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Top 5 Data Industries Attendees Want to Know More About at DataWeek 2013

DataWeek Attendee Interest by Industry.  Interactive Visualization.


This week over 4,000 data professionals are gathering in San Francisco for DataWeek 2013.

Sign-ups for Dataweek have been rolling in over the past few months and we wanted to find out what industries in the data universe were of interest to DataWeek attendees.


We partnered up with Algorithms.io to create a chord diagram of the Dataweek attendee professional graph.


We sampled 1,000 Dataweek attendee profiles to create the diagram.  It shows the strength of relationship between different data industry segments.


Here are the Top 5 Data Trends at DataWeek:

  1. Business Intelligence hit our list at number 5 for number of attendees interested in BI.

  2. The Business Software industry is deep  in data and represent a strong 4th place on our list.

  3. Geo/Mobile data barely missed our 2nd spot for 3rd largest data industry hot at DataWeek.

  4. Data Scientists for Business Analytics companies are the 2nd largest data industry of interest at DataWeek.

  5. Taking the #1 Spot, Data experts indicated Big Data as the must-know at DataWeek 2013.


The diagram shows the relationship between different market segments that attendees work in. For example, if someone works in both Big Data and Advertising, then you would see a chord connecting those two.  The thicker the chord, the more shared relationships between those two segments.


An interesting result is what industries “Big Data” is connected to.  Many people self-identify as being a Big Data company, but based on the chords coming from the Big Data segment we getter a better understanding of what industries Big Data companies are actually working in.


This also gives an indication on where the current business revenue opportunities are in Big Data (more companies = more revenue).


About the Author:


Andy Bartley is co-founder and CEO of Algorithms.io. Algorithms.io was developed in 2012 and now provides algorithms as a service for application developers and data scientists to build intelligent applications. Follow Andy on Twitter @algorithms_io.


Zipfian Bets on Immersive Data Science Education

Zipfian Academy, a school for data science, threw open its doors this week for its inaugural class of students, each starting a career in what has been called the “sexiest profession of the 21st century” by the Harvard Business Review.  Monday kicked off the 12-week intensive training program, where students are learning the multi-faceted craft of distilling intelligence from data.

“We’re seeing incredible demand for data science education,” says Zipfian Academy co-founder and CEO Ryan Orban. “This is one of the most sought-after careers of our time, and universities are not moving fast enough to meet the demand. Companies are ready to fight for great candidates, but there are not many academic settings that merge statistics, business analysis, and computer programming with the critical thinking skills that make a great data scientist.”

Over 220 applicants vied for just 13 spots in Zipfian Academy’s inaugural class. The hand-picked group will spend the next three months immersed in data science fundamentals in a hands-on learning environment, working full-time from a sunny, open office in San Francisco. Zipfian Academy has attracted students with quantitative backgrounds who want to jump feet-first into the emerging profession. Students in the first cohort come from academic research, consulting, and software development backgrounds, and come ready to join top tech companies or startups with their newly developed skills.

Students will learn the full stack of abilities required to be successful as a data scientist from asking the right questions to comprehensive data analysis and effective communication. This includes both critical thinking abilities and problem-solving mindset that is key to success, as well as deep dives into computer programming and statistical tools for uncovering insights from data.

The students are betting that the skills and network they develop will be more valuable than traditional routes of advanced education.

“Education is changing rapidly,” says co-founder and CTO Jonathan Dinu. “Online courses have democratized the knowledge once locked up in the halls of universities. We’re offering a hands-on experience created by data science experts that compiles the most important aspects of data science into one carefully assembled package.”

Students at Zipfian Academy have access to exclusive recruiting events with world-class companies in technology and consumer retail, and a hiring day for smaller companies and startups looking to hire their first data scientist. Negotiations are underway with a number of recruiting partners. The company will also develop its partnerships with a select handful of Silicon Valley tech startups in the months ahead.

“We’re seeing first-hand that companies cannot find the data science talent they need,” said Orban. “The companies we work with want to hire great people who can deliver valuable insights, not just a candidate that looks qualified on paper. We’re part of something here that’s really exciting: teaching our students the tools they need do amazing things with data science in a world where skills matter more and more.”

Zipfian Academy will be presenting the story behind the school on the main stage at DataWeek. They’ll also be exhibiting at the DataWeek Expo, and teaching a 1-Day Bootcamp on Data Science and Machine Learning on Monday, 9/30.

Learn more at zipfianacademy.com.

About the Company:

Zipfian Academy is a school teaching data science through an immersive 12-week course. The program helps students develop the mindset and technical skills they need to launch a data science career. Students receive access to a world-class network of data science experts, personalized instruction featuring hands-on projects, a collaborative learning space in San Francisco, and exclusive recruiting events with top-tier technology companies.   Follow on Twitter @zipfianacademy