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Tapestry Conference 2018

Miami, FL   |   November 29-30

The sixth Tapestry event will be held at the University of Miami's Newman Alumni Center in Coral Gables, FL.

Tapestry is an event designed to advance interactive online data storytelling. Tapestry brings different viewpoints together with the goal of generating a rich conversation about data storytelling. This two-day conference includes keynotes, short stories, discussion, and a demo theater designed to provoke ideas and discussion across disciplines.

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Keynote Speakers

Mona Chalabi

Mona Chalabi is a journalist who really loves numbers. She is the Data Editor of The Guardian where she writes articles, produces documentaries, and illustrates, as well as animates, data. She is also a data journalist for NPR. Mona has a master’s degree in International Security from the Paris Institute of Political Studies and has worked for FiveThirtyEight, the Banks of England, the Economist Intelligence Unit, and the International Organization for Migration.

Matthew Kay

Matthew Kay is Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. His research revolves around making statistics more useful to non-experts and how to communicate uncertainty more effectively. He straddles the line between statistics and visualization, looking for new ways to inform visualization and develop better visual tools – whether to help you catch your bus or giving you a better understanding of the risk of being hit by the next hurricane.

Elijah Meeks

Elijah Meeks is Senior Data Visualization Engineer at Netflix, where he focuses on deploying information visualization for big data. He is also author of the book D3.js in Action and the React-based data visualization framework Semiotic. Elijah is an active voice on the topic on Twitter, and runs and publishes a highly-discussed survey of data visualization professionals.

Short Stories and Demos

Short Stories are shorter talks about a wide variety of topics. Demos can be of anything, from products interesting to the Tapestry audience to interactive data visualizations to art pieces.

Nadja Popovich (NY Times): Communicating Climate Change

Aditja Jain: Exploring Digital Collections

Jason Forrest (McKinsey): The Data Visualizations of W.E.B. Du Bois

Kristin Henry: InkyDays Drawings and Whimsical Data Visualization

Bill Shander (Beehive Media): WORDS > VISUALS – Your Words are More Important than your Visuals

Aritra Dasgupta (New Jersey Institute of Technology): As you show, so shall you reap: Understanding the causes and consequences of bad design in (scientific) visual communication

Alex Wein (Bugcrowd): Charts as Utterances

Program Outline

Tapestry 2018 will stretch over one and a half days. We are still working out the details, but this is the preliminary plan:

Thursday, November 29: we start 1pm (with lunch before) with the welcome and first keynote, then short talks, demos, and lighting talks/pecha kucha. We will end around 5pm, with a networking reception afterwards.

Friday, November 30: start bright and early at 9am with the second keynote, then an unconference part, lunch, short talks, and the final keynote. We plan on ending by 4pm.

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Tapestry 2018 will take place at the Newman Alumni Center at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL.

Newman Alumni Center

6200 San Amaro Dr
Coral Gables, FL