January 31, 2014

Event Preview – Big Data TechCon 2014 (Boston, MA)

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What & Who

Big Data TechCon 2014 is a three day conference focused on practical, how-to classes and tutorials covering every aspect of data analysis. This year’s conference is the third iteration of the event, and will be held March 31-April 2 in Boston, MA. The event is organized by BZ Media, a tech publishing company that hosts other popular events such as Android DevCon, and Wearables DevCon.

The conference is aimed primarily at data scientists, analysts, and project managers working with analytics teams. However, software architects and developers wanting to get a better handle on the technical details of big data should find the event worthwhile as well. Finally, business analysts could benefit from the keynotes and panels on the direction of the analytics industry, and emerging technologies.


The first Big Data TechCon had over 700 attendees, and the series has only gained momentum since. For this iteration, the organizers have gathered feedback from past attendees and only invited back the top scoring speakers and classes, which should ensure that no matter what classes you attend, you’ll find useful takeaways. The classes themselves will be focused on the best big data analytics practices, and will cover technologies such as Hadoop, Map/Reduce, Cassandra, and NoSQL databases. The event itself is “technology agnostic,” and their tutorials will apply to organizations using relational databases, NoSQL, graph databases, flat files, or data feeds.

What to Expect

Big Data TechCon begins on Monday, March 31st at 7:30am and closes Wednesday, April 2nd at 5pm. The first day will be dedicated to tutorials, with coffee and lunch networking breaks throughout, before a series of “lightning talks” in the evening. Day two starts with more tutorials, but transitions into technical classes after lunch, and features an evening keynote. The final day is comprised mainly of technical classes, along with a company expo, with a special “Coffee and Prizes” session in the afternoon.

Why We’re Excited for Big Data TechCon 2014

Between the exhibit, hands on tutorials, technical classes, and great speaker lineup, one of the hardest decisions attendees will have to make is deciding what to attend. The conference also promises plenty of networking opportunities (with a special “Women in Big Data Networking Luncheon” on day two) for those looking to recruit talent or find new opportunities. This conference should provide plenty of actionable, real-world takeaways for those in the big data industry.

Discounts & Pricing

  • Purchase Tickets Here! Passes are $1,145 before February 21st, and $1,195 March 21st. Use the code BIGDATA for $200 off any ticket!

  • Big Data TechCon is being held at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge, in Cambridge, MA.

  • You can check out the rest of the event’s policies and details here.

  • Check out our full event calendar, to find similar conferences near you.