The red and blue map. The one we watched with breathless anticipation this Tuesday. It is the abstract shorthand of the democratic process. In all its nuance and ambiguity, the election map is one of a most meaningful of geographic form. It helps us understand ourselves, our neighbors, our democracy and our nation. On the after-eve of a most amazing presidential race -- assuming you have not left the country -- we will be hosting a night of election mapping. From gerrymandering to cartograms, map and political enthusiasts unite for an uncensored evening of mapping our democratic process.
Learn how the sausage is made. We've never had so many verified twitter accounts (https://support.twitter.com/groups/31-twitter-basics/topics/111-features/articles/119135-about-verified-accounts) in one night! It's an awesome line-up. Come join us!
Noah Veltman [@veltman (https://twitter.com/veltman)] is a developer on the WNYC Data News Team (http://www.wnyc.org/people/data-news-team/), where he works on maps, graphics, and data-driven investigations when he’s not busy fixing boundary shapefiles. (Can anyone relate?) Red and blue go local as Noah will talk talk about how WNYC thinks about mapping (or not mapping) votes and voters during New York elections.
Lisa Charlotte Rost[@lisacrost (https://twitter.com/lisacrost)] is a designer who loves numbers, systems, and overviews. She wants to help the world to make sense of itselF by using data visualization and data journalism. Lisa is currently an OpenNews Fellow (https://opennews.org/) at the NPR Visuals Team and will be joining us from DC! Look forward to map poetry and creativity on the election process.
Rich Harris [@Rich_Harris (https://twitter.com/Rich_Harris)] is 20% of the Emmy-award-winning Guardian US interactive team (https://www.theguardian.com/profile/guardian-us-interactive-team), where his job is to dream up new ways of abusing web technologies in the service of journalism. Rich will be speaking about how the Guardian US breathed new life into election results with technology, creativity and an 8-bit Bernie Sanders.
Ella Koeze [@ellawinthrop (https://twitter.com/ellawinthrop)] is a visual journalist at FiveThirtyEight (http://fivethirtyeight.com/) who works with data, storytelling, and of course, maps. Her experiences in data visualization began with GIS and she tries to make use of her degree in geography whenever possible. She will talk about the role of maps in the FiveThirtyEight election forecast and explain how the FiveThirtyEight electoral cartogram came to be.
Steven Romalewski [@SR_spatial (https://twitter.com/SR_spatial)] manages the CUNY Mapping Service where he engages with varies researchers to use spatial information and analysis techniques for applied projects. Steven will also be going local and speaking to voting geography, trends, and spatial electoral patterns in NYC.
Brian Olson has been a software engineer of all levels from embedded to server farm for over fifteen years. His greatest hack so far is a system for impartial non-gerrymandered redistricting that can solve for all the state legislature and congressional districts on a home computer.
6:30PM: Mingle: doors, beer, pizza and people
7:00PM: Presentations & Q&A
8:30PM+: The after hours celebrations