Socrata Connect Is Nearly Here! What You Need to Know

May 14, 2018 6:40 am PST | Data as a Service

After months of anticipation, Socrata Connect is nearly upon us! This Thursday, data lovers and thought leaders will gather in Austin for our annual conference. In fact, some of you may even already have arrived at the Hilton Austin for the education track or Data Academy’s hands-on workshops.

Here’s what you need to know to get the most out of your experience, along with some tips for following along from your office if you can’t join in person.


Before You Arrive: Download the Socrata Connect App

See the full agenda, with details on sessions and speakers, and create your own personal schedule. From the app, you can also take polls, see and share photos throughout the day, post directly to social media, and connect with other attendees.

Get the app for iOS or Android.


Plan Your Schedule

The agenda for Socrata Connect is jam-packed with goodness. View data in action at Demo Alley, where we’ll have computers set up so your peers can show off their programs. Want to share what your government’s up to? Email by Wednesday with details.

Plus, we’re running workshops during breakout sessions. See why (and how) Michigan’s using Socrata Perspectives to communicate with internal stakeholders throughout the state’s government. Find out how data played a role in helping Sonoma County respond to the recent fires. Or, get in the weeds and learn about dataset creation, transformation, and joins.

Browse the full schedule to figure out which breakout sessions are on your must-attend list. All sessions and workshops, along with Demo Alley, are on the 4th floor of the Hilton.


Follow the Hashtag

Hear a great line? Learn a surprising fact or tip? Share it widely: Send tweets from Socrata Connect using #socrataconnect.

If you’re following along from home, keep an eye on that hashtag (and don’t forget: we’ll be sharing a very exciting announcement on the first day of Connect!).


Have Fun

Our goal is for you to leave Socrata Connect feeling informed and inspired — but we want you to have a really amazing time, too. And while PowerPoint decks can be memorable and creative, watch out for these fun moments on the agenda:

  • Socrata Connect Welcome Reception: Join us for appetizers and drinks on Wednesday, May 16, at Reverbery, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Dinner and a Show: Break out your side pony, acid-washed denim, or Member’s Only jacket — Austin’s infamous and beloved ‘80s cover band, The Spazmatics, is playing this year’s annual customer dinner, on the 6th floor. We’ll see you on the dance floor, right?
  • Bid old friends — and new — adieu with one final cocktail: We’ll wind down the event on Friday starting at 4 p.m. with a happy hour on the 6th floor of the Hilton. This is your moment to exchange business cards and Twitter handles, so you can keep in touch until next year’s event.


Can’t Make It to Austin?

We wish everyone could join us in Austin! But if you’re in the office this week, we’ve got you covered. Follow along with all the presentation on our livestream of the event. Register here.

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