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Aminah Ali

Aminah is an innovator at The Knowledge Society and a 17-year-old senior at Chadwick School. Her STEM interests were first cultivated at school, where she take advanced math, science, and computer science courses. She also co-founded and currently leads her school’s first and only computer science-based service site.

With The Knowledge Society, Aminah has both expanded and deepened her interests in S.T.E.M and, as she pursues a focus in Artificial Intelligence, she is constantly reminded of the ways AI and data science relate to everyday life.

In her spare time, Aminah can be found dancing, crocheting, watching anime, reading fantasy novels, discussing philosophy, playing Minecraft, or writing; her poetry is nationally recognized.

Talk: Becoming a Data-Driven Learner

Ever since the completion of her studies in journalism, she has been nurturing a passion for how information can be expressed, shared and understood. In 2010, sensing that the rich data era will transform the way we work, learn and communicate, she co-founded Dataveyes, a studio specialized in Human-Data interactions. Within Dataveyes, she translates data into interactive visualisations, in order to reveal new insightful stories, accompany new uses and understand our environment shaped by data and algorithms.

Talk: Mapping the Covid19 research landscape: the power of dataviz over black boxes

Cathryn Ploehn is an interaction designer and lecturer interested in embodied, feminist, and ecological modes of creating – and (re)enchanting – data visualizations. She holds an MDes from Carnegie Mellon University.

Talk: Visualizing Transgender Day of Remembrance: lessons in bearing witness through making losses visible and visceral

Duncan Geere is an information designer interested in climate and the environment. Based in Gothenburg, Sweden, he works to communicate complex, nuanced information to a wider audience.

Talk: Loud Numbers – Telling Stories with Data and Music

Estafanía is a UX/UI designer and has recently started to experiment with SciArt. She likes to combine different styles with a strong eye on narrative, and she loves to experiment with new designs. She has fun ideating new ways of presenting data to bring emotions into the users that can lead into positive impact.

Talk: An odd couple’s journey towards SciArt: Design meets Science and vice-versa

Greta is a data-hungry ecologist. Although she specialised in biodiversity data and did her PhD on alien Antarctic species, she is always looking at ways of using her GIS and data analysis skills in any subject that provides knowledge and hopefully positive impact. She has fun using R and ArcGIS, but by far her biggest satisfaction comes from providing results in an impactful way. That is why she loves to work with Estefanía Casal who would be joining her if we can present in this conference. (more about her below) Together we have discovered SciArt and we keep experimenting aiming at providing positive impact through data.

Talk: An odd couple’s journey towards SciArt: Design meets Science and vice-versa

Harim Jung

Data Scientist who is working on nuclear power and climate change issues. Highly focusing on Low Carbon Energy Mix and energy transition sector with Data Analytics, Deep Learning, and Data visualization for efficient storytelling. Harim believes Climate Issue is what all people should listen to but also what the storyteller should acknowledge how sensitive it is in politics and economic contexts.

Harim is leading a Data Visualization group based in Korea to global energy organizations, named 1 Million Visual Legacy. This is a non-profit but for social good especially for IAEA, IEA, and IRENA database for Low carbon energy-related into the energy mix and GHG. ETL a huge dataset and deep analysis for simple and clean data visualization is her duty for the world. She would share this insight to the DVS people first and people in the world.

Talk: Are we Fine with Global Warming? The Role of Nuclear Power & Low Carbon Energy

Isabella Chua

Isabella is a data vis storyteller from Singapore with a background in sociology. She gravitates towards writing quirky stories covering social phenomena in Asia.

Talk: How do we translate cultural experiences into data stories?


Jessica Li

Jessica Li is the current Graphics Editor at the Columbia Daily Spectator, a student-run independent newspaper and non-profit organization. Graphics is the only dataviz desk at the Spectator, working with other news desks to create both collaborative analysis pieces and data-focused stories. Jessica is also a sophomore at Columbia University studying Applied Math and Economics, with a strong interest in public health. When she’s not fangirling over The Pudding, Jessica is probably scouring the internet for her latest food craving. She is currently home in Virginia, dearly missing the egg bagels at Absolute.

