It’s time for Summer Community Days, Vol. 1

2 days of building better data knowledge July 28 & 29 (virtually)
That's a wrap on vol. 1 of Summer Community Days 🎉
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Summer Community Days is a free, virtual & practitioner-first conference hosted by the Operational Analytics Club featuring community expert sessions, keynotes, data hackathons, and local IRL happy hours in major US cities. You’ll leave the these sessions an OA expert in technical- and business-focused subjects alike (and have some new friends, too).

Our lineup

Here are some of the brilliant data experts and community members who presented at this year's Summer Community Days.
Allan Campopiano
Data Scientist
@ Deepnote
Bobby Pinero
CEO & Co-founder
@ Equals
Brett Kobold
Director of Analytics
@ Retina AI
Brittany Allen
Data Strategist
@ California Office of Digital Innovation
Carlo Scalisi
Senior Data Analyst
@ N26
Charlie Summers
Data Engineer Tech Lead
@ Merit
Chetan Sharma
Chief Executive Officer
@ Eppo
Danny Chepenko
Head of Growth & Data
@ SpatialChat
Donny Flynn
Customer Data Architect
@ Census
Dylan Hughes
Senior Software Engineer, Data & Internal Tools
@ Prefect
Emiel Verkade
Staff Analytics Engineer
@ Snowplow Analytics
Emily Hawkins
Data Engineering Manager, Data Platform
@ Drizly
Gabi Steele
Co-founder & CEO
@ Preql
Irina Kukuyeva, PhD
Fractional Chief Data Officer
@ Kukuyeva Consulting
Jake Hannan
Senior Analytics Engineer
@ Sigma Computing
Jake Samuelson
Founder & CPO
@ CoRise
Jerrie Kumalah
Senior Analytics Engineer
@ Firefly Health
Jessica Cherny
Senior Data Analyst
@ Ironclad
Josh Levin
Manager, Customer Architecture
@ Honeycomb.io
Josh Richman
Senior Manager, Business Analytics
@ FLASH
Juan Sequeda
Principal Scientist
@ data.world
Kshitij Aranke
Senior Data Analytics Engineer
@ Vouch Insurance
Leah Weiss
Co-founder & CEO
@ Preql
Lekhana Satish
Sr. Data Governance Analyst
@ Service Link & Co-founder of Storytelling by Data
Madison Schott
Analytics Engineer
@ Winc
Matthew Brandt
COO & Co-founder
@ Cook Eat
Matthew Housely
CTO
@ Ternary Data
Matthew Mullins
Chief Technology Officer
@ Cogniti
Meghan Cassidy
Lead Data Analyst
@ Brooklyn Data Co.
Pete Fein
Consultant & Trainer
@ Snakedev
Richard Makara
Co-founder & CEO
@ reconfigured
Sarah Krasnik
Data Consultant & Advisor
Sasha Osypova
CEO
@ Beards Analytics
Simon Podhajsky
Data Lead
@ iLife Technologies
Sourabh Bajaj
Founder & CTO
@ CoRise
Stephen Ebrey
Data Consultant
Suela Isaj, PhD
Data Engineer
@ Issuu
Taylor Brownlow
Head of Product
@ Count
Timo Dechau
Founder & Data Engineer
@ Deepskydata
Wenqi Shao
Lead Staff Data Scientist
@ Webflow
Will Sweet
Head of Product Experience
@ Datafold
Zachary Chetchavat
Data Analytics Engineer
@ Ritual
As part of our Summer of Data, we’re brought you sessions from the data practitioners you know and love, as well as new perspectives to help you level up your data career and best practices. Whether you’re new to the space, a seasoned professional, or somewhere in between: There’s something for you.
Bonus: After we wrapped up on day two, we hosted happy hours across the US to help our community members network in their local communities, too! 🍾

Here’s where we celebrated IRL after Summer Community Days Thursday, July 28 🌐

  • San Francisco, CA w/ Hex & Bigeye
  • Brooklyn, NY w/ Snowplow Analytics, Metaplane, Airbyte & Brooklyn Data Co.
  • Los Angeles, CA w/ Deepnote & Airbyte
  • Chicago, IL w/ Bigeye
  • Denver, CO w/ Bigeye
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Track 1: Keynotes, thought leadership & workshops

This stage is where you'll find all our keynotes, industry-leading sessions, and tactical workshops. Join us here to get inspired and get your hands dirty with useful lessons to help you do more with your data.
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Bobby Pinero
CEO & Co-founder
@ Equals
Donny Flynn
Customer Data Architect
@ Census
Emily Hawkins
Data Engineering Manager, Data Platform
@ Drizly
Jessica Cherny
Senior Data Analyst
@ Ironclad
Josh Richman
Senior Manager, Business Analytics
@ FLASH
Juan Sequeda
Principal Scientist
@ data.world
Lekhana Satish
Sr. Data Governance Analyst
@ Service Link & Co-founder of Storytelling by Data
Matthew Housely
CTO
@ Ternary Data
Matthew Mullins
Chief Technology Officer
@ Cogniti
Meghan Cassidy
Lead Data Analyst
@ Brooklyn Data Co.
Pete Fein
Consultant & Trainer
@ Snakedev
Simon Podhajsky
Data Lead
@ iLife Technologies
Stephen Ebrey
Data Consultant
Taylor Brownlow
Head of Product
@ Count
Wenqi Shao
Lead Staff Data Scientist
@ Webflow
Will Sweet
Head of Product Experience
@ Datafold

