Just look at all the wonderful students. We got to teach one day of the Global Big Data Conference. By now, with our experience of doing the same in Austin and in Santa Clara, it came out really impressive. We covered theory and practice, HDFS and MapReduce, did the labs, and even constructed about sixty individual clusters: each student did his or her own.
From the early morning flight, to the sessions, lunch, snacks, and work - it was a ball!