Boston + Big Data == De Facto Hub of Big Data
Originally posted on Gigaom:
The push to make Boston the de facto hub of big data will continue Thursday with the gala launch of the hack/reduce space in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The historic space — in the old brick Kendall Boiler and Tank building — will be home to big data practitioners from academia, private and public industry. Hack/reduce, which sports the motto “code big or go home”, aims to bring top talent together to train the next-generation of sorely needed data scientists, Chris Lynch, co-founder of hack/reduce told me.
The facility can accommodate 150 dedicated hackers and is fielding 50 applications per week for spots. The first residents are Sqrrll, a big data startup launched by former National Security Agency technologists. “These 7 young men out of NSA spent 5 years building a big data store in Washington and now we have it in Boston,” said Lynch, who co-founded Vertica(s hpq).
Lynch said he was inspired to…
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