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almost 4 years ago

Deadline extension + new enterprise data sets

Hi Spark scientists,

Good news:

  1. We’re extending the hackathon deadline to August 23 - that’s 20 additional days to build your Spark enterprise app. (View the revised competition calendar here.) We’re giving you more time because . . .
  2. We’re adding new enterprise data resources to the site and we want to give you a chance to incorporate these into your projects, if you so choose.

Our awesome data co-sponsors Yelp and Uncharted Software have generously shared some of their enterprise data sets for you to use during the hackathon.

Yelp’s data includes 2.2M reviews by 552K users for 77K businesses. The Uncharted data includes Bitcoin network transactions from processing the Bitcoin blockchain as of mid-2014 and Amazon product reviews from 1995 through 2003. For a fuller description and data access, visit our resources page.

Uncharted Software also has a couple cool Spark data visualization libraries you should check out: Salt and SparkPipe.

And, in case you’d like to weigh the effects of weather on business operations, we’re also offering access to the full suite of Weather Company APIs for the duration of the hackathon.

Finally, if you’re looking for a hosting solution for your Spark app, we’re now offering extended Bluemix trials for all hackathon participants. Using Bluemix services to build your project is totally optional, but might be a good way to get your app up and running — particularly with the Apache Spark on Bluemix service.

You can request your extended Bluemix trial code here. For all hackathon participants, trials will extend through November 1, 2016.

Now go forth and optimize for the enterprise. 


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