3 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Socrata Connect Experience

February 27, 2017 9:16 am PST | Data as a Service

Socrata Connect is one week away; the festivities kick off on Monday, March 6 at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center just outside of Washington, D.C.

The agenda is full of intelligent, inspiring speakers: Teresa Carlson of Amazon Web Services will give her perspective on innovation in the cloud, David Sloan, of Maryland’s No Kid Hungry campaign, will share how public data analysis can end childhood hunger, Charlie Catlett will speak about Chicago’s influential Array of Things project, and Baltimore Police Chief Ganesha Martin, who’s focused on engaging the community as Baltimore transforms its policing practices, will host a session on Excellence Through Accountability.

But there’s so much more to Socrata Connect than the sessions. Every moment from breakfast through cocktail hour is geared toward broadening your understanding of how governments can lead with data to improve operations, spur economic opportunities, and improve quality of life for residents.

Here’s how to make sure you get the absolute most out of your time at the conference:

1. Find Your Tribe

If you’re arriving on Sunday, March 5, stop by the welcome reception from 5:30-7:30 pm. Each day there are more opportunities to meet, mingle, and network with your peers.

The morning and lunchtime meetups are tailored around where you work (city, county, or state) as well as your primary focus (public health, finance, analytics, etc.). No matter what drives your day-to-day work, you’ll be able to find people with similar priorities. These daily meetups are designed to help you forge connections with peers and build your network to support your data program all year long. A nightly cocktail hour will let you chat about the day’s sessions and continue earlier conversations.

2. Get Your Hands Dirty

Swing by Demo Alley during morning and afternoon breaks to catch a glimpse of programs from your peers. During each break, five governments will share what’s really worked for them — whether it’s a tricky data automation that’s saving staff time or a visualization generating media attention. Watching demos from similar programs will inspire you and present new, exciting ideas to take back to your program or department after the conference is over.

3. Let Socrata Serve You

Our help desk is on hand. Stop by during Socrata Connect to book a complimentary one-on-one meeting with a Socrata consultant. How consultants help is up to you, but some of the possibilities include:

  • Work through data ingress or publishing questions
  • Strategize how to fully optimize your platform
  • Guide you through curating visualizations or stories
  • Answer questions about creating goal or Data Lens pages

These free, in-person consulting sessions are a great opportunity to remove roadblocks, ask questions, and get the most out of your Socrata solution.

There’s still time to join us at Socrata Connect — register now to build your network, learn with and from your peers, and get one-on-one time with the Socrata team.

Register today

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