Here at import.io, we’re big believers in learning. Whether it’s taking classes, watching videos, or getting together with other data scientists, we sincerely believe that you should never stop sharpening your skills and exploring new technologies.
With that in mind, this year is a big one for data science conferences, all across the US. No matter what city you’re living in, there are conferences on every corner of the map that can help you get in touch with the data science community.
You’ll participate in workshops, hear amazing keynote speakers, and confer with the best minds in the industry on where we’re headed next. While it may seem like the kind of costs that you’re not in the market to take on, the reality is that the networking opportunities presented at most or all of these conferences far outweigh the upfront price of admission.
We know it’s hard to get away for a weekend, let alone more than one during the year, but if you can even make one of these amazing conferences, you’ll be a better data scientist for it.
Check out the complete list of events, organized by calendar, below. Find a conference, book a hotel, and get ready for an experience unlike any other.
HP Big Data Conference – Boston, MA (August 10-13)
In an effort to promote “superior business outcomes” HP is hosting what they hope will be one of the biggest Big Data conferences of the year. They’ll be discussing everything from use cases, to the tough questions developers and experts are ready to ask about future innovation.
With more than 1,000 attendants, 100 speakers, and more than 30 product vendors, this 5th annual gathering of NoSQL is sure to be a great kickoff to a year of conferences. They’re vendor neutral, and talk about subjects ranging from scale-out architectures, to NoSQL data warehousing and more.
The Big Data Innovation Summit bill themselves as the “largest gathering of Fortune 500 business executives leading big Data initiatives.” Hear from Uber, The U.N., GE and more!
This is an amazing opportunity for anyone, especially other Telco operators. It’s the only big Telco event in North America, and should provide some fantastic networking opportunities and insights from big names in the Industry.
This event, presented by O’Reilly and Cloudera, focuses specifically on Big Data’s implications on big business. You’ll hear from top global speakers on future insights, best practices, and smart innovations.
Rich Data Summit – San Francisco, CA (October 14)
Featuring the likes of Nate Silver and Beth Noveck (among many others), this conference serves its name well by discussing leading strategies on turning big data into meaningful results. You won’t want to miss this one.
Teradata 2015 Partners – Anaheim, CA (October 18-22)
With the classic Anaheim convention center as its backdrop, this conference will be showcasing an “expanded scope” of meaningful discussions on how businesses can incorporate big data into their everyday practices. And if you can’t travel, this one’s accessible online!
The IEEE’s main hope in putting on this massive conference, tackling issues from Stock Market Analysis to Mining Social Networks is to “create a community around Big Data technology.” It will be a powerful learning tool and networking opportunity no doubt.
Extract – San Francisco, CA (October 30)
Brought to you by the great minds here at import.io, this conference will bring together more than 600 of the best minds in data science to combine growth hacking with data analysis to equip you to be the best data scientist in the field.
Big Data Tech Con 2015 – Chicago, IL (November 2 -4)
This massive conference in the middle of the Windy City kicks of a major month for big data conventions. This promises to be a major “how to” for Big Data use, and will prove to be very instructive in how new businesses take on Big Data.
This conference promises to be the first and only vendor-free, sponsor-free, and recruiter-free event of its kind. If you’re truly looking to learn and grow, this environment will lend itself well to your endeavor—and you’ll hear features from some of the biggest names in data science today.
Open Data Science West promises to teach and introduce conference goers to the next and biggest trends in data science, taking on languages, tools and topics that will fuel the future of the industry.
If you couldn’t make it all the way out to Rio back in September, there’s still a chance to learn at a global titan of big data conferences. QCon SF promises to focus on enterprise software development in a practitioner-minded way.
With more than 25 banking and data experts, and interactive workshops, this promises to be the kind of conference that catapults leaders in the banking industry onto the next level.
The Big Data Bootcamp promises to be an intensive, beginner-friendly, hands-on training experience that immerses your employees in the world of Big Data—which is sure to help them gain a leg on the competition. And who doesn’t want to run away to Florida in December?
Hear from the likes of Hershey, Netflix, and the Department of Homeland Security on exactly how you can make your data actionable and effective. This conference boasts unprecedented networking opportunities, and access to some of the greatest minds in data.
This 9th Annual Conference on web search and data mining is sure to bring data mining and retrieval into a whole new light. They’ll be featuring prominent speakers on web-based data research and mining, as well as present top, innovative papers on the subject from across the globe.
While not much has been announced about this conference yet, if it’s anything like this past year’s, it’s going to be the most informative collection of speakers and workshops for Apache Hadoop all year—and a centerpiece for discussing the biggest developments in Data.
As one of the most popular conferences of the year, this is a save the date you’ll definitely want to keep your eye one. This year’s EDW conference sold out well before April, so you can expect the same with even more workshops, seminars and forums.
This conference, with amazing success now for two years running, has become a massively immersive educational experience. It brings together government agencies, public institutions, and leading businesses to harness new technologies and strategies for further incorporating data into our day-to-day experience.
In this spirit of continued business innovation through data, this conference aims to break new ground in an industry that continues with each passing minute to rely on big data. Whether it’s on pricing, distribution, or even the methodology, Pharma has a lot to teach us about the use of Big Data, and this conference is sure to be one that draws out amazing new innovations.
Since you’re planning this one almost a year out, we figured it might be safe to showcase at least one foreign conference. As the 3rd international conference on data mining, internet computing, and big data, the three day conference will feature speakers from across the globe on processes, applications, and advances in research. Is it a thinly veiled excuse for vacation? Maybe. But as far as vacations go, this will probably the most informative one you’ve ever taken.
Ultimately, this list will grow and change as the dates of some of these later conferences get closer, and new ones emerge. Did we miss your conference? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll add it to the list right away!
And if you have any stories, don’t hesitate to share how one of these or another conference revolutionized the way you see data. Here’s to future innovations, one conference at a time!