Talk: Shaping Dataviz Through Student Newsrooms


Building on her former position as a literature teacher and 5 years as an art director in a creative agency, Julie Brunet is currently an independent data & information designer, founder of datadesign studio “datacitron”. Datavisualisation embodies a perfect crosspoint between her pedagogical formation and her second career 
as a graphic designer. She believes in the accessibility 
of information through design and the virtuous role datadesigners can play in a society shaped by 
the ever-increasing amount and complexity of data. 
She also has a tender point for data-humour, data-collage and other creative data-shenanigans 
that she exercises on her instagram.

Talk: My statistic enemy, 
or why difficulties make better data visualisation


Larene Le Gassick

Larene is a software engineer at Datalust, creators of Seq centralized logging software. Since 2019, she has worked on various software projects that required data visualisation — from live energy usage graphs to data dashboards. Right now, she’s helping to build accessibility into Seq — a centralised logging application with live, customisable dashboards and charts.

Since her first client at ThoughtWorks more than 5 years ago, where she learnt about WCAG for the first time, she’s been spreading accessibility knowledge as a not-so-secret side mission at many companies since then. She’s delivered talks at NDC, YOW!, and other conferences and meetups. Her goal is to make accessibility easier to understand for all developers.

Talk: Are your data visualizations excluding people?

Luis is a political and data scientist from Chile working as a Video and Data Visualization Producer in a think tank in Washington DC.

Talk: DataViz for Non-Profits


Mushon Zer-Aviv

Mushon Zer-Aviv is a designer, an educator and a media activist based in Tel Aviv. His love/hate relationship with data informs his design work, art pieces, activism, research, lectures, workshops & city life. Among Mushon’s collaborations, he is the CO-founder of Shual.com – a foxy design studio; YouAreNotHere.org – a tour of Gaza through the streets of Tel Aviv; Kriegspiel – a computer game version of the Situationist Game of War; the Normalizing Machine – exploring algorithmic prejudice; the AdNauseam extension – clicking ads so you don’t have to; and multiple government transparency and civic participation initiatives with the Public Knowledge Workshop; Mushon also designed the maps for Waze.com and led the design of Localize.city. Mushon is an alumni of Eyebeam – an art and technology center in New York. He teaches digital media as a senior faculty member at Shenkar School of Engineering and Design. Previously he taught new media research at NYU and Open Source design at Parsons the New School of Design and in Bezalel Academy of Art & Design.

Talk: DataViz, the UnEmpathetic Art


Riva Quiroga

Riva Quiroga is a linguist currently pursuing a PhD in that area, and an editor at Programming Historian, a Digital Humanities open access journal that publishes novice-friendly, peer-reviewed tutorials that help humanists learn a wide range of digital tools, techniques, and workflows to facilitate research and teaching. She is also a R programming enthusiast who teaches data wrangling, data visualization and text mining to different audiences.

Talk: Beyond Word Clouds: Visualizing the Linguistic Patterns of Political Speeches


Sara Eichner is an artist, designer and cartographer focused on data driven stories. Combining design with GIS and data visualization she transforms complex technical information into clear, easy-to-understand presentations and narratives. She has a deep interest in using these skills to support environmental conservation efforts. Recent clients include the Hudson River Foundation, the NY State Department of Conservation, the NYC Department of Transportation and Etsy. Sara brings her background as an artist to this work and to her role as an organizer of the annual Data Through Design exhibition in New York City. She also teaches Spatial Thinking, GIS and Design at Pratt Institute in the School of Information as well as the School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

Talk: Data Through Design; Creating a Data Art Exhibition

Sarah is a talented multidisciplinary developer and designer, with a passion for building products that are accessible and user-friendly.

Through working with a wide range of companies, Sarah has expertise in full-stack development, user experience design, and project management. They excel at combining this diverse skillset to follow projects from the research phase through implementation, and create user-friendly solutions to complex problems.

The past years they have focused on the user experience and accessibility of data visualizations for products within the public sector, cancer medicine and education.

Talk: Are your data visualizations excluding people?

Stephanie is a Senior Data Scientist at Saturn Cloud, a company making large scale Python easy and accessible to the data community. Previously, she worked as a DS Tech Lead at Journera, a travel data startup, and Senior Data Scientist at Uptake, where she developed predictive models for diagnosing and preventing mechanical failure. Stephanie has used data visualization for dashboarding, presenting analyses, model development, and public presentations, using R and Python as well as tools like Tableau and Looker.

