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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.

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