JOIN 2018: a look inside

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This content, written by Joel McKelvey, was initially posted in Looker Blog on Aug 16, 2018. The content is subject to limited support.

On October 9th-11th in San Francisco, the data-driven community will gather to present and discuss trends, approaches, and tips for the smarter use of data and analytics at JOIN 2018.

This year, JOIN is shaping up to be the biggest and best yet -- a truly educational data conference with the best of last year’s events paired with new and important data topics. There’s a lot to look forward to this year. Here’s a little sneak peek of what will be happening this October in San Francisco:

What’s coming back

Conversations, not just seminars
Like last year, this year’s JOIN provides ample opportunity to not just hear sessions from experts riding the latest wave of analytics, but also to meet them and hold meaningful conversations. Speak with all kinds of data people at the forefront of the data ecosystem, and bring back their ideas and guidance to what you do everyday.

Lessons from the trenches
This year’s JOIN will include folks from Stack Overflow, Turner Broadcasting, The Girl Scouts, WeWork, 451 research, and a lot more. These are the visionaries making decisions with data at their organizations every day, and pushing the boundaries of what it means to have a data-driven culture.

Hands on labs
JOIN 2018 features hands-on labs with topics ranging from introductory data exploration to integrating data science workflows. Sit in on labs this year and learn more about topics like table calculations and building environments that encourage data exploration.

What’s new

Data for Good sessions
We believe it’s important that we use the power of data to make a difference, so this year at JOIN, there will be a focus on how organizations can improve their world with data, not just their businesses. There will be sessions that are specifically focused on security, privacy, and compliance, and activities that allow attendees to give support directly to the larger community.

We hope that everyone will leave the conference having had the opportunity to find new ways to make the world a better place with data.

A deeper dive into the pipeline
The data pipeline can be complicated. New data sources are everywhere and ETL, virtualization, and databases are improving everyday. All of these improvements are exciting, but they can make it even harder to choose the tech stack that’s right for your business.

At this year at JOIN, companies like Amazon Web Services, Fivetran, Google Cloud, Panoply, Segment, and Snowflake will be sharing the latest updates in their technology as well as how to integrate different solutions to build the right stack for any company. These deep dives will uncover what’s possible with the latest improvements in this space and share stories from real-world implementations that you can apply to your own stack.

New Looker product updates and best practices
Our goal is to build the best product we can to make you, our customers, successful, and we are looking forward to sharing some exciting new updates to the Looker platform to do just that.

But the excitement goes beyond the main stage - there will be deep dive sessions with the product managers and engineers who are building this stuff and workshops on how to get the most out of every part of Looker - both new and currently existing.

Save your spot today

We are very excited for this year’s JOIN and we hope you are too.


We can’t wait to see you in San Francisco!

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