Marines and Baby Wipes?
By Mike Glauser
What started as a cost-saving maneuver has turned into an improbable relief effort.
The Splunk Facilities team has donated more than 4,000 baby wipes to Operation Care and Comfort, a non-profit organization committed to supporting our troops during time of war. OCC has donated more than 1 million pounds of care packages to U.S. military personnel since 2003.
Why does our Facilities team have so many baby wipes? And why do our troops want so many baby wipes? The answer to both of these questions is a happy case of coincidence.
Enter Andrew Doudna, the newest member of the Facilities team. While serving his country in the Marines, Andrew became acutely aware of what is needed on …
Splunk Answers President’s Call for Open Data with eRegulations Insights
Open data has become all the rage, and while governments at the local and state level have aggressively moved to release vast quantities of data, the White House is clearly leading the charge. With more than 100,000 data sets, data.gov has become the mother lode of open data. But how to make sense of all of this data? Why, by Splunking it, of course.
eRegulations Insights was announced this morning and developed in response to President Obama’s call for technology leaders to help harness the power of open data through collaboration and public-private partnerships.
Public data projects are a big part of what we do, and naturally we try to find interesting ways to drill into open data to both …
Splunk4Good – Splunking one person’s (long) kayaking journey to raise money & awareness for Autism
For those of you that don’t know, Splunk has an initiative where we try and show the things we can all do with data to have a positive social impact – Splunk4Good. There have been a number of projects under the Splunk4Good banner and you can find out more at the Splunk4Good blog.
My fellow Splunker, Andrew Morris, is undertaking a pretty significant physical challenge. He’s going to be sitting down for three days… kayaking 150 miles down the Thames to raise money for Autism. He starts 7th May in Cricklade, Wiltshire and if it all goes to plan he might make it to Tower Bridge (150+ miles). Andrew’s daughter, Betsy, was diagnosed with Autism and it is …
Reflections on a Splunk developer’s journey : Part 2
Why should you develop ?
In “Reflections on a Splunk developer’s journey : Part 1″ I shared some of my experiences of developing and supporting Splunk Community Apps and Add-ons over the years.
But WHY did I choose to develop and WHY should you choose to develop and start your foray the Splunk developer ecosystem?
Well the reasons for developing are going to be different for everyone depending on your motives. You might be a business or you might just be an individual community collaborator.
The reasons I started developing were because I discovered Splunkbase (now Apps / Answers) and realized that it was a great forum for collaborating and getting involved with the “Big Data” community to use …
Syracuse University’s iSchool IT Girls want to change the world with data
This past Veteran’s Day weekend, I was in Syracuse, NY with fellow Splunker Christy Wilson, attending the 3rd annual IT Girls overnight retreat at Syracuse University’s iSchool. One of the goals of the retreat is to introduce the 100 selected high school girls from around the US to technology concepts, and to inspire them to pursue careers either in, or related to technology–but we were the ones who came away inspired.
The girls travel to the event from all over the country. Most are from neighboring cities including New York, Philadelphia, and the DC area, but the event is expanding its reach–some attendees were from further afield, coming from Texas and Georgia. Some parents also traveled to Syracuse …
Splunk and Ford Test Drive Open Data Development in Connected Cars
Using Ford OpenXC to gather data from connected vehicles, Splunk employees hit the streets of San Francisco in a Ford Focus Electric Vehicle and a gas-powered Ford Escape. The data was indexed, analyzed and visualized in Splunk® Enterprise and is now publicly available.
Check out the Connected Car dashboards and watch the video to see all the fun we had!
Want to know more about how we built the project? Keep reading for the technical deep dive.
OpenXC – what it is?
OpenXC is open source hardware/software that allows you to pull a wealth of data off your …
Splunking jQuery Conference: drive user experience online and on site!
Last June, jQuery Foundation held their conference in beautiful Portland, Oregon. As a Diamond Sponsor, we wanted to build something that would be beneficial to the jQuery community part of our Splunk4Good initiatives. What’s better than Splunking the entire conference?
The goal is to capture client-side data (e.g. pageviews, link/button clicks, hovers), and build powerful analytics & visualizations in order to tackle the following business questions:
- Which topics are visitors most interested in?
- What are the top traffic sources for visitors who purchase tickets?
- How are visitors interacting with the site, including
Splunk at the Connected Car Expo
Splunk has teamed up with the LA Auto Show’s Connected Car Expo to sponsor the first ever FASTPITCH competition. The FASTPITCH takes place on the first day of the Expo – November 19, 2013 – and targets entrepreneurs and independent ventures in the seed, start-up or early stage of development within the automotive or technology sector and offer the opportunity to pitch their original business concept to a judging panel comprised of VCs, incubators and CEOs.
Splunk welcomes entrepreneurs and developers to enter the FASTPITCH for a chance to win a 12-month Splunk Start Program Enterprise License as well as great exposure to the automotive and technology industries.
Excited to say I will be on the FASTPITCH judging panel …
OHI! Open Humanitarian Initiative Code Sprint
The Open Humanitarian Initiative (OHI) is working to revolutionize how information is shared in humanitarian response by engaging ngos, academic institutions, private sector technology companies, donors and governments in a shared vision that advocates for open data.
The OHI Code Sprint will gather technologists and subject matter experts the week of Sept 9-13 to work on data, mapping and visualization problems in the humanitarian and disaster response space.
Interested in mapping, data structures, humanitarian assisted disaster relief, design++? Check out the OHI Eventbrite page to learn more about how you can participate in DC, UK …
Build a Splunk App by end of Aug, you could win something cool
Splunk’s Annual User Conf is coming up in just six weeks (Sept 30-Oct 3) and is seriously one of my favorite times of year.
I am especially excited .conf2013 has so much awesomeness for developers.
In addition to the Hackathon we are holding during .conf2013 and the Splunk Revolution Awards we are giving out at .conf2013 – there is also the Splunk App Dev Contest! Chief Legal Counsel suggests I refer you to the official rules (tl;dr = Build a Splunk App by end of Aug, you could win something cool.)
We’re holding a contest to see what amazing projects can be built in the Splunk community. Build something awesome with Splunk software and you can win a prize …