An Hour of Code with Splunk
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 …
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.
One way to fill this gap is with STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering …
Splunk builds and donates kids’ bicycles for San Francisco community event
On 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 …
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:…
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.…
Splunk Apptitude App Contest: Hear from previous winners and enter now
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
24 Million CDC US Birth Records and Splunk #vitalstatsviz
The CDC – like most government bodies the world over – are starting to make more, and more data publicly available to advance research.
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.…
Common Core Digital Assessment – Demystifying Your “Online” Readiness, and More With Splunk!
Recycling and Re-tooling by building with RAFT
By Stephanie Han
Splunk’s own Revenue and OM team spent a warm March morning working at RAFT (Resource Area For Teaching) in San Jose, assembling activity kits for teachers and students throughout the Bay area. The team constructed more than one hundred Breadboard Circuit kits, used to teach 1,500 students about electricity and creating basic circuits, and 41 Motorized Shake Table kits, which will be used to teach 1,640 students about earthquakes and structures.
But we were doing much more than building educational tools for Bay Area students. Each of these learning kits was comprised of recycled materials …
Splunking the Leftovers
By Billy Priest
From time to time, you may have seen me scuttling out the front door in the evening, toting a heavily loaded Instacart or caterer’s bag. You might have wondered what it was I was carrying out of the building in so carefree a manner.
Wonder no more: It’s the leftovers!
Despite detailed tracking of food and beverage consumption by floor, it’s impossible to buy exactly the right amount of food here at HQ. So when groceries arrive for the third floor, it had been my habit to simply throw away anything that had reached its “sell by” date (I got emails complaining about “expired” food if I didn’t). But since the “sell by” date …