Talk: Going Beyond Matplotlib and Seaborn: A survey of Python data visualization tools

Wilma is a Visual Artist working in London. In 2020 she completed a Masters in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins. In the last two years she has exhibited her work at The Tate Modern, Lethaby Gallery and the Apairy Gallery. Her core concern is the extrapolation of political injustices told through data, collected testimonials and the communication of this through artistic means. Utilising a successful 15 year career as a policy professional in the fields of equalities and human rights issues, her work manifests this information in physical form. Her works are often memorialistic in nature and are both labour and research intensive.

Wilma’s work is noted for being repetitive, organised and often comprising of grids or grid like structures. It is multi-disciplinary in its approach, incorporating installations, sculptural and 2D work, through diverse materials such as concrete, photography, glass, light and ceramics

Talk: Using Data in a Fine Art Practice

Named one of Campaign’s 30 Future Creative Female Leaders, Valentina is an award-winning designer, creative director, and author. Her work takes many forms — from theatre productions and exhibitions to editorial content and digital experiences. She also leads a series of Masterclasses with The Guardian.

Talk: Data Designer: A Self Portrait

Ashris is a software developer with a background in architecture and design. He visualises public data about India to make data grounded conversations more accessible. Ashris is deeply interested in understanding identity and making the invisible structures of social science domains like mythology, economics, politics, and anthropology visible. He has worked at interdisciplinary labs like MIT Media Lab, ETH Zurich, and Chalmers Institute of Technology before.

Talk: Narrating a Nation Through Numbers: India in Pixels

For nearly a decade Bronwen has supported civil society and human rights organisations around the world to use data-driven advocacy to amplify their stories. In 2018 she co-founded Data4Change, a London-based non-profit with a global network of creative talent collaborating at the intersection of data, design, technology and journalism on projects that forge real change and have lasting impact. Bronwen is a published author and former UN Internet Freedom Fellow.

Talk: Data points are people too


With a passion for creative cartography and abstract visuals, Craig specialises in turning spatial data into exciting and engaging cinematic animations. With solid experience working exclusively in the analysis of geographic data within spatial systems and production of hi-end cartography, Craig’s focus is now creating narrative-driven data visualisations that showcase a client’s data stories. Whilst his work at Ito World revolves around extracting insight from transit data and bringing movement data to life, his personal projects often end up manipulating this data into creative and abstract data-art.

Talk: 3D Geo DataViz: From insight to data-art


An embodied interaction, wearables and information visualization designer, material and user researcher and integrated design lecturer, specializing in bridging gaps between software, hardware and bodies in motion. Over the past 15 years Emma has been working within industry and academia settings. For the past 6 years Emma has been leading incubation and innovation projects in the fields of machine learning, IOT, wearables and wearable art, textile tech, sustainability, Industry 4.0, scenography, and data journalism.

Talk: Step and Repeat – Visualizing Human Motion


Frank Elavsky is a Staff Data Visualization Engineer + Designer on the Data Visualization team at Visa Inc. He has a passion for computational geometry, motion design, and crafting data-driven experiences for users that leave a lasting impression.

Frank is committed to making data less painful and more inclusive for everyone, which means his approach is about building empathy with any audience of a data experience. He believes that the practice of visualizing data is (at its core) an attempt to make data more accessible and is excited to push this field towards new horizons.

Talk: Are your data visualizations excluding people?


Guillermina Sutter Schneider

Guillermina is an Argentinean Data Scientist with special interest in data visualization who works at a think tank in DC.

Talk: DataViz For Non-Profits


Howard Wainer

Howard is a distinguished research scientist living in the Princeton, NJ area of the US. Prior to superannuation he taught in the statistics department of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and was Distinguished Research Scientist at the National Board of Medical Examiners. His latest book (with Michael Friendly), A History of Data Visualization and Graphic Communication will be published this Spring by Harvard University Press.

In 1977 he teamed up with Wisconsin’s Bill Berg to translate Jacques Bertin’s Semiologie Graphique into English. 30 years later he collaborated with Toronto’s Ian Spence and Cambridge University Press to annotate and republish a replica volume of William Playfair’s 1801 Commercial and Political Atlas as well as his Statistical Breviary. The two works that started it all.

