Data visualization is a method of presenting information with visual and interactive elements that enable analysts and executives to easily digest the gathered information and gain insights for an organization or department. It incorporates elements like graphs, charts, and maps and is essential for any 21st-century company looking to remain competitive in an increasingly digital and data-driven landscape.

Because the importance of data visualization has grown so astronomically over the past two decades, trade shows and conferences offering courses, workshops, and vendor spotlights on the tools, skill sets, and strategies that aid successful data visualization have grown as well. Though many of these conferences have moved to a remote format over the past year or two, many are coming back as in-person events, or incorporated an in-person element. Regardless, there is a lot of value to be found in these events whether they are remote or onsite.

Here’s a quick list of the top events you should attend in 2021 to stay sharp on the latest developments and innovations in data visualization.

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Table of Contents

  1. TDWI Virtual Summit Series: Modern BI and Analytics
  2. Data 2021 Conference
  3. Real Business Intelligence
  4. IEEE VIS 2021: Visualization & Visual Analytics
  5. Marketing Analytics & Data Science Conference
  6. Forrester Data Strategy & Insights
  7. TDWI Conference Orlando 2021

1) TDWI Virtual Summit Series: Modern BI and Analytics

When: June 16-17, 2021

Where: Virtual

Price: Unspecified

TDWI virtual summits occur regularly across the year, and this one includes the latest trends in BI and analytics, best practices, and strategies to maximize the value of the information products you make available in your business. Topics for this two-day event include:

  • Strategies for modernists BI and analytics
  • Advances in BI and advanced analytics
  • Self-service and proactive analytics for information-driven decision making
  • Reports, visualizations, dashboards, and embedded analytics

Any professionals working in analytics from business analysts to data science directors to executives will gain value front his event.

2) Data 2021 Conference

When: July 6-8, 2021

Where: Online

Price: Starting at 120€

Data 2021 is the 10th international conference on data science, technology, and applications. The conference focuses on bringing together researchers, engineers, and practitioners interested in databases, big data, data mining, data management, data security, and other aspects of information systems and technology. While the subject matter is wide, there is good coverage on the topic of data visualization as a subcategory of the four main conference areas:

  • Business analytics
  • Data science
  • Data management and quality
  • Big Data
  • Databases and data security

The three-day event includes workshops, special sessions, tutorials, and panels presented and support by data management vendors, academics, and industry leaders across the world.

3) Real Business Intelligence

When: September 21-22, 2021

Where: Hybrid - Online and at the MIT Tang Center in Cambridge, MA

Price: Starting at $299

Real Business Intelligence is a strategic data and analytics-focused event featuring a fresh and exciting forum for business and IT leaders to help achieve success with information, business intelligence, and analytics. This event is in its fifth year and will focus on providing strategies for success in business intelligence, analytics, information management, and performance management - using real-world best practices and proven methods.

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4) IEEE VIS 2021: Visualization & Visual Analytics

When: October 24-29, 2021

Where: Virtual

Price: TBD

VIS 2021 brings together an international community of researchers and practitioners from universities, government, and industry to discuss the latest developments and applications of data visualization. The event will have a diverse range of symposia features the following topics:

  • Visualization in practice
  • Visualization in data science
  • VIS Arts Program
  • Data analysis challenge competitions
  • Application spotlights

Attend to learn about the most recent tools and innovations in data visualization, participate in hands-on workshops, and share your own work and research findings.

5) Marketing Analytics & Data Science Conference

When: October 25-26, 2021

Where: Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa,

Manalapan, FL

Price: Earlybird $1795

The goal of the Marketing Analytics and Data Science organization, or MADS, is to break down silos between the disciplines of marketing analytics and data science so organizations can deliver maximum business impact. All sessions and speakers at MADS focus on three core principles: Best practices for ensuring synergy between data science and analytics; hacks to ensure a data-driven mindset is embedded into your organizational culture, and proven strategies for enhancing the value of impact in the overall organization.

This event will be live and will focus on four tracks core tracks:

  • Building a data-driven & informed culture
  • Future trends in marketing analytics and data science
  • The customer journey
  • Impact obsessed

Between collaborative workshops, case studies, and informal one-on-one sessions, this conference has plenty of content that spans both the IT and marketing sides of data management and visualization.

6) Forrester Data Strategy & Insights

When: November 18-19, 2021

Where: Austin, TX and Live Virtual Experience

Price: Super Earlybird $1950

The Data Strategy and Insights conference by Forrester provides attendees the opportunity to learn how to help their businesses become insights-driven. Subject matter experts will share the latest technology, strategies, and best practices companies need to accelerate success. This event will be both live and virtual, and more information about the agenda is forthcoming.

7) TDWI Conference Orlando 2021

When: November 14-19, 2021

Where: Orlando, FL

Price: Starting at $1685

Orlando 2021 is Transforming Data With Intelligence (TDWI)’s annual conference. With hopes to offer an in-person event in 2021, this year’s content will include vendor-neutral courses on topics such as:

  • BI and analytics
  • Data visualization
  • Data warehouses and data lakes
  • Architecture
  • Data modeling
  • Tools and technology

Included in the agenda are half-day and full-day courses meant to educate and inform data integration architects, business and IT leaders, business analysts, data scientists, and more. The complete agenda, educational tracks, and speakers are still forthcoming so watch their website for more information.

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Data visualization professionals who are looking for opportunities to improve their skills, discover new tools and technologies, and adopt best practices and visualization strategies will find a wealth of opportunities to accomplish this in 2021. With several conferences focused solely on data visualization and others with data visualizations and analytics tracks, there is plenty of content scheduled to be delivered both remotely and in person through the end of the year.

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