Dashboards and Daemons: Visualization at the very top and bottom of the stack

  • Aug 11, 2014 · 6:30 PM

These talks sound dynamite.  

Seemant Kulleen's talk:

A dashboard is more than a collection of widgets: it is a storytelling medium.
Empathy-driven dashboard design approaches interactive//unfolding storytelling through data visualization and customer/user experience.

My work history is a combination of ux design, product management, programming and customer engagement.  I cut my teeth in open source and have worked in medical devices, cloud computing, and even in the AI department of a bank once.
These days, I use empathy-driven design to create highly customized and interactive dashboards. 

A self-described “Professional Geek”, Steve Okay has over 20 years of experience hacking on *NIX  systems and making them do his bidding in a range of fields including air traffic control, high-performance computing, Hollywood feature films, defense, disaster recovery and robotics.  He is currently consulting in the robotics industry and is an avid skater & snowboarder. 

He'll be presenting on:

A Social Graph for Daemons: Visualizing machine-machine communication with semantic clustering.

Much has been made of graphing and mapping human social interactions over social applications like Facebook and Twitter; how ideas and memes spread, what makes something “go viral”, identifying key influencers, “stickiness”, etc.  The servers and networks and applications that make up these and other services that run our world have their own “social lives” too, and with the right visualization tools and techniques, we can map them out. The picture that emerges is not one of a single sterile system humming along with ruthless Borg-like deterministic consistency, but instead an assemblage of things that worked in their own quirky, chaotic way which ebb and flow, have moods and fits and show the fingerprints of its creators all over it.

For September, instead of presentations, we're going to aim to organize a data viz sprint, pairing people at different levels together to work on visualizing data around a theme.  If you're interested in helping out with this or participating, drop me a line or comment here - my gmail tends to hide/swallow the meetup emails, so it helps to know it's coming. 


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  • Shamshad

    Please share steps if anyone has successfully installed BIRT on mac with mysql running on a remote server. For some reason the date source definition refuses to connect with mysql.

    August 22, 2014

  • Peter K.

    Hi All, it was a pleasure to give the lightning talk on building dashboards with BIRT and F-type. Sorry about the snafu with the display not working. For more info on building dashboards with BIRT check out:


    For more info on the open source BIRT designer:

    And for more info on deploying your OS BIRT dashboards with a Freemium F-type server platform:


    Also, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch. If there is interest from the group for a more in depth session on data visualization and analytics with BIRT, we'd be happy to do a longer preso at some point or a hands on workshop/studyhall/hackathon

    August 12, 2014

  • Dimitri P.

    Very interesting insights from diametrically diverse speakers

    August 12, 2014

  • Sergei C.

    I believe this was the most inspiring Meetup I've so far been to! Not only did I like the quality of content, but the presenters themselves were full of joy!

    Becka, as we briefly discussed tonight, I would like to give a one-hour long talk on what I learned at Prof. Edward Tufte's OneDay Course (http://www.edwardtufte.com/tufte/courses) that took place this May. I held my presentation before my colleagues a few weeks ago, so I won't need much preparation time.

    1 · August 11, 2014

  • Petr G.

    If anybody wants to carpool I've created an event on http://rydeful.com with event key


    Please feel free to participate.

    August 11, 2014

    • Seemant K

      Pretty much every page on that site wants a username/password. I'm not able to see your event, dunno if others are.

      August 11, 2014

    • Petr G.

      You have to be logged in to participate in event carpool.

      August 11, 2014

  • Becka

    Hi - If y'all could please update your RSVPs by noon, it'll help me with the pizza ordering. How many people are GF? Leave a comment here. We'd still love to have a lightening talk- nobody has a project to demo? Thanks.

    August 11, 2014

  • Becka

    Hey all! We've got space for one or two lightening talks in addition, and if you've got projects, even if they're unfinished, it'd be great to see them.

    August 9, 2014

  • subcosmos

    I could definitely show some neat stuff

    August 5, 2014

    • Becka

      Awesome! Want to send me an email with a description and brief bio? Thanks!

      August 5, 2014

  • Seemant K

    Hi Becka, Thanks again for organizing this meetup.
    I'd be interested in presenting or doing a sprint, either way.

    July 30, 2014

    • Becka

      Email sent. Thanks Seemant.

      1 · August 1, 2014

  • Jaime del P.

    Hi Becka, do you have a place yet

    July 30, 2014

    • Becka

      Hi Jaime, We're confirmed at Lyft. See you there!

      August 1, 2014

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