Splunkers Braved The Shave for Childhood Cancer Research

When my colleague, Eric Scher, asked me if I would help raise awareness for Team Splunk’s participation in St. Baldrick’s Brave the Shave Silicon Valley event last week, I told him I’d do one better – I’d join him – and 120 other men, women and children who came together for the event at the SAP Palo Alto campus.

St. Baldricks is the largest private fundraiser for children’s cancer and funding from St. Baldricks has led to breakthrough techniques and medicines. They are making a difference and need to keep pushing.

When I explained to my daughters what I was planning on doing, there was what can only be described as an extremely negative reaction from both, and my eldest …

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It’s time for Splunkers to Brave the Shave

By Eric Scher

 

Splunkers,

We all have a story.  It is personal and it should be. In my case, I have lost friends, an uncle and most recently my mom to cancer. We need action and it starts with the kids. Every three minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer. That is 175,000 kids a year!  Kids are precious and we need to treat them as such. That’s where St Baldrick’s comes in. St. Baldricks is the largest private fundraiser for children’s cancer and funding from St. Baldricks has led to breakthrough techniques and medicines. We are making a difference and need to keep pushing.

Everyone at Splunk is passionate about something outside of work, and this is my …

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An Hour of Code with Splunk

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The Hour of Code is a global effort to educate children in more than 180 countries with as little as one hour of computer science. Held as part of Computer Science Education Week (December 7-13), the most recent Hour of Code included more than 198,473 events around the world. And this year, several Splunkers taught sessions in events across the country.

Here in the Seattle Area, Shakeel Mohamed, one of our engineers, taught sessions on Lightbot and Minecraft at Rainier View Elementary School, and I had the pleasure of teaching approximately 150 students at Ingraham High School an hour about log / time-series data and how to mine it with Splunk. The courses are a challenging mix of students …

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Tis the Season to Code For Fun!

By Ajit Deshpande

Happy New Year! The holidays are a great time to spread cheer and to raise awareness for causes of all shapes and sizes. Here at Splunk, we’re a slightly different breed: personally, I like to Code for Fun.

As we all know, Computer Science is becoming increasingly important for students to learn.  Exposing students to programming increases their chance by 30 percent to continue in the field later on in their studies, and to get one of the most amazing jobs available. And yet, by 2020, colleges are expected to graduate only 13 percent of the total computer science engineers needed in the United States.

 

Hour of CodeOne way to fill this gap is with STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering …

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Splunk builds and donates kids’ bicycles for San Francisco community event

Splunk_BikesOn Saturday, December 12th, SFPD held a community event where 5,000 K – 12 students were eligible to compete in an essay competition designed to promote “Peace on the Streets”; if you were a San Francisco Police Officer, how would you promote peace on the streets? Thanks to the generous donation of Splunk, two winners per grade were eligible to win a bicycle as part of the contest. In total, 26 bicycles and helmets were donated to the cause. The fun part for the Splunk team was the bike building activity that took place the previous day. Here we got a chance to work alongside Park Station – SFPD and an energetic local bicycle shop “Avenue Cyclery” to …

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Help Local Kids in the Bay Area – Come Bowl for Kids’ Sake!

By Kelly Kitagawa

I’ve been involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters for almost two years now. We pair at-risk kids with a Big Brother or Sister – someone they can look up to, explore the world with, put their trust in – truly a role model that can be life-changing. Just by spending one-on-one time with someone with different experiences and a fresh perspective, kids learn more about the world and their own place in it. It can open doors, and their eyes, to a future full of possibilities.

And while every story is unique and different and beautiful, researchers have found that these relationships pay off. After 18 months of spending time with their Bigs, the participating children are:…

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Raise a Glass to Splunk Apptitude Winners

With the grand prize of $100,000 being awarded to the Fraud and Insider Threat category, it was only appropriate to announce the winners at Blackhat 2015 – one of the largest security conferences in the world. And though all of the winners couldn’t make it on short notice – they were coming from all over the globe, one even sending a video from the peaks of the Swiss Alps.

We received a great mix of submissions from customers, partners, and even some Splunk newbies. This really was a great showing of the breadth and varied experience of our users and developer community, as well as the creativity that can only come from a field from such varied experience and location.…

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Splunk Apptitude App Contest: Hear from previous winners and enter now

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The Splunk Apptitude App contest is entering its final month and there’s still time for you to enter for a chance to win up to $150,000.

Earlier this month we were fortunate to catch up with past winners Erica Feldman, Rich Acosta and Chris Summers to discuss their entries and to gain some insight into their participation.

Other than the obvious financial incentives, what was it that attracted you to the Splunk Apptitude contest?

Chris: I’ve been working with SCCM for about 12 years so it’s a product I’m very familiar with. I’d been wanting to work with Splunk for a long time and I saw this an opportunity to finally get to know the product. I wanted

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24 Million CDC US Birth Records and Splunk #vitalstatsviz

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The CDC – like most government bodies the world over – are starting to make more, and more data publicly available to advance research.

In January the CDC posted a blog post (since deleted) challenging the public to work with their Vital Stats datasets, including both birth and mortality data.

Over the coming weeks I’m going to post some of my findings (and workings) from analysing these datasets alongside other sources including weather and employment, all in Splunk.

In an optimistic mood I started with birth data.…

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Common Core Digital Assessment – Demystifying Your “Online” Readiness, and More With Splunk!

My family and I are very fortunate to live in one of the best school districts in Illinois, possibly the Midwest. This year Illinois became one of the 38 bold states to implement Common Core. Is it controversial or progressive? Dichotomous viewpoints for sure. Nonetheless, it necessitates assessments be realigned to these standards and states have chosen (or are gravitating) to employing one of the following three assessments: the SBAC (Smarter Balanced), PARCC (Pearson), or Aspire (ACT). All three have or are propelling states to replace traditional paper based exams with online assessments. Obvious benefits to online assessments include reduced test administration, automatic scoring, and instant diagnostic reporting for comparing results to other schools, districts, and …
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