Diversity Scholarships Awarded

We are excited to announce the recipients of our first OpenVis Conf Diversity Scholarship. We want to thank everyone that applied for the time they took and the fantastic applications they put together. Unfortunately we could not award a scholarship to everyone, but we do wish you all the best in your journey in tech.

Our three recipients hail from across the country and beyond! We look forward to meeting them in person in Boston and hearing about the impact they will bring back to their respective communities and disciplines.

Ana Cecilia Castillo is a Guatemalan Technologist and community leader (girlsattech, nodebots Guatemala, GDG, JS) with a global perspective. She is a Software Developer at Elemental Geeks and a Teacher in two universities in Guatemala, Universidad Francisco Marroquín and Universidad Galileo.

Sarah Groff-Palermo is a designer, programmer, and artist. She likes books, data art, programming languages and robots with feelings. She is an alumna of the School for Poetic Computation and currently at Hacker School in New York.

Stephanie Migdalia Pi Herrera is a linguist turned web developer, originally from Miami, and currently based in Seattle. She is interested in data visualization as a storytelling tool for underrepresented issues and communities. In her spare time, she enjoys the Pacific Northwest outdoors and much much more.


Thank You CrowdStrike

In our original announcement, we said that Bocoup would be sponsoring two diversity scholarships. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of CrowdStrike, we were able to award one more! Thank you to CrowdStrike for coming on board as our first partner in providing diversity scholarships at OpenVis.

OpenVis Conf 2015 Diversity Scholarships!

Our mission at Bocoup is to support universal access to information and the tools to understand and transform it. This informs a large part of why and how we operate OpenVis Conf. We are constantly seeking new ways to make our communities broader and more inclusive. To that end, for the first time, we are excited to announce that Bocoup is making available two diversity scholarships to attend OpenVis Conf! These cover not only the cost of the ticket, but also accommodation and travel to Boston, if needed.

In the spirit of broadening our community, we want to encourage people from under-represented communities in our field to apply. In particular we would love to see OpenVis Conf become more ethnically and gender diverse as well as welcome others who may see themselves as members of an underrepresented community. This may include (but is not limited to), people of color, women, transgender folk, and people of diverse sexual orientation. We hope this scholarship program can enable you to join us and contribute to our conversation.

If you know anyone that would benefit from this, please share this with them.

Sponsor a scholarship

We’d love to be able to offer more scholarships and we could do that with your help. If you or your company would be interested in sponsoring a scholarship or three. See our sponsorship prospectus or email us at openvisconf@bocoup.com to learn more.

Scholarship Details

Each scholarship covers the following for a single individual:

  • OpenVis Conf ticket: A full ticket to participate in all OpenVis Conf 2015 activities.
  • Accommodation: Hotel accommodation for those coming from outside the greater Boston area for the duration of the conference, April 5th - 7th.
  • Transportation: Approximately $600 to the cost of round-trip transport to Boston for those coming from outside the greater Boston area. We do have some flexibility here so do not be deterred from applying even if you are far away.

We will not be able to cover per-diem / food & local transport expenses in the city during the conference.

How to Apply

To apply for a scholarship, fill out this form and tell us a bit about yourself. The application deadline is 08/Feb/2015. We will select two recipients which we will contact mid February. If you have any questions, you can also contact us at openvisconf@bocoup.com.


Submitting a talk: FAQ

You may have noticed that our submission process has been open for a few weeks. We’re very excited about the talks we’re seeing come in, but we’ve also received quite a few questions from current and potential submitters. In this post, we’ll try to offer answer some common questions about submitting to OpenVis for those who are considering doing so and give our attendees an idea of what to expect at OpenVis Conf 2015.

How should I frame my talk?

The goal of OpenVis Conf is to offer insight into the inner workings of creating data visualization on the Open Web. That means that we’re more focused on the educational side of things: the “how” of data visualization. We’re interested in tools, concrete design principles, process and workflow, research, current and relevant data topics, code libraries and frameworks, and best practices across the board.

What should I talk about?

That’s up to you! Think about what of your work might be relevant/useful/educational to our community and submit a talk about that. It can be a cool technology you’ve written or used, an interesting pattern you’ve devised, a workflow that you find helpful etc. We don’t want to limit you here, so if you want to run some ideas by us, submit your talk with your questions and we’ll be in touch.

What topics are you looking for talks about?

We’ve listed a few topics on our call, but last year we collaboratively assembled a spreadsheet of topics we would like to see with the help of friends of the conference (past attendees, for instance) and general members of the public. You might find that list useful. On the Speaker Call this year, you can also suggest conference topics and speakers you’d like us to invite to submit.

