Finding Your Perfect Weather with Apache Spark and Docker: a recipe for a successful hackathon

Wednesday 1st June 2016, 6:30 pm.

Speaker: Radek Ostrowski.

Venue: Room 4.31, University of Edinburgh Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AB.

This event is free of charge and open to all. No registration required - just turn up.

Refreshments and networking from 6:00 pm.

This meeting is supported by NCR.


This presentation tells a story of a hackathon where mixing a cool idea with the latest technologies has resulted in the grand prize and the fan favourite award of the IBM Sparkathon with nearly 600 participants. 

It will describe the key technologies used and how they were effectively combined in the context of the Bluemix platform. Additionally, it will present a recipe for a successful hackathon.

My Perfect Weather service:

Hackathon project:

About the speaker


Radek Ostrowski is an independent software engineer with an academic background in high-performance computing. He specializes in building scalable real-time data collection and predictive analytics platforms. He has worked at EPCC, University of Edinburgh in data-related projects, contributed to the success of a game's startup - DeltaDNA, co-built super-scalable backend for PlayStation 4 at Sony and started Docker revolution at Tesco Bank. He is currently working with Spark, Scala and Docker for US-based startups.

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