d3.unconf  2017

September 22-23, 2017 | San Francisco 


Friday & Saturday, September 22nd - 23rd, 2017
The Laundry SF
3359 26th Street, San Francisco

About d3.unconf

d3.unconf is an annual gathering of data visualization practitioners. We're meeting to catalyze involvement and knowledge sharing within the d3.js and greater visualization community.

This is our fourth annual event and we are excited to continue our tradition spending two days together sharing and hacking. On Friday September 22nd we commence with a day of discussions. On Saturday September 23rd we will come together to make and learn together. See the Schedules below for more details.


Sarah Drasner

Opening the unconference on 9/22 will be Sarah Drasner, a writer, developer and animator who has probably taught you something about SVG and Javascript if you've tried to animate something in HTML5 before. She will start our day of discussions  off right with what is sure to be an animated talk!

Nadieh Bremer

Kicking off day 2 of the unconference on 9/23 we have Nadieh Bremer AKA Visual Cinnamon, a designer and developer of beautiful data visualizations. You may have learned from some of her blocks or been awed by her work on Data Sketch|es, and now she's coming all the way from Amsterdam to inspire us!


2017 Partner

Diversity & Inclusion

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Data Driven Sponsors

We are still accepting new sponsors, please email info@visfest.com for more information
Each year we have some of the most interesting companies doing data visualization support the community via various forms of sponsorship.


Day 1 - Friday, September 22nd

We continue our tradition of self-organizing around the most interesting topics in the d3.js community. Check out the past events for the kinds of sessions we had, we've discussed and shard many subjects like visualizing neural networks or understanding d3 v4. What do you want to talk about this year?
8:30 AM Breakfast  
10:00 AM Keynote Room A: Sarah Drasner 
11:00 AM Session 1 Room A:  Generative visualizations
Room B:  Visualization for social/political change
Room C:  Evaluating visualizations & perception research
12:00 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Session 2
Room A:  D3 + Frameworks & Components
Room B:  Visualizations in AR / VR
Room C:  SVG filters
2:30 PM Session 3
Room A:  Maps & map projections
Room B:  Neural Network Visualizations
Room C:  Declarative visualization tools (Plotly, Vega, etc.)
3:30 PM Session 4 Room A:  Visualization Design Principles
Room B:  Templatizing Visualizations
Room C:  Visualizing uncertainty
4:30 PM Panel Discussion Room A: Visualizing, The Field
Panel: Elijah Meeks, Eric Socolofsky and Shirley Wu

Day 2 - Saturday, September 23rd

We heard from many previous attendees that they wanted an outlet for all of the ideas they got from the varied and interesting conversations they had during the unconf. We hope having a second day for people to hack together and continue discussions will foster even more collaboration.
8:30 AM Breakfast   
10:00 AM Keynote Room A: Nadieh Bremer 
11:00 AM Workshop 1 Room A:  Rendering Outside the Browser w/ Noah Veltman
Room B:  Intro to d3.js w/ Shirley Wu
Room C:  Hack time
12:00 PM Lunch Room B 
1:30 PM Workshop 2 Room A:  Working with Hierarchical Data w/ David Richards
Room B:  Intro to d3.js w/ Ayşegül Yönet
Room C:  Hack time
3:00 PM Workshop 3 Room A :  Use the Force: Simulating Physical Phenomena w/ Vasco Asturiano
Room B:  Intro to d3.js w/ Kai Chang
Room C:  Hack time
4:30 PM Show and tell Room A
5:30 PM Closing remarks
Room A 

Code of Conduct

The Bay Area D3 User Group is a network of peers wih a wide variety of backgrounds. Our goal is to create a friendly, welcoming environment to discuss visualization topics. You can help us foster a creative environment. 

Be polite and respectful.
Celebrate the work of others.
Help newbies.

Anti-Harrassment Policy

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately.

Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference.

Email: info@visfest.com
We expect participants to follow these rules at all conference venues and conference-related social events.


Be prepared to submit a block to participate!
Tickets will be $120 upon acceptance.
Registration has closed.
Registration has closed. See you at the event!
We think the best part of getting a bunch of d3.js enthusiasts together in one room is how much we share with each other. Since we have a limited amount of time and space together we want to make sure everyone at the event is ready to be an active participant.

We ask everyone to submit a bl.ock that they have made to apply for registration to the conference. 

See some examples at bl.ocks.org and try Block builder if you need to make your first one. If you already have some blocks, feel free to submit one as is.