Mahout is an open source machine learning library from Apache. From its humble beginnings at Apache Lucene, the project has grown into a active community of developers, machine learning experts and enthusiasts. With v0.5 released recently, the project has been focussing full steam on developing stable APIs with an eye on our major milestone of v1.0. The speaker has been with Mahout from his days in college as a computer science student. The talk will focus on the major use cases of Mahout. The design decisions, things that worked, things that didn't, and things to expect in the future releases.