Meet the Track Chairs

As a community event, content for Hadoop Summit is selected by a committee of Hadoop experts, committers, and industry leaders. Twenty-five people were involved in selecting this year’s sessions from the almost 500 submitted abstracts. Each track was made up of a Track Chair and a selection committee who reviewed each and every submission before selecting their choices for this year’s agenda. We would like to thank these folks for their dedication and commitment to driving a great conference.

Track: Hadoop Driven Business

Ron Bodkin

Ron is the Founder and CEO of Think Big Analytics and has a successful history building engineering and data science teams to transform businesses using technology. He’s held executive engineering roles at C-bridge and Quantcast. He is a master of using open source technologies to generate value from Big Data and often speaks on the topic in addition to his favorite topics Hadoop, Storm and NoSQL. Ron also earned his Master’s Degree in Computer Science from MIT, leaving his PhD program after presenting the idea for C-bridge and placing in the finals of the 50k Entrepreneurship Award.

Track: Committer

Sanjay Radia

Mr. Sanjay Radia is a Co-Founder of Hortonworks Inc. Mr. Radia is an Apache Hadoop committer and member of the Apache Hadoop PMC. He was the Architect of the Hadoop HDFS project at Yahoo!. He has also held senior engineering positions at Sun Microsystems and INRIA, where he developed software for distributed systems and grid/utility computing infrastructures. Mr. Radia has a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo in Canada.

Track: Hadoop for Business Applications and Deployment

Jonathan Gray

Jonathan Gray is Founder and CEO of Continuuity, a company that makes it easy for any Java developer to build, deploy, scale and manage Apache Hadoop and HBase applications. Jon is an entrepreneur and software engineer with a background in startups, open source and all things data. Jon is an early adopter of Hadooop and HBase and is a core contributor and active committer in the open source community. Prior to founding Continuuity,, he had founded Jon also worked at Facebook where he helped drive HBase engineering efforts for massive projects like Facebook Messages.

Track: Hadoop Deployment & Operations

Eric Sammer

Eric Sammer is currently a Principal Solution Architect at Cloudera where he helps customers plan, deploy, develop for, and use Hadoop and the related projects at scale. His background is in the development and operations of distributed, highly concurrent, data ingest and processing systems. He’s been involved in the open source community and has contributed to a large number of projects over the last decade.

Track: Future of Hadoop

Andy Feng

Andy Feng is a Distinguished Architect at Yahoo!. He is currently leading the architectural design of next-gen big-data platform. Prior to Yahoo!, Andy served as Chief Architect at Netscape/AOL and as Principal Scientist at Xerox.

Track: Data Science & Hadoop

Edd Dumbill

Edd Dumbill is currently Vice President of Strategy at Silicon Valley Data Science, a a consulting and engineering team who blend data science expertise with the best in agile development methods. He recently served as program chair for the O’Reilly Strata and Open Source Convention (OSCON) conferences, Edd keeps a keen eye on the fields of big data, data science, programming and the web. Edd has authored four books, including O’Reilly’s “Learning Rails”. He writes regularly on Google+ and on his blog at