Track 2: Actionable advice

This stage's programming includes sessions diving deep into best practices for building data-driven cultures, effective and scalable data stacks, and successful data careers that you can implement today.
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Brittany Allen
Data Strategist
@ California Office of Digital Innovation
Charlie Summers
Data Engineer Tech Lead
@ Merit
Chetan Sharma
Chief Executive Officer
@ Eppo
Danny Chepenko
Head of Growth & Data
@ SpatialChat
Dylan Hughes
Senior Software Engineer, Data & Internal Tools
@ Prefect
Gabi Steele
Co-founder & CEO
@ Preql
Irina Kukuyeva, PhD
Fractional Chief Data Officer
@ Kukuyeva Consulting
Jerrie Kumalah
Senior Analytics Engineer
@ Firefly Health
Leah Weiss
Co-founder & CEO
@ Preql
Richard Makara
Co-founder & CEO
@ reconfigured
Sarah Krasnik
Data Consultant & Advisor
Timo Dechau
Founder & Data Engineer
@ Deepskydata

Track 3: Technical talks

This stage is home to all our technical talks from data experts in the community. Join us to get into the nitty gritty of data modeling, data use cases, and data stack design.
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Allan Campopiano
Data Scientist
@ Deepnote
Brett Kobold
Director of Analytics
@ Retina AI
Carlo Scalisi
Senior Data Analyst
@ N26
Emiel Verkade
Staff Analytics Engineer
@ Snowplow Analytics
Jake Hannan
Senior Analytics Engineer
@ Sigma Computing
Jake Samuelson
Founder & CPO
@ CoRise
Josh Levin
Manager, Customer Architecture
@ Honeycomb.io
Kshitij Aranke
Senior Data Analytics Engineer
@ Vouch Insurance
Madison Schott
Analytics Engineer
@ Winc
Matthew Brandt
COO & Co-founder
@ Cook Eat
Sasha Osypova
CEO
@ Beards Analytics
Sourabh Bajaj
Founder & CTO
@ CoRise
Suela Isaj, PhD
Data Engineer
@ Issuu
Zachary Chetchavat
Data Analytics Engineer
@ Ritual
That's a wrap on Summer Community Days Vol. 1  🎉 Missed out? Get on the list to get notified when recordings are available.
If you weren't able to join us live or just want to relive some of the awesome sessions from our speakers, don't worry! We'll be launching a resource center with all of the event content available on demand. Register below to get notified when it's live.

Pick your own (data learning) adventure

Our schedule is split into two parts: Technical deep dives and business drivers.

Lane one: Technical deep dives

  1. Use case workshops: This track showcases popular and inspiring use cases from our community, plus some well-earned second-hand gold. 
  2. New tools 101: Want to learn more about that fancy new tool all your friends have been talking about? Trying to evaluate a new vendor, but don’t know where to start? This track offers in-depth starter’s guides to some of the best tools in the Modern Data Stack. 
  3. The mental process of modeling considerations: Want to learn more about building effective models for lead scoring, customer 360, and more? This track focuses on modeling considerations and best practices to save you headaches, time, and $$$ as you operationalize your data. 
  4. How your data stack stacks up: Need some inspiration? This track features an all-star lineup of cutting-edge, modern stacks from our community (as well as a breakdown of what went into their architecture, and lessons learned).

Lane two: Driving data in business

  1. Crafting successful data careers: Everyone’s journey looks a little different, but we can all learn from each other. This track focuses on how folks broke into data, how their career has changed over time, and how they’ve continued to learn and evolve in new roles. 
  2. Building and managing high-impact data teams: Are you a new manager? A seasoned data team leader looking to learn from your peers? A data team of one trying to scale? This track is for, featuring hard-won lessons to help the next generation of data leaders build bigger and faster. 
  3. Taking your seat at the table: Operational Analytics is all about giving data teams the seat they deserve at the organizational table, but the work doesn’t stop there. Stakeholder management, internal data enablement education, and a myriad of complex people-oriented initiatives await data teams beyond day 1. Talks in this track will cover how to champion data throughout your organization and broaden the data team’s sphere of influence. 
  4. Taming the chaos: Need some advice on tackling data governance at your organization? Looking for a bomb proof discovery process for uncovering stakeholder needs? Curious what the perfect balance of DataOps best practices (or some other best practice framework) is? Sessions in this track can answer your questions (or at least point you in the right direction).

Frequently asked questions

Q: Who is this conference for?

A: Analytics engineers, data engineers, data analysts, and data-minded ops leaders.

Q: When will the on-demand resource center go live?

A: We’ll have our recording resource center live mid-August. Sign up above to get notified! 

Q: Is there a fee to attend?

A: Nope - we believe community knowledge should be free.

Q: Do you have to be an OA club member to attend/speak?

A: Nope to both (though we hope you’ll join us in Slack for our pre-conference activities and AMAs with speakers during Community Days).

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