How to Become a Data Scientist

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On your way to becoming a data scientist? 

There are plenty of articles and discussions on the web about what data science is, what qualities define a data scientist, and how you should position yourself to be a competitive applicant. There are far fewer resources out there that explain the concrete steps to take in order to obtain the skills necessary to break into this fast-growing industry. 

Join us for a discussion about how to start working towards a career in data science. You'll leave this event understanding both on-your-own and structured options for beginning your career in a data science role. You will also have a list of the best resources to use to plan your studies. 

The first speaker for the evening is Ryan Orban, Co-founder of Zipfian Academy. Ryan and his team train and place data scientists through their programs at Zipfian Academy. Also speaking is Dennis O'Brien, who will give his perspective on his first year of working as a data scientist.

Join the conversation live on Twitter: #SFDataScience


7:00: Doors Open

7:30: "Data Science from 40-90"

by Ryan Orban, Co-Founder of Zipfian Academy

8:00: "The First Year as a Data Scientist"

by Dennis O'Brien, Idle Games

8:30: Q&A and Networking

This session is for those interested in starting out in the field. 

Thank you to CrowdFlower, our generous hosts for the evening. 

Questions about the event? Can't attend? Leave a comment on the Meetup and we'll get back to you personally.

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  • Dipesh P.

    Belated thanks for a very practical meetup! Looking forward to the next one.

    1 · July 3, 2014

  • Vanessa S.

    Great meetup! Where will the slides be posted?

    July 1, 2014

  • Clare H.

    Thanks a lot again for posting the slides! they are very useful!

    1 · July 2, 2014

  • Mark S.

    Hi, will this be recorded?

    1 · June 30, 2014

    • Katie K.

      Yes, recording posted above.

      1 · July 2, 2014

  • Michael

    I too am interested if this will be recorded. Can you please send it this way if it is!!!

    1 · June 30, 2014

  • Molly L.

    We have posted video of the talks here:

    You can find the slides Ryan and Dennis used here:

    We hope you found the resources useful! For those interested in structured data science programs, Zipfian Academy is now accepting applications for our Fall 2014 Data Science Immersive program; find out more at

    2 · July 2, 2014

  • Walter M.

    Both speakers were excellent. Thank you.

    1 · July 2, 2014

  • Ty S.

    Useful information for those starting out on the path to becoming a data scientist.

    1 · June 30, 2014

  • David B.

    Two great talks tonight! A fantastic overview to help put all the pieces together

    1 · June 30, 2014

  • Ranjit S

    I see a wait list - any last minute updates on if people can join in or is there a webcast?

    June 26, 2014

    • Katie K.

      Hi Ranjit, We'll send a reminder tomorrow or Monday to all attendees to update their RSVP. This should allow individuals currently on the waitlist to join the event.

      June 26, 2014

  • Chris K.

    Can you say if this meetup would be suitable for an advanced-career computational physicist looking at options, or is it aimed more at early career?

    2 · June 24, 2014

    • Katie K.

      The event is designed for someone who has data science skills already and is looking to break into the industry in a first bona fide "Data Scientist" role.

      June 26, 2014

  • Rajath A.

    Anyone driving back to Fremont after the meetup? Looking for a ride back home.

    June 25, 2014

  • Joseph C J.

    EventBrited also. :-)

    2 · June 23, 2014

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