November 21, 2015 - GAFFTA, San Francisco

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

We want this 1 day event to be as productive and fun as possible. We are limiting attendance to people who are serious about being members of this dynamic community. To that end we expect every attendee to have at least tried to make a block. If you are serious and haven't made one yet, check out block builder to get started!

We asked attendees to submit a bl.ock when they registered. These are 50 of the d3 API functions they used in their blocks, visualized by shirleyxywu.

Check out last year's conference to get an idea of what to expect!

Opening Keynote

Tamara Munzner

Tamara Munzner

Tamara Munzner is a professor at the University of British Columbia where she researches the development, evaluation, and characterization of information visualization systems and techniques from both user-driven and technique-driven perspectives.
We are excited to have Tamara kick off the day with a talk about Visualization Analysis & Design. She will no doubt set us on the right course for pushing the d3.js community forward!



9:00 AM Breakfast
9:30 AM Session Planning
10:00 AM Tamara Munzner Opening Keynote Tamara Munzner
11:00 AM - Session 1
Space A: D3 + React
Space B: Foundational vis for rapid development
Space C: Create visualizations together
Space D: Hacking & Chill
11:45 AM - Session 2
Space A: Make it fast
Space B: Data viz + games
Space C: The Chiasm project / What do I make with a CSV (tie)
Space D: Hacking & Chill
12:30 PM Lunch
1:45 PM - Session 3
Space A: D3-v4 (modular)
Space B: D3 + streaming data
Space C: Annotation in vis and in D3
Space D: Hacking & Chill
2:45 PM - Session 4
Space A: So you want to do vis for a living?
Space B: Testing D3
Space C: Network visualization of the D3 community
Space D: Lignthing bl.ocks
3:45 PM - Session 5
Space A: WebGL and vis
Space B: Storytelling with D3
Space C: Making data vis products (vis beyond a single chart)
Space D: News vis improv
4:30 PM Closing



GAFFTA, 2665 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
The Gray Area Foundation for the Arts is hosting us in their amazing newly rennovated historic theater. A cornerstone of the creative coding community for years, we are excited to be coming together in their new space!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an unconference?

An unconference is a participant-driven conference where the topics of discussion are decided the day of. We'll split the discussions into 6 sessions during the day.

We will have 5 tracks per session, which means we will have 30 "blocks" for discussions and workshops throughout the day. We are hoping that each block will be seeded by at least one example, either something you worked on or something you'd like to learn more about. You don't have to be an expert on the topic to lead a block. If you have a topic you are interested in, try to find a good example and help facilitate discussion!

If a session isn't keeping your attention, don't feel obligated to stay - move to another that needs your voice! Don't forget to have FUN - we want to hear about all kinds of projects, especially the ones you do for fun!

What topics will we cover?

The topics for discussion will be submitted and chosen by attendees on the day of the unconference. Topics for the sessions can be whatever you want, but we have prepared a list of common mailing-list discussions that can provide starting points:
d3.js Mailing List Discussions

Who should attend?

  • If you're interested in building on your own or other people's examples
  • If you have ideas around d3 and data visualization that you're still trying to figure out.
  • If you want to meet more people that are trying to apply the latest d3 techniques to visualize data!


Code of Conduct

d3.unconf is dedicated to a harassment-free conference experience for everyone
Please read our anti-harassment policy
This anti-harassment policy is based on the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki