DC DATACON: A focus on the applied tools, technologies, and methodologies that make data science work.

Join this multidisciplinary conversation as we explore the technology, economics, ethics, and strategy of the world’s fastest growing discipline – Data Science! This year’s conference builds on the success of our inaugural 2017 event with plans to go even bigger. Data Community DC is proud to again partner with George Washington University and the greater DC data community to produce DC DATACON 2018. The conference will be held on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 as we take over the Marvin Center – the thriving center of GWU student life. We aim to bring together nearly 1,000 stakeholders in the data community of the national capital region representing all facets of the data science ecosystem – Commercial, Government, Academia, Research, and Non-Profit. Please come as we continue charting the path ahead for data science.

Our robust agenda of highly relevant speakers and presenters keeps improving by the day and we invite you to visit this site often for updates.

The theme for 2018 is Simply Data Science. We will be focusing on how, by leveraging design principles and making the right design decisions throughout the entire data science technology stack, we can create intuitive, accessible systems that anyone can use. As Einstein said, “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” You get to simple by being thoughtful, deliberate, disciplined and highly creative. And only when we can reach such a state have we mastered our craft. DC DATACON 2018 is achieving simplicity in data science and creating a conversation to help us all think a little deeper, more completely and more creatively about what we do as data professionals.

We’ll also be further exploring the social aspects of the conference striving to make it more collaborative and interactive to serve any interest you have in attending – networking, recruiting, collaborating, shaping, marketing, educating, learning and so on… There are many reasons to attend DC DATACON, the least of which is to help you be a better citizen in the data driven society in which we now live.

DC DATACON: Let your voice shape the future of data science.


October 30, 2018
For Immediate Release: DC DATACON 2018 Finalizes Agenda, Announces Stellar Speaker Line-up, Broad Support Among Region’s Data Leadership
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October 10, 2018
For Immediate Release: DC DATACON 2018 Announces Additional Speakers, Panelists, Sponsors and Partners
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October 1, 2018
DC DATACON Un-Conference Announced!
So what is the DATACON Un-conference?  An Unconference is free space and time for the community to do what it pleases.  It is undefined and loosely structured.  It is a blank canvas.  What will it become?  The answer is up to you, your peers, and your Agents. 

September 17, 2018
Agenda and Speaker Updates: We are very excited about the updated Agenda with industry leaders in the public and private sector. Be sure to check out the AGENDA and REGISTER! You won’t want to miss this opportunity!

September 14, 2018
2018 DC DATACON Crash Courses will be on Thursday, November 8th.  
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July 25, 2018
For Immediate Release: Data Community DC Announces Return of DC DATACON
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May 25, 2018
The Call For Papers is now CLOSED