KNIME Spring Summit 2018, Berlin: Summary

From March 5 - 9, 2018 we held our 11th Annual KNIME Spring Summit in Berlin, Germany where KNIME users and enthusiasts got together for a week of courses, presentations, and workshops, as well as the chance to network.

We welcomed over 300 people through the doors this year. Alongside the regular Summit attendees, it was wonderful to see so many new faces. A big thank you to everyone for being there!

 

The Summit was opened by Michael Berthold who reflected on what has been a significant year of growth for KNIME. He introduced the 21 new KNIMErs who have been hired in the last year, as well as Tom Erickson - newest member of the KNIME Board. Michael also took the opportunity to thank the KNIME community for their contributions which helped us earn our position as a leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Data Science and Machine-Learning Platforms for the fifth year in a row. Lastly, he discussed new and growing trends in Automated ML/AI and put them into context with KNIME’s Guided Analytics vision. You can watch his opening here.

Wednesday and Thursday were full of diverse and engaging presentations from data scientists, business analysts, and independent users across different industries - debt recovery, deterministic analytics, industrial automation, drug discovery, CRM, and more - all highlighting how they are using KNIME software. We also looked into what is new and what is cooking in the KNIME development lab. Thank you once again to our speakers for all these great presentations! You can check out their slides here. The Summit dinner on Wednesday evening was held at Spindler & Klatt, which provided a relaxed atmosphere and the chance to network with other Summit attendees. On Thursday evening, we held a more casual beer tasting event in the hotel foyer.

On the last day of the Summit, we hosted a range of workshops on topics such as Guided Analytics, Big Data, Deep Learning, KNIME Server, Image Processing, and others. We also had some external workshops such as Random Forest and Gradient Boosted Trees, de.NBI/CIBI, and 3D-e-Chem. There was something for everyone!

Just like last year, we extended the Summit by offering courses on the Monday and Tuesday. There were courses in KNIME Analytics Platform (for beginner and advanced users), Text Mining, and Big Data, as well IoT Analytics, and Advanced Analytics.

We had a great time hosting everyone in Berlin and are already looking forward to the KNIME Fall Summit from November 6 - 9 in Austin, TX. Register now for early bird tickets!

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