Apache Cassandra at Data Day Texas

At the upcoming edition of Data Day, we will be hosting multiple tracks devoted to Apache Cassandra and its ecosphere. We are currently accepting proposals for talks and mini-workshops. Are you doing something cool with Apache Cassandra? Share it with the community at Data Day Texas!

Confirmed Speakers

Jon Haddad (Los Angeles) @rustyrazorblade

Jon Haddad (Linkedin) is Principal Consultant at The Last Pickle, where he helps customers of all size succeed with Apache Cassandra. An Apache Cassandra PMC Member, Jon co-wrote cqlengine, the Python object mapper for CQL.
has 15 years experience in both development and operations. For the last 11 years, he's worked at various startups in southern California, including two years as an evangelist at DataStax.

Ben Bromhead (SF Bay)

Ben Bromhead (Linkedin) is Co-founder and CTO at Instaclustr, where he sets the technical direction for the company. Ben is well known as an active of the Apache Cassandra community. Prior to Instaclustr, Ben had been working as an independent consultant developing NoSQL solutions for enterprises. He ran a high-tech cryptographic and cyber security formal testing laboratory at BAE Systems and Stratsec.

Jeff Carpenter (Scottsdale, Arizona) @jscarp

Jeff Carpenter (Linkedin) is a technology evangelist at DataStax, where he leverages his background in system architecture, microservices and Apache Cassandra to help empower developers and operations engineers build distributed systems that are scalable, reliable, and secure. Jeff has worked on projects ranging from a complex battle planning system in an austere network environment, to a cloud-based hotel reservation system and is the author of Cassandra: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition.

Jonathan Ellis (Austin) @spyced

Jonathan Ellis is CTO and co-founder at DataStax. Prior to DataStax, Jonathan worked extensively with Apache Cassandra while employed at Rackspace. Prior to Rackspace, Jonathan built a multi-petabyte, scalable storage system based on Reed-Solomon encoding for backup provider Mozy.

Patrick McFadin (SF Bay) @patrickmcfadin

Patrick McFadin (Linkedin), VP of Developer Relations at DataStax, is regarded as one of the foremost experts of Apache Cassandra and data modeling techniques. While at DataStax, he has helped build some of the largest deployments in the world. Previous to DataStax, Patrick was Chief Architect at Hobsons, an education services company. There, he spoke often on web application design and performance.

Aaron Ploetz (Minneapolis) @APloetz

Aaron Ploetz (Linkedin) has a professional software developer since 1997, and has been named a DataStax MVP for Apache Cassandra three times (2014-17). While not at work, he has been a computer hobbyist since 1987 (when his Mother first brought home a Tandy 1000 EX). He still works on a variety of projects in his home lab, including (but not limited to) building Linux servers, gaming machines, and test Cassandra clusters. Aaron received a Bachelor of Science degree in Management/Computer Systems from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater in 1998, and a Master of Science degree in Software Engineering (emphasis on Database Technologies) from Regis University in 2013. He and his wife Coriene live with their three children in the Twin Cities. When not in front of a computer he enjoys amateur astronomy, writing, and coaching his sons' baseball and ice hockey teams.