Data Canvas: Let’s Get Started

Learn tools and tricks to help tell the stories of environmental data and participate in the Data Art Challenge.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 94111 United States


February 23, 2015 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)


Free with advance RSVP

As part of Data Canvas: Sense Your City, 100 DIY sensors have been deployed across seven cities and three continents to empower and utilize open data from the environment around them. Now it’s time for you to take this open data and tell a story creatively!

On February 6, we made the live data streams public and launched the Data Art Challenge. Over the course of seven weeks, people from around the world are invited to find imaginative ways to tell stories with and about the data by building images, live visualizations, videos, or anything else they can imagine and make.

We invite you to join the San Francisco Bay Area community on February 22 to work on your own project for the Data Art Challenge, get guidance from experts in the field, and participate in tutorial sessions in cutting-edge data visualization tools.


5:00 pm  doors open
5:30 pm  Taurin Barrera
6:00 pm  Mikko Jarvenpaa, Infogram
6:30 pm  Beth Schechter, Stamen Design
7:00 pm  Ian Johnson, d3-Meet-up Bay Area
8:00 pm  doors close


Taurin Barrera

Taurin Barrera is an electronic musician and sound artist whose work explores the interactive connections between technology and perception. His work incorporates technology to augment our synesthetic experiences of sound and visual art. Taurin received his Master’s degree in Electronic Music and Recording Media at Mills College. During his Creative Code Fellowship at Gray Area he developed Athera, a DIY sensor installation to measure and visualize light, sound, air quality, UV, temperature, humidity, and particulate pollution. This was the prototype for the Data Canvas: Sense Your City sensor kit.

Mikko Jarvenpaa

Mikko Jarvenpaa is’s Chief Operating Officer responsible for the daily operations of the online data visualization service. Mikko is Finnish and has been serving as Product Marketing Manager for AdWords at Google, worked with tech startups in both Silicon Valley and Europe, and has recently been the Chief Marketing Geek for HackFwd. He has experience founding several companies of his own and is besides that also well acquainted with, as he has been company’s advisor for round two years prior to taking up the COO role.

Beth Schechter

Beth Schechter’s role at Stamen is about engaging students, educators, and the public about data visualization and mapmaking through workshops, curriculum design, and project development. Her role also includes writing, project management, and collaborative design for public-facing materials like books, blogs, and Beth holds a BA from Georgia State University in Philosophy and Creative Writing, and a MS from Georgia Tech in Digital Media, where she became hooked on mapmaking and founded Maptime.

Ian Johnson

Ian Johnson is a data visualization programmer and designer. His passion is building tools that make the creation of audio, visual, and data-driven media more intuitive and engaging for both programmers and non-programmers. As an active user in the d3.js community, he co-organizes the SF Bay Area d3 Meetup and creator of tributary.



Photo: Myleen Hollero

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