Kansas City IT Professionals, a grassroots tech community of 9,000+ members held an event on August 30th, 2012 entitled Big Data: The Future Of Insights (see: http://kcitp.me/M67S9M).
The event consisted of 2 keynotes & a panel with expert data scientists, engineers, and data analysts from companies like Adknowledge and Cerner.
This talk, entitled "Big Data, what's the Big Deal?" was delivered by Scott Kahler, Data Platforms Administrator w/ Adknowledge.
Watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQZ-4NMMtBo
See the blog post here: http://www.kcitp.com/2012/09/03/big-data-kansas-city-technology-events/