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Vizzual Inspiration & Intellectual Elucidation w/ Andrew Hill & Paul Trowbridge

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And... we're back! It was a quiet autumn here at DVNY, but we've got DataViz riches galore in store for your winter! Our next event features two outstanding speakers you don't want to miss:

Andrew Hill is a biologist, ecologist, and technologist. He is the Senior Scientist at Vizzuality (, where he explores the future of online mapping to help guide innovation at CartoDB (, a cloud-based mapping, analysis and visualization engine that lets users build spatial applications for both mobile and the web, a.k.a., "a tool to help you build beautiful maps online." He is a biologist by training but has been working on maps, GIS, and data visualization for many years. In his current position, he can regularly be found trying to create interesting maps online or giving workshops and presentations, often in New York City.

He'll give us a talk titled Data and the art of storytelling: "At CartoDB we have been trying to build a platform that not only allows you to make maps, but allows you to identify and tell stories with data. Here, I'd like to share some of that work with you and and show you how maps are changing the face of data driven storytelling online."

Paul Trowbridge is Co-Organizer of DVNY, and responsible for arranging much of the excellent content you've seen here over the last 15 months. But tonight, he presents! Paul is a statistics student, a data analyst, and an instructor who teaches classes in both disciplines.

Paul will discuss his current visualization strategies for a work-in-progress project, which analyzes repeated binary measurements from experimental data in psychology and behavioral economics. The project aims to understand the dynamics of future-value time discounting behavior, and temporal preferences in human populations, using hierarchical models and Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) techniques. Paul will use that experience as a basis to talk with us about visualization techniques for MCMC output and for inferential statistics derived from a Markov Chain, plus how visualization can aid the design and analysis of experimental data generally. Most importantly, he'll show lots of visualizations that bring all that seemingly abstract data to life.

About the Event

As usual, we'll start refreshments at 6:30pm with time to network, catch up and meet new people with interests in data visualization. The formal presentations will begin around 7:00pm and there will be time for Q&A afterwards. So please join us for these excellent presentations, the best DataViz networking in New York, and some light refreshments.

Please note: only those with confirmed RSVP's will be able to attend, because of security requirements at the space that generously hosts & sponsors us. Reservations will close at 4:00pm the day of the event. If you aren't able to get a slot by then, we apologize, but you won't be able to enter the building. For this reason, we've expanded the number of RSVP's we accept, to account for no-shows and to make sure we fill as many of our seats as possible. But, please cancel as early as possible to make room for other attendees. Thanks for understanding, and see you there!

-Christian & Paul