Big data is a hot commodity in 2019, and it’s only expected to get hotter in 2020.

The average company now manages 163 terabytes (163,000 gigabytes) of information, according to an IDG survey. What’s more, 53 percent of businesses—a full majority—now make use of big data analytics.

Industry events and conferences are a valuable opportunity for big data practitioners to gain knowledge through lectures and seminars, hear thoughts and ideas about the future of the field, and network with leaders and experts. As we get ready to move into the new year, let’s take a moment to go over the top 5 big data events of 2020.

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1. Analytics and Data Summit 2020

Date: February 25-27, 2020

City: Santa Clara, CA

Location: Oracle Santa Clara Conference Center

The Analytics and Data Summit 2020 will be the latest event in an annual Oracle series organized by the Oracle BI, Data Warehouse, and Analytics (BIWA) user community. The event focuses on topics related to Oracle and big data, and includes keynote speeches, hands-on practical sessions, and networking events.

Keynote speakers for the 2020 event have yet to be announced. 2019 keynote speakers included Andrew Mendelsohn, executive vice president for Oracle database server technologies, and Jon Walton, the CIO of San Mateo County. The 2019 event also included lectures with titles such as:

  • Generation Two: Data Lakes and Data Science on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure
  • Introduction to Graph Analytics and Oracle Graph Cloud Service
  • NoSQL on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure
  • Oracle Spatial Studio: Self Service Spatial Visualization and Analysis

Early registration for the summit is open until November 30, with a price tag of $499. Judging by the 2019 event, this cost will likely increase to $649 after early registration concludes.

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2. Data & Analytics Summit 2020

Date: March 23-26, 2020

City: Grapevine, TX

Location: Gaylord Texan Hotel & Convention Center

Research and advisory firm Gartner is one of the most respected names in the IT market intelligence field. Gartner’s annual Data & Analytics Summit claims that attendees will “learn how to build an effective data and analytics strategy that will lead to significant business value.”

With more than 4,000 people and 150 research-driven sessions, Gartner’s Data & Analytics Summit 2020 promises to be one of the largest big data conferences of 2020. The event includes multiple “tracks” that attendees can follow, such as “Data Architecture” and “Emerging Technologies.” Keynote speakers will include a variety of Gartner subject matter experts, as well as outside voices such as technologist Safi Bahcall and Dr. Hannah Fry of University College London.

The conference’s “early bird” registration closes January 24 with a price of $3,475, after which it increases by $360. Discounts are available to members of the public sector and team members attending as a group.

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3. The Data Science Conference 2020

Date: May 14-15, 2020

City: Chicago, IL

Location: Gleacher Center, University of Chicago

The Data Science Conference bills itself as a “vendor-free, sponsor-free, and recruiter-free” event. By limiting attendance only to professionals, big data practitioners are able to focus on the conference topics themselves without unnecessary distractions. The conference began in November 2015, and the number of attendees usually hovers between 100 and 200.

Previous events have included speakers from organizations such as Facebook, Microsoft, Google, NASDAQ, Deloitte, and the U.S. Census Bureau. The 2019 conference included lectures with titles such as:

  • Testing to Ensure the Fairness of Machine-Learned Algorithms
  • A Framework for Detecting Racial Bias in Police Interactions
  • The Lexical Analogy: Segmenting User Navigation and Engagement Patterns
  • Using Transfer Learning as a Powerful Baseline for Deep Learning
  • TensorFlow Probability for Statisticians and Data Scientists

Early registration is available until February 29, 2020. A single pass costs $1,150. Discounts are available for previous attendees, for academics, and for government and nonprofit employees.

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4. Data Summit 2020

Date: May 19-20, 2020

City: Boston, MA

Location: Hyatt Regency Boston

If Chicago in May isn’t your style, how about Boston in May? Data Summit 2020 is a conference operated by DBTA (Database Trends and Applications) magazine. The event seeks to “unleash the power of your data” with “three days of practical advice, inspiring thought leadership, and in-depth training.”

The conference includes general lectures as well as specialized “boot camps” and “summits,” such as the Data Lake Boot Camp and the AI & Machine Learning Summit. While the 2020 speaker lineup has yet to be announced, this year’s speakers came from organizations such as Oracle, MIT, Harvard, IBM, Uber, and the Pythian Group.

According to the Data Summit 2020 website, registration will open “soon.” An all-access pass that includes access to all keynotes, summits, and boot camps costs $1,295 until April 17, at which point the price will go up to $1,395.

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5. Women in Analytics Conference 2020

Date: June 3-5, 2020

City: Columbus, OH

Location: Greater Columbus Convention Center

According to the tagline of the Women in Analytics (WIA) conference, the event is “An analytics conference. Featuring women. For everyone.” While the event’s speaker lineup is reserved only for women, attendance and competitions at the event are open to all.

The conference includes a career fair, networking events, poster sessions, workshops, and a “meet and greet” with the event’s speakers. Keynote speakers for the 2020 conference include astrophysics professor Dr. Feryal Ozel and data scientist Jenny Bryan.

Round 2 of registration closes December 31. Ticket prices are currently $455, with discounts for students and non-profit organizations.

Xplenty's Thoughts

Usually in our final thoughts section, we choose the one event we believe is the most important conference for our readers; however, every one of these big data events are worth attending- if you can. For those of you who want to learn as much as possible at a conference, I'd say Gartner's Data & Analytics Summit and The Data Science Conference are your best bet. For inclusivity and outer and inner-perspectives on data insights, the Women in Analytics Conference would be the best option. 

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