After being quite disenchanted with the state of the Big Data conferences, I thought that I would reach out to some folks that do work similar to ours and plan a mini conference of our own. The first guy that I reached out to was Mike Driscoll, the CTO of MetaMarkets. I had hit the jackpot on the first pull. Mike had been toying with the idea of having a “No BS Data Salon” where he’d get together folks that have challenging problems and present how they’ve solved them in a use-case style format. He wanted to hit at least three levels of the stack: visualization, analytics and data infrastructure. Timon and I encouraged him to take his ideas and make it real since it was exactly what we were thinking.
Today we had the first in the series. It covered data visualization. Mike put together a fantastic group of presenters from Bret Victor to Nick Bilton. All told, there were 5 presenters, a panel discussion on JS visualization tools, and around 20 attendees. It was an awesome opportunity to just talk shop about data and visualizations.
A big thanks to Mike, Nisha and all of the MetaMarkets folks for all of their work and hospitality. And another big thanks to all of the presenters. I certainly look forward to attending and presenting at future get togethers.