“Wheely” impressive. From London to Paris in data.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how Alberto Contador, Bradley Wiggins and Laura Trott took a back seat after the Olympics and an intrepid team of UK Splunkers in the peak(ish) of condition cycled from London to Paris to raise money The Royal British Legion. The team completed their 284-mile journey and have raised over 7000 pounds for the charity. Needless to say – data analytics and Splunk had a part to play in getting them over the line in (nearly) one piece. The team splunked all of the data from their trip and this post covers their exploits and if you’re a keen cyclist then there are some interesting things you can do to bring your training …

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Splunk4Good. London to Paris – 284 miles of pedal power.

PedalParisLogo284 miles or 460km. That’s the distance from London to Paris and starting Thursday, a team of six highly trained Splunk athletes (with a combined age that is higher than you might think) are cycling from London to Paris to raise money for the Royal British Legion.

For those of you who don’t know who the Royal British Legion (RBL) are, they are a charity that raises much needed money to support the vital welfare work that takes care of the armed forces community. The Royal British Legion provides support to the whole armed forces family – serving staff, ex-service people and their dependents.

The RBL also campaigns on issues affecting service people. To this end they spend £1.4 …

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Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose Partners with Splunk

CDM_logoNoted psychologist Jean Piaget, known for his pioneering work surrounding the cognitive development of children said, “Play is the answer to how anything new comes about.” Piaget’s words ring true at Children’s Discovery Museum (CDM), where children learn, play and discover. With the donation of Splunk® Enterprise software through Splunk4Good, CDM staff working behind the scenes now have a software solution that enables them to learn, play and discover (while making a positive impact on museum operations).

Splunk4Good works to help governments and nonprofits at all levels showcase the power of data. By partnering with Splunk, CDM can maximize its budget and staff and focus on its mission: instilling creativity, curiosity and lifelong learning in children.

Since deploying …

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Astronomy Part 3: Splunk, Megastructures, and ITSI

It’s been over half a decade since I wrote a blog entry here at Splunk about an astronomy related topic and that’s because I was just waiting for something interesting to talk about. In the past, I have spoken about star brightness, but recent news has taken this subject to another level.

For those, who may not be following, last fall, astronomers found an inexplicable property of a star almost 1500 light years away. Using Kepler spacecraft data, the star was shown to dim up to 22 percent of its original brightness at various times. To put this in perspective, the largest planets passing in front of a star only dim most stars less than one percent. So, it was …

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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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