The O'Reilly Strata Conference brings together the brightest minds in data science and big data: decision makers using data to drive business strategy, as well as practitioners who collect, analyze, and manipulate it. By attending you can tap into the collective intelligence of over 150 of the leading data experts, network with thousands of your peers, and hear about the latest (and emerging) data tools, technologies, and best practices.
The entry was free to any member of the email list and all they had to do was telling me a little bit about themselves as well as what talks they really wanted to see at the conference.
The person who won was a student from Finland who is currently interning in San Francisco. The four talks they are really excited seeing are Perry Samson's talk about Mining Student Notes, Shrinat Perera's talk about Tracking a Soccer Game with Big Data, Justin Langseth's talk about Napoleon's March to d3js and Hadley Wickham's Expressing Yourself in R.
A big congrats goes out to the student. Also - If you are going, let me know and I'll buy you a coffee/beer as I'd love to meet you in person!