ALL YOUR BASE
17 OCTOBER 2014. OXFORD, UK
DR ALISTAIR HANN, CTO of Skyscanner
Skyscanner performs 200 million searches every month, and generated $7bn of downstream revenue last year. Scaling from zero brought many challenges, in the context of a continually growing variety of databases and hardware. Alistair will talk about how that rapid change has shaped Skyscanner’s data architecture and how they moved from just using SQL Server to a range of hardware and data technologies (Postgres, Couchbase, ElasticSearch, Hadoop).
I’m CTO at Skyscanner. With the help of the architecture and labs teams, I create the technical strategy, ensuring that technology meets our business needs be it scaling or creating new products. I left my post-doc in machine learning to found the travel search engine Zoombu, which was acquired by Skyscanner in 2010. Outside work, I love cooking, hiking in the highlands and messing about in boats.