Brief Update, Big Data Week Big Guns, DSL Hackathon and more

From: Carlos
Sent on: Saturday, March 17, 2012 10:22 AM

Hi there,

Meetup March,21st waiting list: We have 70 people in waiting list. If you are not going to the meetup, please update your RSVP. We’re trying to open more spaces but we need to double-check on Monday. We’ll keep you posted. Thanks ForwardTek!

Your Dream Data Science Post-Doc. Our colleague Jake from Palo Alto sent us this: “6 week, full-time, post-doctoral data science training fellowship based in Palo Alto, California. Full tuition scholarship and a $5,000 living expense stipend. Interview at top companies during the final week of the program." http://bit.ly/FOFuIk 

Meetup April, 23rd: We’ve managed to book a much larger venue at the Barbican. Thanks to Greenplum! We’re trying to confirm some great speakers. Due to sponsor requirements, Big Data London Group changed its meetup date from the 18th to 23rd at the last minute. We got your feedback re: conflict date/time but we couldn't do much.

Big Data Week, Communities Day Panel April,24th: Stewart @DataSift is doing heavy rollodexing. Join us and meet Doug Cutting creator of Lucene & Hadoop/ Chief Architect @Cloudera; Nik Halsted Founder/CTO @DataSift, and possibly -if agenda conflicts resolved- Hillary Mason, data science diva/ Chief Scientist @Bit.ly. Sign up here: http://bit.ly/xVlxvw

DSL Hackathon April, 28th: We've started the contest design, great conference call with Jeremy Howard, Chief Scientist @Kaggle. Watch him talking on Data Science and Predictive Modeling. Sorting our hackathon logistics and IT infrastucture. Spread the word and sign up here  

Want to give a 10 min talk at our events? Contact [address removed]

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Something for the Weekend

Free course: Introduction to Data Science, UC Berkeley Spring 2012. All the slides and videos from the course taught by Jeff Hammerbacher @Cloudera, yep the guy who coined “Data Scientist”

A nice little cookbook on organising your approach to Data Analysis (pdf) 

“The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Data: How Billions of Trivial Data Points can Lead to Understanding,” a talk by legendary Peter Norvig

So you want to hack around with big data sets? Here> Ten sites to get large data sets for free (including 200,000 juicy emails from the Enron case)

Algorithmic Pricing Stories: Amazon’s $23 million dollars book about flies

The Man who Broke Atlantic city: A Fascinating Story on How a Guy Won $6 million playing blackjack in one night, after he’d taken the Borgata for $5 million and Caesars for $4 million

Breaking preconceptions: Induction and Deduction in Bayesian Data Analysis (pdf) 

Im a little unusual: I'm a six-person-or-less extrovert. I strongly optimise for less than six people, preferably one-on-one" Meet Reid Hoffman, Mr. LinkedIn

Readings for a foggy weekend: The Machine Stops, a chilling, short story masterpiece about the role of technology in our lives. Written in….. 1909 (!), still relevant today

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