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Sept. 28 - Oct. 3, 2013

A part of DataWeek 2013
October 3, 2013
1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The first Disqus event for developers, data scientists, entrepreneurs and advertisers
interested in the world’s largest database of online discussion.

The goal of the Disqus Summit during DataWeek 2013 is to introduce Disqus data, API's, and opportunities for developers and data scientists as well as brainstorm the impact of social data on advertising, business intelligence and new business opportunities.


Disqus is a free discussion system used by nearly 3 million websites. On any given day, 120 million people around the world use Disqus to be part of the discussions that matter most to them. Each month, Disqus receives a billion monthly unique visitors and powers over 20 million comments. With a limitless range of topics, multiple signals of interest and the insight of long-form discussion, the Disqus social data feed represents the world’s largest database of online discussion.

To learn more about Disqus, visit our About page.
To join the team, check out our Jobs page.


Adam Hitchcock

Software Engineer

Daniel Ha

Co-founder & CEO

David Fetter

Data Architect

David Zabowski

VP Engineering

George Courtsunis

Software Engineer

James Greenhill

Analytics Engineer

Pedro Oliveira

Data Engineer

Ro Gupta

VP Business Development

Sam Parker

VP Product

Dr. Scott Hendrickson

Principal Data Scientist

Rob Johnson

VP Product & Strategy

Mike Harkey

Head of Platform Business Development

Fred McIntyre



DataWeek Summit Agenda - Navigating the Ocean of Online Communities

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM Disqus: The Web’s Community of Communities- Daniel Ha, CEO
Topic: Open social networks, the role of identity and community dynamics
1:30 PM - 1:50 PM Measuring Awe.sm Communities - Ro Gupta, VP Business Development
Topic: Demo and Q&A on applying social data science to community analytics, with Fred McIntyre, CEO of awe.sm.
1:50 PM - 2:30 PM Social Trend Spotting Panel - Moderated by David Zabowski, VP Engineering
Topic: A discussion on various approaches to trend spotting in large social networks. (Panelists include Rob Johnson, VP Product & Strategy at Gnip, and Mike Harkey, Head of Platform Business Development at Foursquare.)
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM Break

Lightning Talks

A series of fast-paced, hands-on tutorials from the Disqus team on how to do cool things with lots of data.

2:45 PM - 2:50 PM Intro by David Zabowski
2:50 PM - 3:00 PM Threads: Trees and Clusters
Examples of LSI + clustering on Disqus thread trees to identify subtopics and noise.
3:00 PM - 3:10 PM Intergalactic Data Speak — David Fetter, Data Architect
Topic: Using foreign data wrappers for fun and profit.
3:10 PM - 3:20 PM Community Segmentation - Pedro Oliveira, Data Engineer
Topic: Identifying commonalities between users among diverse communities.
3:20 PM - 3:30 PM The Data Whisperer: The Humanity of Low Latency, Big Data Analytics — Sam Parker, VP Product
Topic: How do you approach data engineering in a way that allows you to listen to the data, not force the data to do what you want?
3:30 PM - 3:40 PM Cassandra: Why Bother? - George Courtsunis, Software Engineer
Topic: How to choose the right database for storing your real-time data.
3:40 PM - 5:00 PM Data Lab Power Hour+
Join the Disqus team to hack on one of three data lab projects, focused on Python, Storm or Postgres. We’ll set you up with a basic environment, and access to our giant stream of comment data. The best project receives a Fitbit! Second prize is the first drink at our open bar right afterwards.
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Disqus IRL
Real life drinks, real free. Head over to the Developer Lounge to hit up the Disqus open bar. More data ”disqussion” awaits. Also, swag available (while supplies last.)