But that would be boring.
And while it’s one thing to be friendly to night janitors, they get a little creeped out when you’re there every night.
That’s why big data conferences, like the 11 listed below, are a great option to get you out of the office and into your industry.
Big Data Conferences
These events encourage networking and skill building with other members of the big data community. There are a ton of big data events, both in the United States and internationally, so I looked through the most popular to find the best ones.
If you want to give your career a boost, consider attending one of these events. They are arranged alphabetically.
New Orleans, May 2-4, 2017
Tech Startup: $227
General Attendee: $680
Collision 2017 bills itself as “America’s fastest growing tech conference.” Their speaker list certainly includes up-and-coming companies and people that mirror that dynamic claim. Stan Chudnovsky of Facebook, Miguel McKelvey of WeWork, and Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, are three of the more than 250 speakers.
Collision 2017 will also feature ALPHA, a startup showcase that also includes conference sessions, roundtables, and workshops with access to industry insiders. Applications for Alpha 2017 are closed, but the 2018 opportunity is definitely worth a look.
April 20-21, 2017, Chicago
September 20-21, 2017, Seattle
May 3-4, 2018, Chicago
Single Pass: $1,350
Discount Pass (2 Attendees): $1,200
Discount Pass (3 Attendees): $1,100
Discount Pass (Single-Other): $1,000
If you’d prefer to avoid the corporate character of a lot of conferences, The Data Science Conference is for you. There are no vendors, sponsors, or recruiters allowed. There are, however, a fantastic range of speakers from some of those big companies, like Alessandro Panella of Facebook and David Smith of Microsoft. The sessions cover a broad range of topics, from “User Centered Design in Data Science” to “Making AI Easy with Cognitive Models and Intelligent Bots.”
August 23-24, 2017, Disney World, Orlando
Early Bird: $1,895 through July 3, 2017
Groups (3+): $1,695 per person
Regular admission: $2,395 per person
Keynote speakers haven’t been announced yet, but the conference itself draws “over 1,300 executives, managers, and analysts representing over 135 companies and universities,” so they probably won’t have a problem landing decent speakers. A number of the speakers will be from Disney itself, and given how much data pours into the company, it’s hard not to be curious about what they’re doing with it.
Also, they’re using the font from the Haunted Mansion ride, and if that’s not a draw, you must not like happiness.
San Jose, June 13-15, 2017
Sydney, Australia, September 20-21, 2017
Early Bird: from $1,390 to $3,190
Standard: from $1,500 to $3,300
Onsite: from $1,750 to $3,350
If you’re saddened by the rebranding of Strata+Hadoop World to Strata Data Conference, perk up: Hadoop’s got two shindigs of its own. There are DataWorks Summits being held in San Jose and Sydney, Australia later this year, on June 13-15 and September 20-21, respectively. The conferences will feature recruitment sessions, a daily community showcase, and breakout sessions and crash courses every day.
Breakout sessions are divided into eight tracks: Applications, Enterprise Adoption, Data Processing and Warehousing, Apache Hadoop (of course), Governance and Security, IoT and Streaming, Cloud and Operations, and Apache Spark and Data Science. These breakouts will give conference-goers a new vantage point on any of the eight tracks, offering case studies, speakers, success stories and more.
Las Vegas, October 29-November 2, 2017
Registration info not yet available
IBM World of Watson hasn’t announced their 2017 speakers yet, but last year’s lineup suggests that 2017 won’t disappoint. 2016’s keynote speaker was Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM, and other speakers were of similarly impressive backgrounds. Stewart Butterfield (co-founder of Slack and Flickr) spoke on using bots to improve productivity, and Mary Barra (Chairman/CEO of General Motors) spoke on using Watson in her attempts to create consumer-driven products at the automotive giant.
Sessions covered everything from business analytics to enterprise content management. Even in 2016’s Analytics for Business track alone, there were 86 different sessions to choose from, from using IBM Cognos to build applications, to using data to change how compliance departments operate in a regulation-heavy atmosphere.
New Orleans, November 18-21, 2017
Registration info not yet available
The ICDM is a premiere event for anyone involved in data mining. The keynote speakers, a trio of academic heavyweights and an international global public health expert, promise to deliver a wealth of knowledge and experience about getting information out of data.
The paper submission deadline is June 5, so if you’ve got an idea, you’ve still got time to polish that proposal. Likewise, the ICDM is still accepting tutorial proposals until July 13. The full schedule isn’t up yet, but you still have the opportunity to help make it.
