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Data Science Bootcamp

We're excited to host Laurie Skelly!

Data Science Bootcamp: like the regular kind of bootcamp but with data science instead of running and pushups.

The best data scientists are insanely curious people who are good at thinking in systems, are comfortable with the quantitative, and aren't intimidated by new things. They write code. They know stats, machine learning, and all the relevant languages, tools, and packages (or at least they know how to google the doc pages). If that weren’t enough, they also have a knack for communicating results and for understanding and resolving poorly-posed questions, usually involving some combination of talent in verbal and visuospatial communication. Making new, high-quality data scientists is a non-trivial endeavor.

Recently Datascope has been in cahoots with Metis (part of Kaplan) to develop and launch a data science bootcamp, a 12-week training program to get new data scientists ready to hit the job market, land a job, and survive and thrive in their new careers. Metis Data Science Bootcamp is only the second data science training program using the bootcamp model, and we’re really excited about what we’ve created. Laurie Skelly will share some of the choices and models her team has made to determine who to admit, what to require, what to teach, and what to blow off. She will discuss the relative merits of bootcamps vs master’s degrees, MOOCs, and self-teaching, and she'll answer your questions.

If you already have questions you can post them below, or check the Metis faq.

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  • milti

    interesting but not feasible

    July 11, 2014

    • Katarzyna S.

      Laurie: this is no general rule. To have freedom of interesting education, research & employment is possible as long as we stayed at universities. Not having specific skills for business creates thousand unemployed MS.C. & Ph.D.

      1 · July 11, 2014

    • Laurie S.

      I just try to avoid thinking about this in extremes. One can develop a fairly specific set of skills for a fairly well-defined family of jobs, and in the process learn about the jobs that exist within that family and which are most personally appealing. In a job that is a good fit, one is better able to thrive and succeed in the long term. To me, this is a more robust kind of training, from the perspective of the trainee. It separates the interest of the companies from the interest of the trainee, and as such creates value for the trainee. These interests should overlap, but they are not identical. I imagine my perspective pertains mostly to people who find data science stimulating and interesting on its own merits, beyond the salary. I feel that I do have freedom in interesting education, subject matter, and employment, as much or more so than I did in academia, and skills that are valuable to businesses. In my experience it was not necessary to compromise on this.

      July 11, 2014

  • Laurie S.

    Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who came out to the meetup last night. You were a great audience, your questions were awesome, and I am really glad that I got to meet so many of you afterwards. Please feel invited to reach out to me here, on twitter, or by email... or just come find me at the next meetup!

    2 · July 11, 2014

  • Steve R.

    Excellent overview of what professional data scientists see as critical skills and personal attributes for successfully developing data scientists.

    1 · July 11, 2014

  • Steve R.

    Excellent talk. I came primarily to get insight into what 'real' data scientists look for in aspiring practitioners, and this was a great overview. Wish I could actually attend the bootcamp, but will have to get there by other means.

    July 11, 2014

  • Matt D.

    I really liked how Laurie presented this. Very creative.

    July 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry guys. this came too late for me.

    July 10, 2014

  • Kevin (VN Uma Sankar K.

    Just got the confirmation . Cannot make this time

    July 10, 2014

  • Katarzyna S.

    I received confirmation at 6:12 pm of available spot on meeting. Unfortunately I'm too far away to make it :-(

    July 10, 2014

  • Lorena M.

    Just updated - cannot make it this time around. Will this be recorded by any chance?

    1 · July 8, 2014

    • Mike S.

      No, not this time. If Laurie makes slides available, I'll make sure to add a link.

      1 · July 10, 2014

  • Brett B.

    Something came up last minute. I updated my RSVP to 'no' so someone on the wait list can take the spot.

    July 10, 2014

  • Ella R.

    The website has the current program based in New York City right now. Any plans for bringing it to Chicago?

    July 7, 2014

    • Laurie S.

      A Chicago class is not slated for the immediate future, but if the first classes are successful I think expansion to new cities would be fairly likely. I have no idea what the timeline might be like for that, though.

      2 · July 7, 2014

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