• Understanding the Dallas Cowboys through Data Viz

    Capital Factory + The DEC

    Edward Egros is a broadcaster who spent the last dozen years in local television and is also a sports analytics enthusiast. During last season for the Dallas Cowboys he produced data visualizations after every game that feature four factors that largely explain the outcome of a game. This talk goes over how he came up with those four factors, how he produced his weekly data visualizations and he explains how these metrics can be used to help point to how the Cowboys can get even better. LOCATION: Capital Factory + The DEC in Dallas at The Centrum. The easiest entrance to The Centrum’s visitor parking garage is located off Welborn Street, between North Hall Street and Cedar Springs Road. For easy access, please use the first elevator you see when entering the parking garage from Wellborn St. and select Floor 1. https://www.capitalfactory.com/parking/ TIP! Capital Factory now offers FREE parking for evening events. Enter the parking garage by keying in your cell phone number, and the gate will be open from 7:30-9:30pm to leave for free! SCHEDULE: 6:30 - Doors Open for Networking & Food 6:50 - Group Announcements 7:00 - Understanding the Dallas Cowboys through Data Viz 7:45 - Q&A and Open Discussion

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  • Google Analytics Visualizations in Practice

    Capital Factory + The DEC

    Experts in marketing, design/UX, and e-commerce will present their go-to data visualizations from Google Analytics and how they help them in their job. There are a number of data visualizations that Google provides to website owners including time series charts, sankey diagrams, global maps, tree maps, bar charts, Venn diagrams and much more. These visualizations are used by different departments to optimize website performance for many different objectives. Come learn what data these visualizations are communicating, and how professional are effectively using these charts to constantly improve their websites! LOCATION: Capital Factory + The DEC in Dallas at The Centrum. The easiest entrance to The Centrum’s visitor parking garage is located off Welborn Street, between North Hall Street and Cedar Springs Road. For easy access, please use the first elevator you see when entering from Wellborn St. and select Floor 1. https://www.capitalfactory.com/parking/ SCHEDULE: 6:30 - Doors Open for Networking & Food 6:50 - Group Announcements 7:00 - Google Analytics Visualizations in Practice 8:00 - Q&A and Open Discussion SPEAKERS: GREG ALLBRIGHT brings an 18-year track record in translating business objectives and quantitative data into marketing and analytics strategies to increase customer acquisition and retention. He builds and leads global teams of digital and analytics professionals who create and execute marketing and quantitative campaigns that generate leads, awareness, and customer engagement. He has run for public office, launched marketing campaigns across six different continents, but his favorite job is coaching soccer for his two sons in Frisco. KATIE KELLY is a Passionate UX Strategist - Passionate advocate of the user experience from design to code. - Advocate for re-usabilty and flexibility in all flavors of the front end. - Embraces Internet Explorer tactfully, and degrades it gracefully, as it is what my users use. - Loves the crazy, cyclical world of e-commerce. - Ruthless and "Divitis" killer in Enterprise Environments. - CMS lover. - Prototypes for fun on Friday nights. - Believes in the power of pie. - Anxiously awaits the zombie apocalypse.

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  • Discover, Polish and Publish Insights

