Author: Staff
Date: March 7, 2016
Categories: Data Science

On March 9, a group of data storytelling enthusiasts from Houghton College will attend an exclusive invitation-only conference in Denver Colorado. Tapestry is a conference designed to advance the knowledge of interactive data storytelling. This conference brings together a diverse group of individuals from the media arts, universities, non-profits, government and the private sector.

Tapestry is organized and sponsored by Tableau Software. This year, Houghton students, faculty and alumni have been invited as special guests of Trina Chiasson, senior product manager at Tableau and former CEO of In early February, Trina demonstrated Tableau’s new flagship application “Vizable” with six Houghton College students while they were working at Super Bowl 50.

This will be the first time Houghton College students will have a chance to meet industry leaders in data science, data visualization and data journalism at such a premier event. 

Madison Murphy, professor of media arts and visual communications at Houghton College, is organizing the trip with Carmen McKell ’87, founding director of the Center for Data Science Analytics at Houghton College. Also in attendance will be Garfield Fisher, CEO of BaseMetrics; Collin Matthew Belt ’15, CEO of IceNineStudios; and Houghton College students Bjorn Webb and Barbara Spaulding.

While in San Francisco for a project with NFL On Location Experiences, Super Bowl 50, Webb, along with six other Houghton College students, met Trina Chiasson at Tableau in Palo Alto to gain firsthand experience using Vizable. Going to Tapestry will allow Web to gain a deeper understanding of how visualization and data storytelling are integral to his studies in data science. 

Spaulding plans to take what she learns at Tapestry and apply it to a student-led data science consulting project she is currently working on with eight other Houghton College students. Tapestry will be an opportunity for Spaulding to network with industry leaders and invite them to be involved in data science consulting projects at Houghton.    

Houghton’s participation at Tapestry marks a tipping point for data science at the College. It is a chance to meet world leaders in data storytelling while finding ways for our students, faculty and alumni to contribute to this community of thought leaders. 

“Friendships made at this conference will help our students better understand how to analyze, visualize and communicate analytics to a wide audience,” said McKell. “Our students will join with Tableau Software, a world leader in rapid self-service intelligence solutions, to begin what we know will be a lasting relationship for all data science students at Houghton College.”