Reminder: Apache Hadoop Get Together Berlin Today

2010-10-07 09:52
Just a brief reminder: The Apache Hadoop Get Together Berlin is supposed to take place today in newthinking store, Tucholskystr. 48 at 5p.m.

The meeting features two talks on Apache Mahout: Committer Sebastian Schelter will explain how to scale recommender systems with Mahout. Contributor Max Heimel is going to give an introduction to the sequence labeling facilities available in Mahout.

As usual the group will move over to Cafe Aufsturz after the meetup is over.

A big Thanks goes to JTeam for sponsoring video taping as well as to newthinking store for providing the venue for free.

Scrumtisch August Berlin

2010-08-14 16:26
Just seen it - the next Scrumtisch Berlin has been scheduled for 25th August 2010 at 18:30 Uhr. So far, no official talk has been scheduled, so please expect two topics on Scrum and its application to be selected for discussion according to Marion's agile topic selection algorithm.

Please talk to Marion Eickmann if you would like to attend the next meetup.

NoSQL summer Berlin - this evening

2010-08-11 06:38
This evening at Volkspark Friedrichshain, Café Schoenbrunn the next NoSQL summer Berlin (organised by Tim Lossen) is meeting to discuss the paper on Amazon's Dynamo "Dynamo: Amazon's Highly Available Key-value Store". The group is planning to meet at 19:30 for some beer and discussions on the publication.

Apache Dinner August Berlin recap

2010-08-09 21:54
This evening yet another Apache Dinner took place in Berlin (this time Schöneberg), location booked by Simon Willnauer. As it was announced less then a week ago (see post below) we were expecting no more then some 7 people ... we ended up being a group of 15 attendees: There was Michi Busch from Twitter together with Tanja, Uwe Schindler from Bremen joined us. With Matt and Josh some of our local Hadoop users from Nokia joined our group. We had Sebastian Schelter from Mahout. In addition there were the usual suspects, that is Jan Lehnardt, Simon Willnauer and Torsten Curdt.



Indian food at Yogi Haus was great and very tasty - though we should introduce a sharing algorithm for the various dishes next time around. Speaking of next time: If you would like to be part of the dinner, subscribe to our Apache Dinner mailing list. Best way to make the location suit your needs is to simply send out the next proposal yourself.

As usual the Lucene guys are the last to leave: Currently they are on their way to X-Berg for further drinks, some food and lots of fun. Looking forward to the pictures you promised, Simon ;)

Update: Images added. Thanks for forwarding them.

Apache Dinner after Berlin Buzzwords

2010-06-03 08:52
Staying in town after Berlin Buzzwords? Interested in meeting with the Apache folks here? Torsten Curdt kindly organises an Apache Dinner on Wednesday evening after Berlin Buzzwords. If you would like to participate, contact Torsten for details on when and where it will take place.

Though named Apache dinner, there is no need to be Apache committer or even member to participate: Being generally interested in Apache projects and in meeting the guys behind the project is totally sufficient.

Apache Dinner - May 2010

2010-05-27 22:50
This evening a bunch of Apache committers and friends gathered in Berlin Kreuzberg at "Goodmorning Vietnam" for tasty food, nice drinks - or put another way, for a very nice evening. Simon had booked the table - we were expecting no more than eight people. However, as with any user group these meetup tends to grow. Shortly after the appointed time we had to move to another table to fit everyone around. See below for a quick shot taken while eating (Thanks to Eric for taking the picture):



There were people from Lucene, from SVN, Cocoon, CouchDB, HttpComponents and various other projects. Even one potential future Mahout committer :) Counting attendees quickly I guess we were about fifteen people.

Looking forward to the next meetup that will be scheduled to take place shortely after Buzzwords. Please talk to Torsten Curdt if you want to get notified or simply subscribe to our mailing list.

Apache Dinner - April 2010

2010-04-19 21:43
Today, the April Apache Dinner took place in Berlin. We met at Sadhu - an Indian restaurant in Berlin X-Berg. We were six people: Lars Trieloff from Day Software, Simon Willnauer and Vera from Lucene, Torsten Curdt - currently Freelancer and Daniel Naber from Lucene as well.

With great food, nice discussions and a first glimpse on the submissions for Berlin Buzzwords it quickly got later and later :)

If you are Apache Committer/Member yourself or are simply interested in learning more about this crazy bunch of software developers meeting each month in a different restaurant, please contact Torsten for more information on the meetup - and to be included on the next meetup schedule. As we are by far more than ten people interested in delicious food and meeting other "indians in Berlin", I created a Dinner mailing list - please join, if you plan to take part in the dinner in the near future.