Our List of Data Visualisation Conferences for 2016
*Update November 2016* We’ve updated this list for 2017’s conferences. Click the link to see the best data visualisation conference for 2017.
As the year draws to a close, we thought we’d update our list of data visualization conferences and events for 2016. These are some of the events coming up in the world of data visualization, analytics and technology that we thought look interesting. We might even see you there…
Las Vegas, USA — January 28th and 29th
Speakers from Google, Halliburton, Yahaha, American Apparel, StubHub, Amtrak, Mastercard, Nokia
Innovation Enterprises’ Las Vega conference covers a massive range of Analytics & Data Visulization topics with speakers from some world leaders in the field. A full calendar of Innovation Enterprises events can be found here.
San Francisco, USA — February 12th – 18th
This year’s event includes workshops, hackathon, conference & expo over a full week program. Developer week has a huge range of events covering innovative tech, development, hiring and resourcing, data science and code.
Speakers include: Splunk, IBM, Microsoft, Eventbrite
San Francisco, USA — February 16th – 18th
Running since 1994, the Conference on Visualization and Data Analysis (VDA) covers research and development and application aspects of data visualization and data analytics. VDA covers a wider range of topics than many other conferences and gives you a chance to delve deep into some of your data problems. Probably a good break from the noise after Developer Week.
Pamplona, Spain — March 6 – 11th
Considered to be the Pulitzers of infographics, the Society of News Design have set up these events annually since the late ‘70s. The awards show aside, the summit and the “Show, Don’t Tell” workshop are going to be your best chance to see what the best from around the world are doing in infographics and learn some new techniques.
Sydney, Australia — March 1st – 3rd
Tableau brings their global conference back Australia in 2016. Covering everything you’d imagine on data visualization, business intelligence and a pretty good place to network among Tableau users & developers.
Taipei, Taiwan – April 19th – 22nd, 2016
While most of the details are still being set, this conference is in its 8th year and has been able to set up an environment that encourages better exchange between data researchers and practitioners. Including workshops, keynotes and tutorials, this is a good conference to make connections in East Asia.
Events running in over 40 cities around the world — April 28th 201
You’ll have to visit the page to see what is happening and who is speaking in the cities near you, because this is an absolutely massive event. There are bound to be several interesting events in a city near you but look into others to see if a trip is worthwhile.
Boston, U.S.A – April 26th – 26th 2016
Open Vis is a two-day conference that focuses on visualizing data on and for the web. Covering information design, data analysis and the use of open web technologies.
San Jose, USA — May 7th -12th
A Human-Computer Interaction focused conference, Chi looks to showcase advancements in a myriad of fields around HCI, including visualization. This year’s theme is “Crossing” and it looks like you’ll see a lot of elements from the multiple disciplines coming together in many of the featured research papers and applications.
Groningen, The Netherlands — June 6th – 10th
Program will be announced one month before conference.
A Eurographics and IEEE co-sponsored event, this conference focuses on the exchange of ideas between researchers and practitioners from around Europe. This event also features co-located events, so if you can’t attend in Holland there may be a piece you can still participate in.
ICCS 2016 (The International Conference on Computational Science)
San Diego, Califonia, U.S.A — June 6th – 8th
Speakers : Slawomir Koziel, Rommie Amaro, Jackie Chen
More of a science based conference, ICCS offers a chance to see cutting edge visualisations of some of the most complicated systems being attempted. The theme this year is “Computational Science at the Gates of Nature”, focusing on drawing inspiration from nature as well as better understanding nature through visualization. There are many elements of the conference focusing on the arts and humanitarian fields as well.
Minneapolis, USA — June 6th – 9th
Covering art, interaction and information, Eyeo is a newer conference quickly building a solid reputation for itself. Eyeo gives you the opportunity to get hands on in their workshops in several labs, listen to a laundry list of great speakers and mingle with the full spectrum of web and application producers. Their Vimeo has a sample of past talks.
San Diego, U.S.A — June 27th – July 1st
An event dedicated to cartography, digital mapping and geogeekery (which is a real thing, it seems). If that describes you then you’ve probably already heard about Esri UC but if not, you’re welcome.
London, UK — July 12th – 15th
A bit more arts and culture focused then some, EVA is an excellent event to share ideas and pick up new approaches from the less business focused side of things. Including a workshop, EVA looks to inspire both the artist and the production developer to bigger and better things.
Anaheim, USA — July 24th – 28th
One of the biggest computer graphics conferences, Siggraph is at the top of most lists for conferences. Everything from technical papers, research, industry applications, a job fair and an animation festival are part of Siggraph. Most of the application deadlines for submissions fall in late spring, so by April/May you’ll see more concrete details on what’s available this year.
San Francisco, California – August 13th – 17th
Started in 1989, this is the oldest and largest data mining conference worldwide. KDD is able to not just showcase best practices in industry and government, but also highlight innovative research. Because of this it has a long tradition of showcasing talent that would later go on to great accomplishments.
Denver, Colorado, USA — September 15th – 17th
The Online News Associates Annual conference and awards. There aren’t a lot of details about this year’s event yet, but ONA draws in some of the best and brightest in digital journalism. A great chance to see what new technology and approaches are being used for the very specific set of problems that news visualisation can present.
Baltimore, USA — October 23th – 28th
Again, not much about this year’s, but IEEE events are some of the best that you can attend. Really three conferences, Visual Analytics Science and Technology (VAST), Information Visualization (InfoVIS), and Scientific Visualization (SciVis), you are bound to find a great deal of information and inspiration.