Last Thursday, the Big Data community of Berlin came together in the aptly named Innospace (Innovation Space) for Big Data, Berlin. Over 350 people attended, providing an incredible cross-section of business and data science interests from Europe’s Silicon Valley.

The venue — which usually caters to a max audience of 200 people — was filled with  developers, innovators and executives. The objective? To network, collaborate and interact. The unprecedented turnout made this the largest big data event in Berlin.

Unlike other events the capital has hosted, Big Data Berlin was aimed at bringing the whole of big data ecosystem together under one roof — from business professionals to software developers and data enthusiasts. “In Berlin there are events that are very tech focussed and there needs to be an event that appeals to a general audience. This event fills that need,” Adam Drake explained.

Three of Berlin’s leading thinkers – Adam Drake, Rafaella Rein and Lars Trieloff – shared their opinions about Big Data’s impact on business and society. One of the main reasons so many of Berlin’s brightest minds were magnetised to the event, was the star speaker: Doug Laney. Currently working as the VP for Gartner, Laney is the man who invented the 3 V’s of Big Data- a definition still widely used, 13 years after its conception.

Dataconomy’s Editor, Rohan Patil, explained that this event was only the beginning. Big Data Berlin is designed as an initiative to “bring the Berlin big data community on one platform,” he said. They’re already planning their next gathering, slated for the 23rd October. One week later, the franchise is bringing their blend of data science and business acumen to Munich, for the inaugural  evening of Big Data Munich.

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