Power in Numbers: Growing Atlanta's Data Science Talent

Atlanta's traffic isn't the only thing jammed up!

Data scientists in Atlanta would love to jump into Big Data. But where and how can these software engineers, statisticians, business analysts and project managers get the right skills?

Big Data players are also stuck.  Where and how can they find the right talent to extract insights from the massive amounts of data they collect?

As part of Big Data Week Atlanta 2013, Data Science ATL is going change this. This event will bring together several speakers, each presenting a short talk on how individuals and employers can grow Atlanta's native data science talent pool. They will present concrete ideas and examples about how individuals can acquire critical data science skills and how companies can support them.

We may not be able to solve Atlanta's traffic jams.  But we can help make Atlanta a dream come true for Big Data players and Data Scientists alike.

Update: Our speaker lineup is now here!

Our speakers for the event are experts from a range of backgrounds, providing a rich diversity of opinions on how to develop Atlanta's data science talent.

Keynote lecture: David Schweidel and Manish Tripathi

From clickstreams and retail sales to ticket sales and social media, marketers have a wealth of data at their disposal. But, what can we do with it? Professors David Schweidel and Manish Tripathi from Emory University's Goizueta Business School will discuss recent analytic advances in marketing, and the opportunities for data scientists to play a critical role in the areas of social media intelligence and sports marketing.

David Schweidel received his PhD in marketing from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2006. He joined Goizueta in 2012. Manish Tripathi received his PhD in marketing from Northwestern University and joined Goizueta in 2008.


The startup perspective: Blake Patton and Joe Reger Jr.

Blake Patton is the General Manager of Georgia Tech's ATDC.  Joe Reger is the Cofounder and CTO of a big data and analytics company called Springbot that has offices in the ATDC.  Together they will share their thoughts on how Atlanta can grow its blossoming data science community.

The individual perspective: Nikolaos Vasiloglou II

Nikolaos Vasiloglou II is the founder of Ismion Inc, an Atlanta-based machine learning consultancy. He has a Ph.D. from Georgia Tech, specializing in machine learning. He will be talking about his experiences working with machine learning problems across several domains in different Atlanta-based companies, and the lessons he has drawn from them.

The policy perspective: Hans Utz


Hans Utz is the Deputy Chief Operating Officer of the city of Atlanta and plays a role in crafting the Mayor's policies on economic development. He also has prior experience in strategy and management consulting with big data firms as they grapple with the transition from "traditional" big data clients to new industries and applications. He will be discussing Atlanta's strengths and challenges as a technology center, and how the technology community can partner with city government to set and drive policy that attracts and retains a talent base to encourage Atlanta's growth as a big data hub.

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  • Clark B.

    The host and speakers did not make a case for the need or opportunities for data scientists and analysts in Atlanta, so the event's title seems particularly misleading and therefore did not fulfill my expectations.

    April 26, 2013

    • David N.

      I agree. Hopefully, this topic can be covered in future sessions.

      April 28, 2013

    • nikolaos v.

      I tried to cover that in my 20 minute presentation, I am sorry if I didn't fulfill your expectations. Feedback would be useful

      April 28, 2013

  • Lew W

    Thanks for such a nice event. I enjoyed the presentations and meeting all the smart passionate people.

    1 · April 26, 2013

  • Vibhav A.

    can we get the presentations?

    April 25, 2013

    • lalita

      Thanks

      April 26, 2013

    • Raj B.

      Check out the link I've posted :)

      April 26, 2013

  • Raj B.

    The slides from the three breakout sessions are here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/w6rdfx851ht2xel/HALGgnuqSf?n=6994597

    So far, I have the audio for Hans Utz' (the policy perspective) talk. Anyone have audio recordings for the remaining talks (startup and individual perspectives)? Please email me a link to those!

    2 · April 26, 2013

  • Darius H.

    Nice event; excited to see the growing momentum in Atlanta's tech community overall and data science in particular.

    April 26, 2013

  • Rennell

    Nice meeting everyone last night!

    April 26, 2013

  • Senthil Kumar M.

    Great Event. Overall, I attended two sessions Monday and Thursday Evenings. One big question many speakers posed: What to do with Big Data? And the patterns that you recognize... more than prediction and forecasting, creation of new products and services in collaboration with manufacturing and service sectors will pave the way for creation of big data as an Industry itself.

    1 · April 26, 2013

  • Art C.

    Excellent event! I enjoyed meeting so many new folks and hearing excellent speakers. Thanks to all involved!

    1 · April 26, 2013

  • Kulsoom A.

    Great event, I got to meet new people and old friends. Now I am inspired to do homework, starting with reading books!

    1 · April 26, 2013

  • Brian R.

    Exciting stuff!

    April 26, 2013

  • lalita

    It was my first, loved it! Will be back for sure.

    1 · April 26, 2013

  • Lenny

    Enjoyed the discussions. Great time meeting new people and sharing ideas.

    April 25, 2013

  • Gloria

    Awesome! Loved it!

    1 · April 25, 2013

  • Marco A.

    Sorry - I have to wear my fireman hat tonight.

    April 25, 2013

  • Khurram Z.

    Sorry can't make it tonight. Last minute issue - bummed :-(

    April 25, 2013

  • John Y.

    plus guest

    1 · April 25, 2013

  • John K.

    I'd like to attend.

    1 · April 25, 2013

  • Phil H.

    Whitepaper should be of interest to Data Science ATL members. "Tuning into Consumers' Digital Signals" http://bit.ly/vFhYHd
    I'll be attending Thurs. evening event if anyone would like to discuss.
    Dr. Phil Hendrix, immr and GigaOm Pro analyst

    1 · April 24, 2013

  • Kulsoom A.

    Can we park in the parking deck?

    April 21, 2013

    • Travis T.

      Yes but parking is probably not free.

      April 22, 2013

  • AK D.

    I have a conflict. I can't attend

    April 21, 2013

  • Travis T.

    Hey everybody! The next Data Science ATL event is almost here and we are so excited to bring you a great night with awesome speakers and networking!

    Please take a moment to take this two question survey so we can bring you the food and drinks you like best.

    http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/P7QCFL8

    See you on Thursday evening at GTRI!

    -Travis

    April 20, 2013

  • Richard Z.

    Damn, this looks like a good one to miss. I'll be out of town. Have fun, folks.

    April 18, 2013

  • John

    Contingent on work/travel.

    April 14, 2013

  • Travis T.

    Ga Tech Coursera class in Software Defined Networking (SDN) starts soon! Sign up today! https://www.coursera.org/course/sdn

    April 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Missed yeasterdays meet up :( but definitly intend on making this event. Thanks!

    April 11, 2013

  • Vasant R.

    I missed yesterday's meetup as I was traveling but looking forward to watching the recording and also this particular one on April 25th...

    April 11, 2013

  • Willaim W.

    If this is even half as informative as the meetup last night, i am confident that all in attendance will walk away with a greater awareness on the "Big Data Movement"...thanks for the invite

    April 11, 2013

  • gene o.

    .. define and have clear objectives of what to look for in extracting insights from BD.. look forward to it..

    March 30, 2013

  • Khurram Z.

    Looking forward to it

    March 27, 2013

  • Travis T.

    Just scored two fantastic tenure-track professors from Goizueta Business School at Emory University to speak! This event will definitely be our best one yet!

    2 · March 18, 2013

  • Bob F.

    Looking forward to it

    March 14, 2013

  • Preetpal S.

    coming

    March 14, 2013

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