Boot Camp Graduation

On Tuesday, December 20th, we celebrated the completion of the di-Academy’s first ever data science boot camp.

With the holidays approaching, not all of our boot-campers could make it to the event to celebrate with us, but all of the boot-campers in attendance gave five-minute presentations on the personal projects they had been working on during the boot camp.

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All graduates were given an academic cap and an “I survived the data science bootcamp” t-shirt by the wonderful dean of the di-Academy, Nele Coghe .

After the presentations, we, of course, celebrated with pizza and beer.

And had some fun with virtual reality.

Boot Camp Graduate: Agustina Perez Iriarte

Allow me to introduce Agustina Perez Iriarte, one of our seventeen boot camp graduates from the di-Academy. I met Agustina at our summer coding camp, and I sat down with her to discuss her time before the boot camp, her time during it, and her plans afterward. Having arrived in Brussels last February, Agustina is from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Though she had studied literature, her first job out of college required that she learned to code. “I really had to do a lot coding at the job, and I realized that I was good and I was enjoying it” she said, “so maybe this is the kind of job I’d like to do.” She began some training on web programming and web design, receiving two certifications from the Universidad Tecnolólogica de Buenos Aires.

In 2010, Agustina began working for American Express in Argentina. Her boss was interested in doing more work with data, and she volunteered for the job. Though not as a data scientist, for the next four years she worked with data, and she was eventually drawn to data science as a career. “I knew I wanted to do some work with data,” she told me, “and I wanted to do something creative, and I think that data science has the two mixed.”

A natural autodidact, Agustina found MOOCs to be central to developing her technical skills, finding the courses of Andrew Ng and Peter Norvig particularly influential. “I think that I’m mostly self-taught,” she told me. “I’m curious, so whenever I start learning something, I feel that I have a gap and I need to learn something more. And I jump into that, and then I find a gap there and I need to learn something more. I never stop learning.”

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Agustina met her husband, Jonathan, in Argentina. After completing his degree in physics, he wanted to take a few months to travel, so he left for South America for three months to do volunteer work in exchange for food and housing. Jonathan began his trip in Equator, however, he loves tango, and couldn’t think of a better place to end his trip than the dance’s birthplace. Two weeks before the end of his trip he arrived in Buenos Aires. Sharing his passion, Agustina met Jonathan dancing tango.

Jonathan is Belgian, and he works as a data scientist for Carrefour. Agustina learned about the di-Academy’s boot camp when he mentioned to her that the company was looking for future employees to send to the boot camp. The more she learned about it, the more interested she became, as he explained to her the goal of the program was to combine academic knowledge with real business cases. Her work on MOOCs had given her lots of theoretical knowledge about data science, but what she found lacking in the material she had learned was the practical aspects. “You don’t have the real experience,” she said, “You’re working with prepared data on real known cases, and I wanted to know what the real story is when you work there.” The community aspect of the boot camp was also central to her interest. “Whenever I worked on MOOCS, I was the only one passionate about data, I didn’t have people that shared the same interests as I did. So I said okay, a group of freaks like me all joined together by the same passion,” she told me, “I’m in.”

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Two freaks in their natural habitat

During the first week of the boot camp, the founder of the European Data Innovation Hub and the Brussels Data Science Community, Philippe Van Impe approached her, and asked her what what type of job she was looking for. After showing her startups.be’s website, he asked if she would be interested in working with them. She agreed, and two days later had an interview with Karen Boers, the director of the group. “She’s one passionate woman.” Agustina said, “She spoke for forty minutes nonstop about what they do, and I was extremely convinced I wanted to be part of that.” Her internship mostly consisted in helping startups.be manage their data, cleaning it and restructuring it, and performing analysis, all to get a better picture of what’s going on with startups in Belgium. “I like being part of the start-up environment,” she said. “As a data scientist, normally you think that one way is to work for a big company that has resources, but we discovered with a little company, with a start-up, you have the same resources and the motivation to really have a say, because you’re not part of the ten-data-scientist team. There’s one person there just to try to make the most of it.”

Since the boot camp graduation on December 20th, Agustina has finished her three-month internship, and those of us here at the di-Academy were thrilled to find out that Agustina is in the process of signing a contract with startups.be to join their team full-time.

Launching the first Data Science Bootcamp in Europe

We are so happy to launch the first European  data science bootcamp

It is so nice to write this page on the launch of the first European data science bootcamp that will start this summer in Brussels. This initiative will boost the digital transformation effort of each company by allowing them to improve their data skills either by recruiting trainees and young graduates or transforming existing BI teams to become experienced business data scientists.

