The Science of Data-Driven Storytelling Workshop

#Data has become an increasingly important communication tool across every industry. That’s because, when explained effectively, the right data shared through the right channels can spark high levels of public engagement, collaboration, and awareness. “The Science of Data-Driven Storytelling” is a one-day workshop focused on how to turn analytical findings into compelling, data-driven stories that capture the attention of a broad range of audiences. DataScience and the National Science Foundation’s West Big Data Innovation Hub have brought together leaders in academia, the non-profit sector, government, data science and publishing to discuss best practices for creating impactful data-driven stories. Those in analytical, marketing, or management roles in these fields are highly encouraged to attend.


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Lilian Coral

Chief Data Officer, City of Los Angeles

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Lilian Coral is the Chief Data Officer for the City of Los Angeles.  Ms Coral joined the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, after having spent the previous 10+ years working on a wide range of health and human services issues as an advocate and executive leader. Having had the opportunity to work with labor unions, NGOs, foundations, and human service agencies at all levels of government, Lilian felt inspired to apply her experience to re-thinking the way in which government uses data and technology to serve its citizens. 

Most recently, as the founding Director of 2–1–1 California, Lilian led a network of 26 non-governmental organizations, available to over 33 million Californians. The most significant challenge faced was: transforming legacy systems into state-of-the-art services that leverage technology to improve the lives of the most under-privileged in our communities. 2–1–1 programs throughout the U.S.A. and Canada provide the public with information, assessment and linkages to a wide range of public and private community resources, health and human services, and disaster response assistance. 
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Meredith Lee

Executive Director
West Big Data Innovation Hub

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Meredith is the Executive Director of the West Big Data Innovation Hub, a consortium launched by the National Science Foundation to address societal challenges with Big Data innovation. Dr. Lee previously served as a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA), guiding strategic research in graph analytics, risk assessment, machine learning, data visualization, and distributed computing. She co-led the White House Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery Initiative as well as the Ideation Community of Practice, a network of Federal innovators from more than 25 agencies. Meredith completed her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University and was a postdoctoral researcher at the Canary Center for Cancer Early Detection. She was previously at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Intel, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, and Agilent Laboratories. Dr. Lee is a co-founder of NationOfMakers.org, past president of the Stanford Optical Society of America/SPIE, and served on the first Steering Committee for the National Photonics Initiative. Her work has been featured by whitehouse.gov, Make:, ArsTechnica, The Washington Post, Forbes, and Fast Company.
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Dana Chinn

Director, USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center Media Impact Project

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Dana Chinn is a lecturer at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism and the Director of the Norman Lear Center Media Impact Project, which is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Knight Foundation, and the Open Society Foundations.   She focuses on digital analytics, data journalism, and the role of journalism in open data. 
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Ian Swanson

Founder & CEO, DataScience Inc.

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An expert in Big Data and analytics, an accomplished entrepreneur, and a successful executive for such Fortune 500 companies as American Express and Sprint, Ian Swanson is at home in both startups and enterprise-level organizations. Swanson founded Sometrics, which launched the industry's first global virtual currency platform in 2008 and was acquired by American Express in 2011. That platform -- for which he earned a patent -- managed more than 3.3 trillion units of virtual currency and served an online audience of 250 million in more than 180 countries. Prior to Sometrics, Swanson worked for the secure chat and messaging startup, Userplane, which was subsequently acquired by AOL.

A sought-after speaker on data science, internet of things, digital currency, online advertising and marketing, Big Data and performance-based analytics, Swanson actively advises various companies on their product and marketing strategies. In addition he serves as a mentor to the Los Angeles startup incubators Amplify.LA and Launchpad.LA. Swanson won the 2013 American Express Chairman's Award and was twice honored with the Direct Marketing News “30 Under 30” Award. He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara.
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Ashley Hand

Transportation Technology Fellow, City of Los Angeles

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Ashley Z. Hand, AIA, LEED AP BD+C was appointed as the Transportation Technology Strategist for the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation by Mayor Eric Garcetti in August 2015. The strategy will include innovative policy recommendations, operational change management proposals and mobility pilot program ideas for consideration with a focus on technology-enabled shared mobility, creating a world-class user experience, and preparing the city for a future with autonomous vehicles. This is a one-year fellowship funded by the Goldhirsh Foundation in partnership with the Mayor's Fund of Los Angeles.

Previously, Ashley served Mayor Sylvester "Sly" James as the first Chief Innovation Officer of the City of Kansas City, Missouri and the first female municipal CIO in the country. Working collaboratively across departments, Ashley focused on process improvement through strategic planning, staff involvement and the use of lean methodology and design thinking. In addition, she championed an unprecedented public-private partnership to make Kansas City the most comprehensive smart city in North America by bringing digital infrastructure to a new streetcar line in the downtown core. Prior to joining the public sector, Ashley was an architectural designer and planner for the global firm AECOM where she worked for both public and private sector clients across North America to adopt sustainable best practices and process improvement through community engagement, policy, and operational change management.

