About Data Week DC
In 2017 when we founded DC DATACON it was to fill a need in bringing the data practitioners of our region together for the "big conversation" about data science to complement our vibrant meet-up culture that is Data Community DC (DC2). One of our goals was to highlight the strength and opportunity that is our data science ecosystem in the DMV. After two successful years, we learned a ton and last year embarked on the next evolution of this concept Data Week DC.
2019 was our first year. Over a five-day period, we coordinated 18 events covering a wide range of data topics engaging thousands of data professionals in our region. We are thankful to our founding sponsors ASA (American Statistical Association), ATA, LLC (Advanced Technology Applications), Datastax, and Rising Media. Some have already agreed to return again in 2020 and the door is wide open for additional support. All proceeds from Data Week DC go to Data Community DC – a 501(3)(C).
2020 presents a very special opportunity for our community to help members of many different geographical, professional and socio-economic communities to come together and tackle an important challenge – Data Literacy. Data Week DC is taking place October 13-17th virtually and at venues all over our region – it is up to our community what they choose to organize. During this 5-day period, we want to encourage of our entire data community (meet-ups, higher ed, non-profits and corporations) to produce events to help address the digital divide in our country. While it is completely up to our community what topics they want to address during Data Week DC events, this year we are taking an added step and requesting events that address one or more of the following topics:
Identifying and closing the digital divide
Promoting digital readiness at work and at home
Using data to responsibly promote social justice and good public policy
Ethics in Data
Building general digital skills
Starting and building careers in a digital economy
Data’s contributions to understanding and battling the global pandemic (specifically, we know there is significant work of this nature going on right here in DC and we hope to hear from you if you’ve been engaged in this fight in any way-please share)
Using data to create music and art
What we’ve learned this past year is that digital transformation is now imperative and Data Week DC presents an opportunity to learn from others, share lessons and bring new voices to new people. This is a call to action for the DC Data Community and our friends and colleagues across the country to address the criticality of Data Literacy.
We are calling on our community to produce events addressing these and many other data science topics of interest to the communities that they serve. Think of it as a crowd-sourced 5-day conference led by our data community in the spirit of SXSW.
Data Week DC is an on-going experiment where we learn more each year, making changes when and where needed. The 2020 event is a real test of our community’s agility and creativity. We are excited to see how our data community steps up and leads.
We are excited to use this opportunity to tap the entrepreneurial spirit of our region and encourage anyone that thinks they have an idea for an event to consider hosting. The event registration process is moderated, but this is an open platform. If you have an event you want to organize, then please review the materials provided and then visit the Register an Event link. Completing this form is the first step to getting your event on the Data Week DC calendar.
Any member of the Steering Committee is here to serve you. Look us up, connect and start a dialogue. Tell your friends and colleagues about Data Week DC and attend as many events as you can.
Data Community DC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) not for profit organization committed to connecting and promoting the work of data professionals in the National Capital Region by fostering education, opportunity, and professional development through high-quality, community-driven events, resources, products and services.
The pulse of Data Community DC (DC2) is measured by its Meetups. Covering the spectrum of data science, DC2 promotes data scientists and their work, from gathering and organizing data (DWDC), to developing options and hypotheses about the data (DEDC), developing algorithms (DSDC, WDSDC & FSDS), implementing those algorithms (SPDC), building businesses around the data, communicating your work (DVDC), and collaborating around your work (DCNO)...and more. DC2 produces many events over the course of the year and look forward to seeing you at a meet-up soon. Visit DC2 on-line at www.DataCommunityDC.org.