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Leeds Apache Kafka® Meetup by Confluent: Building a Streaming ETL solution with Rail Data

11th September 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us for an Apache Kafka® meetup on Monday, July 22 from 6:00 pm hosted kindly by our friends at MediaMath in Durham. The address, agenda and speaker information can be found below.

6:00pm: Doors open

6:00-6:30 pm: Pizza, drinks and networking

6:30 pm-7:00 pm: Machine Learning with KSQL on Kafka, Alice Kaerast, Senior Devop Engineer, Covea Insurance

7:00pm – 7:45 pm: On Track with Apache Kafka: Building a Streaming ETL solution with Rail Data, Robin Moffatt, Developer Advocate, Confluent

7:45 pm-8:00 pm: Additional Q&A and networking
Speaker 1:
Alice Kaerast, Senior Devop Engineer, Covea Insurance

Title of Talk: Machine Learning with KSQL on Kafka

KSQL’s ability to be extended with UDF functions makes it possible to apply machine learning algorithms against streaming data in real-time. In this talk Alice will describe some of the tools being used for this, as well as some specific use-cases. You don’t need to be an expert in machine learning or Java to be able to do this.

Alice works at Covea Insurance in Halifax as a Senior Devop Engineer and has been working on data platforms for 6 years. Recently they have been concentrating on real-time and streaming use-cases.
Alice organizes Queer Code Yorkshire as well as helps run the Leeds Kafka meetup. In their spare time, they travel the world and work on open source and open data. Alice has a passion for getting rid of inefficient batch processes.
Speaker 2:
Robin Moffatt, Developer Advocate, Confluent

Title of Talk: On Track with Apache Kafka: Building a Streaming ETL solution with Rail Data

Want to know what you can REALLY do with Apache Kafka once you get going? This talk will show off lots of integration and stream processing techniques. What started out as a fun project integrating live streams of updates of UK rail data turned into a full-blown data platform, with integration from ActiveMQ and S3, through KSQL and stream processing for joins and decoding, into various targets including analytics on S3, Elasticsearch, PostgreSQL, and graph analysis on Neo4j. Also using Kafka compacted topics to demonstrate the theory of stream/table to store configuration to drive real-time alerts delivered through Telegram. This talk will be a curated walk-through of the specifics of how I built the system, and code samples of the salient integration points in KSQL and Kafka Connect. The data may be domain-specific but the challenges of handling batch and stream data to drive both applications and analytics are encountered by many, and this talk will give people lots of concrete examples on how to do it.

Robin is a Developer Advocate at Confluent, as well as an Oracle Groundbreaker Ambassador. His career has always involved data, from the old worlds of COBOL and DB2, through the worlds of Oracle and Hadoop, and into the current world with Kafka. His particular interests are analytics, systems architecture, performance testing and optimization. He blogs at and and can be found tweeting grumpy geek thoughts as Outside of work he enjoys drinking good beer and eating fried breakfasts, although generally not at the same time.
KAFKA SUMMIT SF 2019: 30th September til the 1st October –

We are able to offer you a 25% discount on the standard priced ticket for Kafka Summit San Francisco (September 30th & October 1st). To redeem it, please go to, click ‘register’, select ‘Conference Pass’ and enter the community promo code “KS19Meetup”.
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NOTE: We are unable to cater for any attendees under the age of 18.


11th September 2019
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


The Pitch (Floor 3)/Sky Betting & Gaming
6 Wellington Place
Leeds, United Kingdom

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