Ashley holds a BA in political science from McGill University and a Masters of Architecture from the Pratt Institute and is a registered architect in the State of Missouri. She has been recognized by the Central Exchange as a 2014 Rising Star in Technology in the inaugural STEMMy Awards, the American Institute of Architects Kansas City as the 2012 Emerging Professional of the Year, the Kansas City Business Journal as the inaugural NextGen class of 2013, and NextCity as the Vanguard Class of 2014 for urban leadership.
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Matt Daniels

Founder, Polygraph.cool

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Matt Daniels is designer and developer, as well as editor of Polygraph, an experimental data publication devoted to complex topics and discourse. His past projects include:  Ranking of rappers by the size of their vocabularyAn analysis of timeless music using Spotify dataFilm dialogue, broken-down by gender and age, and Every Billboard top 5 song, 1958 - 2016.
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Christine Kirkpatrick

Division Director for IT Systems & Services, San Diego Supercomputer Center

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Christine Kirkpatrick is Division Director for IT Systems & Services at SDSC. Christine is also Deputy Director and co-PI for the NSF-funded West Big Data Innovation Hub and Chair of the Technical Advisory Committee for the National Data Service. She specializes in enterprise architectures, integrations and implementation of large-scale storage, cloud and computational resources. A pioneer in web-based instruction, she has extensive online teaching experience coupled with expertise in developing the associated technologies needed for effective online teaching. She holds a master’s degree in Architecture-based Enterprise Systems Engineering Leadership from UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering. She joined UC San Diego in 1996 and has been with SDSC since 2012.
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Jon Healey

Deputy Editorial Page Editor, Los Angeles Times

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Jon Healey is the deputy editorial page editor for the Los Angeles Times, which means he’s one of the individuals editing (and sometimes writing) byline-free screeds that, technically speaking, reflect the views of the publisher. He writes most often about healthcare policy, intellectual property, technology and the economy. Previously, he’s written about tech, government and music for several news outlets, most of which still exist.
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Jamie Whitacre

Technical Project Manager, Jupyter Read Bio

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Jamie Whitacre is the technical project manager for Project Jupyter, which was born out of the IPython Notebook in 2014. Jupyter is a web application that allows users to perform exploratory data analysis and create and share documents that contain live code, equations, visualizations and explanatory text. Jupyter extends beyond IPython by supporting over 50 programming languages, including Python, and other languages popular in Data Science such as R, Julia and Scala. Before joining Project Jupyter, Jamie worked with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History building out scientific workflows and databases for several genetics and genomics initiatives. Jamie works from the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS) and is an affiliate of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
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Katie Pierini

SVP, GM, and Partner, LEWIS Global Communications

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Katie is a partner at LEWIS Global Communications, an independent agency offering PR, advertising, marketing and digital services. She specializes in technology for B2B and B2C companies, with an emphasis on cybersecurity, mobile/wireless, telecom, retail, Big Data and analytics, healthcare, eDiscovery, financial services and marketing software and services.

Katie is an expert at integrating PR, social media, digital media and marketing services to tell promotional stories for clients that drive measurable results.
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Kyle Polich

Principal Data Scientist, DataScience Inc.

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Kyle has spent over a decade helping organizations develop products and strategies that are evidence based and data driven. His background in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and statistics, as well as his love of SQL and software design, has made him a sought-after consultant in the data science field. 

Kyle joined DataScience, Inc. as its seventh employee and currently helps to oversee its talented team as they help companies make smarter business decisions through innovative and custom-tailored solutions. On a weekly basis, he hosts the No. 1 data-related podcast on iTunes, Data Skeptic, where he brings stories of applied data science to a general audience.
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AGENDA

TIME TOPIC SPEAKERS
12:00PMWelcome Remarks Ian Swanson
Meredith Lee
12:10 PM Opening Keynote Lilian Coral
12:30 PM Plenary panel: Data-Driven Storytelling as a Skillset Lilian Coral
Ashley Hand
Christine Kirkpatrick
Jon Healey
Katie Pierini
1:15 PM Featured Speaker: The Role of Journalism in Open Data Dana Chinn
1:30 PM Featured Speaker: Insights from Covering and Explaining Technology Policy Jon Healey
1:45 PM Break
2:05 PM Featured Speaker: Best Practices for Crafting a Data Driven Story Matt Daniels
2:20 PM Featured Speaker: Working in Teams to Build Data Driven Stories *end of livestream Jamie Whitacre
2:35 PM Breakout sessions: Building Your Own Data Story Katie Pierini
Matt Daniels
Christine Kirkpatrick
Kyle Polich
4:00 PM Quick Shareback, Concluding Remarks

EVENING EVENT: CHANGING THE WORLD WITH DATA STORIES

Join us at 6:30pm at the gorgeous CrossCamp.us in Santa Monica after the workshop to network with the LA data science community and enjoy lighting talks from additional data narrative luminaries, including Lynn Vavreck of UCLA and the New York Times Upshot, Joe Fox of the LA Times, Chris Keller from KPCC, and more. The evening event will be the kick-off for the LA "Our Lives, Our Data" meet-up which will focus on leveraging data to improve lives. Workshop attendees can register by checking off the box in the form below. Those not attending the workshop who wish to attend solely in the evening can register, as space allows, on the evening event page. Time and Location 6:30-9:00 P.M. Cross Campus: 929 Colorado Ave Santa Monica, CA 90401 Evening Event Details Eventbrite - Changing the World with Data Stories


ABOUT THE HOSTS

DataScience, Inc.

Based in Culver City, CA, DataScience, Inc. combines human intellect with machine-powered analysis to extract information from data that drives real results. From IoT to online retail, DataScience works with leading organizations across industries to solve some of their most pressing business challenges. Founded by a team of accomplished big data entrepreneurs, DataScience is backed by Whitehart Ventures, Greycroft Partners, Pelion Venture Partners, Crosscut Ventures, and TenOneTen.

DataScience, Inc.

National Science Foundation’s West Big Data Innovation Hub

The West Big Data Innovation Hub (WBDIH) builds and strengthens partnerships across industry, academia, nonprofits, and government to address societal challenges. One of four hubs launched by the National Science Foundation, the WBDIH convenes stakeholders to accelerate progress in thematic areas including Metro Data Science, Natural Resources and Hazards, and Precision Medicine.

WestBigDataHub.org