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BigML’s Chief Technologist to Open NoSQL Matters 2012

by on September 18, 2012

As part of a series of conferences throughout Europe, ‘NoSQL Matters’ will land in Barcelona, Spain on October 6, 2012. We are proud that our Chief Technology Officer  Hacker-at-Large Jose Antonio Ortega (better known by his initials ‘jao’) is asked to be the opening speaker of that conference. Jao confessed that he doesn’t know SQL, so he’d be the perfect speaker at a NoSQL venue. Knowing his qualities and extensive knowledge, we find that confession hard to believe.

Picture by Joan Carles Ambrojo

Jao will discuss BigML‘s technology choices and how they’ve been influenced not only by technical constraints, but also by the need to quickly evolve and transform the system as we grow to understand our problems and their solutions better. He’ll share how we kicked off BigML on a NoSQL basis and where that choice has been helpful and where it was hindering us. He’s a great speaker and lecturer so you’ll be in for a treat.

Before jao co-founded BigML, he was hacking for Oblong. Before that, he worked for Google. He has also worked on critical aerospace and communications software at Indra Space, cryptographic protocols at Scytl, and embedded software development for the scientific payload of the LISA Pathfinder space probe. He holds a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Universitat de Barcelona. Jao is author of GNU MDK: GNU MIX Development Kit. And he is also learning to play the piano.

If you are attending, make sure you get his autograph – he might be the next Sergey Brin.

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