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1st Citizen Data Science Summit.

Sep 20, 2021

Boston, Massachusetts
Hyatt Regency Boston / Cambridge
Hosted by 


Data Science for Everyone
20 Sep 2021
9:00 am

The 2021​ Citizen Data Science Summit will be held in a hybrid model. Attendees are invited to join us in Boston / Cambridge at the Hyatt Regency for a full day of engaging sessions. Remote attendees will experience a live simulcast. 

Early Bird Pricing:

  • In Person* Ticket - $50 

  • Remote Attendance Ticket - Free!

Regular Pricing: 

  • In Person Ticket - $100 

  • Remote Attendance Ticket - $25

  • Students and MIT affiliates are eligible for free tickets. Group rates are available. Please reach out to learn more.

For the safety of our guests and staff, masks and vaccinations will be required for all in person attendees.


The Conference

Why Citizen Data Science? 

Because data is everywhere

Gartner first coined the term "Citizen Data Science" in 2016, describing a diverse and distributed network of analysts, who should be able to create data science outputs without being full time data scientists. Since then, demand for data science expertise has continued to grow unabated. There are more data than ever, more questions than ever - but organizations struggle to prioritize data science asks and suffer from coordination friction.


But when every "citizen" steps up, and data science capability is embedded throughout an organization, time to insight and action can be shortened. Their remit might range from simple descriptive outputs and business intelligence to implementation of machine learning techniques. 

At the same time supporting Citizen Data Scientist requires us to rethink current Data Science tools, organizational structures, and the way SME, Citizen Data Scientist, and Data Scientist work together. The goal of this one-day conference is to bring researchers, startups creating CDS tools, and companies, who want to expand their CDS workforce, together to learn from each other and form new collaborations.

So the 2021 Citizen Data Science Summit is for everyone:


Hear the best practices other leaders have developed while building out democratized analytics within their organizations. 


Learn about new tools and recent research results to make better data driven decisions and where the field is going

Data Scientists

Understand how you can lead efforts to spread data literacy within your organization and increase your data science throughput.


Connect with practitioners, develop new collaborations to test out your research results. 


Video Recordings


Agenda and Speakers

01. Tim Kraska, Professor @ MIT and CEO of Einblick

Welcome and Kick-Off

9:00am - 9:10am 

02. Ben Lorica, Principal at Gradient Flow

Keynote 1: The Road to Citizen Data Science: Trends, Challenges, Opportunities

Video Recording

9:10am - 9:40am 

03. Detlef Nauck, Head of AI & Data Science Research @ BT

Test-Driven Data Science

Video Recording

9:40am - 10:00am 


Coffee Break

10:00am - 10:25am 

04. Stefan Langenbach, Senior Machine Learning Engineer @ Covestro

Lessons learned advancing data literacy in the chemical industry

Video Recording

10:25am - 10:45am 

05. Natalie Morse, Sr. Data Scientist @ Torqata

The Citizen in Citizen Data Science: How we really engage

Video Recording

10:50am - 11:10am 

06. Philipp Eichmann, Co-Founder and CXO of Einblick

A Collaborative Approach to Analytics

Video Recording

11:15am - 11:45am 

07. Matt Holzapfel, Katie Porter, Tamr

Introduction to Tamr 

Video Recording

11:45am - 12:15pm 



12:15pm - 1:30pm 

08. Michel Tricot, Co-Founder and CEO of Airbyte

The New Modern Data Stack Powered by Open Source

Video Recording

1:30pm - 2:00pm 

09. Ben Ainscough, Head of AI and Data Science @ Domo

How knowledge silos delay data science progress: The secret to maximizing your impact

No video available

2:00pm - 2:30pm 

10. Anthony Deighton, Chief Product Officer @ Tamr

Keynote 2: Dashboards Are Dead:  How the Viz Mafia Has Lead Decisionmakers Astray

Video Recording

2:30pm - 3:00pm


Coffee Break

3:00pm - 3:20pm 

11. Arvind Satyanarayan, Associate Professor @ MIT

Viral Visualizations: How Coronavirus Skeptics Use Orthodox Data Practices to Promote Unorthodox Science Online

Video Recording

3:20pm - 3:40pm

12. Mike Cafarella, Principal Research Scientist @ MIT

Building a Shared Conceptual Model of Complex, Heterogeneous Data Systems: A Demonstration

Video Recording

3:45pm - 4:05pm

13. Eugene Wu, Associate Professor @ Columbia University

Systems for Human Data Interaction

Video Recording

4:10pm - 4:30pm

14. Anhai Doan, Professor @ University of Wisconsin and VP of Tech at Informatica

Making Data Integration More Accessible for Citizen Data Scientists

Video Recording

4;35pm - 4:55pm




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