What we learned: #SDSC22 New York


​​Miss the Spatial Data Science Conference in NYC? Here’s a quick recap as well as information about how to get involved in future events.

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What we learned: #SDSC22 New York

The 19th-20th October 2022 marked a huge day in the Location Intelligence calendar - the Spatial Data Science Conference NYC!

The conference spanned 2 days  with 49 speakers  7 interactive workshops  2 expert panels and 18 presentations. And best of all? Over 400 of you came along to share  learn and network!

Couldn’t make it  or missing it already? Either way  we’ve got you covered with our roundup of the Spatial Data Science Conference 2022  New York Edition!

Interactive workshops for Spatial Data Scientists

Previous versions of the Spatial Data Science Conference have seen our traditional pre-conference technical workshops grow hugely in popularity - and so this year we took them to the next level with a New York City takeover! This year’s conference saw workshops hosted across the city by not just one but FOUR of our fantastic cloud partners - AWS  Databricks  Google Cloud and Snowflake!

If you’re interested in attending future Spatial Data Science technical workshops  make sure you keep an eye on our blog for some exciting announcements coming soon…!

Celebrating gender representation in Spatial Data Science

For anyone working in Spatial Data Science  it won’t come as a surprise that our industry has room for improvement when it comes to gender representation. Did you know that 79.6% of the data science workforce in the U.S. are male  or that female data scientists earn on average 92c for every $1 their male counterpart makes?

Small steps are what contribute to big changes  and we were thrilled to host an evening of talks and networking in collaboration with Women in Geospatial to celebrate and encourage women in Spatial Data Science.

The main event!

The next day was the main event! Held at the beautiful Columbia University on the Upper West Side  over 400 attendees joined us for our first stateside in-person event since 2019!

Our presentations and panels covered the most pressing topics in Spatial Data Science such as data’s role in sustainability  the no-code and low-code movement  and what the future of the “GIS Analyst” looks like. We also saw a range of fantastic use cases  exploring areas such as innovations in OOH advertising  retail behavior change and route and supply chain optimization.

This event was made possible by our fantastic sponsors and we want to take this opportunity to thank them for their support!

CARTO’s Keynote: Introducing Workflows!

📣 January 2023 update: CARTO Workflows are now in public beta! Find out how you can use them in your work here. 📣

The SDSC keynote was delivered by CARTO CSO and Founder Javier de la Torre. Entitled “The geo data cloud for everybody: Everything for everyone ” in his talk Javier shared his vision on how the Geo Data Cloud  Spatial Indexes and No-code analytics are enabling geospatial at scale  and for everyone.

If you want to find out more about CARTO Workflows  check out the full announcement here!

Announcing: the Spatial Data Scientist of the Year!

Wrapping up the event on a high  we announced the winner of 2022’s Spatial Data Scientist of the Year… Kyle Walker!

Kyle is an Associate Professor of Geography & Director of the Center for Urban Studies at Texas Christian University and has had a huge impact on the ability for Spatial Data Scientists to analyze census and other demographic data through a suite of R packages. These packages are widely used across the industry and are fundamental to many research projects relating to  population geography. Check out Kyle’s acceptance video below - congratulations Kyle!


Can’t wait for next year? SDSC will be back in 2023 with events in London and New York  as well as some exciting new additions to our calendar…  make sure to follow us on Twitter to be the first to hear!