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Azure DataFest: Microsoft Azure Advanced Analytics and Big Data Conference - Reston, VA October 12-13, 2017

Northern Virginia SQL Server Users Group

Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 8:00 AM - Friday, October 13, 2017 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

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Azure DataFest 2017: General Registration
Azure DataFest: Microsoft Azure Advance Analytics and Big Data Conference - Reston, VA October 12-13, 2017
Oct 6, 2017 $50.00 $2.24
Azure DataFest 2017: Student & Faculty Registration
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Oct 12, 2017 $20.00 $1.49

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Hello Everyone!

We are pleased to announce that registration is open for the "Azure DataFest: Microsoft Azure Advance Analytics and Big Data Conference", a 2-day event to be held on Thursday and Friday, October 12-13, 2017, 9:00AM to 5:00  PM at the Microsoft Training Center at 12012 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 300 Reston, Virginia 20190. 

Please note  - this will be a paid conference, and we are charging a nominal registration fee of $50.00 up to the October 6 registration deadline.  Hurry though, we only have 150 seats available for this great two day event, packed with nearly  30  advanced analytics and big data sessions. This will be a great event, and one you will not want to miss out on.

Here is our event schedule (things could change slightly):

Day 1, Thursday, October 12, 2017

9:00AM to 10:00AM - Introductions and Key Note, Tim McAliley, Brian Moran and Brian Charles

10:00AM - Jim Dugan - Insights from Projects on Data Science

11:00AM - Ashish Jaiman - Deep Learning with Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit

12:00PM - LUNCH

1:15PM – 2:15PM

Track 1 - Brian Charles - Power BI from Personal to Premium                

Track 2 - Rehan Mirza - Azure Cognitive Services                

Track 3 - Joey D’Antoni - Building a Data Delivery Solution in the Cloud

2:30PM – 3:30PM

Track 1 - Jim Dugan - Doing Something Amazing in Power Bi                

Track 2 -   Jon Tupitza - Build a Recommendation Engine with Azure Machine Learning Studio    

Track 3 -  Arief Bevan – Block Chain as a Service

3:45PM – 4:45PM

Track 1 - Matt Morrell - Hurricanes, Pizza, Floods, and Elections: How to use ArcGIS Maps for PowerBI to Tell YOUR Story 

Track 2 - Rehan Mirza - Azure Data Factory            

Track 3 - Rosca Bogdan - AmerisourceBegen's Enterprise Analytics Platform - "Crowd sourcing" data and analytic models through self service


Day 2, Friday, October 13, 2017

9:00AM to 10:00AM - Aleksey Savateyev, Microsoft Senior Program Manager, Azure Cosmos DB, - Overview of Azure Cosmos DB

10:15AM – 11:15AM

Track 1 - Andy Roberts – BI Everywhere

Track 2 - Lisa Jackson-Neblett – Azure Machine Learning     

Track 3 - Alex Zeltov - Intro to Big Data Analytics using Apache Spark in Azure

11:30 - LUNCH

12:45PM – 1:45PM

Track 1 - Bryan Swan – No Data Is Safe from Power BI          

Track 2 -  Vicky Fu - Deep Learning? Better Equipped With Data Science Virtual Machine       

Track 3 - Somnath Nandi - Custom Speech Service

2:00PM – 3:00PM

Track 1 - Mehul Shah – Architecting Cloud Data Analytics Solutions            

Track 2 - Catalin Vieru - Chat Transcripts Classification Using Azure ML                  

Track 3 - Somnath Nandi – Azure Data Lake as a Service

3:15PM – 4:15PM

Track 1 - Andy Roberts - A lap around the Microsoft Data Platform

Track 2 - Faizan Khan - Make your apps cool again with Bots and Cognitive Services

Track 3 - Chris Price - Building Real-Time Data Pipelines on HDInsight with Spark 2

4:15PM – Closing/Wrap up

Check here for session details:!AqR90V07LFnlgeZPEYVvGQSSgDtWFg

This event is being run and coordinated by:

Brian Moran - Database and Cloud Solutions Manager at DB Best Technologies,

Tim McAliley  - Microsoft Account Technology Strategist,

Please help spread the word via twitter ( @azuredatafest #azuredatafest2017), LinkedIn, etc. Thank you for registering and we look forward to seeing you all at the event!

 If you have a question about the event, the way to ask is via discussion section the NOVASQL meetup page... or email us at

  • Alex Zeltov

    Alex Zeltov


    Global Blackbelt TSP in Big Data and Advanced Analytics

  • Arief Bavan

    Arief Bavan


    Cloud Solution Architect

  • Brian Charles

    Brian Charles


    Technical Solutions Professional - Data Platforms

  • Joey D'Antoni

    Joey D'Antoni

    Denny Cherry & Associates Consulting

    Principal Consultant

  • JD Jim Dugan

    Jim Dugan


    Senior Architect

  • Vicky Fu

    Vicky Fu


    Cloud Solution Architect

  • Ashish Jaiman

    Ashish Jaiman


    Technical Evangelist - TECHNICAL EVANGELIST, Campaign Technology & Services

  • Faizan Khan

    Faizan Khan


    Cloud Solution Architect

  • LJ Lisa Jackson-Neblett

    Lisa Jackson-Neblett


    Senior Premier Field Engineer

  • Rehan Mirza

    Rehan Mirza


    Technology Solutions Professional and Global Blackbelt for Data and AI

  • Matt Morrell

    Matt Morrell


    Senior Consultant

  • Somnath Nandi

    Somnath Nandi


    Technical Solutions Professional

  • Chris Price

    Chris Price


    Global Black Belt - Data and AI

  • Andy Roberts

    Andy Roberts


    Technical Solutions Professional

  • Bogdan Rosca

    Bogdan Rosca


    Senior Director, Principal Information Architect

  • Mehul Shah

    Mehul Shah


    Cloud Solution Architect

  • Bryan Swan

    Bryan Swan

    U.S. Department of the Treasury

    Senior Data Engineer

  • Jon Tupitza

    Jon Tupitza

    Buchanan & Edwards, Inc

    Solutions Architect

  • Catalin Vieru

    Catalin Vieru


    Enterprise & Cloud Information Architect - Cortana Intelligence, AI, IoT, & Machine Learning

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Microsoft Offices
121012 Sunset Hills Road
3rd Floor, Rooms 3056/3058/3062
Reston, VA 20190

Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 8:00 AM - Friday, October 13, 2017 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

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Northern Virginia SQL Server Users Group

The Northern Virginia SQL Server Users Group was started in early 2005 by members of the Microsoft SQL Server community who were interested in sharing experiences and disseminating knowledge to other members in the Northern VA/DC/Central MD area. NOVASQL is also a chapter of the Professional Association of SQL Server (, an international Microsoft SQL Server training and advocacy organization (membership is free).  As data platform roles and responsibilities have evolved, we have broadened our scope to include Microsoft Azure Advanced Analytics, Big Data, and general Azure topics.  The goal of the leadership of NOVASQL is to provide a comfortable environment where members can participate in multi-disciplinary discussions of Microsoft data platform related issues.

Benefits to NOVASQL Attendees include:

• We host at least two full-day technology conferences a year (e.g., Global Azure Bootcamp, Azure DataFest)  ◾Networking with local data platform professionals  ◾The latest and greatest Microsoft SQL Server news ◾Microsoft SQL Server and Azure Advanced Analytics and Big Data questions answered by Microsoft insiders ◾Valuable information for career development ◾Free food, drinks, and giveaways

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