55 Next-Gen Stars of the #DataFam Data Visualization Community
#TableauNext 2023 Cohort… By the numbers
55 People | 22 Countries | 5 Continents
#TableauNext celebrates newer community members or more veteran members who have ramped up their content. These members have a solid future potential to be recognized by Tableau as an employee, Ambassador or Visionary. They share visualizations on Tableau Public, participate in the community, blog, and so much more. Hundreds could have been added, and thousands of people publicly performed some form of Tableau work. Based on community nominations, being on this list relates to the massive impact the 2023 cohort has made.
I launched this annual initiative last year because our newer members, although yet to be officially recognized (yet) by Tableau, are the future of our community and data visualization in general. They represent global growth, diversity, innovation, and leadership.
Last year, many people featured in 2022's #TableauNext continued to ‘pay it forward’ and became ambassadors, work for Tableau, launched significant community initiatives, an IronViz Champion, and one even became an #IronViz finalist for 2023! I would be surprised if multiple people don’t become Tableau Visionaries when the next cohort is released. It was an honor to have the vehicle to give these talented contributors a grand stage — although 2022's cohort is a tough act to follow, I expect the 2023 cohort is up to the challenge.
At the end of this article, please see the work inspired by this incredible cohort!
- Nominators could share why the person deserved to be considered in this Tableau's Next cohort, some of which have been added to their nominee’s listing. Many nominators wished to be anonymous when sharing thoughts or nominees for #TableauNext and will be represented as anonymous.
- There were over 75 nominations from more than 50 people. However, a few people were disqualified because Tableau had already recognized them as an Ambassador or a Visionary, and some on this list were nominated multiple times.
2023 Tableau's Next Cohort
displayed alphabetically by 1st name
Abdullah Shafi | United Arab Emirates
He has been killing it lately with attempting #WOW Workout Wednesday challenges, and has been participating in various projects and skilling up.
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Bill Chen | Taiwan
Bill is one of the admins of the Taiwan TUG. He has been answering many questions from the Taiwanese users in their Facebook group page. He has given several very informative presentations in Taiwan regarding dataviz and Tableau’s power in visual analytics. He is a 2022 featured author and a VOTD creator. He also published a book on using Tableau to create various chart types (written in Chinese).
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Chris Meardon | England
Chris is a master of the tool and a fantastic teacher. He has always been a huge support to Tableau users within our company. Recently he’s shared a number of projects with the community, aiming to make things easily available and accessible to those wishing to try out some new, fun things.
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Elaine Yuan | USA
Elaine has been tweeting and blogging extensively since the start of her training with cohort 2 of The Data School New York. She is already producing great content, written in a clear and accessible style that discusses both technical aspects of data analytics and cultural aspects. Her passion for data analytics is obvious and she is clearly someone who is engaged with lifting up people throughout the community of data viz beginners. I expect great things to come from Elaine.
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Gbolahan Adebayo | Not Disclosed
Gbolahan has made incredible strides since posting his first Tableau Public viz less than a year ago (May 2022). His analysis skills are top-notch and his designs are gorgeous, especially recently. He’s actively involved with the DataFam on Twitter and also engages regularly with the Tableau folks on the Data Visualization Society Slack, always asking questions and looking for new ways to improve.
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George Koursaros | Switzerland
George is such a great data analyst and scientist ! I had the pleasure and the honor to work with him on a very complicated scientific project about FIP (a cat disease) and it’s blackmarket cure. He rendered the data so easy to understand for FIP cat owners, veterinarians and the pharmaceutical industry ; and this with amazing designs. He also volunteered to participate in this project, and worked for free for this « good cause ». I was very impressed to discover the rest of his work too. He is basically using data to create stories, and make his dashboards easy to access and use. As a veterinary student who as no knowledge about data science, I was able to understand this field better through his work. He definitely deserves more recognition that what he gets :)
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Li-Lun Tu | USA
Li-Lun has been active on sharing his feedback on various Tableau functionality and materials (e.g., books) via LinkedIn. He also participated in challenges such as B2VB. He was invited to speak at the Chinese-speaking TUG recently and the video was recorded on BiliBili (Chinese version of YouTube).
