London is a wonderful place for big data researchers, practitioners and enthusiasts. But the abundance of data events may make it difficult to choose where to go and what to do. This is, without a doubt, a difficult choice I face every week. Moreover, if you know a bit about big data and data science already, you quickly realise that most events don’t bring all that much into your understanding, and similar statements and examples are thrown around. Finding nuggets of knowledge is becoming increasingly difficult the bigger the offering!
So I decided to take a different approach and focus on selecting less than obvious data events, often held in places I’d never expect to have anything to do with data, at other times my safe bets inviting interesting speakers. With a lot to choose from in London, here are my choices for the next couple of months…
Challenges of Data Science 2018 at Queen Mary University
Date: 21 September 2018
Before you call me boring or – the drama – too academic, give this conference a chance. It promises to expose the attractiveness of data science, AI and other buzzwords, highlight democracy and data, and features a wine reception. It’s free, so if you can, get a ticket now. Link here.
Made by data: 1804 to the present day at the Victoria & Albert Museum
Date: 27 September 2018
“In Focus Tour will look at a wide range of objects from the mass produced to the tailor made, that have been created by data automated processes.” Need I say more? A design museum reflecting on the impact of data automation on the processes crucial to its craft sounds super interesting, and it’s free. Link here.
Telling stories with data: Introduction to hand-drawn data visualisation at The Guardian
Date: 2 October 2018
I’m biased because I really liked Stefanie Posavec’s book “Dear Data”, and I’m looking forward to learning directly from her how to journal with hand-drawn data. Being a proper workshop where I actually get to do something, the event is quite a big time and money commitment. But hey, you get to play with crayons! Link here.
Data and inequality: Migration, inequality and data challenges at The Alan Turing Institute
Date: 24 October 2018
I must admit that the description of this event is rather limited at the time of writing, but the main UK body in AI putting up an event looking at “the global, regional and national challenges” in migration and inequality sounds promising, and it’s also free. Link here.
Women in Data UK
Data: 29 November 2018
The most mainstream of all on the list, this event piqued my curiosity because I can’t stop wondering: how are women in data different from men in data? I’m looking forward to discovering this, and the event is free. Link here.
Did anything catch your interest? Let me know if you’re thinking of going and we can meet up!