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Microsoft Data Insights Summit

June 12 – 13, 2017 / Seattle, WA


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Why attend

Access to experts

Connect with experts in the community, and share new ways to bring data to life. Schedule meetings with the product teams behind Microsoft’s data insights tools to solve your most complex data challenges. Ask your toughest questions, share best practices, and learn how to get more from the tools you use every day.

Discover new tools

Expand your skills and discover new tools and capabilities that will help you extract new insights and create more efficient process flows. Deep-dive into the latest innovations, covering a range of topics across Microsoft Power BI, SQL Server BI, Excel, PowerApps, and Flow. Choose from a variety of sessions, hands-on workshops, keynote presentations, and more.

Transform your business

When you have a stronger command of your data, you unlock the power of insights that will change the way you see your business. Use data to guide your company through real digital transformation. Learn how to leverage tools to increase productivity, better engage customers, automate processes, and enhance collaboration.

Special guest speaker

Stephen Dubner

Bestselling Author, Freakonomics series

Stephen Dubner is an award-winning author, journalist, and radio and TV personality. He is best-known as co-author of the books in the Freakonomics series, including Freakonomics, SuperFreakonomics, Think Like a Freak and When to Rob a Bank. They have sold more than seven million copies in more than 40 countries. Dubner is also the host of the Freakonomics Radio podcast, which gets five million downloads a month.

Freakonomics, published in 2005, was an instant international bestseller and cultural phenomenon. SuperFreakonomics followed in 2009, to similar acclaim, and in 2010 a documentary film version of Freakonomics was chosen as the closing film of the Tribeca Film Festival. The third book in the Freak trilogy, Think Like a Freak, was published in 2014 and immediately took up a long residency near the top of international bestseller lists. In 2015, marking the 10-year anniversary of this phenomenal series, When to Rob a Bank was published as a collection of the most popular blog posts.

Stephen maintains the popular Freakonomics blog, which has been called “the most readable economics blog in the universe.” He has appeared widely on television, including as a regular contributor to ABC News and as host of the Emmy-nominated NFL Network program, Football Freakonomics.

Stephen is also the author of several other books, including Turbulent Souls/Choosing My Religion (1998), Confessions of a Hero-Worshiper (2003), and the children's book The Boy With Two Belly Buttons (2007). His journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Time, and elsewhere, and has been anthologized in The Best American Sports Writing, The Best American Crime Writing, and others. Turbulent Souls is currently being developed as a film.

Special guest speaker Stephen Dubner

Special guest speaker Steven Levitt

Special guest speaker

Steven Levitt

Bestselling Author, Freakonomics series

Steven Levitt is a tenured professor in the University of Chicago's economics department (he received tenure after only two years) and was the 2003 recipient of the American Economic Association’s prestigious John Bates Clark Medal, given to the country's best economist under 40.

Steven is co-author of the New York Times bestselling Freakonomics series, published in 2005, which instantly became a cultural phenomenon. Hailed by critics and readers alike, it went on to spend more than eight years on The New York Times bestseller list, having sold more than seven million copies around the world, in more than 40 countries. Steven and his co-author Stephen Dubner have appeared widely on television and maintain the popular Freakonomics blog, which can be found on The New York Times website. Through forceful storytelling and wry insight, Steven shows how economics is, at root, the study of incentives— that is, how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing. Freakonomics showed that the modern world, despite a great deal of complexity and downright deceit, is not impenetrable, is not unknowable, and—if the right questions are asked—is even more intriguing than we think. All it takes is a new way of looking.

A book that was even bolder, funnier, and more surprising than the first, SuperFreakonomics retained that off-kilter sensibility, but also tackled a host of issues at the very center of modern society: terrorism, global warming, altruism, and more. Released in October 2010, the illustrated edition of SuperFreakonomics employed photographs, drawings, and graphs that led readers to see the world in a bold, fresh way.

Steven’s third book with Dubner, Think Like A Freak, was released in May 2014 and also became an instant New York Times bestseller. Their latest book is called When To Rob A Bank and was released in May 2015.

Steven has an enormous curiosity and is set on course by personal experiences and the incongruities he sees in everyday life. He is an intuitionist. He sifts through a pile of data to find a story that no one else has found and devises ways to measure an effect that veteran economists have declared un-measurable.

Keynote speakers

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James Phillips

Corporate Vice President, Business Intelligence Products Group, Microsoft

James Phillips is Corporate Vice President of Microsoft’s Business Applications, Platform and Intelligence (BAPI) organization, which has more than 2,500 team members across the globe. His teams build and operate a wide range of products and services that contribute billions of dollars in revenue annually. They include Azure App Service, PowerApps, Microsoft Flow, Azure Portal, the Dynamics ERP family of products (AX, NAV, GP and SL), and Microsoft's business intelligence product line — including Power BI, Power BI Desktop, Power BI Mobile (iOS, Android and Windows apps), and SQL Server Reporting and Analysis services.

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Alberto Cairo

Knight Chair at the University of Miami, Renowned Data Visualization Professor, Author, Designer and Journalist

Known for his award-winning global achievements in infographics and multimedia as a professor, author, journalist, and designer, Alberto Cairo serves as the Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the School of Communication at the University of Miami (UM). He is also the director of the Visualization Program of UM’s Center for Computational Science. Praised for his ability to explain in clear terms how to work with data, discover the stories hidden within, and share those stories with the world, Alberto transforms elementary principles of data and scientific reasoning into tools that can be used in daily life.

Venue information

Washington State Convention Center

705 Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98101

For transportation options and directions visit Washington State Convention Center.