Lately he has been trying to understand the COVID pandemic by generating pictures from the seas of data that inundate us daily.

Talk: Using Zipf’s Law to help Understand COVID-19


Jan is a data experience designer from The Netherlands (TULP interactive). He has been creating custom data visualisations professionally for more than 9 years now.

Talk: Side projects

Joachim Mangilima

Joachim Mangilima is passionate about innovating using data in addressing the most common challenges facing humanity. For the past 12 years, he has been active in interpreting and analyzing data to drive growth, reducing operating costs, and in providing training, insights, analytics and business intelligence needed to guide decisions and policies for civil society, government agencies and the private sector. Joachim is a former School of Data and TED Fellow.

Talk: Data points are people too


Karim is a full stack developer with an academic background in computers science. He co-funded Jetpack.AI, a data science company based in Brussels, Belgium. Within Jetpack he is focusing on making operational data visualisations which allow our clients to make informed decisions on their daily tasks. He also loves to design dataviz that raise awareness on certain socio-economic issues to a large audience.

Talk: A Viral Map


Kelsey Campbell (they/she, USA) is a data scientist and founder of Gayta Science, a site devoted to highlighting the LGBTQ+ experience using data science and analytics. Gayta Science is devoted to investigating a variety of LGBTQ+ issues using data-driven techniques and open-source technology. They hold a M.S. in Analytics from the Institute for Advanced Analytics at NC State University.

Talk: Visualizing Transgender Day of Remembrance: Lessons in bearing witness through making losses visible and visceral


Mick recently graduated with a law degree from Oxford University. He cares about diverse and context-sensitive stories, and is excited by data storytelling’s potential to enhance understanding.

Talk: How do we translate cultural experiences into data stories?


Nigel Holmes

Born 1942, England; Royal College of Art, London; freelance in London, 1966-78; Time Magazine, New York, 1978-94; Explanation Graphics, 1994-now. Latest book (of 12), “The Bigger Book of Everything'” 2020; Lifetime Achievement Award from The Society of News Design, 2009; Ladislav Sutner Award, 2020. Four nominations for the National Design Award.

Talk: Otto and Gerd in the Chauvet Caves


Raeedah Wahid

Raeedah Wahid is the former Graphics Editor at the Columbia Daily Spectator and currently an Editor for Nightingale with the Data Visualization Society. She is a junior, living in New York City, studying computer science and human rights at Barnard College. She has a strong appreciation for data investigations and experimental visualization. In her spare time, she prods at criminal justice-related datasets and creates generative art, two of the many factors that contribute to her poor sleep schedule.

Talk: Shaping Dataviz Through Student Newsrooms


Dr. Ruth Agbakoba

Dr. Ruth Agbakoba is a Digital Health Expert, Academic and Industry Consultant currently working as a Special Advisor to Health Data Research UK. Ruth has a rich background working at the forefront of innovation leading on the evaluation of Scotland’s First National Digital Health and Wellbeing Service at Scale and the UK’s First Artificial Intelligence supported EHR integrated Clinical Trials Discovery Platform at University College London Hospital.

Ruth holds a PhD in Digital Health Innovation from University of Glasgow, Scotland, MSc. in Health Informatics from City University London and BSc, Biomedical Informatics from St Georges Medical School, University of London (First Class Honours, Summa Cum Laude). Ruth’s doctoral research combined her passion for Implementation Science, Healthcare and Technology with a focus on identifying contextual factors affecting the upscaling of new innovations to improve patient care.

Findings from her research have helped to inform UK Government policy, healthcare leaders and change agents. For her research she was awarded the first prize at the 15th World Congress on Digital Health and Biomedical Informatics in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Furthermore, she is recipient of Canada’s prestigious McGill University Visiting Scholar Fellowship in the Chronic Disease and Health Informatics Research Laboratory. Ruth’s notable works have been presented at the Kings Fund Digital Health and Care Congress in London, UK, the British Computer Society Scotland National Conference in Edinburgh, the North American Primary Care Research Group in New York and the IEEE International Conference on Health Informatics in Verona, Italy.

