On Thursday Luc Desrosiers and I spoke to a meeting of IBM analytics folk about Mad Scientist Meetups in general and the London Big Data Meetup specifically. The analytics team are a great supporter of this approach and we wanted to say thank you and “hey let’s do some more” so next year expect to see more opportunities to share stuff around the mad scientist theme. I also wanted to share some of the comments we got from the. LBDM session
This is Mad Scientist thing is a gem in this conference… it is about technology and passion and you guys are not trying to push anything on us.” – – BigDataLDN attendee.
“The Mad Scientist area is the best thing about this conference, all the demos are really cool” – BigDataLDN attendee
“Diverse range of companies wanting information about our product. We had customers ranging from using it for Veterinarian studies to using it for a dating website.” IBMer
“I found it really motivating and interesting to take a step outside of the office and talk to new people about the product I am working on, and get an understanding of how the customer sees our product from their perspective as apposed to a developer’s” – IBMer
I’ll leave you with what I think is the best quote:
“From a business perspective this is the best way to gain developer mind share. Innovation comes through imagination and this is what the Mad Scientist event does… it awakens the imagination and the passion.”