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Damn Data is a (Big) Data event by Combell & Idealabs that takes place in Antwerp on October 17th at IdeaLabs. The event focusses on all things data:

Big Data


Data mapping

Data science

Data analytics

Data storage







The event is targeted at technical people (developers, sysadmins, …) as well as technically skilled decision makers (CTO, CIO). We aim to offer a day full of inspiring talks that will spark a conversation at every level of businesses and leave you with enough personal knowledge to inspire others.

Damn Data does that by having three types of talks: inspirational talks delivered by speakers from industry leading companies, technical talks by experts in the field and educational talks that will position terms like Big Data and NoSQL into the right context. These three type of talks combined are the perfect blend to give you an in-depth insight into Big Data and to broaden your view.




"We’d like to remind our audience that not everything is a damn SQL statement"


Damn Data will happen at Idealabs in Antwerpen.
Idealabs is conveniently located in the center of Antwerpen.
The venue is right near Meir, the main shopping street in Antwerpen.


Lange Klarenstraat 19
2000 Antwerpen


You can easily reach Idealabs by car or public transportation. The venue is about a kilometer from Antwerpen Central Station and is a 13 minute walk. You can also take the metro from Central Station and take the stop “Meir”. It’s about a 6 minute ride and you can take lines 3, 5, 9 or 15. If you’re traveling by car, there are a bunch of car parks in the city center. Q-Park Antwerpen Meir at Korte Klarenstraat 10 is the one closest to the venue.


Chaitanya Mishra, Facebook
Data at Facebook

Ross Lawley, MongoDB
Moving from SQL to NoSQL

David Coallier, EngineYard
Data Science, what even?

Jurriaan Persyn, Engagor
Introduction To ElasticSearch

Daan Gerits, Dasos
Big Data architectures

Steven Noels, NGDATA
Big Data State of the Union

Wim Van Leuven

Pieter Callewaert, Be-Mobile
Moving Forward with Cassandra!

Seth Thomas, Basho
Power to Operations – A Riak Love Story

This is an all-day event: We kick off at 9h, end our sessions at 17h and enjoy the afterparty until 19h30.

9:00 Opening
Thijs Feryn
9:05 Big Data State of the Union
Steven Noels
9:35 Introducing
Wim Van Leuven
09:45 Data at Facebook
Chaitanya Mishra
10:45 Break
11:15 Moving Forward with Cassandra
Pieter Callewaert
11:45 Moving from SQL to NoSQL, relational to documents
Ross Lawley
12:15 Break
13:30 Big Data architectures
Daan Gerits
14:00 Introduction to ElasticSearch
Jurriaan Persyn
14:30 MongoDB big data and friends
Ross Lawley
15:00 Power to Operations, A Riak Love Story
Seth Thomas
15:30 Break
16:00 Data Science, what even?
David Coallier
17:00 Closing remarks
Thijs Feryn
17:05 Networking
19:30 End



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If you wish to contact us by phone, just dial +32.92187906

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