Umbel’s Data Scientists Doing Data Scientist Things

You don’t become a data scientist in a bubble. In fact, no one becomes anything in a bubble. Interacting with the best of the best in your field of preference is how you become an expert, a master, the go-to person in your industry. So when it comes to Umbel’s own data scientists and developers, we make sure they get their feet wet (or heck, totally immersed) in what’s new and next in data visualization. 

See, data visualization is Umbel’s bread and butter — because it’s what makes clients’ data make sense. We’re over spreadsheets and unappealing graphics that look as bad as they function, which is why you’ll never see anything of the sort on Umbel’s backend. Instead, our developers extensively use D3.js for our interactive graphs and charts. 

Of course, being on point with new language capabilities is on our radar too. Javascript, Python and Angular.js all come into use through new Umbel projects, many of which are sent through the patent process given their current nonexistence.

OK, OK. We might be ringing our own bell a bit here, but our tech team really does floor us and our clients with their precision and speed. They are the reason we’re able to tell our clients they don’t need a tech team to gather their data — because ours has built out such an intuitive and simple front-end that you never have to dig around in the back-end to that make the magic happen. 

To keep up the innovative work, four folks from our tech team will be heading to Boston and Denver this week to stock up on fresh coding language ideas and uses.

OpenVis Conference

OpenVis is the first-ever conference for developers, designers, engineers, data scientists and managers working to push data visualization forward on the open web. Started in 2013, the conference is held annually in the spring at Boston’s Museum of Science. This year’s speakers include Mike Bostock, graphics editor for the New York Times and author of the D3.js library, John Resig, creator of jQuery, the most widely used javascript library on the web, and Dean of Computer Science at Khan Academy, as well as representation from NASA, the Washington Post, the New York Times, Facebook, Mapbox, Scientific American, Bloomberg, ProPublica, Stanford University, Cornell University, and a handful of other academic institutions.

Follow Umbel’s Ben and Amelia on Twitter to get updates from the conference — and stay tuned for their recap blog post next week.

GopherCon 2014

In its inaugural year of what will be a yearly conference, GopherCon is a conference dedicated to the Go programming language backed by Google,, Heroku,, SoundCloud, dotCloud and Canonical. The Go programming language is a unique tool for building reliable software at scale — particularly in association with big data.

Keynotes will be given by Rob Pike, the co-designer and developer of the Go programming language and a Distinguished Engineer at Google, Inc, and Andrew Gerrand, co-author of A Tour of Go and the fourth most prolific contributor to the Go project. Representation from CloudFlare, Paypal, Puppet Labs, Mozilla, SoundCloud, MongoDB, Apcera and more will also be present.

Follow Umbel’s Todd and Cody on Twitter to get updates from the conference and stay tuned for future Umbel projects using the language.

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