Call for Submissions: Berlin Data Engineering Meetup, 25 September 2018

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The Berlin Data Engineering Meetup is a quarterly meetup organised by a few crazy people from Zalando’s data services department. The meetup is a venue for engineers to present their ideas, exchange best practices, and candidly talk about failures, accidents, and other catastrophes. What brings people together is their interest for all things data engineering: streaming platforms, machine learning, databases, storage formats, stream processing, etc.

For the next edition of the meetup, on the 25th of September 2018, we invite speakers of all levels of expertise to submit talks on any aspect of data engineering. Talks should be 20 minutes long, with a few extra minutes for questions. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Stream processing
  • Data lakes
  • CQRS
  • Machine learning
  • Databases and data stores
  • Data formats
  • Data quality
  • BI
  • Infrastructure
  • Microservices
  • Access control
  • Data visualisation
  • When things go wrong

We favour talks where the speakers share their experiences, good and bad, talk about what they learned, and all the things you typically don’t find in the documentation.

How to submit

Send an email to [email protected] with the following information:

  • Name
  • Affiliation
  • Title of talk
  • Short abstract (up to 150 words)
  • Short bio (up to 100 words)

Important dates

  • 10 August 2018: submission deadline
  • 17 August 2018: speakers notification
  • 24 August 2018: schedule publication
  • 25 September 2018: meetup!


The Hub @ Zalando
Tamara-Danz-Str. 1
10243 Berlin

Data Engineering Meetup, 3rd Edition: Data Engineering for AI, 26 June 2018

The third edition of our data engineering meetup is in just about a month, and we have just put up the event program. If you’re in Berlin on the 26th of June, and interested in data engineering, register quickly on the meetup page. Last time, the event was full in a few hours only!

The theme for this edition is ‘data engineering for AI’, and I really look forward to listening to what our speakers have to say on the subject.

For this third edition, we are getting bolder: we invited speakers from outside of Zalando to talk alongside our colleagues, and we hope that the audience will appreciate the variety of views and approaches that the speakers will take.

If you join us, you will get to hear:

  • Our very own VP of engineering, Eric Bowman, will give the keynote talk
  • Kai Wehner, from Confluent, will talk about
  • Fabian Hüske, from data Artisans, will present SQL using Flink
  • Georg Hildebrand, from Zalando, will discuss asset management for machine learning
  • Sebastian Bolz and Maik Goetze, from Scout24, will tell us about how they predict vehicle and property prices

The meetup is an event organised by engineers, for engineers. We don’t do sales pitches, but we talk about tales from the trenches, the not-always-pretty reality of data engineering. Sometimes we rant. Sometimes we celebrate. We keep talks short, and leave plenty of time for questions and informal discussions. So, if you are interested in data engineering, don’t hesitate, join us!

We aim to organise this meetup quarterly. We don’t have the exact date for the next edition yet, but expect it to be towards the end of September. Would you like to talk at the next meetup? Get in touch, and show us what you’d like to talk about!

PS: I didn’t tell you this, but if the event is full, and you want to join, just show up at the door. Chances are, we’ll find a way to squeeze you in!