    IBM Innovation Center - Dallas

    Join us on Tuesday, December 11 for a Lunch&Learn with Microstrategy Solution Architect Rob Saenz for an informative session on how to Discover, Polish and Publish Insights across your entire organization. MicroStrategy (https://www.microstrategy.com) is a 30 year old innovator with a mission to bring Intelligence Everywhere, and will be sponsoring and providing lunch for all attendees. In this session, we’ll focus on connecting to data from disparate sources and creating a polished cohesive book of data that is easily shared on any platform. Rob will discuss data ingestion and dashboard design best practices - how you can start with a query or spreadsheet and step your way to a scalable and flexible intelligence application for your president, board or field force. Rob will discuss answers to common struggles: - How do I get started without knowing SQL or having database access? - How do I take what I’ve built on my desktop and share it with others? - How do I go from building and running reports to letting software tell me and my organization know when something important is happening? - How do I get people to be data driven when first I have to get them to go run reports? - How do I bring the future to my insight (AI, IOT, Voice) while still keeping my data secure? Following the presentation, we’ll open the floor for questions and a discussion on some common reporting headaches attendees are facing. LOCATION: IBM Innovation Center, 1177 S Belt Line Rd, Coppell, TX 75019 NOTE: We’ll be in the Hollerith Room. Park and enter through the FRONT door for easy access. REFRESHMENTS: Lunch will be provided by Microstrategy SCHEDULE: 11:30am - Doors Open for Networking & Food 11:50am - Group Announcements 12:00pm - Discover, Polish and Publish Insights by Rob Saenz 12:50pm - Q&A and Wrap SPEAKER: Rob Saenz has been working with data since 2000, spanning several different roles and generations of analysis methodologies. He started his career at AT&T Wireless as they built their first Enterprise Data Warehouse, using data quality principles to make accurate information available to Finance, Marketing and Sales. He later moved to Interstate Batteries, where he worked on making unstructured data artifacts of hundreds of wholesale suppliers into clear and actionable insights. In 2016 he joined Microstrategy as a Solutions Architect and is in a position to help people in every industry find their competitive advantage and achieve their objectives through beautiful, secure, accessible and data rich applications. MicroStrategy (Nasdaq: MSTR) is a worldwide leader in enterprise analytics and mobility software. A pioneer in the BI and analytics space, MicroStrategy delivers innovative software that empowers people to make better decisions and transform the way they do business. We provide our enterprise customers with world-class software and expert services so they can deploy unique intelligence applications. In 1989, MicroStrategy was founded on the principle that the future belongs to organizations that effectively harness the power of their data.

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  • Mixed Reality and the Future of Data Visualization

    Capital Factory + The DEC

    The Co-Founders of startup company 3Data.io are coming up from Austin in November to give us a chance to experience the future of data visualization. This presentation and hands-on experience demo for everyone will include multiple headsets, including the brand new Magic Leap One. The 3Data platform allows for the import of data from standard sources like Excel spreadsheets, but they have also developed integrations with analytics platforms like Microsoft Power BI. You can add the 3D visualizations from 3Data directly into Power BI, which gives you the ability to integrate virtual data visualizations side-by-side with standard charts and filtering capabilities. You can see a demo video here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/j2nl9o8a6gw9xoz/3Data%2BPowerBI.mp4?dl=0 3Data's data visualizations use WebAR and WebVR standards, so the experiences are cross-platforms across VR/AR headsets, mobile devices and even desktop computer displays. After the presentation, there will be multiple headsets available for hands-on experience in the data visualization environment. HANDS-ON: To give everyone a chance to experience the VR/AR aspect of data visualization, 3Data will be bringing along the following demo hardware: - Magic Leap One - Microsoft HoloLens - Lenovo Mirage - Oculus Go - HTC Vive Focus - Oculus Rift - Samsung Odyssey - iPad Pro - Google Cardboard Co-Hosted event with: - Dallas Immersive Design and Development - AR/VR/MR - https://www.meetup.com/Dallas-Virtual-Reality/events/255587377/ - DFW Power BI User Group - https://www.meetup.com/DFW-Power-BI-User-Group/events/255587689 LOCATION: We are trying a new location in November at the brand new Capital Factory + The DEC in Dallas at The Centrum. The entrance to The Centrum’s visitor parking garage is located off Welborn Street, between North Hall Street and Cedar Springs Road. For easy access, please use the elevator closest to Oak Lawn Avenue and select Floor 1. https://www.capitalfactory.com/parking/ SCHEDULE: 6:30 - Doors Open for Networking 6:50 - Group Announcements 7:00 - Mixed Reality and the Future of Data Visualization 7:50 - Q&A and Open Discussion 8:00 - Hands-On experience with VR/AR headsets SPEAKERS: WALLON WALUSAYI is the co-founder and CEO of 3Data Inc. Wallon’s VR journey began in early 2014 and in 2015 he co-founded one of the first 360° video live streaming companies in the world, VVM, ultimately leading to the development of VR software simulators for companies such RSA and Johnson Controls. Wallon led this company towards a successful private exit. Wallon was NBC's "SXSW Featured Entrepreneur" with 3Data in 2016 and has since grown the 3Data into a “SXSW Top 25 Startup” by Tech.Co for 2018, Microsoft for Startups Partner Company and a global leader in immersive data visualization. Wallon recently spoke at Microsoft Build in July 2018 delivering the keynote presentation “Power BI + Mixed Reality | The Future of Data Visualization” highlighting the 3Data platform and its mixed reality collaboration and productivity features. Additionally, Wallon and the 3Data platform was a featured Startup Partner during the opening keynote presentation at Microsoft Inspire 2018. An expert in virtual and augmented Reality and passionate entrepreneur, TYLER CUMMINGS is Co-Founder & COO of 3Data.io, a cutting edge cloud computing platform that specializes in data visualization with a focus on storytelling and presentations. Prior to 3Data, Tyler co-founded Voyage Virtual Media, a VR startup based in Milwaukee, WI that creates high-end premium content for VR and AR for the most prominent companies and organizations in the Midwest. Tyler also co-founded the Milwaukee VR Meetup and has consulted with numerous Fortune 500 companies on their VR/AR initiatives, projects or workshops. 3Data.io is the first mixed reality data visualization company, bringing virtual and augmented reality to the world of data science.