Ruth is currently based as an Honorary Research Fellow at University College London, Institute of Health Informatics and serves as a STEM Ambassador and mentor for young underrepresented girls across the United Kingdom. Ruth’s current interests are in promoting equity and diversity in academia, translational research (translating research findings into practice) and Global eHealth policy to foster person-centered care.

Talk: #BlackInDataWeek: connecting and celebrating Black people in data fields

Saja Othman

Saja is a communication designer who focuses on utilizing design and storytelling to create impact and shed light on the issues and needs of the Arab area. In 2018, she co-founded the Valve Studio, which works with impact organizations and purpose-driven businesses to deliver their voices, connect them to their audiences, and introduce design into their work.

Talk: Data points are people too

Sarah Bartlett is an Analytics Consultant, a Tableau Zen Master, and founder and leader of the #IronQuest community project.

Sarah has a background in economics and over 10 years’ experience of working in analytics. Sarah is passionate about helping people to understand their data better and to tell more effective data stories. Her client work includes everything from designing data visualisations, to helping to define data strategies and shape internal communities of practice.

Sarah has spoken at conferences and User Groups across the globe on the topics of data visualisation, skills development and mentoring. She is passionate about equality and representation and currently serves on an Equity Task Force committed to fighting for equality, inclusion and equity in data visualisation communities and the profession as a whole.

Talk: Iron Quest | Lessons from the Community

Simone Webb

Simone Webb was born and raised in London and is a first generation Jamaican migrant. She is currently a PhD researcher in Bioinformatics and Immunology at Newcastle University’s Faculty of Medical Sciences. With a background in Biological Sciences at University College London (UCL) and University of Queensland, her current PhD research contributes to the Human Cell Atlas (HCA) Initiative, which aims to create the world’s first comprehensive atlas of cells in the human body. She sits on the Public Engagement committee for the HCA and works on the Development Cell Atlas branch of the HCA, where her research uncovers how blood and immune cells form in the bone marrow during fetal development. Simone’s wider research interests include auto-immunity, microbial pathogenesis and genomic data analysis.

Simone has almost ten years’ experience working within decision-making bodies in the charity sector, which began with a seven-year service on the UK and international Youth Advisory Panels for the children’s rights charity, Plan UK. She is an acting trustee on the board member of the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society, the largest patient-led charity for people with juvenile idiopathic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis in the UK.

In the summer of 2020, during the COVID-19 lockdown period, she acted as a project provider for the Nuffield Future Scholars programme, which delivers scientific research placements for under-served students in the North-East of England. Simone is a co-founder of Black In Data, which aims to provide community for Black people in Data Science related fields.

Talk: #BlackInDataWeek: connecting and celebrating Black people in data fields

Amy is the Senior Director of User Research at Tableau where she has had the pleasure of helping build a team of researchers dedicated to all aspects of data analytics (data prep, analysis, dissemination, etc.). She is an Applied Cognitive Psychologist by training and has been a User Researcher for over 20 years, in IC and management roles. Amy is passionate about helping people use the principles of human psychology and established design heuristics to effectively deliver all kinds of data to their audiences.

Talk: Mind Games: The psychology behind designing beautiful, effective and impactful data viz

Experienced analytics leader helping companies identify opportunities, execute, and scale by putting their data to work for them. Candra is the principal consultant and founder of Lumodis, an analytics services firm focused on data strategy, data visualization, data literacy, and digital experience optimization. She also serves as a 2020 Tableau Public Ambassador, Community Equity Task Force member, Tableau Data Leaders Advisory Board member, previous #TC18 speaker, former featured author, a featured speaker with The Maple Square, and mentor. When she is not showing others how to understand their data or how to tell data stories that inspire action, she enjoys moving the conversation forward related to diversity in tech and data ethics. Outside of her day job, she is a proud wife and mother of one, experimental baker, music lover, and (pre-Covid-19) avid traveler.

Talk: Soft landing, firm impact: Practical tips on how to give and receive meaningful data visualization feedback.

Cédric is a trained researcher in ecology, evolution and nature conservation with a focus on computational biology. After his PhD, he combined the skills he learned during his studies such as statistical methods, programming and reproducible analyses with his passion for design and colors to become a freelancing data visualization designer. Or information design expert? Or more a consultant or coach? Or simply a data lover? No matter how you want to call it, just doing what he likes.

