Data Science ATL is growing fast. Like 30+% quarter-over-quarter fast. As a result of this hyper-growth we have added a new member to our leadership team, Rhea Nara, to help find out what members want from us and to get the message out faster about all the great events we have planned for 2014. Outside of Data Science ATL Rhea works as a relationship manager at Emcien and we are delighted to have her join our team to better serve Atlanta’s data science community.
We are working hard as a team to bring our over 1,300 members valuable learning opportunities, business and social networking events, as well as job opportunities in data science. We recently hosted our 30th event since June 2012 and our Big Data Week Atlanta event will certainly be our best yet.
Big Data Week is an internationally celebrated week long forum of independently hosted events in cities around the world. Big Data Week in Atlanta is back for the second year in a row after a very successful showing in 2013 of over 1,000 unique registrants, 22 events and more than 50 speakers. Data Science ATL is hosting our event for Big Data Week on Saturday May 10 at Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) Conference Center as a part of the week of great events.
Our keynote speaker, Paco Nathan, is a leading data science thought leader as well as a “player/coach” who’s led innovative data teams building large-scale apps for over ten years. According to his bio, “Paco is an expert in distributed systems, machine learning, and enterprise data workflows. He is also an O’Reilly author, engineering consultant, and an advisor for several firms including The Data Guild. Paco received his M.S. degree in computer science from Stanford University, and has 25+ years technology industry experience ranging from Bell Labs to early-stage start-ups.”
Paco will also be hosting data science workshop classes in Atlanta on the Monday (5/12) and Tuesday (5/13) after Big Data Week Atlanta. This will be a unique opportunity to learn from a talented Silicon Valley data scientist you won’t want to miss! More details of these workshop sessions will be communicated to the group directly as we get closer to our Big Data Week event.
After the keynote we will present a panel of data science experts including Michael Schmidt, CEO, Nutonian. Data Science ATL’s very own Andrew Gardner, PhD will moderate the panel. According to Schmidt’s bio, “Michael’s research focuses on ‘Machine Science’ – a direction in artificial intelligence research to accelerate data-driven discovery. Over the past 6 years, he has worked on algorithms and techniques to automate knowledge discovery from data. In particular, he has published extensively on identifying mathematical relationships (such as laws of physics) in experimental data, and algorithms in evolutionary computation.”
Other panelists to be announced soon include data science experts in visualization, infrastructure, and academia. This will be the best slate of speakers in our two years of hosting great data science events for the Atlanta community. Please spread the word so we can be sure to have a huge turnout for these great minds in data science.
Lunch will be served before the event and we expect to fill the GTRI Conference Center to capacity so please RSVP today to ensure your spot!