Intense 5+12 weeks approach to focus on practical directly applicable business cases.

The content of this bootcamp originated from the Data Science Community. Following the advice of our academic,  innovation and training partners we have decided to offer a unique hands-on 5 + 12 weeks approach.

  1. We call the first 5 weeks the Summer Camp (starts Aug 16th).  The participants work onsite or remote on e-learning MOOCs from DataCamp to demonstrate their ability to code in Python, R, SAS, SQL and to master statistical principles. During this period experts put all their energy into coaching the candidates in keeping up the pace and finishing the exercises. All the activities take place in our training centre located in the European Data Innovation Hub.
    -> If you are a young graduate you can expect to be contacted by tier one companies who will offer you a job or traineeship that will start with the participation to the datascience bootcamp.
  2. The European Data Science Bootcamp starts September 19thDuring a 12 week period – every Monday and Tuesday – participants will work on 15 different business cases presented by business experts from different industries and covering diverse business areas. Each Friday, the future data scientists will gather to work on their own business case, with coaching by our data experts to achieve an MVP (Minimum Viable Product) at the conclusion of the bootcamp.

Delivering strong experienced business data science professionals after an intense semester of hands-on business cases.

Companies are invited to reserve seats for their own existing staff or for the young graduates who have expressed interest in following the bootcamp.

 Please reserve your seat(s) now as, this bootcamp is limited to 15 participants.

Please contact Nele Coghe on training@di-academy.com or click on di-Academy to learn more information about this first European Data Science Bootcamp.

  • Here  is the powerpoint presentation explaining the Bootcamp.
  • Here is the presentation done by Nele during the Data Innovation Summit.

Hope to see you soon at the Hub,

Philippe Van Impe
pvanimpe@di-academy.com

Nurturing your Data Scientists : 70 years of accumulated experience at your service!

The Data Science community is proud to announce the entrance in of a startup dedicated to data scientists coaching and nurturing: WeLoveDataScience

Data scientist… Where are you? Do you really exist?

That’s the question many managers do currently face. Data Scientists is a scarce 5-legs sheeps: difficult to find, difficult to hire and difficult to keep.

 

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WeLoveDataScience is a brand new business unit, hosted at the European Data Innovation Hub, dedicated to searching, selecting, training, coaching and nurturing data science talents. The Belgian market does not propose enough candidates: we will take care to train next-gen data scientists for you.

Whatever your projects are, we propose to prepare for you the data scientist(s) you need, following these 7 steps:

  1. Together we prepare a detailed job description corresponding to your real needs: is this about data analysis, basic queries, reporting, data mining, big data or new technologies?
  2. We identify candidates on the market in particular through close collaborations with Belgian universities (Ghent, ULB/VUB, UCLouvain…)
  3. You hire the right candidate!
  4. He/she assists a 12 weeks data science bootcamp , including: high-level overview, data science for business, technical stack (SAS, R, Python…), introduction to specific technologies/topics (NoSQL or graph databases, social network analysis, text-mining..)
  5. Then he/she works for you at our offices during 4 tot 6 month, coached by one of our expert. On the job coaching on real projects: your projects but also hackathons, technology workshops, meetups…
  6. After those 10 intensive months, (s)he is ready to work for you on site. (S)He will demonstrate his/her knowledge by giving a course on a specific topic and/or writing entries in specialised blogs, giving a presentation at a conference…
  7. We assist you in yearly evaluation and follow-up.

Our intentions for 2016 are to help companies create and develop data science teams and to build a data science culture… And WeLoveDataScience: this is 70 years of accumulated experience at your disposal!

Want to know more? Visit: www.welovedatascience.com , send an email to info@welovedatascience.com or simply fill in this contact form. We will visit and explain what we do and brainstorm about your specific needs.

 

Job – Keyrus – Future Data Science professionals

Keyrus boot camp

 

Keyrus invites fresh graduates to join their International Data Scientist Program.

The candidates will participate to a 6 weeks international boot camp. The modules will be taught in Brussels, London and Paris.

Download the full brochure here.

How to secure your place

In order for your application to be considered, please ensure you fulfill the following criteria before applying:

  • Be passionate about IT
  • Have completed, or are due to complete, a master or PhD degree in one of the following subjects: IT, Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, Engineering, Operations Research or any related field
  • Have tangible examples on your CV of extra-curricular activities that demonstrate your capabilities outside of your degree subject.
  • Be available for the full training programme (6 weeks from start date) Are you ready to take the challenge?

 

Apply:

Make sure that you are a member of the Brussels Data Science Community linkedin group before you apply. Join  here.
Please note that we also manage other vacancies that are not public, if you want us to bring you in contact with them too, just send your CV to datasciencebe@gmail.com .
Candidates can also post their availability here.