Talk: ggplot Wizardy: My favorite tricks and secrets for beautiful plots in R

EJ Fox is a New York-based freelance hacker-journalist who does data visualization and analysis work for clients including NBC News, CBS News, The Washington Post, and GitHub. (twitch.tv/enjalot)

Talk: Coding with Fire: Cooking with Data

Gaelan Smith

Gaelan specializes in data visualization, layout and print media, and knowledge management. His technical writing and data storytelling focus on plain, accessible language to answer the audience’s questions, spark their curiosity, and drive their decisions. As a neurodiverse queer trans person, he is deeply committed to seeing and dismantling systemic barriers. He has designed inclusive, actionable projects for Rockefeller University, NYC Department of Education, Cleary Gottlieb, and more, he has mentored high school students of color in visualizing their research to the United Nations, and he believes y’all is the most inclusive form of address.

Talk: Labels Matter

Gustavo Ojeda

Gustavo is a Data Visualization Engineer who is part of the first cohort of data scientists trained and certified by the Colombian government, working as part of OMEG (Secretaría Distrital de La Mujer) and Pacarina Media Lab, a development studio also based in Bogotá, Colombia. He has a degree in Electronics Engineering and is currently pursuing a Master in Science, Technology and Society.

Talk: Visualization of Violence in Colombia

Ian Johnson is a data visualization developer and software prototyper at ObservableHQ. Ian has been turning data into pixels for more than 15 years, cheering on the developments in web standards and open source technologies that enable ever richer forms of communicating data.

Ian helped found the Bay Area D3 User Group, a community of thousands of d3.js practitioners, to learn from other like-minded folks. He has prototyped software and visualizations for companies, researchers and causes. He enjoys sharing his understanding and is often tweeting about data visualization and the creative process.

Talk: Coding with Fire: Cooking with Data

Jarrett Hurms is a Business Systems Analyst at Wells Fargo where he helps manage Wells Fargo’s data information systems. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Decision & System Sciences at his alma mater Saint Joseph’s University where he teaches online MS & MBA classes in analytics. His professional and academic areas include data visualization; data quality; enterprise data management; process and technical documentation; applied predictive analytics; R, VBA & SQL programming; and process improvement. Outside of work, Jarrett is a Community Advisory Board Member of WFAE (Charlotte NPR Station), a Strategic Advisor for the Charlotte 2040 Comprehensive Plan, and serves as a judge for the NJ state FBLA competitions and conferences.

He is originally from Winston-Salem, NC, but his family is from the Southeast Pennsylvania region. Jarrett has lived in Winston-Salem, NC; Charlotte, NC; Moorestown, NJ; and Philadelphia. Jarrett holds a B.A. in Economics and an M.S. in Business Intelligence & Analytics from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. He lives in Charlotte, NC with his four-year-old Shar-Pei Maverick. He enjoys running, reading, photography, attending analytics conferences, and exploring the different parts of North Carolina.

Talk: #BlackInDataWeek: connecting and celebrating Black people in data fields


Karol is the Content Director for Faunalytics, a non-profit organization dedicated to making the animal advocacy movement more data-driven. He has a long history in both animal advocacy and art, including doing a range of documentary films, before recently turning his efforts towards the development of engaging infographics.

Talk: Using DataViz to Re-Sensitize The World To Animals

Krist Wongsuphasawat

Krist is a data visualization engineer, front-end developer and innovator. He currently manages the Data Experience team at Airbnb, where his team applies data visualization, UI/UX design and engineering to improve how data scientists, engineers and others interact with complex data ecosystems. Prior to Airbnb, he built visual analytics tools at Twitter and crafted storytelling visualizations. He also holds a PhD in Computer Science from University of Maryland. His passion in data visualization led to work in many areas ranging from business, medical, sports, open-source libraries, to contemporary culture such as bubble tea and Game of Thrones.

Talk: Navigating the Wide World of Data Visualization Libraries


Miriam Quick is a data journalist, researcher and author who explores novel ways of communicating data. She has written data stories for the BBC, worked as a researcher for Information is Beautiful and the New York Times and co-created artworks that represent data through images, sculpture and sound. Her first book, I am a book. I am a portal to the universe., co-authored with Stefanie Posavec, was published in September 2020.

