Join Data Scientists from around the world at the 3rd Annual Big Data Ignite Conference 2018

These prompts will convince any boss!

Are you excited to go to Big Data Ignite 2018, but need your boss to get excited too?

Don’t worry! We’ve got your back.

Below, we’ve prepared some Conversation Starters to help you broach the subject. Plus, we’ve provided a template email to send to key decision-maker(s). You can also download a digital flyer to send along with the email with all the details about Big Data Ignite 2018.

We are committed to your success – not only to get to the conference, but to learn the skills and build the connections you need to be more successful in your career.


What to Tell Your Employer

Conversation Starter #1:

Play the “best result” game. When you are talking to your boss, say “What would be the best result our department could achieve this year?” Listen to their answer – do you need more information, connections, or resources in order to accomplish their stated goal? Then ask, “Are you willing to invest in my training so I can get us there?” If your boss responds with a “yes”, then it’s time to pull out that brochure! Highlight the specific speakers, networking opportunities, and other parts of Big Data Ignite 2018 that will help achieve your company goals.


Conversation Starter #2:

Switch the conversation from expense to investment: Most employers understand the concept of ROI – Return on Investment. Bottom line, if something makes more money than it cost, it’s not an expense, it’s an investment! That is really what you are asking for, to believe that YOU are worth investing in.

With the Big Data Ignite 2018 All-Access pass, you’ll get access to hands-on workshops where you’ll learn exactly what you need to do to solve your biggest data problems. You’ll also learn what’s trending in technology, not only in big data, but also IoT, cyber-security, blockchain, AI, and more!

The price of an All-Access pass is $650 (less if you are a student or academic). So simply ask your boss “Would it be worth about $50 a month to make sure I have access to the best training and connections in the industry?” If your boss responds with a “yes”, reply “Then all we have to do is pay it up front for a Big Data Ignite 2018 All-Access pass!”

Email Template to Send to Your Boss

Below  is a sample email template you can modify to your specific needs. NOTE: There are four areas in < > that you’ll want to customize.

SUBJECT LINE: <Insert Your Boss’ Name Here>, I’d like to attend Big Data Ignite 2018

Hi, <Insert Your Boss’ Name Here>.

As you know, keeping up on the latest tech trends is essential for our team’s success. <you may want to customize this first sentence based on your unique needs>
The non-profit organization Big Data Ignite is hosting their third annual conference, right here in Grand Rapids, MI. It is the premier conference of its kind in the Midwest. And the only one locally that brings together big data, IoT, AI, and cloud computing all in one place. It is being held September 19 – 21 at the Devos Place Convention Center.

They expect 1,000+ in attendance, including technical experts, scientists, decision-makers, and students.

Attending this conference will enable me to improve my technical skills, connect with experts, and stay up-to-date on the rapidly-evolving technical landscape.


Here’s a quick breakdown of the event:

  • Half-day and full-day workshops providing hands-on technical training by industry and academic experts.
  • 100+ expert-led sessions on a broad range of technical and strategic topics in the fields of big data, IoT, AI, and cloud computing.

Here’s the cost break down:

  • All-Access ticket cost: $650 <Insert the correct ticket price for your ticket type> (includes workshops and session recordings)
  • Refreshments during the conference: included.
  • Networking events and opportunities to build valuable personal connections for our business: included.

With your permission, I’d like to secure a ticket to this event before it sells out. Please reply as soon as possible with your decision.

Thank you for considering this opportunity.

<Insert Your Name Here>

P.S. Here is a recap video from last year to give you some idea of why I feel this conference is well worth the investment of time and resources to attend.