There were 149 participants (I actually predicted 150 when talking to the organizers a few months before :-) ) from all over the world, ranging from the very expert users to the node developers, from the curious ones to the enterprise adopting the KNIME Server as their enterprise backbone.
The event was filled with constant chances to learn, network, and inspirations! Your brain could not afford remaining idle with all ideas and inspirations coming from the talks, with the deeper learning offered by the workshops, with the stimulating conversations over lunch and dinners, and with the endless networking opportunities! You can have a quick pick via the KNIME Community web site: http://www.knime.org/ugm2013_news.
Talks covered many different disciplines - from banking to fiinance, from social media to life sciences - and many different topics - from automatic reporting to new nodes, from big data to RESTful web serices, from the KNIME Server to including R into KNIME.
I really learned something from all of the talks.
If I have to choose a few, I might say I particularly liked Man-Ling Lee's talk (Genentech). She presented a work where KNIME was used as control console to run, import, and monitor a number of other software tools. Particularly impressive was the dynamic command line node generation!
The "Social CRM at Telekom" talk showed a practical and useful implementation of the combination of text mining and network analytics to explore customers attitude and influence.
Text Processing and Network Mining were also the main actors in Frank Dullweber's talk from Boehringer Ingelheim.
The work presented in the "Report automatization in KNIME" talk was controlling the final report layout with a few Quickform variables in the workflow. The final very different reports were very impressive!
And many more! I must say all of the talks had at least a very interesting idea to take back home!
All in all an extremely stimulating experience!
I hope to meet more of you at the next KNIME User Group Meeting in 2014!