Speaking: Toronto Net Tuesday

[Update: The notes from my talk are posted here: http://gabesawhney.com/?p=234]

On April 17th I’ll be doing an intro to information visualization for (primarily) non-profits at Toronto Net Tuesday:

Does your organization collect a lot of data?  What are you doing with all the data and how are you sharing it with funders, board members and the community?  Data visualization is an increasingly popular way to share and communicate complicated sets of data. A visual display of information can deliver a clear and strong message – more than numbers and text alone. It can also be a powerful way to engage supporters in a particular action or decision. This session will look at some inspiring examples of data visualization, as well as simple ways that your organization can get started.

What you will get out of this session:

  • Increase your organization’s “data-savviness” – learn how to take the first steps towards becoming a data-informed organization
  • Ideas for sharing your data – tips and tools (including Microsoft Word & Excel!) for creating data visualizations that tell a clear story

Who should attend?

  • Nonprofits and charities who collect data and need to communicate this data in a meaningful way to stakeholders
  • Non-technical folks who want to learn more about the tools and methods available for data visualization
  • Techies who want to learn how to communicate and tell a story with data
  • Anybody who is curious about what data visualization is and how to get started


Gabe Sawhney – Innovation strategist, creative technologist and researcher at the Centre for Innovation in Information Visualization and Data-Driven Design (CIV-DDD).

Justin Malecki – Renewable energy researcher and analyst for ClearSky Advisors, specializing in photvoltaic markets; PhD in Physics from the University of British Columbia.


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