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  • Visual Storytelling

    IBM Innovation Center - Dallas

    Visual Storytelling: How to Share Your Data to a Variety of Audiences and Get a YES! Gladys Rosa-Mendoza is an Innovation Strategist and Design Researcher at Facebook, and will be visiting DFW at the end of October. She's an expert in using visual communication methods to present research findings to audiences of executives and stakeholders. I've been talking to her for two years about giving her talk to our group, and this is going to be a joint event with the ATEC (Arts, Technology and Emerging Communication) School at UTD. Here are some initial details, and I'll update when I know more: The story you tell with your data is important to share to a wider general audience. If we cannot share your work effectively, you lose the critical impact your research has on the world. In this session, you will learn how to create stories from data, learn visual storytelling techniques, and be more effective with how you ship your results to a variety of audiences—stakeholders and customers alike. After this session, you’ll be able to: - Redefine your presentations into an experience in and of themselves so you can get past the first phase—marketing to your internal stakeholders and getting that first yes! - Learn how to develop and implement a visual storytelling strategy that will get past the internal stakeholders and make it to the real-world - Define what your overarching goals are in tandem with what your customers are looking for and how you can craft the message into a creative and compelling visual story NEW LOCATION: IBM Innovation Center, Coppell, TX SCHEDULE: 6:30 - Doors Open for Networking 6:50 - Group Announcements 7:00 - Visual Storytelling by Gladys Rosa-Mendoza 8:00 - Q&A and Exploration of Visual Displays SPEAKER: Gladys Rosa-Mendoza is an Innovation Strategist and Design Researcher who strongly believes in the power of solid research and visual storytelling techniques. She has helped companies from the Tribune Companies, AT&T, to McDonald’s and now at Facebook shape their future landscape by taking the research from just abstract numbers to involving company stakeholders in the world of their customers. She lives to understand users and to design beautiful and useful experiences, services and products, and has a thorough understanding of the value visual storytelling has to build a brand within a business and consumer context. She is also an educational product developer that has created over 400 products for the top 3 educational publishers and has authored her own award-winning series of children’s books for the pre-kindergarten dual language market.

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  • Data is Complicated. Your Process Shouldn't Be

