What's Happening at TC17

Tableau Conference has more than 400 hours of sessions in three days–plus meetups, Tableau Doctor appointments, Tableau Labs, pre- and post-conference Training Workshops, and Certification Exams. Want a list of TC17 sessions and speakers? Download the data. Watch all recorded sessions on the Tableau Conference 2017 playlist.

Not sure what’s what or how to find the sessions you want? Keep reading below for information about the different session types and tracks offered for a variety of learning styles.

Breakout Sessions

Hour-long, lecture-style presentations led by Tableau employees, customers, partners, sponsors, and Zen Masters. Breakouts are organized by level and track . Breakouts are recorded and made available (along with speakers’ presentations) on Tableau Conference Live website within 48 hours.

Mini Breakout Sessions

Thirty-minute, lecture style sessions taking place on a stage in Expo Hall. Grab a pair of headphones at entry to briefly dive deeper into a new or updated Tableau feature, process, or application in a noise-cancelled paradise. Mini sessions are designed to be efficient and immersive with a maximum of 50 seats, and additional standing room. Prioritize your favorites as these will not be recorded or available for viewing post-event.

Hands-On Training

Two-hour classroom-style sessions led by expert Tableau trainers who will guide you step-by-step through lessons on a Tableau-provided computer. Hands-On Trainings are organized by level and track. Be sure to reserve your seat in advance on the conference app or website when available as these sessions tend to fill-up quickly. Keep an eye out for an email communication in September with instructions for pre-registration. Hands-On Trainings are not recorded, but guided exercises, solutions, and datasets used in the training are shared on TC Live the week after conference ends.

Session Tracks

Breakouts and Hands-On Trainings are organized by level and track


Analytics: Answer complex questions, uncover insights, and spot trends through data analysis with Tableau. These sessions cover a wide variety of topics including calculations, mapping, statistics, and advanced analytics.

Dashboards & Design: Visualize, tell stories, and encourage other people to explore your data. Learn how to apply best practices for using text, color, and formatting to see and understand your data better.

Data: Get more from data by learning how to prepare, connect to, join, and blend it.

Developer: Uncover the possibilities for developing with Tableau. Embed, connect, customize, and automate Tableau with all things API. Find out how to use web data connectors in all shapes and sizes.

Enablement and Adoption: Roll out Tableau across your enterprise and drive adoption. Learn how to create a culture of analytics—train people, build Centers of Excellence, and deploy Tableau’s latest mobile and self-service features.

IT & Server Administration: Administer your first instance of Tableau server or deploy Tableau across your enterprise. Get the lowdown on monitoring and automation, server configuration and architecture, scaling, and improving performance.

Tableau in Action: Find out how we use Tableau…at Tableau! Plus, hear from our customers about the impact Tableau has on their business.

Session Levels

Beginner: Brand new to Tableau or just getting started? Looking for a refresher on concepts covered in Tableau Desktop I, our intro Training Workshop? These sessions will get you up and running with the basics of data analysis, dashboard building, and administering Tableau Server.

Intermediate: Been working with Tableau regularly for 3-6 months? Need a refresher on the concepts covered in Tableau Desktop II: Intermediate or Server Architecture? These sessions will help you unlock power user status. Dive into complex data connections and sophisticated analysis and visualization. Or, learn how to go big with your Tableau Server deployment.

Advanced: Are you the resident Tableau expert in your office? A power user who’s mastered the concepts covered in Desktop III: Advanced Training? These sessions will prepare you for Jedi-level mastery in no time. Get the most out of the more technical features in Tableau, and prepare for large or complex server deployments.

Jedi: Read the KnowledgeBase, watched the training videos, and still hungry for more? Get the inside scoop on how Tableau works—under the hood. Learn how to tackle the toughest analytical tasks and fine-tune your enterprise server deployment.


Meetups are the best way to find YOUR data people at TC17. These informal gatherings, organized around job roles, industries, or topics, kick off with a short presentation or discussion and provide plenty of time to connect and interact. Meetups start on Monday and run throughout the week. Get there early, space is limited.

Focus Groups

Small group sessions focused on feedback data. Focus groups are small and built for discussion around topics like our website, session catalog, and mobile app interface. Tableau Conference is always striving for improvement and we value your feedback for future events.

User Groups

Meetup-style sessions in a casual environment meant for connection and building future data relationships. Meet and connect with users like you to learn tips and tricks, share your skills, and find the Tableau User Group that’s right for you for TC and beyond.

Certification Exams

Flaunt your skills with a Tableau Certification. These exams test your Tableau knowledge in Tableau Desktop and Tableau Server. Upon passing, you’ll hold an official Tableau Certification title, which is the only way to clearly show your Tableau expertise. Advance registration and an additional fee (discounted for conference attendees) are required. Certification exams take place Monday and Thursday. Check out the Certification page for details.

Training Workshops

These full day workshops are offered pre-conference on Monday. Advance registration and additional fee (discounted for conference attendees) are required. See the Training Workshop schedule for more details.

Get help from a Schedule Scout

Schedule Scouts provide personal assistance building your perfect schedule based on your needs and goals. At TC17 they're located next to Registration in South - Level 1 - Bayside Foyer in Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Sunday through Thursday.

Tableau Doctor

Paging Doctor Data! Tableau Doctor is your chance to meet with a Tableau expert one-on-one to learn skills, solve problems, and get questions answered. Bring your data set and workbook.

There are three Tableau Doctor options:

  • Make a 45-minute appointment onsite. Appointment registration opens Sunday and appointments begin Tuesday. Scheduled appointments are limited to one per person.
  • Visit the Walk-In Clinic anytime, starting Monday.
  • Stop by a Minute Clinic in the Expo Hall for a quick fix.

Scheduled appointments start Tuesday and are limited to one per person, but visit the Walk-In Clinic (starting Monday) or Minute Clinic anytime (no appointment needed).