Innovation Enterprise puts on so many conferences per year, they get their own section. They hold overall Big Data & Analytics summits, and also have specialized summits on big data and analytics in banking, marketing, pharma, and retail.
Innovation Enterprises summits field some of the biggest names in the business. Here are some of the speakers for April’s Big Data Summit alone:
- Raghu Ramakrishnan, Microsoft CTO
- Ritesh Agrawal, Uber, Lead Intelligent Infrastructure Systems
- Blake Irvine, Manager, Device Analytics, Netflix
- Beena Ammanath, Executive Leader, Data and Analytics, GE
- Valentino Tereshko, Big Data Lead, Office of CTO, Google
- Ashish Bansal, Senior Director, Data Science, Captial One
If you want to get an idea of what the big players in the data and analytics space are up to, any one of the Innovation Enterprises conferences would be a great choice. And if you’re not sure you can get the money for a ticket, check out IE’s “convince your boss” page. Now THAT’S marketing.
San Francisco (PAW Business and PAW Workforce), May 14-18
Chicago (Business and Manufacturing), June 19-22
London (Business), October 11-12
Washington, D.C. (PAW Government), Q1 2018 (dates TBA)
PAW Business: from $1,950 to $4,250
PAW Financial: TBA
PAW Healthcare: TBA
PAW Workforce: from $1,950 to $4,250
PAW Manufacturing: from $1,950 to $4,250
PAW Government: TBA
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Predictive Analytics runs two types of conferences: PAW Business, which focuses on broader topics like using Hadoop in predictive analytics and overviews of good and bad modeling methods, and market-specific conferences for the government, financial, healthcare, workforce, and manufacturing industries.
This is also the only conference I’ve found that has its own music video, all about predictive analytics. It’s worth watching, if for no other reason than it has the line “who’s your data,” and the fact that the performer can actually do that Michael Jackson leg-sideways-thingy. Also, you’ll feel really uncomfortable.
Singapore, December 4-7, 2017
San Jose, March 5-8, 2018
Through May 21, London passes are 1,595, 1,295 and 1,045 pounds.
Through May 5, Beijing passes are 7,379, 6,029, 4,451 and 3,369 Yuan/Reminbi.
Prices not yet available for other conferences.
Since this year’s Strata+Hadoop World just passed, I’d like to tell you to be on the lookout for 2018’s conference. Too bad it technically doesn’t exist anymore.
That’s right, the venerable Strata+Hadoop has been rechristened the Strata Data Conference (hey, it rhymes). What about the Hadoop half? If you’re looking for Hadoop, you’ll have to attend the DataWorks Summit covered above.
There are Strata Data World Conferences in London, Beijing, New York, Singapore and San Jose. The last two, Singapore and San Jose, haven’t even started accepting calls for papers yet. The theme for the upcoming conferences, “Make Data Work,” corresponds to the reason behind the conference’s’ name change. Data’s now bigger than the tool (Hadoop, or whatever else you’re using).
Registration isn’t open yet for New York, Singapore or San Jose. You can sign up at those conference pages to be alerted when registration opens, or when the call for papers is announced.
Unless you’re a TDWI member, you can’t see the price yet.
TDWI (The Data Warehousing Institute, or “Transforming Data With Intelligence,” as their website now calls them) holds several major events a year, divided into Conferences, Leadership Summits, Seminars, and Solution Spotlights.
This year, there will be conferences in Chicago, Anaheim, Seattle, and Orlando. TDWI’s Conferences are educational opportunities with a diverse range of courses on everything “data science, analytics, data management, governance and more.” The agenda for Chicago looks like a data geek’s dream, with sessions from beginning topics (“Principles of BI Design”) to more advanced subjects (“Data Management Best Practices for Predictive Analytics”).
July 4-7, Brussels, Belgium
Industry members: €650
useR is the international conference for data analysts who use R (a programming language frequently used in big data analytics because of its ability to handle graphs and statistics).
The conference is pretty open about presentation topics, so long as the topics are “R-related” (get it?). Talks are divided into focus/kaleidoscope sessions (15-20 minutes) and lightning talks (5 minutes). The call for abstracts is currently closed, but you can still register to attend useR.
With sessions like “R tools for the analysis of complex heterogenous data” and “Structural equation modeling,” you won’t want to miss useR.
What Top Big Data Conferences Did I Miss?
Are there any upcoming big data conferences that you’re excited about, either listed here or not? Are you planning on sharing a paper, leading a session, or speaking at one of these upcoming conferences? Either way, let me know in the comments below!
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