Visual Business Intelligence Workshop (four days)

October 28-31, 2019 | Portland, Oregon

Workshop Description
Nick Desbarats, the first and only educator authorized by Stephen Few to teach his foundational courses, will deliver three data visualization and dashboard design courses over four days at the beautiful Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel in Portland, Oregon. Participants may register for one, two, or all three courses. At the end of each course, participants in that course will receive a copy of the Stephen Few book on which it's based. Course content is based on landmark research in the fields of data visualization, human perception, and cognitive science, as well as decades of real-world executive experience. Workshops are highly interactive, consisting of engaging presentation segments and group exercises to ensure deep comprehension and long-term retention of key concepts that can be applied immediately.

Space is limited to allow for a high degree of personal interaction and feedback, and early registration is recommended. Early Bird rates (approximately 7% off the regular registration fee) will be in effect until Sep. 27.

Courses in This Workshop
Show Me the Numbers (Oct. 28 and Oct. 29): Equips participants with the fundamentals, best practices and knowledge of common mistakes that enable them to design tables and graphs that communicate quantitative data effectively.

Information Dashboard Design (Oct. 30): Teaches participants how to design information dashboards that can be visually scanned quickly and that enable users to easily spot problems and opportunities that require their attention.

Now You See It (Oct. 31): Teaches participants simple yet powerful techniques for exploring and analyzing data using data visualization as opposed to non-visual statistical methods.

Detailed descriptions of each course can be found here.

Group Discount
Groups of three or more participants from the same organization are eligible for a 10% discount. Please email us at to request a group discount code before you register.

Non-Profit/Education/Public Sector Discount
Employees of public sector, non-profit, and educational institutions (full-time students or faculty) are eligible for a 20% discount. Please email us at to request a discount code before you register. Please note that this discount cannot be combined with a group discount.

RiverPlace Hotel


The workshop will be held at the Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel, located at 1510 SW Harbor Way, Portland, OR 97201.

A block of rooms at the Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel is available for workshop participants at a reduced rate of $199 per night plus taxes and fees. In order to obtain this rate, rooms must be booked prior to Oct. 4 and the number of rooms available at this rate is limited, so we recommend booking a room at the same time that you register for the workshop. Reservations can be made online (this link includes the group code to automatically get the reduced room rate) or by calling (888) 869-3108 (specify that you are attending the "Visual Business Intelligence Workshop" to obtain the reduced rate). Rooms are available with one king bed or two double beds.

If you're using a travel agent to book your hotel room, let them know that this group rate is non-commissionable.

Valet parking is available at the Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel for $25 per night for overnight parking. If you're local, day-long valet parking is available for $15. If you'd prefer to park yourself, a nearby parking garage is located at 200 SW Mill Street.

Lunch will be provided each day along with morning and afternoon refreshments.

What to Bring
You do not need to bring anything to the workshop, although some participants bring personal notepads to take notes. No computers or software are used during the workshop and all handouts and books are provided.

Each workshop day begins at 9:00am and ends at approximately 4:30pm with a one-hour break for lunch and 15-minute mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks. Registration check-in begins at 8:30am each day.

When you check in, you will be given a badge and an information packet of materials for all of the courses for which you've registered. At the end of each course, a copy of the Stephen Few book on which that course is based will be provided to each participant at no additional cost.

If you have any questions, please contact us at or call us at +1-613-909-3169.