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Last Thursday Dremio hosted Subsurface Summer 2020, the industry’s first and only cloud data lake conference — and we did it all LIVE (and virtually, of course)! As a community we dove deep below the surface of the data lake (hence the name) to explore the technologies and the best practices to build world-class cloud data lakes.
And what a community it was! We had over 5000 people registered and over 2500 attending the show from all over the world, from startups to the largest global enterprises, with a diverse set of interests.
The event received coverage from industry analysts and press including these articles from TechTarget and Insights from Analytics. It’s clear there is a huge demand in the market for information and best practices around building world-class cloud data lakes, and we’re excited to be part of making that happen.
Of course the real magic of Subsurface was the incredible lineup of speakers covering a wide range of cloud data lake topics from open source technology innovations to real-world deployments and lessons learned.
Check out the thought-provoking keynotes:
Then, dive deep into these technical sessions:
I’d like to personally thank our speakers for coming to Subsurface and engaging with the community. The event was an incredible success because of you — thank you!
We also worked hard to wrap all the great content in an engaging experience. First and foremost, that meant doing everything LIVE. This was a bit of a gamble but it really paid off. There’s just nothing like the excitement that comes from live events, where anything can happen (and often does!) The live Q&A portion of each session also felt very similar to an in-person event, as we were able to queue up questions and bring attendees (with their audio/video) right into the “room” with the presenters. Check out an example from Julien Le Dem’s session:
After each session the speakers and attendees could head over to our dedicated Subsurface Slack instance where they continued the discussion. And those conversations are still happening right now – so head on over and be a part of them! This is really the point of Subsurface as we are creating a dynamic, growing community that exists outside of point-in-time events. Here’s a snippet of feedback from attendees during the event:
The keynotes and technical sessions had a ton of interesting content, but there were plenty of other ways for attendees to learn. There was a dedicated Networking area where attendees could pair up for 1:1 video conversations, and a lively Expo Hall where the event sponsors staffed virtual booths to take questions, give live demos, and even jump into 1:1 live video discussions. This experience was really engaging for attendees and in many ways felt similar to a physical event. And there was a LOT of traffic — at one point the Dremio booth had 127 attendees! Going virtual definitely has advantages, as this would not have been possible at a physical event.
Speaking of the Expo Hall, I’d like to thank our sponsors for their support of Subsurface, as they helped make the event a success. Here they are:
After the closing keynotes it was time to have some fun. In keeping with our Subsurface goals for a high-quality attendee experience we wanted something LIVE, interactive, and engaging. What does that translate into for a virtual after party? A live DJ Battle of course!
We partnered with Uber Battles to have three live DJs each spinning their own mixes and competing to win a $1000 prize. All of the attendees were able to vote on our favorite DJ every 10 seconds, and even chat with them (when they had a free hand or two). It was a lot of fun and some great music. In the end it came down to a two horse race with DJ Ceegoods squeaking out the win. Congrats and thanks for the tunes!
We couldn’t be happier with how Subsurface Summer 2020 turned out, especially given this was an inaugural event happening during uncertain COVID times. And now that we’ve done it, we can’t wait to host it again this Winter. And next time we’re going twice as big with a 2-day innovation packed agenda, so mark your calendars for January 27-28, 2021.
In the meantime stay tuned as we’ll be creating smaller Subsurface meetup-style virtual events and workshops. If you’re interested in being a speaker, definitely reach out. We’re always looking for interesting topics.
If you missed any of the sessions or just want to watch them again, head over now to register for Subsurface On Demand.