Here is the original  jobpost .

Apply online at http://www.keyrus.be/be/career.htm or send your resume to DataScience@keyrus.be. Successful candidates will be contacted by our recruitment team and invited for an interview.

 

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Nice list of Data Science Bootcamp Programs – Posted by Ikechukwu Okonkwo

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Thank  you   for creating the original post.

 

The Brussels Data Science Community is setting up a 12 week Boot Camp, if you want to participate follow this link.

We want to keep this post alive and up to date,so please send us your updates regularly.

You can use this form to update the list:

Data Science Bootcamp Programs – Full TIme, Part Time and Online

I’ve gotten a lot of inquires on options to move into Data science. This is my attempt to answer that question. If I excluded any programs from this, please feel free to ping me. You’ll see that there are quite a few options and you need to find the best fit based on your profile. This list does not include any university programs.

Everyone seems to reference the quote from Google Economist Hal Varian “Being a statistician is the sexiest job of the 21st century” and the McKinsey report about the shortage in Data Science talent.

Here we go…

Full Time

Zipfian Academy : This is not a 0-60 school. It’s more like 40-80. They are currently about to graduate their second cohort.

  • Notes : Of all the Data Science bootcamps, Zipfian has the most ambitious curriculum. Graduates from the first cohort are currently working in Data Scientist roles across the Bay Area. I’m currently part of the second cohort
  • Location : San Francisco, CA
  • Requirement : Familiar with programming, statistics and math. Quantitative background
  • Duration : 12 weeks
Update : Since the initial post went up a few months ago, Zipfian Academy has added two more programs
Data Engineering 12 – week Immersive : This follows the same format as the Data Science Immersive. The first cohort for this program will start January 2015
  • Notes : This follows the same format as the Data Science Immersive
  • Location : San Francisco, CA
  • Requirement :  Quantitative / Software Engineering background
  • Duration : 12 weeks
Data Fellows 6 – week Fellowship :  The first cohort for the fellows program will start Summer 2014
  • Notes : This program is free for accepted fellows
  • Location : San Francisco, CA
  • Requirement :  Significant Data Science Skills, Quantitative background
  • Duration : 6 weeks
Also see a recent google hangout explaining these new programs :  Zipfian Academy Data Fellows Program  – Information Session 
Insight Data Science : Accepts only PhDs or PostDocs. They have completed 5 cohorts in Palo Alto and are opening up a new class in New York this summer. From their website, it does look like they have almost perfect placement. It is project based self directed learning, so if you need some hand holding or you’re not already very familiar with the material this may not be the program for you
  • Notes : No Fees, pays Stipend
  • Location : Palo Alto, CA / New York, NY
  • Requirement : PhD / PostDoc
  • Duration : 6 weeks
Insight Data Engineering : They’ll enroll the first cohort this summer. Bootcamp will focus on the data engineering track. It is project based self directed learning, so if you need some hand holding or you’re not already very familiar with the material this may not be the program for you
  • Notes : No Fees
  • Location : Palo Alto, CA
  • Requirement : strong background in math, science and software engineering
  • Duration : 6 weeks

The Data Incubator  : Accepts only STEM PhDs or PostDocs. The first class is starting summer 2014.

  • Notes : No Fees
  • Location : New York, NY
  • Requirement : PhD / PostDoc
  • Duration : 6 weeks
Data Science Retreat : Follows the same format as Zipfian but is based in Europe

  • Notes : Curriculum is mostly in R, though they support other languages (python, clojure, julia ). They have tiered pricing for the class, so you can pay for which tier meets your needs
  • Location : Berlin
  • Requirement : Experience with programming, databases, R, Python
  • Duration : 12 weeks
Data Science For Social Good : hosted by the University of Chicago. The students work with non-profits, federal agencies and local governments on projects that have a social impact
  • Notes : they focus on civic projects or projects with social impact
  • Location : Chicago, IL
  • Requirement : It looks like they target academics (undergraduate and graduate students)
  • Duration : 12 weeks
Metis Data Science Bootcamp  : This looks like its modeled after the Zipfian program from a duration / structure / curriculum stand point. It is owned by Kaplan which also recently acquired Dev Bootcamp. Looks like the big .edu players are trying to make a play for the tech bootcamp space

  • Notes : It enrolls the first cohort Fall 2014
  • Location : New York, NY
  • Requirement : Familiarity with Statistics and Programming
  • Duration : 12 weeks
Data Science Europe Bootcamp : This looks like its modeled after the Insight program. Select a small group of very smart people with advanced degrees and help them get ready for Data Science roles in 6 weeks.
  • Notes : It enrolls the first cohort January 2015. Also if you don’t receive an offer for a quantitative job with 6 months of completing the course, you’ll receive a full refund on tuition paid
  • Location : Dublin, Ireland
  • Requirement : Quantitative Degree, Programming knowledge and Statistics background. It looks like they prefer graduate students and Post Docs but are open to applications from undergrads.
  • Duration : 6 weeks
Science to Data Science : They accept only PhDs / Post Docs or those close to completing their PhD studies. We are seeing more bootcamps adopt this model.

