Performance with Style and Searching Genetic Data to Drive Drug Discovery


Feb 23, 2017, 11:00 PM – Feb 24, 2017, 2:00 AM


About this event

Come network and learn more about Elasticsearch. Food and drinks will be provided.

Performance with Style

Rue La La is a leading e-commerce platform connecting world-class brands with the next-generation shopper. With 16MM Members (and growing), the company operates a members-only website that strives to be the most engaging off-price, online style destination carrying clothing, accessories, footwear, home decor, travel experiences and more. Ken Pickering is the Director of Engineering and runs web/mobile application engineering for their consumer-facing products, which includes search and site performance/scalability. Prior to Rue, Ken was Sr. Director of Engineering at Enservio and the Director of Engineering at Core Security where he was responsible for much of their software engineering practice.

Ken’s talk is “Performance with Style” and delves into how Rue La La leverages Elastic for their applications. It highlights their current efforts, and discusses plans for their Elastic implementation in the future.

Integrating Human Genetic Data to Help Drive Drug Discovery: Elastic @ Merck

As genome sequencing's costs have dramatically fallen, scientists have been awash in genetic data for novel research — but the existing tools and methods for analysis were not scaling well in terms of data size and harmonization, and they are also tedious, manual, and require a significant amount of expert integration.

Daniel and Bhasker will share Merck's journey with Elasticsearch, which has enabled them to harmonize a data ingestion pipeline and create a universal coordinate system for genetic variants as a backbone to help scientists uncover new insights on human genetics across a broad spectrum of diseases (from cancers, alzheimer's, diabetes), and to aid in the discovery and validation of new therapies.

Logistics notes from our host, Rue La La

"We’re located at 20 Channel Center in South Boston. You need to bring a photo ID and check in at security, and then you can come up to the 3rd floor.
We are a short walk from both South Station (Red Line/Commuter Rail) and Broadway Station (Red Line)."

"If you’re driving, we recommend entering '229 A Street', (the address of the back door) as there is another Channel Street in Boston. There is a parking garage located behind the State Street building next door that offers daily rates. You will turn onto Iron St. off of A St. and follow to the end where you’ll see the Channel Center Parking Garage. When walking from the garage, we are in the brick building between Iron Street and Barlow’s Restaurant. There is a big '20' plaque right outside our entrance on A street."



February 23 – 24, 2017
11:00 PM – 2:00 AM UTC


  • Lindsay Hill

    Community Organizer

  • Dan Morgan

    Community Organizer

  • Richard Juknavorian

    IT Squared

    Community Organizer

  • Theron Roe

    Community Organizer

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