Why di-Academy is organizing a data science bootcamp

bootcampOn the Data Innovation summit in Brussels, I announced that di-Academy is organizing a data science bootcamp. Afterwards many people asked me why it is called “bootcamp”, so let me explain this here.

A bootcamp is a type of group physical training program conducted by gyms, personal trainers, and military personnel in order to get fit and ready to tackle physical challenges.

The data science bootcamp will prepare young graduates to be able to solve all kinds of data related challenges.

Members of fitness boot camps are usually tested for fitness on the first day and then retested at the end of the camp, which usually runs for between 4 and 6 weeks.

Before students can enroll in the data science bootcamp, they will be selected based on their motivation and skills. As classes are scheduled only on Mondays and Tuesdays, the datascience bootcamp will span 12 weeks. At the end of the 12 weeks, students will have to present a business case they have worked on.

runningBootcamp training often commences with dynamic stretching and running, as these are the basics for a good physical condition.

The data science bootcamp will kick off with different programming languages and an introduction to statistitics, as this is the backbone for datascience. A datascientist who doesn’t know how to code, seems like a soldier without arms to me.

weightParticipants to a fitness bootcamp do bodyweight exercises like sit ups, push ups and squats, but they also use objects to lift, and pull rubber TRX straps. They have a very varied program so they don’t get bored and persevere until the end.

In the data science bootcamp there is also a very diverse schedule with lots of different business cases. In order to solve these business cases, different technological platforms and tools will be available for the students.

yogaNext to all the heavy physical activities in bootcamps, there is also room for stretching, nutrition advice, yoga and meditation.

Likewise, the data science bootcamp is not only about acquiring technical skills, but also about developing soft skills like teamwork, communication, presentation and storytelling.

coachYou may wonder why people are so crazy to voluntarily take part in a bootcamp. It’s because bootcamps provide social support. This (and also the drill instructor of course) can push people a little bit further than they would normally push themselves in the gym alone.

networkI’m convinced that it is impossible for one to obtain all data science skills and techniques that are scheduled on the bootcamp by himself. The qualified trainer will bring a lot of added value to the students by sharing his experiences and best practices with them. Furthermore, students will have the opportunity to work on their own business case while a coach is available to answer their questions and help them if they are lost in all the bits and bytes.

Do you want to know more about our data science bootcamp? Have a look at di-academy.com/bootcamp/ or drop an e-mail to training@di-academy.com


Salesflare, the intelligent sales CRM, currently has a very interesting spot available in their team.
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As a Data Developer, you will build the next generation of Salesflare, together with the top team and in collaboration with iMinds UGent Data Science Lab.
You will work as a full-stack web developer, developing front to back in JavaScript, using both Node.js and Angular.js in an agile environment.  You will however not just be building new functionality for Salesflare, but also transitioning its entire architecture from a set-up built on MySQL, to a platform that bridges MySQL (for things like user management), Elastic Search (for searching historical event data), Redis (as a short term event cache) and Neo4j (to store the information about the sales teams’s social network).
This new architecture will host an enormous pool of data, acquired from data sources like the email server, calendar system, phones, social media, email & web tracking technology, and more. And this very data will be used to provide intelligent suggestions, like social links, action detection, sentiment alerts, detection of data that needs to be updated, enhanced sales forecasts, …
If you are enthusiastic about working with new technologies, this is the place to be. We offer a salary that is at market level plus stock options, a rewarding experience in a top performing (and fun) team, and lots of responsibility. What we expect: 100% dedication to make Salesflare the best sales CRM in the world.
Interested? Email your CV or LinkedIn/Github profile to jeroen@salesflare.com.

Job- Junior Developer to join a data-driven tech startup?

Datascouts is urgently looking for a back-end web developer to strengthen their web development team and help drive the growth of our data aggregator platform.

Do you know a junior developer who would be interested to join a data-driven tech startup?

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  • to connect, visualize and interact with your community
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Job Description:

Key Responsibilities: Your primary focus will be the development of server-side logic, defining and maintaining the central database, and ensuring high performance and responsiveness to requests from the front-end side as well as scalability and security of our cloud platform. You will also be responsible for integrating the front-end elements. Profile: You are a back-end PHP web developer with knowledge in several of following fields: PHP 5.6+ / MySQL / NoSQL / Neo4j / ElasticSearch / Sysadmin tasks / Git / API development / linked open data. You ideally have – a strong affinity for all sorts of database systems (MySQL, NoSQL, graph databases) – a profound knowledge of Laravel 5 – at least 2 years of experience in cloud based web application development – high interest in and good understanding of complex web projects – basic understanding of front-end technologies – high standards with code quality ethics – fluency in Dutch and/or English (spoken and written) – willingness to continuously learn new things Why join us? You will be working on interesting data-driven applications in an easy-going, fun and ambitious startup. We’re a fast growing company with plenty of work.

 We like to hire professionals and don’t like to micro-manage so you should have a ability to manage your own work alone while working as a team.

If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, get excited about finding smarter ways to do things, and have a burning desire to be part of a young and dynamic team where you can truly make a difference, we want to meet you. Don’t hesitate and send your motivational letter and your updated CV to ingrid@weconnectdata.com.