Engaging Talks

Our talks are backed by our 100% No Bullshit Guarantee* and delivered by leading data scientists and engineers from top organizations like Facebook, Netflix, Lyft, Databricks, LinkedIn, Stanford University & many more.


6 Unique Tracks

This year, we offered 6 unique and exciting tracks, including: Data Engineering & Beyond, Data Science & Analytics, ML Infrastructure, AI Products, Lightning Talks, and a series of peer-led Workshops.


We are a diverse group of geeks, coders, scientists, analysts, and more. We care deeply about local data communities, no big $$$ sponsors here, just data nerds, like you & I.            


Born To Be Open Source

We believe in Open Source; code, content and mentality. We featured top open source contributors and tools at our talks. Afterwards, we published all content (talks and slides) for the community, for free. See below! 


Participate in Workshops

This was a two-day track dedicated fully to peer-led Workshops, provided for free. Participants tried out the latest products alongside their creators, got hands on experience with innovative tools, and met some of the most talented builders in our industry. 


Networking That Works

Our popular "Speaker Office Hours" format allows attendees to interact directly with each speaker after their talk. Office hours, Workshops, and our Data Community Party allow you to meet data influencers who will positively impact your career.

Conference Committee

Pete Soderling

Pete Soderling - Chair

Pete Soderling is the founder of Data Council and the Data Community Fund. As a former software engineer, repeat founder and investor in more than 40 data-oriented startups, Pete’s lifetime goal is to help 1,000 engineers start successful companies. Most importantly, Pete is a community builder — from his earliest days of working with the data engineering community starting in 2013, he has witnessed the unique power of specialized networks to bring inspiration, knowledge and support to technical professionals. 


Previously, Pete founded Hakka Labs (a social network for software engineers), Stratus Security (an early cloud-based API platform) and mechanikal (a software development agency in NYC). He is a graduate of New York University, has spoken at events such as TEDx, O’Reilly Strata and QCon, and has worked actively in supporting technical founders around the globe.


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Welcome, announcements & track host intros (Pete Soderling)

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What Our Attendees Say

It's no secret that Data Council has been one of my favorite conferences, as it is for many other data professionals. Data Council is unique because it's organized by technical experts, for technical experts. While there are great conferences to discuss academic research, there are few where you can hear from the next generation of data experts in the industry, and at Data Council, the speakers are almost exclusively the founders of some of the most disruptive startups in the space. 

Jennifer Prendki

Founder & CEO

Jennifer Prendki
Just wanted to reach out to thank you for the opportunity to speak at the conference. As a conference it was very informative and the talks inspired some of my software design approaches. I'm sharing my experiences with my team to help spread the knowledge.

Neelesh Salian

Senior Software Engineer
Stitch Fix

Neelesh Salian
Thanks for organizing Data Council. I really enjoyed the conference! I think you managed to build something with the right balance of tech and business content. Definitely one of the best conferences I attended this year. Not only that the talks were valuable but I enjoyed speaking to other participants. I found that many of them face similar challenges to the ones we deal with on a daily basis. Looking forward for the next one.

Gideon Mendels

Co-founder & CEO,

Gideon Mendels


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