    SMU-Fondren Science Building, Room 133

    CHANGE OF PLANS! The Dallas workshop that Juan Velasco was planning didn’t get enough registrations, so he’s had to cancel the workshop and his travel plans to Texas. However, we do have another great speaker that has stepped up and can keep the same time slot since we have the space reserved. The talk Sep 12th will now be Data is Complicated. Your Process Shouldn't Be by Samuel Dillow, Co-Founder + Chief Architect at Vega Studio DESCRIPTION: Samuel Dillow will be presenting some case studies from Vega what we learned from them. We've been building data visualizations for a while now, but lately we've moved heavily into cyber security related visualizations. We've built forensics visualizations, breach investigation visualizations, analytics tools, and more. Unlike infographics or other printed visualization types, what we create are analytics tools powered through interactive visualizations of the underlying data. We've learned from a lot of challenges in producing beautiful visualizations that are user friendly as well, and I'd like to share what we learned with you. Over the last few visualizations we've found that it's best to have a strong loop of inventing and testing in order to ensure that what you deliver will work in the real world. LOCATION: SMU Dallas, Fondren Science Buidling Room 133 NOTE: Parking passes will be sent to registered attendees REFRESHMENTS: Pizza & Drinks will be provided by SMU CAPE SCHEDULE: 6:30 - Doors Open for Networking & Food 6:50 - Group Announcements 7:00 - Data is Complicated. Your Process Shouldn't Be by Samuel Dillow 8:00 - Q&A and Open Discussion SPEAKER: Chief Architect @ Vega.Studio 36 yo https://vega.studio/

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  • Make Commutes, Not Mazes! – Wayfinding Design in Urban Rails

    SMU-Fondren Science Building, Room 123

    Think about those times when you have to navigate through an unfamiliar airport or rail system. A few months ago, Roy decided to take a break from San Francisco, so Dallas was his first stop. He experienced quite a bit of frustration while making use of the public transit system in Dallas. He also witnessed similar experiences from fellow riders. As a designer, he created his own versions of the DART strip maps as a proposed remedy. For most riders, on-time performance alone won’t make a transit system dependable. They must feel confident maneuvering the system with effective navigational aids, and not overwhelmed by irrelevant information at each decision point they encounter. One size doesn’t fit all. With various references from all over the world, we can understand how each solution is catered to the system and the people they serve. Dallas can do better, and we can take action! LOCATION: SMU Dallas, Fondren Science Building, Room 123 NOTE: Parking passes will be sent to registered attendees REFRESHMENTS: Pizza & Drinks will be provided by SMU SCHEDULE: 6:30 - Doors Open for Networking 6:50 - Group Announcements 7:00 - Make Commutes, Not Mazes! by Roy Chan 8:00 - Q&A and Open Discussion SPEAKER: Roy Chan (@isRoying) is a self-proclaimed Problem Solver by Design currently working with early stage startups. He studied Digital Graphic Communication at Hong Kong Baptist University, and specialized in UX/Product Design during the inaugural cohort of Tradecraft in San Francisco. He believes in having clearly-defined goals and objectives, and making appropriate use of media or channels to achieve results. He has been working on digital devices, prints, physical objects, and experiences. When not designing, Roy likes to cook and travel, the latter enables him to satisfy his nerdy obsession in railways.

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  • Lunch & Learn: Sweetspot - How to Deliver Actionable Reports

    SMU Plano, Building 4, Room 100

    Sweetspot was born with the mission to turn Big Data into Useful Data. Join us on July 10th for a lunch and learn with Sweetspot’s (https://www.sweetspot.com/) Marketing Director, Holly McKendry, for an informative session on how to deliver actionable reports across your entire organization. Sweetspot will be sponsoring and providing lunch for all attendees. In this session, we’ll be focusing on how to make dashboards and reports both audience-friendly and actionable. Based on past experiences with clients such as The Boston Globe, The Green Bay Packers and Jaguar Land Rover, Holly will discuss dashboard design and best practices, with a focus on how to build reporting solutions that are both scalable and flexible enough to meet the needs of individual business stakeholder or teams. As part of the presentation Holly will demonstrate and discuss how to: ● Bridge the gap between Analysts & Business Stakeholders ● Speak your audience’s language ● Tell meaningful data stories ● Organize Dashboard Content ● Focus on performance and informed decision-making Following the presentation, we’ll open the floor for questions and a discussion on some common reporting headaches attendees are facing. About Sweetspot: Sweetspot is a data delivery tool, built for marketers, to make sense of their data, so that they can find actionable insights and make wise data-backed decisions. With over 2,000 users around the globe, Sweetspot combines unbeatable flexibility, attractive visualizations, predictive modeling and the scalability features that only an enterprise-level solution can provide. LOCATION: SMU in Plano, Building 4, Room 100 REFRESHMENTS: Lunch will be provided by Sweetspot SCHEDULE: 11:30am - Doors Open for Networking 11:50am - Group Announcements 12:00pm - Sweetspot - How to Deliver Actionable Reports by Holly McKendry 1:00pm - Q&A and Wrap