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Maddie Dierkes | USA
Maddie is one of the most talented and humble Tableau Engineers I have ever met. The work she produces is world class. Beyond her talent as a Tableau Engineer she volunteers her time to local organizations that are helping underprivileged kids become more data literate. She has recorded master classes for PrepKC (one of these organizations) and spoken in person at several schools throughout Kansas City.
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Megan Menth | USA
Megan is a beast at tableau. She’s low-key creating strong content and has skills that must be highlighted:
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Muhammad Azhar | Pakistan
Muhammed has been producing creative, high quailty Tableau Public work with a unique perspective consistently over the past year. I first noticed his excellent submissions to Back to Viz Basics, but he also completed the 30 day map challenge and has submitted to other datafam initiatives. His consistency and commitment to improvement is inspiring, and he’s recently started teaching Tableau as well. His voice is a valuable part of the Twitter datafam community and I expect great things from him in the future.
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Quinn Serfass | USA
Quinn has been producing some beautiful visualizations on Tableau Public, including a submission to the most recent Iron Viz qualifying round which already has 25 favorites and over 800 views. His design skills clearly show a deep and developing aptitude for the product and he elevates other people’s work in the community on his social media.
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Ray Givler | USA
✔ He has over 100 vizzes on his public profile including Star Wars Quotes (2022 Iron Viz), Better First Dashboard, Super Slicer, Benchmarker, NBA Free Throw Gap (to Goal), Decision-Making is a Game of Thrones, Shared Olympic Medals, I Know Tableau (nod to The Matrix opening credits), NBA Stat Comparator, Sand through an Hourglass, and more.
✔ Content — he has been posting about Tableau and Analytics on LinkedIn since the beginning of the pandemic on a nearly daily basis, reaching 1000s of developers worldwide.
✔ His 2022 Speaking Events Included:
◼ November 2022 — Milwaukee TUG — Super Slicer (parameters for dynamic views)
◼ November 2022 — Cambrian College, Sudbury, Ontario — Analytics Experts Series — Pitfalls of Analytics
◼ Oct 2022 — Analytics TUG — Benchmarker (sets)
◼ Oct 2022 — Florida TUG — My Iron Viz Journey
◼ Sep 2022 — Buffalo State Data Science and Analytics Seminar Series
◼ Aug 2022 — Pittsburgh TUG — My Iron Viz Journey
◼ May 2022 — Milwaukee TUG — Benchmarker (sets)
◼ Mar 2022 — Baruch College, New York City — data visualization
◼ Feb 2022 — King’s College, London — data visualization
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Ryan Soares | Canada
I’ve followed Ryan since he was in college. He has been part of the Tableau community since 2018 and has authored over 100 vizzes. Ryan consistently produces some of the coolest and most creative sports vizzes on Tableau Public. He extremely talented and I always look forward to seeing what he’ll do next.
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Tedy Iskandar | Indonesia
Tedy has a unique style to his vizzes. He mainly focuses on maps in a desktop layout that is effective and insightful. He has been on a roll recently, his viz (Fishing Spot in Indonesia) just got featured as VizOfTheDay, and even the next viz he made after that is also worthy of getting featured. His vizzes are usually centered around Indonesia, where he’s from, which is a rare and interesting sight on Tableau Public.
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Varun Jain | India
Varun is the 2022 Tableau Featured Author with good talent. Two of his vizzes have been chosen as the Viz of the Day. His vizzes are creative, clear good-looking, user friendly. He has been active on his social media platform in sharing the Tableau vizzes of others and his own.
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Viraj B. | India
Viraj’s tireless enthusiasm for data, Tableau and our community is contagious (the good kind of contagious!). Viraj is active on social, contributes on the Tableau forums, and supports new Tableau users via involvement / amplification of the Newbies TUG.
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Zsofia Nika | Hungary
Zsofia’s Tableau Public Profile proves the rule that quality trumps quantity. You can see her growth over just ten vizzes, and her recent Viz of the Day, “Paid Vacation Days Around the World” is visually beautiful and fun to explore. Zsofia actively engages with the DataFam on Twitter and is an active participant in MakeoverMonday and B2VB.
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After the blog post, Samuel Epley, a lead solution engineer with Tableau and part of the inaugural #TableauNext cohort, created this fantastic visualization to celebrate this 2nd cohort. Please select the image to access the interactive visual.