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 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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#tbt: 5 of My Favourite Splunk Projects

Splunk Aircraft Monitoring

Not being one to look back at the past I usually hate the throwback Thursday hashtag.

That said, when you take a moment to look back and see some of the things our awesome customers are doing with Splunk there are occasions where I’ll consider it acceptable – this being one.

And with this justification, here are 5 of my favourite Splunk projects.…

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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 …

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Splunking the Environment – Finding the relationships between Haze and Dengue

Just slightly over a month ago, Singapore has been hit by the worst haze crisis ever in history. This was due to the forest fire bellowing from nearby Indonesia caused by illegal slash-and-burn farming methods that were used to clear the crops.

On a particular day, the PSI (Pollutants Standard Index) reading hit 401, the highest ever reading since 1997, which had a reading of 226. There are several different ways of measuring and representing such readings, so YMMV (Your Mileage May Varies) depending on where you are and how these readings are taken.

Over here, readings above 300 are deemed as “hazardous”, and people are advised to avoid any outdoor activity and to wear 3M N95 masks if such …

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Oakland International High School Visit

On Thursday 5/30 Oakland International High School had a blast visiting the Splunk HQ as part of Splunk4Good‘s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) educational outreach. Splunk UI Dev Kate Feenney, who volunteers with Oakland International in her spare time, did an awesome job acting as host and at making sure that the students visit was a great learning experience.

The Splunk4Good volunteers had the day planned out for these young talented minds. Nick Key intrigued our guests with the Splunk demo and implemented a little bit of coding during his presentation, Eric Grant did a great job at covering the demo, while Splunk intern Ross Lazerowitz covered the What It’s Like to Work at Splunk!

After the …

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LPS High School Gets Splunk-ducated

As the Notorious B.I.G said, “If you don’t know, now you know” that on Tuesday, May 21st, there were some young’ns roaming Splunk’s SF building. Splunk4Good invited LPS High School for a visit as part of our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) educational outreach. Splunk4Good volunteers had previously mentored LPS HS students as part of the Technovation App Challenge. On this occasion LPS High School visited Splunk as part of their Week Without Walls that encourages their students to learn outside the school and gives them the opportunity to engage with their community.

After the high schoolers belly’s were full from the open taco bar, the day continued with Splunk-ducated fun! Introductions were made, then Splunk Sr Product Manager …

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Splunk Powers Up With jQuery!

Splunk is happy to announce that we will be a Diamond level sponsor of the 2013 jQuery Portland Conference on June 13 & 14. This is shaping up to be the best jQuery event to date, so if you haven’t registered yet – do it now, but first read below to find out about two special Splunk related offers.

Did you know jQuery is a Splunk customer? It’s true! In fact, jQuery received the very first Nonprofit License issued by Splunk4Good one year ago. Come to the conference and find out in one of the talks how jQuery is using Splunk to make sense of all their data.

This exciting event will feature 2 tracks, 31 talks, a …

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Splunk4Good partners with Geeks Without Bounds

I am happy to announce Splunk4Good is formally partnering with Geeks Without Bounds (GWOB) in 2013! The partnership will lend broad support to GWOB’s mission and encourage the use of Splunk products in humanitarian projects.

GWOB is a non-profit organization with a mission to apply technology as an accelerator for humanitarian projects. In order to achieve this mission GWOB hosts humanitarian hackathons around the globe and also works with humanitarian startups in an accelerator program with 2 cohorts per year.

Read a bit more about GWOB in the words of their Executive Director, Willow Brugh, (and click thru to read their full Theory of Change):

Geeks Without Bounds works towards positive change by bridging the gap between technological capabilities and

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San Francisco one step closer to appointing Chief Data Officer

Yesterday marked an important next step in San Francisco’s Open Data journey.

Back in October, through cooperation with President David Chiu’s office, Mayor Lee’s new Office of Civic Innovation submitted a revised Open Data ordinance to the Board of Supervisors.

This legislation was scheduled for review yesterday, Thursday, March 28th at 10:00am, before the Government Audit and Oversight Committee. The proposed legislation would allow the City to appoint a new Chief Data Officer (CDO) and would compliment the CDO position with department-level Data Coordinators throughout the city.

Jay Nath, the City’s Chief Innovation Officer who has been  leading this effort, in addressing the Supervisors Thursday described open data as “Machine readable raw data sets freely available …

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Philly Hackathon Winners

On March 6, 2013 after SplunkLive in Philadelphia, developers joined forces with Splunkers for a Hackathon at Seed Philly. Despite the weather that we were having in Philly, everyone did a great job on using Splunk and interesting data to create an innovative apps!

Jonathan Luste, Marquise Lee, Alem Abreha, Patrick Shumate, Sean Brown {team name: “Team Comcast”, spirit animal: “Mongoose”} won 1st place for Best App!  Bringing their creative minds together they Splunked Philadelphia Crime data to see violent vs non-violent crimes and incident rates that are displayed on the maps. Check out the pic of the team presenting and a couple screenshots of the app!

Chris Ly {team name: “Team Unfinished”, spirit animal: “Crippled Dodo”} …

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