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  • Lunch & Learn: MapD - Visualizing Billions of Data Points with GPUs

    SMU Plano, Building 4, Room 100

    We have a special Lunch & Learn event with Aaron Williams from MapD (https://www.mapd.com/) will be in town on June 20th! MapD will be sponsoring and providing lunch for all attendees. Nearly a decade ago, disk-based data analytics platforms began to be superseded by in-memory systems, which offered orders-of-magnitude more bandwidth than their predecessors. This technological sea change was driven in large part by memory prices falling to the point where it became viable to hold large working sets of data entirely in RAM. Today we are witness to a similar paradigm shift as analytics workloads are increasingly shifted from CPUs to GPUs, which possess much higher compute and memory bandwidth than CPUs. 8 GPUs and 256GB of GPU VRAM can be fit into a single server, and while CPUs have seen relatively minimal memory bandwidth increases over the last several years, GPUs are rapidly moving to stacked DRAM (High-Bandwidth Memory), meaning that by next year a single GPU will possess over a terabyte per second of bandwidth. Using the MapD data analytics platform as an example, Aaron Williams will explain why data scientists and analysts leveraging GPUs will have an immense advantage over CPU alternatives. He will show how MapD's open source GPU database and Immerse visualization platform leverage the massive parallelism and memory bandwidth of multiple GPUs to execute SQL queries and render complex visualizations with billions of rows in milliseconds, literally orders of magnitude faster than CPU systems. Aaron will also explain and demonstrate the 3 APIs available to developers who want to build their own custom applications that take advantage of the speed of the GPUs. MapD has collaborated with researchers at the Harvard Center for Geographic Analysis to provide true interactive access to NWM predictions for stream flow and ground saturation across the entire continental US. Aaron will briefly cover MapD’s GPU-based analytics platform and how it has advanced the visualization and analysis of geospatial data, using the NWM as a use case. Free Cloud Trial: https://www.mapd.com/meet-cloud LOCATION: SMU in Plano, Building 4, Room 100 REFRESHMENTS: Lunch will be provided by MapD SCHEDULE: 11:30am - Doors Open for Networking 11:50am - Group Announcements 12:00pm - MapD, Visualizing Billions of Data Points with GPUs by Aaron Williams 1:00pm - Q&A and Wrap SPEAKER: Aaron is responsible for MapD’s developer, user and open source communities. He comes to MapD with more than two decades of previous success building ecosystems around some of software’s most familiar platforms. Most recently he ran the global community for Mesosphere, including leading the launch and growth of DC/OS as an open source project. Prior to that he led the Java Community Process at Sun Microsystems, and ecosystem programs at SAP. Aaron has also served as the founding CEO of two startups in the entertainment space. Aaron has an MS in Computer Science and BS in Computer Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.

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  • Communicating Complex Information: Pitfalls and Best Practices

    CROSS-POST This is a lunch event where I am one of the two speakers, hosted by TechTitans.org. LUNCH IS PROVIDED but there is a small fee and you must register on the TechTitans page. Communicating Complex Information: Pitfalls and Best Practices https://business.techtitans.org/events/details/analytics-insights-lunch-n-learn-april-24-3403 A conversation with Michael Guillory, Worldwide Brand Communications, Texas Instruments, and Randy Krum, CEO, InfoNewt Organizations have an immense amount of data, and ideally they want to use that information to make more informed decisions. Also, products and services are becoming more complex and difficult to explain to the consumer. In this session, we'll discuss the challenges of effectively communicating complex information so it can be easily digested by the target audience. The valuable insights are often complex and get lost in the noise. Audiences don't want to see all of the data and analysis or product features, they just want to understand what is being communicated quickly and easily. Presenting information effectively applies to presentations, reports, emails, press releases, websites, employee training and marketing communications. This is a skill everyone needs to practice and improve. Registration Monday 4-23 and at the door: Tech Titans members $15 | non-members $25