San Francisco
June 30 - July 2, 2014

Spark Summit 2014 brought the Apache Spark community together on June 30- July 2, 2014 at the The Westin St. Francis in San Francisco. It featured production users of Spark, Shark, Spark Streaming and related projects.

Databricks Application Spotlight

At Databricks, we’ve been thrilled to see the rapid pace of adoption of Spark, as it has been embraced by an increasing number of enterprise vendors and has grown to be the most active open source project in the Hadoop ecosystem. We also readily admit that a critical piece of enabling enterprises to unlock its potential is a strong ecosystem of applications built on top of Spark.

We launched the “Certified on Spark” program to support these application developer efforts, and have been blown away at the diverse set of applications being built on top of Spark, and want this great work to be exposed to the broader community. In that light, this year’s Spark Summit will have an “Application Spotlight” segment that will highlight some of the best we’ve seen. Given the limited number of slots available at the conference, all interested developers must go through a lightweight application process.

Read on for details on how to apply and what selection entails. All applications eligible (even if not yet certified) for the Databricks”Certified on Spark” program are encouraged to apply!

Benefits of Application Spotlight

Developers that are chosen to be part of the Application Spotlight segment will enjoy the following benefits:

  • High visibility at Spark Summit: Each selected Application Spotlight awardee will be on stage for a QA session (in front of ~1000 attendees + live stream) to discuss their application and how they’re leveraging Spark
  • Marketing events around Spark Summit: As part of the Spark Summit newsletter, the Application Spotlight awardees will be highlighted with a short blurb, and will appear on the Spark Summit website, and for those who are also sponsors will have a ‘Application Spotlight’ tag attached to their booth to draw in customers for a demo
  • Attendance: The designated speaker for each awardee will receive a free 2-day pass to the Spark Summit
  • General benefits of “Certified on Spark”: Application developer can tell customers their application works across a wide range of distributions, placed prominently on the Databricks website, issue press release, and get the chance to pen a guest article.

Additionally, for those that have already completed the certification process, the additional work is minimal, and for those who have not the certification process is relatively lightweight once the technical integration has been completed.


The process that application developers would go through is the following:

  1. Submission: An application must be submitted through the online submission form by May 23, 2014, that contains the following:
    • General questionnaire filled out for product (e.g., product description, target audience, what makes the application unique)
    • Spark-centric questionnaire (e.g., how does the product leverage / integrate with Spark, why the decision to leverage spark)
    • Up to 5 screen-shots of the product
    • [Optional] Link to a video up to 3 minutes in length
  2. Review: Databricks reviews submissions, and can optionally:
    • Send an email requesting a limited amount of additional detail for clarification
    • Request a video chat session with a brief demo of the product for clarification
  3. Selection: Databricks will then select a handful of applications as “Application Spotlight” awardees and notify them by June 6th.
  4. Certification: All awardees must submit a certification application by June 20th otherwise they risk being disqualified from the “Application Spotlight” program


Any application that is eligible for the “Certified on Spark” program is eligible for the Application Spotlight program. In practical terms, this means:

  • “Application / technology can be deployed” on top of a customer’s stock Apache Spark distribution (e.g., bundled solutions that are internally powered by Spark are not eligible)

Additionally, vendor must be willing to submit certification application by deadline.