Graph Connect 2018

GraphConnect, the annual Neo4J event, was hosted in New York yesterday (2018-09-20). About 800 people gathered near Times Square for a day of talks about graphs and real-life relationship building (aka networking). 

The event was kicked off by Emil Eifrem, Neo4J's founder and CEO. Emil opened with a couple of impressive stats (just one: 99% of all airline pricing runs through Neo4J), followed by an overview of the current status of Neo4J and its future as a graph platform, rather than 'just' a graph database. "Everything is a graph" started as a marketing slogan but turns out to be increasingly true. 

In the second half of the opening keynote, the audience was given an overview of Neo4J 3.5 (currently in alpha 9) and a brilliant overview of the current status and do's and don'ts of machine learning by Hilary Mason

The entire keynote is available on YouTube

Although annual corporate events always are heavily marketing and sales driven, stats don't lie: the future for graph databases, with Neo4J as the market leader, looks bright:

graphdb

source: https://db-engines.com/en/ranking_categories

It's impossible to discuss all of 'the other presentations' in detail, but the most interesting ones I personally attended were about spatial data management and AI/ML. 

As a personal favorite (being a long time Kettle user and developer), it was a joy to see how Matt Casters convinced yet another crowd of the power of Kettle.
Kettle rocks, and will rock even more as the tool of choice to transfer data in and out of Neo4J going forward.

In short, Graph Connect 2018 was a joy to attend. Great talks, great vibes, and a very promising future for Neo4J! 

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