Does Data Visualization Tell Us What to Think?

Event Details


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


June 29, 2011 from 12:30 am to 3:30 am America/Los Angeles (UTC-07:00)



Join us for our wrap-up event for data in sight: making the transparent visual. Come see the winning data visualizations from the weekend and hear from a panel of experts as they discuss trends, risks, and the significance of data visualization. Specifically, we will explore the question of whether data visualization tells us what to think—and if this is good or bad.

This event is free of charge and open to anyone who is a fan of, intrigued by, or even a little curious about data visualization. Special thanks to PeopleBrowsr for being our wonderful host for the evening.


6:30pm Doors open and registration
7:00pm Presentation of winning data visualizations, Thomas Castro (LUST)
7:20pm Panel discussion
8:20pm Refreshments and networking
9.30pm Doors close


Eva Ho

Eva Ho is VP of Marketing and Operations at Factual, a platform where anyone can share and mashup data. Factual was founded in 2007 by Gil Elbaz, co-founder of Applied Semantics. Gil has had a lifelong passion for organizing and structuring information, and building smart tools which can make better sense of data. To that end, he set out to develop an open data platform and community in an effort to maximize data accuracy, transparency, and availability.

Sep Kamvar

Consulting assistant professor of Computational and Mathematical Engineering at Stanford University. His research focuses on social computing and information management, and he is particularly interested in personal and social models for search. From 2003 to 2007, Sep was the head of personalization at Google. Sep is the author of two books and over 40 technical publications and patents in the fields of search and social computing. He is on the technical advisory boards of several companies, including Aardvark and Etsy. His artwork has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Musem in London, and the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens.

Joris Maltha

Joris Maltha is Founder, Catalogtree, a multidisciplinary design studio. The studio works continuously on commissioned and self initiated design projects. The studio’s guiding design tactic is FORM = BEHAVIOUR. Typography, generative graphic design and the visualisation of quantitative data are daily routines. Other recent endeavours include: D.I.Y. structured-light 3D-scanning, Bristle bot development and the visualisation of financial tick-data.

Sean Gourley

co-founder and CTO, Quid. Sean did research into the mathematics of war for his PhD thesis at Balliol College, Oxford. His findings appeared as the featured article in “Nature” (December 2009) and were the subject of a popular TED talk (2009). His work on statistical analysis, probability, and algorithm development applied to complex systems and large datasets inspired the creation of Quid. Sean is a Rhodes Scholar PhD in Physics (Complexity) from the University of Oxford; his is undergraduate degree in Physics is from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Peter Aldhous

Peter Aldhous is San Francisco bureau chief with New Scientist magazine, reporting on biology, medicine, social sciences and the environment. He’s especially interested in data journalism, and has made visualizations on topics from ranging from earthquakes and their casualties to networks of citation among stem cell researchers. Peter also teaches in the Science Writing Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz.


Photo: Myleen Hollero