Yes, Berlin Buzzwords is back on the 4th & 5th June 2012! This really is only conference for developers and users of open source software projects, focusing on the issues of scalable search, data-analysis in the cloud and NoSQL-databases. All the talks and presentations are specific to three tags; “search”, “store” and “scale”.

Looking back to last year, this event had a great turnout. There were well over 440 attendees, of which 130 internationals (from all over including Israel, US, UK, NL, Italy, Spain, Austria and more) and an impressive show of 48 speakers. It was a 2 day event covering 3 tracks with high quality talks, but was surrounded with 5 days of workshops, 10 evening events for attendees to mingle with locals, specialized training opportunities and these are just a few of the activities that were on offer!

What was the outcome? Well let the feedback from some of the delegates tell the story:

“Buzzwords was awesome. A lot of great technical speakers, plenty of interesting attendees and friends, lots of food and fun beer gardens in the evening. I can’t wait until next year!“

“I can’t recommend this conference enough. Top industry speakers, top developers and fantastic organization. Mark this event on your sponsoring calendar!“

“Berlin Buzzwords is by far one of the best conferences around if you care about search, distributed systems, and nosql…“

“Thanks for organizing. My goal was to learn and I learned a lot!“

So to get the ball rolling for this year the call for papers has now officially opened via the website.

You can submit talks on the following topics:

  •  IR / Search – Lucene, Solr, katta, ElasticSearch or comparable solutions
  •  NoSQL – like CouchDB, MongoDB, Jackrabbit, HBase and others
  •  Hadoop – Hadoop itself, MapReduce, Cascading or Pig and relatives

Related topics not explicitly listed above are also more than welcome I’ve been told. The requirements are for presentations on the implementation of the systems themselves, technical talks, real world applications and case studies.

What’s more this year there is once again an impressive Program Committee consisting of:

  • Isabel Drost (Nokia, Apache Mahout)
  • Jan Lehnardt (CouchBase, Apache CouchDB)
  • Simon Willnauer (SearchWorkings, Apache Lucene)
  • Grant Ingersoll (Lucid Imagination, Apache Lucene)
  • Owen O’Malley (Hortonworks Inc., Apache Hadoop)
  • Jim Webber (Neo Technology, Neo4j)
  • Sean Treadway (Soundcloud)

For more information, submission details and deadlines visit the conference website.

I am truly looking forward to this event, hope to see you there too!