So far we’ve focused most of the hype for the Data Summit SF on the main stage. And there are some amazing speakers who will be giving short, snappy interesting talks throughout the day that are sure to keep you riveted in your seat. But, if you do find yourself getting a bit restless or you fancy trying your hand at data extraction, we’ve dedicated the entire 2nd floor as a workshops area where you can get hands-on with the latest data technologies from us and our partners. The floor will be run by the one-and-only Alex Gimson. You may recognize him (or at least his beard) from our weekly webinar series and the sold-out workshops from the Data Summit London.Read More
Halloween is rapidly approaching, and panic is setting in. What are you going to go as this year? Will it be the scary zombie, the topical GoT character, the fun filled group costume or something that shows off a little leg? This weeks webinar is for those of you who haven’t quite decided what to be for Halloween yet. I’ve got a very special (return) guest with me, the wonderful and talented Jewel Loree from Tableau, who is going to help me build a Halloween costume dashboard. As you can see, Jewel and I already have our costumes sorted; but we know how hard it can be to decide. Which is why we’ve turned to the trusty data to help you figure out whether to go scary or sexy this year!Read More
Everyone loves a good conference, but there’s no denying that all day events tend to drag on a bit. You know the feeling. You’ve been sitting in the same position for several hours, your mind starts to wander, your legs get restless, your phone suddenly appears in your hand and you start texting or reading email. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there.
That’s why we’ve been working extra hard to make sure the Data Summit SF is absolutely action packed and varied enough to entertain even the most concentration challenged among you.
To keep you entertained throughout the day, we’ve lined up a variety of quick 10-20 minute talks that will be fast paced, fun, exciting AND insightful. That’s right, you won’t find any hour-long lectures here! We’ve also built in plenty of break time for you to get up, stretch your legs, nibble on some tasty snacks and meet your fellow data punk.Read More
Import.io was once again super excited to host another Big Data Debate. We managed to secure a bigger venue this time (Central Foundation Boys School), which meant we had space for even more data lovers. And good thing too, because this event was packed! Which may have had a little something to do with that night’s subject: wearables.Read More
Two weeks ago the UK’s Office of National Statistics (ONS) announced that the UK economy had grown by 0.9% in the second quarter of 2014. This growth was partly due to the decision to include prostitution in gross domestic product (GDP) for the first time ever.
The ONS estimate that Britain’s 60,879 prostitutes contribute £5.314bn (0.4% GDP) to the UK economy. But, this figure completely ignores male prostitution. In a previous post we used data from AdultWork, a popular sex worker website, to determine that 42% of UK prostitutes are male, which (all other factors being equal) represents an additional £3.542bn of UK GDP!
Our initial analysis was very simple, but nonetheless raised a lot of interest from you all, along with some great questions about the gender differences between male and female sex workers. We decided to look a little deeper into the gender differences amongst sex workers online and this is what we found.Read More
Creating a good user experience is challenging. Especially when your product is technically complex, you have to strike that all important balance between functionality and simplicity. For those of you who have been with us for a while, you’ll know that our product (and website) have been through quite a few iterations over the last two years. It’s been an interesting journey, and the other day I had the opportunity to examine it in some detail when I was asked to give a talk on our UX experiences at Wellington Partners CEO Summit, for those who don’t know Wellington they are one of our fabulous investors and have been working with us since more or less day one.Read More
We’ve secured some pretty amazing speakers for the Data Summit SF, but these next two are absolute legends. Our opening fireside chat stars Owen Thomas, Editor-in-Chief at ReadWrite, who will be speaking to Steven Sinofsky, Board Partner at Andreessen Horowitz. Words cannot describe how honored we are to have them, and I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce them and their impressive accomplishments.Read More
We had another awesome joint webinar this week. Alex Salkever from Silk.co was here at the import.io webinar studios to help me show you how to create some stellar vizzes with your data. In less than an hour, we crawled Kickstarter and made a bubble map showing the difference in concentration of Technology vs. Journalism startups across the World.Read More
The Data Summit SF edition is coming along nicely. We’re going to have great food from some of San Fran’s best food trucks, delicious cocktails and of course free swag! I feel like I’m forgetting something….oh right! The actual Summit! Don’t you worry - there’ll be more data-based learning then you can shake a stick at.
To give you a little taster of what’s in store, I want to introduce you to Daniel Frank from Stripe, who is going to tell you how to create data tooling that people will actually care about.Read More
There’s less than a month to go until the Data Summit SF and preparations are well under way to make this the best event you guys have ever seen! We’ll have tons of free swag, killer cocktails and some of the best food trucks in San Fran ready and waiting for you at Dogpatch Studios on Oct 30th! We’ve also added a bunch more stellar speakers to the list so head on over to the event page and check ‘em out!
And speaking of speakers, I want to introduce you guys to this awesome double act from Tradecraft: Brett and Graham Hunter. Tradecraft is an immersive training program for people who want to become either a UX designer, growth hacker or sales and business development professional. Pretty sweet eh? So without further ado...take it away Brett and Graham!Read More