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Talks start at 18:30
First talk 18:30 - 18:55 with 5-10 minutes Q&A (Yali Sassoon from Snowplow Analytics)
Second talk - 19:05 - 19:30 with 5-10 minutes Q&A (Eddie Bells from Lyst)
Break - 10 minutes - 19:40 - 19:50
Third talk - 19:50 - 20:15 with 5-10 minutes Q&A (Martin Goodson from Qubit Group)
Yali Sassoon is a co-founder and data science lead at Snowplow Analytics: an open source, event analytics platform. In this talk, Yali will introduce Snowplow, including the motivation for building it, and explain how big data technologies including Hadoop and data scientists are transforming the way businesses think about and use web event data.
Through Snowplow, Yali works with data science teams at a number of different companies across different industries. Yali will be happy to answer questions about the developing role of data scientists in organisations, and the types of skills successful data scientists need to cultivate to flourish in the digital sector in particular.
"Data Science at Lyst" - Eddie Bells
Eddie Bells is ex-finance maths PhD who saw the light and joined the start-up community. He is a data scientist at Lyst and works on the team responsible for data acquisition, monitoring and analysis. He will be talking about how they implement Data Science at Lyst.
"Climbing up and down ladders" - Martin Goodson
Martin Goodson is currently head of research at Qubit, a startup that analyses online behaviour in order to personalise websites. Previous to that he worked as a statistical geneticist at Oxford University doing basic research into the genetics of personality and psychiatric disorders. Now moving on to join another startup, Skimlinks, as VP of datascience, to build a new datascience team there. His interests are in the statistical modelling of human behaviour. Martin will be talking about why Data Science skills are so important in industry.
Aaron Rea from RecWorks will be joining us as well. Aaron is a RecWorks employee and #GDC (Graduate Developer Community)/#LJC (London Java Community) enthusiast, connecting and building a rapport with undergraduates and graduates at Universities such as UCL, KCL and Queen Mary. Over the last 6 months, Aaron has hosted and supported many #GDC and #LJC events as well as being on hand to offer CV, internship and graduate/junior job advice.