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Notes from the First Toronto Data Science Group Planning Session

Christopher B.
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Toronto, ON
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The first meetup was Tuesday, May 17, 2012.

Martin, Miles, Greg, Michael, Telm, Ian, Jason and Alex attended. (I didn't secure permission to use last names, so that's that.)

Considerations discussed:

Q. What are the objectives of meetups?

A. Learning, recruiting, and inspiring.

Q. What audiences do we need to satisfy?

A. Two. Subject Matter Experts (SME) and Non-SME's. Each has different objections.

Q. How do their objectives differ?

A. SME's come to learn and share deep technical knowledge. Non-SME's come to learn general applied knowledge and seek evidence that things work. (ie. "What is this data science thing all about?)

Q. What venues are appropriate for each group?

A. Not pubs. There are options for low-cost or free venues with A/V, including Orange Network and possibly a few companies downtown. (Follow up action: which venue should we pilot?)

Q. Do we charge for attendance?

A. It depends. There is risk in hosting any of these, and, a fee defrays the risk.

Q. What do devs want to see?

A. Code samples, API access, homework, practice - in a smaller room.

Q. What do non-SME's want to see?

A. Really cool stuff that's getting done.

Q. Who wants to raise their hand?

A. That depends on who wants to assist.

Q. When's the next meeting?

A. To be determined.

The objective of the meeting was to understand how the community wants to organize. The meeting attracted a great mix of CEO's, mathematicians, data scientists, and leaders in product development in Toronto. It was as diverse of a mix as we'd expect from there events. As a result, this notion of two groups, with different needs, emerged.

Can the two groups help each other out, in a physical space, on a regular basis.

Next meeting will be announced in this space shortly.
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