Alain has been a part of Uber’s engineering team since it could be fed by a couple of pizzas. He implemented the first Spark-based ETL pipeline at Uber as part of the migration to a Hadoop centric data world. Nowadays he uses Spark to analyze and classify trip GPS data in search of new product opportunities. In years prior he worked in Uber’s realtime dispatch engine and later lead the development of a realtime metrics engine powering Uber’s business dashboards. In a prior life he used to tinker with embedded systems in consumer and aerospace electronics.