big data conferences[Image via DataGotham]

The next few months are a Northeastern data-fiend’s dream. Nearly every week boasts at least one high-caliber conference, and they touch on everything from data journalism to Julia to in-memory data stores to cross-disciplinary analytics.  The following six caught my eye, but you can find more on the excellent conference discovery site

1)    DataGotham The pitch:

DataGotham is a celebration of New York City's data community that will bring together professionals from finance to fashion and from startups to the Fortune 500.

The speakers:

  • Michael P. Flowers, Director of  the Mayor’s Financial Crime Task Force and the NYC Policy and Strategic Planning Analytics Team
  • Steven E. Koonin, Director of  NYU's Center for Urban Science and Progress
  • Blake Shaw, Data Scientist at Foursquare
  • Adam Laiacano, Data Scientist at Tumblr
  • Alicia Rankin, Head of Research and Fan Insights for NFL
  • Jake Porway, Founder and Exec Director of DataKind
  • Matthew Israel, Director of the Art Genome Project at

The sessions: Not yet available, but tutorials include “Data Journalism Fundamentals,” “MongoDB & R,” and “An Introduction to Julia” The space: NYU’s Stern School of Business (Paulson Auditorium and classrooms) The cost: $499, or $250 for academics and non-profits The dates: Sept. 13-14

2)    Strata Conference and Hadoop World The pitch:

The O’Reilly Strata Conference explores the changes brought to technology and business by big data, data science, and pervasive computing. This year, Strata has joined forces with Hadoop World to create the largest gathering of the Apache Hadoop community in the world. Strata brings together decision makers using the raw power of big data to drive business strategy, and practitioners who collect, analyze, and manipulate that data—particularly in the worlds of finance, media, and government.

The speakers:

  • Mike Olson, Cloudera
  • Alistair Croll, Solve for Interesting
  • Edd Dumbill, O’Reilly Media
  • Jim Adler, Chief Privacy Officer, Intelius
  • Abhijit Bose, Director and Senior Data Scientist of Digital Analytics, American Express
  • Alice Brennan, Journalist, the New York World

The sessions: Search and Real-time Analytics on Big Data, Moneyball for New York City, Analyzing Millions of GitHub Commits: What Makes Developers Happy, Angry, and Everything Inbetween?, Finance vs Machine Learning The space: New York Hilton The cost: $595-$2045 The dates: Oct. 23-25

3) Big Data Innovation The pitch:

The Big Data Innovation Summit is the largest gathering of Fortune 500 business executives leading Big Data initiatives.

The speakers:

  • Kurt Smith, Data Scientist at Twitter
  • Mohammad Sabah, Data Scientist at Facebook
  • Ashok Srivastava, Principal Scientist, NASA
  • Steve Hirsh, Chief Data Officer, NYSE
  • Arun Jacob, Director of Data Solutions, Walt Disney

The sessions: “Experimentation at eBay,” “Better Health through Data Science,” “Data-Infused Product Design and Insights at Linkedin” The space: Hyatt Regency Boston One The extracurriculars: Networking drinks in the Exhibitions area, 6pm, 9/13 The cost: $595-$2045 The dates: Sept. 13-14

4)    Government Big Data The pitch:

This outstanding conference brings together the key government and industry experts who are shaping the direction of big data research and development across the Federal Government. They willprovide you with an in-depth understanding of Federal agency strategy and plans, the status and forecast for key big data initiatives, and the latest tools and technologies being developed to exploit the massive amounts of information being collected at the Federal level.

The speakers:

  • Dr. Sasi Pillay, CTO for IT, NASA
  • Dr. Christopher White, Program Manager, Information Innovation, DARPA
  • Tasso Argyros, Co-President, Aster Data
  • Susie Adams, CTO, Microsoft Federal
  • Eric Braverman, Partner, McKinsey and Company

The sessions: “Perspectives from the Office of the Secretary of Defense,” ““National Aeronautics and Space Agency Perspectives and Initiatives,” “2.0: Surveillance Solution in the Cloud,” “We Didn’t Try to Grow a Bigger Ox: Why USASearch Uses Hadoop” The space: Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge, Arlington, VA The cost: $1290 The dates: Sept. 18-19

5)    Visualized The pitch:

VISUALIZED explores the evolution of communication at the intersection of big data, storytelling and design. Gain insight into designing data-driven narratives that connect with audiences and visualize the human experience.

The speakers:

  • Shaw Hwang, Design Technologist, Trulia
  • Katy Harris, Information Designer, Fathom
  • Hilary Mason, Chief Scientist, Bitly
  • Simon Rogers, Data Journalist, Editor at Large, The Guardian UK
  • Scott Belksy, CEO, Behance
  • Shan Carter, Interactive Graphics Editor, New York Times

The space: Times Center Manhattan The cost: $799, or $699 if you donate a high-quality used book The dates: Nov. 8-9

6) Text Analytics World The pitch:

Text Analytics World is the full-spectrum conference that covers all aspects of text analytics. To solidify the business value you gain from text analytics, TAW delivers the latest methods/techniques, demonstrating their deployment across a wide range of industries large and small.

The speakers:

  • Sarah Ann Berndt, Taxonomist, Johnson Space Center
  • Anna Divoli, Senior Software Researcher, Pingar
  • Heather Edwards, Taxonomy Developer, AP
  • Sue Feldman, Research Vice President, Search and Discovery Technologies, IDC
  • Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro, Editor, KDNuggets

The sessions: Predictive Coding in E-Discovery, Crossing the Language Chasm: Extracting Information from Foreign Language Text, Unified Access to Enterprise Information, Big Data and Big Analytics Trends: The Promise and the Hype, Harnessing the power of text analytics to drive human capital The space: Seaport World Trade Center The cost: $990-$1790 The dates: October 3-5