50p 2017

A conference about India's digital payments ecosystem.

#Demonetisation: A Data-Driven Narrative

Submitted by Amit Kapoor (@amitkaps) on Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Section: Crisp talk Technical level: Beginner Status: Rejected


Demonetisation is an example of a “Black Swan” event - it is rare, has extreme impact, and in retrospect seems predictable. And it is human nature to seek explanations and rationalisations for these events. However, what gets missed in the discussion chaos that ensues is the real data-story about the event. This talk is an attempt to share a data-driven perspective about #demonetisation and to help you build a grounded foundation for your own narrative.


This is an interactive data visualisation story about #demonetisation. The aim would be to cover the following topics:

  • Demonetisation of INR 500 & 1000 notes
    • Historical perspective (withdrawal of legal tenders across countries, their impact)
    • View on Coinage and Currency Supply
    • Cost of Demonetisation Operation
    • Impact on Money Supply
  • The Cost of Cash
    • Payment Acceptance
    • In the Wallet
    • Payment Tender
  • Sentiments on #demonetisation
    • The Pulse of Change
    • The Sound of Money
    • An Image Quilt

This will be a data driven perspective and all the data & visualisation made will be open-source, documented and available on the web for participants to build upon. We hope this would lead to a more richer and more nuanced discussion on this topic.

Speaker bio

Amit Kapoor is interested in learning and teaching the craft of telling visual stories with data. He is the founder partner at narrativeVIZ Consulting, where he teaches data-science, data-visualisation and data-stories as tools for improving communication, persuasion, and leadership and conducts workshops on these topics for businesses, nonprofits, and academic institutes. You can find more about him at http://amitkaps.com and tweet him at @amitkaps.

The analytics for this talk will be support by Nischal and Raghotham - founders at Unnati Data Labs. Unnati is a full stack data-science shop and they help businesses build data platforms. You can check them out at http://www.unnati.xyz/



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