Splunk4Good Helps Fund Computer Science Summer Course at UNLV


The following is a guest blog post by Molly Marks, director of special events and PLTW affiliate director, UNLV, Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering…

At the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering we were thrilled to host our fifth annual Project Lead The Way STEM (PLTW Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) summer training program for middle and high school teachers from July 11 to August 6. This year, thanks to a grant from Splunk4Good, we were able to offer a new Computer Science Principles course, adding to a range of offerings like Green Architecture, Automation and Robotics.

The $25,000 Splunk4Good donation funded startup program costs, instructor fees and enabled us to sponsor …

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The Sisters Crush Breast Cancer 5K: Running for a Cause

SCBC_TwitterOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness month. For the past three years I have been running a 5K race with Sisters Crush Breast Cancer, benefiting Breast Cancer Emergency Fund (BCEF) and Pink Heals Napa Valley.

For reference, BCEF is a Bay Area organization dedicated to providing emergency financial assistance to low-income women and men battling breast cancer. This includes any of the following:

  • Keeping up with medical treatment
  • Avoid utility shut-offs
  • Prevent eviction
  • Maintain stable housing

According to statistics:

  • About 1 in 8 U.S. women (~12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
  • In 2016, an estimated 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with
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Splunk Pledge and Education

SCL-Splunk-conf2016-Badge-6_fb-1200x627This September marks my fifth year at Splunk.  Since day one on the job, I have spent a great deal of my waking time thinking about how to scale up educating folks on Splunk, in particular for universities and other educational entities.  There is a bit of chicken-and-egg to this dilemma, as most teachers and students don’t see the value of Splunk until they have had some exposure to it.

Over the past five years, we have built programs around licensing and training on Splunk that give not-for-profit educational entities a way to learn, use, and teach Splunk without spending anything but time.  We have had some success, but the efforts did not really scale up until we …

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Stepping Up Our Commitment with the Splunk Pledge

SCL-Splunk-conf2016-Badge-6_fb-1200x627From our very early days, Splunk has had an active culture of giving. Whether volunteering in schools, mentoring young people, holding bowl-a-thons, or using data to actually save lives, it’s always been clear that we care about our communities and the world we live in. Over the years that activity has grown in official and unofficial ways – first with the availability of licensing and education for members of Internet2, followed by availability for small nonprofits and the founding of Splunk4Good, and even some paid volunteer time for employees. We’ve gotten good response, with more than 300 universities and 50 nonprofits participating in the program.

But we have also heard that these programs – while increasingly visible outside of …

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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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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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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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Meet the Splunkterns: Anne-Marie Chun

CJlc7DXUYAAKzOIWelcome back to our Meet the Splunkterns series! To recap some of the fun we have been having, last Friday the Splunkterns got to spend a little more time getting to know one another during our day of community service. We started the day learning more about Splunk4Good and and the organization Meals on Wheels, which we had the opportunity to partner with for the day. After we had our orientation and signed away our lives (just kidding!) we headed out to 6th and Mission. We spent half of the day handing out around 200 Emergency Food Kits to home-bound seniors and talking to them about emergency preparedness. I thought it was awesome spending time helping some of the residents …

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Meet the Splunkterns: Aamir Goriawala

IMG_0463Thanks for joining us for the latest in our Splunktern highlight series! Before we get to the good stuff, here’s a little update on what’s happening in the Splunktern world. All of the Splunkterns have finally started (WOOHOO!), so Splunk’s summer intern program is officially in full swing meaning lots of fun and exciting stuff is in store for us. To celebrate everyone finally starting, we recently had an intern welcome lunch in SF HQ. We got a chance to mingle and meet our fellow Splunkterns from different departments and even a few from different offices.

Even more exciting was the kick off of the Splunk4Good Splunktern App contest. All the Splunkterns were invited to participate in the summer long …

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Smart AnSwerS #14

Hey there and welcome to the 14th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

Here at Splunk, we’re not only building a community of users through user groups as highlighted in last week’s Smart AnSwerS blog, but we also participate in some cool projects for various communities at large through our corporate social responsibility program Splunk4Good. What better way to make a difference than through using our very own products to analyze and visualize big data for positive social impact? You can check out live projects at www.splunk4good.com to see the potential and possibilities. Aside from just using Splunk to do good, we ourselves engage with local (and not so local) communities too. Just this past Tuesday, piebob and …

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