Helen McKenzie

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!

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!

About the author
Helen McKenzie

Helen is CARTO's Geospatial Advocate where she works to get the data science community excited about thinking about “where?” Whether it's electric vehicle Site Selection, analyzing caffeination deprivation or choosing the next Eurovision Song Contest venue, Helen's posts are all about opening your eyes to the possibilities of geospatial.

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