I was watching the video (since I missed the class) for the first class where the participants introduced themselves. I wanted to introduce myself as well:
I am in NJ, USA. I have about 20 years of IT experience mostly with Microsoft technologies. I wanted to do something different than just Microsoft and have been looking into Big Data/Hadoop for a month or so, which brought me to your class.
I sent a couple of emails, are you getting the emails?