This is a group for people enthusiastic about the application of data science, data visualization, data analysis, data systems and associated topics for learning and public benefit in Springfield Missouri, USA.
Purpose: meeting interesting people doing interesting things with data, learning from each other, supporting each other, community (pooling resources to achieve advantages), having fun, networking, and professional development.
We're actively looking for presenters and sponsors. If you're able to help out, let us know!
1.) get a group of people working together to make Springfield a vibrant globally competitive community for people to learn data science, establish a career in data science, and create products and services that have a differentiating advantage rooted in sophisticated application of data science to important tenacious problems.
2.) leverage the substantial collective resources of teamwork to produce real working examples of data science for public benefit in Springfield, Missouri. We will work with government agencies, non-profit community groups and businesses within our gravity to generate projects that have public benefit, which enthusiastic technical segments of the group will volunteer to work on after their day jobs. These groups will then report back on their findings to the larger group and to community stakeholders.
While we expect the group whole to have a deep and broad spectrum of skills in technology, you do not have to be a techie to be in this group. All meetings will have a balance and given the time we have in meetings we will press speakers to describe the salient high level story in general meetings (the problem, the solution, and the resolution) as opposed to leading purely technical discussions. We will facilitate orbiting groups of people that have interest in joining together for detailed learning on new technical paths. The monthly general meetings will simply serve as a launching off and landing point for these journeys.
At our monthly meetings food, drink and interesting people doing interesting things will be provided. There will also be opportunity to join a deep learning subgroup (TBD) or show off your skills in a data science for good project (TBD) but if you just want to come to the monthly meetings that is fine too. Large group meetings are the third Tuesday of every month, 5:30-7:00pm. All are welcome.
Let me know if you are interested in co-leading, giving a presentation, leading a talk, leading a data science for good project, sponsoring this group, or otherwise shaping the group in ways that I have not imagined.
P.S. If you think the concept of this group is good please share with others you know. All are welcome. We are just looking for an enthusiasm about data science for collective learning and social benefit (to create better communities, better organizations, better people and a better world).