You’ve got that right. ArtPrize is one of the world’s largest art competition and brings artists and art enthusiasts from around the world to Grand Rapids for 3 weeks each fall. Some of the exhibits are in DeVos Place, but there are many other venues around the downtown area. Be sure to plan some time to see ArtPrize while you are here for Big Data Ignite.

The early bird gets the worm, but we’ll try not to get you up too early. Sessions will begin at 9 am each day with registration and some light breakfast items available starting at 8 am. Workshops and conference sessions will go until 5 pm. On Friday evening we are planning an afterparty.
Workshop tickets provide access to the workshop and any materials provided in the workshop. Conference tickets provide access to all presentations and to the exhibits. Don’t forget the after party. The Conference and Workshop package includes tickets for both the workshops and the conference.
Yes! Volunteers help make this event run smoothly. If you are interested in helping out, fill out the volunteer form and let us know how you might like to get involved.
Not yet, but it’s coming soon. We’ll have a PDF you can download and print to share with your colleagues and friends. We’ll also have social media materials and other items that you can use to help us promote this event. The more people we have at the event, the better it is for everyone!

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DeVos Place is located at 303 Monroe Avenue NW. DeVos Place parking is available off of Michigan just west of Monroe. Other lots are located across Monroe from DeVos Place.

Devos Place is very close to all the downtown hotels, so it is an easy 5-10 minute walk. Public transit is also available around Grand Rapids, routes 11, 13, 19, 50, 90 stop in front of the convention hall.

The DASH shuttle bus is also free and covers downtown for short trips.

Devos Place and many other attractions are within a very short walk and it is easy to use with Google Maps (the transit center is only a 15 minute walk). Grand Rapids also has both Lyft and Uber.

Grand Rapids has a lot of great places to stay at various price ranges depending on how close you want to be to downtown. Keep in mind that it is Artprize, the world renowned art competition, so rooms book quickly. Get your hotel room as soon as you get your ticket.

Our 2016 conference featured a number of excellent invited speakers, including our keynote speaker Sasha Issenberg. You can find out more about them here.

For 2017, we will post information about contributed talks as they become available. We anticipate a wide variety of talks related to leveraging data in business, government, non-profit, and academic settings.

Shortly after September 1, 2017, the submission deadline.
That’s our plan, pending enough quality submissions. We anticipate that at some times, there will be two or three options.