Talk: Loud Numbers – Telling Stories with Data and Music


Nilangika Fernando

Nilangika stumbled into data visualisation while working as an economics researcher at Verité Research, a think-tank based in Sri Lanka. She noted a need to make the research more accessible to the broader public, and data visualisation to be an effective avenue from which to do so. The ability to present complex research and analysis in a manner that can be easily grasped and absorbable for the audience inspired her to delve further into the subject.

Her self-taught information visualization knowledge along with her background in economics, finance and research has helped her transform policy papers into social media posts, conceptualise websites for analysis driven content and fine-tune graphs for presentations. She is interested in popularising data visualisation in her country, especially related to public finance, and wants to make important information more accessible to the public.

She holds a BBA in Business Economics from the University of Colombo and MBA from Postgraduate Institution of Management, University of Jayewardenepura. She currently works as a trainer/ support specialist at FreeBalance and continues her data visualisation projects in her past time.

Talk: 3 languages, 3 aesthetics, 1 graphic: A case study of visualisation in a multicultural environment


Data storyteller RJ Andrews is author and founder of Info We Trust. RJ’s talent is helping organizations solve information problems. This year RJ is launching a luxurious book series on the history of information graphics, starting with Florence Nightingale.



Sarah is a Denver-based data visualization designer who focuses on solving problems through effective visual communication of information, and hopefully, the result involves some fun too. She has a background in supply chain management, analysis, and design, but took a while to figure out how to combine all those interests and skills and prove to employers that she could do it, too. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management from the University of Oklahoma and recently completed her Master’s Degree from MICA in Data Visualization.

Talk: Visualizing the history of Mass Incarceration


Senthil is an electrical engineer by degree, turned data scientist by trade. He graduated from Rice University with a Distinction in Research and Creative Works in 2017 and is currently working as a Business Analytics Manager at Capital One, focusing on building data analytics infrastructure and optimizing the applications of their decisioning models. He’s passionate about advancing how they integrate data visualization into their analytical processes, having led development of several automated monitoring tools and leading the data visualization training for their entire nation-wide cohort of first year analysts for three years running.

His roots in data analytics are inextricably linked with his association to sports and technology, as he simultaneously holds multiple other roles as well. He has done analytics consulting for NBA teams, and is also an editor for DVS’ own Nightingale, specializing in sports data visualization. While still at Rice, he co-founded a nationally recognized startup which developed proprietary assistive technologies, and used network mapping to design a new fund investment strategy as an intern in venture capital. Recently, he’s worked to contribute more to the public data visualization community, creating the Python Data Viz Tutorials repository, which, as the name suggests, is an extensive public library of (still growing) tutorials on creating data visualizations in the Python environment.

When not fiddling with data, he can usually be found playing tennis, writing or cooking, searching for additional outlets for my competitive and creative energies!

Talk: Spotting Minard on the Corner Three

Steve Wexler is the founder of Data Revelations, co-author of The Big Book of Dashboards: Visualizing Your Data Using Real-World Business Scenarios, and author of the upcoming book The Big Picture: How to Use Data Visualization to Make Better Decisions—Faster.

Steve has worked with ADP, Gallup, Johnson & Johnson, Deloitte, ExxonMobil, Convergys, Consumer Reports, The Economist, Axios, SurveyMonkey, ConEd, D&B, Marist, Cornell University, Stanford University, Tradeweb, Tiffany, McKinsey & Company, and many other organizations to help them understand and visualize their data. Steve is a five-time Tableau Zen Master, Iron Viz Champion, and on the advisory board to the Data Visualization Society.

His presentations and training classes combine an extraordinary level of product mastery with the real-world experience gained through developing thousands of visualizations for dozens of clients. Steve has taught thousands of people in both large and small organizations and is known for conducting his seminars with clarity, patience, and humor.

Talk: How to get your organization to value data visualization – and you!

Zdeněk Hynek

Zdeněk is a full-stack developer with over 10 years of experience developing data-driven interfaces and award-winning websites. He organizes the Visualising Data London meetup, with more than 3,000 members, and is a Data4Change sprint team leader. Zdeněk teaches developers to use machine learning and machines to use developers.

Talk: Data points are people too

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