How technical/specific should I be?

The best talk proposals mix some focus with educational breadth; for example: instead of “design tips for good visualizations,” we chose last year’s “color” (Rob Simmon) or “wee things” (Lena Groeger) or “the design of nothing” (Andy Kirk). In the tools and code realm, last year we chose an overview comparison talk on javascript frameworks and in our first year we chose a deep dive into a single problem space, for example “hacking the d3 force layout” (Jim Vallandingham.) Reviewing the talks from last year is a great way to see what makes the final cut.

Are there certain kinds of talks you don’t want to see?

That’s a tricky question. We can definitively say that we haven’t accepted talks in the past two years that were marketing-focused or that didn’t contribute to the openness aspect of building data visualization on the web. We also rarely accept portfolio talks, unless you can present lessons learned and process takeaways that are broadly applicable or interesting beyond a single project. For example, we are big fans of Georgia Lupi's talk from Eyeo Festival 2014: The Shape of my Thoughts. We strive to improve our community with every talk, so keep that in mind when submitting your proposal.

What should I say in the comments to the committee?

While that section is left intentionally vague, there are a few pieces of information you can provide us with that will go a long way:

  1. Any links to work that you reference (code, live version of your work we can try out, slides, videos etc.) help us a lot. The more we can get to know your work, the easier it is for us to make a decision.
  2. Any information about you and your work in general.

Do you do any outreach?

We absolutely do! That’s why this year’s call for speakers includes an option for you to submit the name of a person you’d like to see. We appreciate the time you take to submit your talk and ask that all the folks we reach out to submit their talk through the same review process. If there’s anyone you’d like to see speak, now’s a good time to let us know on the call form.

I’ve worked on ____, but I’m not sure it’s good enough. Should I really submit?

Submitting a talk isn’t always easy. Even the best practitioners in any field experience impostor syndrome, and we all deal with it with our own work. We want to encourage you to submit even if you’re not sure you have something to offer. If you’ve solved some hard problems, built something interesting, designed beautiful visualizations etc, you probably have something to offer and we will work with you to come up with the right framing.

When will I hear about the status of my submission?

While we accept talks on a rolling basis, we do not send decline notices until at least a week or two after the call closes. We want to give all the submitters due process and get a general sense of the talks we have.

Are you thinking about diversity?

All the time. We promise you that our committee and conference staff want to create a conference that represents the full spectrum of diversity in our community. We do a lot of outreach and have a lot of conversations with folks about how to achieve that. OpenVis Conf also has a Code of Conduct that our attendees, organizers and staff uphold. We welcome your thoughts and support.

Support OpenVis Conf!

If you want to support our efforts, sponsoring OpenVis Conf is a great way to help us put together the best program we can, and is a great way to get involved if you have a group of people from your company who all want to attend. From speaker traveling and accommodations to activities for our attendees, every dollar you give us will go towards providing the greatest conference experience at the lowest ticket cost we can offer. Email openvisconf@bocoup.com for more information.

We're Back!

We are very excited to announce OpenVis Conf is coming back for round three in April 2015! Last year was a truly remarkable event and we were humbled by your generous comments and thoughtful dialogue during and after the conference. We are grateful to our speakers from 2014 for delivering some of the best content about creating data visualization on the Open Web. You can see last year's talk videos here.

The third OpenVis Conf will take place on April 6th and 7th of 2015 in Boston.

Call for Speakers is Open!

Our call for talk submissions is now open and will remain open until November 17th at midnight. This year we are adding a little extra twist: not only can you submit a talk, but you can also suggest a topic we should cover or even a specific speaker you'd like to see. We're excited to build this program together!

If you're working on something interesting, developing or learning an interesting technique or want to teach us anything about data visulization, now is your chance. We are looking for speakers on all topics broad and deep. Not sure if your proposal is quite right? No worries. You can submit it alongside questions or requests to the committee and we will work with you to make it great. Feel feel free to email openvisconf@bocoup.com with any questions.

At OpenVisConf, we believe that the Open Web is made better by a variety of perspectives. Our goal is to create a respectful, inclusive and friendly environment for all. We value diversity in the community we bring together, and we welcome your contributions to a balanced representation of the richness of our collective experience.


Early Bird Tickets On Sale Today at 3pm

We are excited to be able to offer a limited number of early bird tickets starting today at 3pm at low price of $449. We strive to keep OpenVis Conf as affordable as possible while providing you with the best conference experience we can. After early bird tickets run out we will release regular priced tickets for $549.

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