  • Notes : It enrolls the first cohort August 2014. There is a small registration fee for the course otherwise the program is free for participants
  • Location : London, UK
  • Requirement : PhD / Post Doc
  • Duration : 5 weeks

NYC Data Science Academy : This looks like its also modeled after the Zipfian 12 week immersive. Another option for non-postdocs on the east coast looking to make the transition to Data Science

  • Notes : It enrolls the first cohort February 2015. Just looking at the curriculum, it appears well thought out and seems to cover a lot of breadth. They focus on R and Python and spend significant amounts of the course time covering both ecosystems.
  • Location : Manhattan, NY
  • Requirement : Looks like they prefer people with STEM advanced degrees or equivalent experience in a Quantitative discipline or programming
  • Duration : 12 weeks

Microsoft Research Data Science Summer School  : targets upper level undergraduate students attending college in the New York area. Program instructors are research scientists from Microsoft Research

  • Notes : Each student receives a stipend and a laptop
  • Location : New York, NY
  • Requirement :  upper level undergraduate students interesting in continuing to graduate school in computer science or related field or breaking into Data Science
  • Duration : 8 weeks
Part Time
  • General Assembly – Data Science : San Francisco / New York. Part time program over 11 weeks (2 evenings a week)
  • Hackbright – Data Science  San Francisco. Full Stack Data Science class over one weekend
  • District Data Labs : Washington DC.  Data workshops and project based courses on weekends
  • Persontyle : London, UK. Offering R based Data Science short classes
  • Data Science Dojo : Silicon Valley, CA /  Seattle, WA / Austin, TX. Offering data science talks, tutorials and hands on workshops and are looking to build a data science community
  • AmpCamp : This is run by UC Berkeley AMPLab. Over two days, attendees learn how to solve big data problems using tools from the Berkeley Data Analytics Stack. The event is also live streamed and archived on YouTube
  • DataInquest : Silicon Valley, CA. They organize hands on tutorials / training on big data technologies. They offer three different courses and cover quite a variety of the latest technologies. Session run on weekends
  • NextML
  • BitBootCamp
These bootcamps are popping up and thriving because there is currently an imbalance between demand and supply of Data Science talent and the acceptance rates at some of full time bootcamps are anywhere from 1 in 20 to 1 in 40

p.s : I need to stress that with any of the programs listed above, you need to do your due diligence and ask the tough questions to find out if it’s a good fit for you. You probably want to be on the look out for programs that are not transparent about their placement.

Update 1 – 05/14  : Added the new Zipfian programs, Persontyle
Update 2 – 07/14 :  Added Metis, Data Science Europe,  Science to Data Science
Update 3 – 08/14 :  Added Data Science Dojo
Update 4 – 10/14 :  Added AMPLab

Update 5 – 11/14 :  Added Coursera/UIUC, Udacity Data Analyst Nanodegree, Thinkful, DataInquest
Update 6 – 12/14 :  Added NYC Data Science Academy
Update 7 – 01/15 :  Added Next.ML, Bitbootcamp, DataQuest

Bootcamp by Metis – 12 weeks in NYC – January 12, 2015 – April 3, 2015

Here bellow you can find an example of a Datascience Boot camp organised by Metis in New York. The objective is Learn Data Science in 12 weeks with 100% in-person instruction with experts from Datascope Analytics.

Application deadline December 8, 2014

THE DETAILS

This bootcamp runs in-person for 12 weeks, Monday through Friday, from 9 am – 6 pm. It is preceded by online pre-work focused on command line, Python, and installing various packages.

THE PRE-REQUISITES

Applicants must have some previous experience programming (writing code) and studying or using statistics.

THE OUTCOME

Upon graduating, you will be comfortable designing, implementing, and communicating the results of a data science project, including knowing the fundamentals of data visualization and having introductory exposure to modern big data tools and architecture such as the Hadoop stack. You should feel confident pursuing a job as an entry-level data scientist or data analyst. Read our syllabus

TOTAL COST: $14,000 FOR 12 WEEKS.

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