2024 Conferences in the Analytics Community

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A New Year is refreshing in many ways. Your calendar is open and it’s a fresh start to plan your year in ways that suit you best. Here at Iteration Insights, one thing we are truly excited about in 2024 is to attend more user groups, events and conferences.

As a company we have been working remotely since March of 2020. We love it! But we also love being around our community and learning with our peers. With that being said, we wanted to share with you some of the events and user groups that we have our eyes on this year, and we hope to connect with you there!


Power BI & Fabric Summit: Ultimate Data Analytics and More!

About Power BI and Fabric Summit

This is an event to learn the best practices, new features, and lessons in Microsoft Fabric and Power BI. The Power BI Summit is a multi-day event bringing speakers from the Microsoft Power BI team’s product group, community experts, and MVPs worldwide.

All Power BI topics will be covered in this conference, from beginner to advanced. There are sessions for Power Query, DAX, Dataflow, Visualization, Power BI Desktop, Power BI report server, Mobile experience, Embedded, Power BI Premium, Architecture, and Governance.

Microsoft Fabric Summit is a multi-day event focusing on all aspects of Microsoft Fabric. This is the first year of running the Microsoft Fabric Summit; it will run alongside the Power BI Summit. Power BI tracks, and Fabric tracks will run in Parallel.

Microsoft Fabric Summit covers all aspects of Fabric, including but not limited to Data Engineering, Data Factory, Data Integration, Data Warehousing, Data Science, Synapse, Real-time Data Analytics, Business intelligence, Power BI, OneLake, Governance, and Administration.

Dates: February 12 – 14, 2024

Location: Virtual!

YYC Data Con: Calgary’s Top Data Convention

About YYC Data Con

Calgary’s Top Data Convention. Discover Calgary’s thriving data science scene with two days of talks and networking. Real content. Real people. Real experiences.

Who are we? We are your coworkers. We are your local thought leaders. We are innovators just like you. We aren’t here to sell you on recycled AI fluff: we promise real people doing real data science.

‍We are the YYC Data Community. With multiple experts, the tactics you need are just a click away. Our experts will be sharing their years of knowledge, strategies and insight.

Whether you’re tuning state-of-the-art deep learning models or just wondering how AI will transform your industry, our experts have the answers you’re looking for.

Fun fact! Our President and CEO Chris Sorensen will be doing a non-technical presentation at YYC Data Con on Building a Data Competency within Your Organization.

Dates: March 8 & 9 2024

Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

SQLbits Conference: Network with Fellow Attendees

SQLBits is the leading conference for data professionals to network, develop and share data knowledge. SQLBits is the industry’s leading Data Platform conference with over 300 sessions across 5 days covering data technologies including SQL Server, Azure, Big Data, Power BI, Machine Learning, and more. Connect with 3000 other data professionals and expand your network.

Fun fact! One of our Analytics Architects Scott Staufer and I will be doing a non-technical presentation at SQLbits titled You Are Enough: Navigating the Human Experience in a Tech-Driven World.

Dates: March 19 – 23, 2024

Location: London, England

Microsoft Fabric Community: Expert Speakers

Join for the first annual Microsoft Fabric Community Conference and see firsthand how Microsoft Fabric and the rest of the data and AI products at Microsoft can help your organization prepare for the era of AI. You will hear from leading Microsoft and community experts from around the world and get hands on experience with the latest features from Microsoft Fabric, Power BI, Databases, Azure AI, Microsoft Purview and more.

Dates: March 26 – 28 2024

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Calgary Fabric User Group: Join Our Analytics Community

The Calgary Fabric User Group is dedicated to fostering a community of professionals in Calgary and the surrounding areas who are passionate about staying updated on the dynamic changes in the Microsoft analytics stack. Our goal is to facilitate discussions on the usage and advancements of various tools, including but not limited to Power BI, OneLake, Data Factory, Synapse Data Engineering, Synapse Data Science, Synapse Data Warehouse, Synapse Real-Time Analytics, Data Activator, Copilot in Fabric, and Purview.

We hope this list gets you started and involved in the analytics community both locally and internationally. The Iteration Insights team looks forward to seeing you there!!

Fun fact! Iteration Insights facilitates the Calgary Fabric User Group. We recently changed it from the Calgary Azure Analytics User Group. This is a great way to get involved in the Analytics Community and grow and develop your skills surrounded by like minded peers. We can’t wait to see you there, if you or someone you know is interested in speaking at our user group please email Renata at [email protected]

Date: February 6, 2024, May 28, 2024 & September 24, 2024

Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Prairie Dev Con: For Technology Professionals

For over a decade the Prairie Developer Conference has been hosting events for technology professionals in the Canadian prairies. Their two-day conferences are packed with sessions delivered by world-class speakers covering a wide range of technologies and industry practices.

Dates: 2024 Dates TBD

Locations: Across Canada (Winnipeg, Regina & Calgary)

DataGrillen: Best Data Platform BBQ

Why attend DataGrillen? Besides the Bratwurst and Beer?! Prepare to be inspired! The best and brightest of the data platform world come to DataGrillen. Meet colleagues and (new) friends at the best data platform BBQ in the world. The old saying it’s not what you know, but who you know has never been truer.

Fun fact! Two of Iteration Insights Analytics Architects will be doing two technical presentations at Data Grillen be sure to check out Jarid McKenzie’s presentation on Data Engineering Executive Optimization and Scott Stauffer’s presentation on Web Scraping with the Microsoft Data Platform.

Dates: May 16 – 17, 2024
Location: Germany

Data Platform Next Steps: Best Voluntary Community Event!

Data Platform Next Step is a community event organized by a group of people with many years of experience arranging events and conferences. They have been involved and responsible in the organizing of SQLSaturday, Intelligence Cloud Conference, Power Platform World Tour, Data & BI Summit etc.

They are VERY passionate about delivering content to the community. All work with the conference is voluntarily and no one gets paid. Any profits go on to make the next event even better and to support other community event.

Dates: June 13 – 14, 2024

Location: Huone, Copenhagen, Denmark

PASS Data Community Summit: New Venue Alert!

We’re delighted to be hosting another in-person event in this wonderful city! We know that there are so many benefits to attending in-person events, and by focusing on the in-person attendee experience we can make sure that we’re able to give you unrivalled access to leading industry experts and the high-quality training that you’ve come to expect from Summit.

We’re also delighted to confirm that next year’s event will be in a new venue! Summit 2024 will take place in the state-of-the-art Summit building at the Seattle Convention Center. The building is flooded with natural light, and features beautiful design accents inspired by the Pacific Northwest. 

Dates: November 4 – 8, 2024

Location: Seattle, WA, USA

TDWI Transforming Data With Intelligence: Stay Up-to-Date with Best Practices!

TDWI provides individuals and teams with a comprehensive portfolio of business and technical education and research to acquire the knowledge and skills they need, when and where they need them. The in-depth, best-practices-based information TDWI offers can be quickly applied to develop world-class talent across your organization’s business and IT functions to enhance analytical, data-driven decision making and performance.

TDWI advances the art and science of realizing business value from data by providing an objective forum where industry experts, solution providers, and practitioners can explore and enhance data competencies, practices, and technologies.

Dates: February 19 – 23, 2024, April 28 – May 3, 2024, August 4- 9, 2024, October 20 – 25, 2024  

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada – Chicago, Illinois – San Diego, California – Orlando, Floria

Learn With Our Local and International Community

We hope you enjoyed this list of events that we are excited for in 2024. We now know what a privilege it is to gather and learn with our community locally and internationally. We can’t wait to see you soon!

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