NYC Data Week, with a scheduling twist

NYC Data Week is October 22-26. Most events are open and free, and you can add your own to the calendar.

NYC Data Week 2012More than 20 events are already scheduled for NYC Data Week, but there’s an interesting quirk to the planning process: it’s being crowdsourced. That means if you’ve got a New-York-City-based data event that’s scheduled between October 22-26, you can request that it be added to the NYC Data Week lineup.

The purpose of NYC Data Week is to showcase the application of data across New York City. It includes events relevant to startups, established businesses, government, education, finance, and science. If you’re working with data, you’ll have an easy time spotting something of interest — and that crowdsourced option is available in the off chance you don’t see what you’re looking for.

Below you’ll find a few highlights from the current schedule. Most events are open to the public and free to attend.

  • The Data Innovation in Finance Panel and the City-wide Data Drives Change Panel will look at how New York City businesses and government are using data to bring about change. Panelists will speak frankly about what it takes to succeed with data initiatives.
  • DataKind continues its series of hackathons that benefit non-profits and charities with Strata NY DataSprint, a two-day data sprint focused on using data to solve tough problems.
  • The Startup Showcase at the Strata Conference + Hadoop World conference will give data startups a moment in the spotlight. Judges Tim O’Reilly and Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures will meet with the companies onsite to select the winners.
  • Ignite NYC gives presenters five minutes to live up to Ignite’s motto, “enlighten us, but make it quick.” (Tip: five minutes is both shorter and longer than you think.)
  • Strong data visualizations combine aesthetics and accessibility. That’s a tough combination to get right, so check out the Data Visualization Showcase to see visualizations that successfully blend looks and insight.
  • Data user group meetups are being held throughout the week. You’ll find gatherings dedicated to Sqoop, Hadoop, MongoDB, Flume, Python, and HBase, to name a few. There’s also BigDataCamp, an unconference for users of Hadoop and related technologies.

Given the crowdsourcing component to NYC Data Week, you can expect the calendar to expand in coming weeks. The up-to-date lineup of events is available here.

Data Week is co-produced by the City of New York’s Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications (DoITT) and O’Reilly Media’s Strata + Hadoop World Conference, taking place in New York October 23-25, during the NYC Data Week.

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