Hackerday – Stay Updated in your Career through Hands-On Projects
Hackerday is a platform at DeZyre – which allows you to come together as a group, code and work on day long hackathons, where you will be guided by an industry expert, as you are coding. Next Hackerday session Nov 21.
By Khushbu Shah, DeZyre.
One of the hardest challenges for IT professionals today, is to keep themselves updated with the latest software technologies that they are expected to implement at a moment’s notice. Even after undergoing hours of training, professionals find it difficult to implement their skills in the real world. This happens because more importance is given to theory over practical applications in the academic setting – which is poles apart from the industry setting.Companies want a fast response to any change in the market or trends. It means that if there is a new update on the technology that you are working on – then you must be aware of it and be ready to implement it. Once you enter the industry, you realise how fast you need to upgrade your skills to stay afloat in the competitive market. You need an equally fast platform where you can learn and upgrade your skills through hands on practice.
Data Science is the hottest career to be in right now. The field is constantly growing and increasing its base. The multi-disciplinary nature of data science with an ocean of data science technologies to master- makes it difficult for data scientists and ‘data scientists in-training’, to get together and hack on real world data problems and learn from each other. Learning from your peers is by far the best way to upgrade your skills with the newest technology update.
Hackerday is a platform at DeZyre – which allows you to come together as a group, code and work on day long hackathons, where you will be guided by an industry expert, as you are coding. Once you start attending Hackerday sessions, you will get to mingle with more groups of people driven by the passion of learning data science and a never-ending zeal to learn.
Hackerday is a platform for IT professionals to enhance their problem solving abilities, by working on novel data science technologies through hands-on projects.Hackerday is an invite only service. One invitee gets 5 invites for referring friends to join Hackerday. For all KDnuggets readers, DeZyre has 20 exclusive invites up for grab on First Come First Serve basis. As the saying goes-“Nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity”.
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For just $9/month, you will get to participate in 2 projects a month, where you will be working on various technologies to build data science applications. These projects are based on interesting real life experiences and real industry problems. You will have a fantastic experience learning data science at DeZyre Hackerday!
What will be the schedule for Hackerday events?
Most of the hands-on coding and discussions that will take place at Hackerday are not bound by a strict schedule. However, these coding sessions will have a set project for the day of the hackathon. Each hackathon will be on a different project based on the topics listed in our Hackerday platform.
Schedule for Hackerday Session-Nov 21st –
Predicting survival on Titanic using Data Science-
The sinking of the RMS Titanic is one of the most infamous shipwrecks in history. On April 15, 1912, during her maiden voyage, the Titanic sank after colliding with an iceberg, killing 1502 out of 2224 passengers and crew. This sensational tragedy shocked the international community and led to better safety regulations for ships. One of the reasons that the shipwreck led to such loss of life was that there were not enough lifeboats for the passengers and crew. Although there was some element of luck involved in surviving the sinking, some groups of people were more likely to survive than others, such as women, children, and the upper-class.
Takeaways from the project – "Predicting survival on Titanic using Data Science":
Numpy, Matplotlib, Pandas, Data Types in Python, Conditional concepts in Python, Looping in Python.
Schedule for Hackerday Session-Nov 29
Walmart Store’s Sales Forecasting
We have been provided with historical sales Data of 45 Walmart stores located in different regions. Each store contains many departments and we have to project the sales for each department in each store. To add to the challenge, selected holiday markdown events are included in the dataset. These markdowns are known to affect sales, but it is challenging to predict which departments are affected and the extent of the impact.
Takeaways from the project-“Walmart Store’s Sales Forecasting”:
Scipy, ggplot, csvkit, NumPy, pandas, matplotlib
World needs better Data Scientists -This is the best time to learn and upgrade your data science skills
Big data is making waves in the market for quite some time, there are several big data companies that have invested in Hadoop, NoSQL and data warehouses for collecting and storing big data .With open source tools like Apache Hadoop, there are organizations that have invested in millions for storing big data. It’s time for the investments to payoff through data science - by extracting knowledge from data.
Apache Hadoop has undoubtedly been the big elephant in the big data room - but to find an ideal solution with real-time business intelligence it needs to be combined with Apache Spark, Apache Storm, Kafka, and Flume in order to bring evolutionary changes in big data processing environments. This is not enough, having achieved blazingly fast real time processing, enterprises need to draw meaningful insights from the processed data.
Python and R programming are among the most powerful statistical computing languages as there are no statistical equations that cannot be calculated in Python and R. Companies are hiring data scientists at big bucks who can look at the data and say “This data is important. Check this trend.” The career opportunities and pay packages for data scientists are growing at an exponential rate and professionals need to keep pace with various data science programming technologies and programming languages like Python and R.
What is Hackerday?
Hackerday is about the best and brightest professionals across different nations pooling their knowledge and creative ideas - to focus on the trending technologies they would love to master. Hackerday is mix of teaching, coding, sharing and learning where coders and designers come together over a weekend to code in groups on various projects led by industry experts through online live coding sessions.
Hackerday will enhance your abilities to get up to speed quickly on trending software technologies related to Big Data and Data Science technologies - by providing you a hands-on experience on Python, R, Apache Hadoop, Spark, etc. We encourage graduates, under-graduates and professionals across various domains to be a part of Hackerday to have an amazing learning experience.
How does Hackerday work?
- Every month you get to work on 2 projects. These can be done over a weekend. You can learn coding from the basics of a technology all the way to writing complex codes.
- Get assistance from industry experts while you devise a solution to a given problem.
- You get to work on the project you like on a given problem with a group of like-minded people.
- Get yourself rated by your peers to get a better understanding of your skills and competency levels. Receive feedback from peers or industry experts on the final submission of the code.
Why should you join Hackerday?
- Hackerday platform will create a “thinking environment” for professionals online. Most of the professionals work in a “doing environment” as they develop code that is established around what they do. This helps professionals create efficient applications but puts an end to the chances of improvement and creativity. Hackerday live online coding sessions will help you think how you could operate differently on -what’s happening, why it’s happening and what are the alternative to a given problem so that you can reach the desired outcome.
- A creative way to kick-start eLearning in design and development. Hackerday will get the creative juices flowing out of professionals by creating a nurturing environment through collective efforts in teams -you never know, you might end up developing solution to a real time problem that could be a revenue generating idea for a business.
- Hackerday is a platform to interact with people from different nations to stimulate creativity and connect with people who have different perspective to a given problem.
- Hackerday has several reciprocal benefits-
- Finding a job is easy as you can show experience working on various hands-on projects.
- Benefit from networking and peer-to-peer learning.
Who can join Hackerday?
Hackerday is for all professionals with some kind of programming experience –who have the enthusiasm to learn about the trending technologies, have desire to build something new and enjoy problem solving in the vicinity of skilled experts.
When does Hackerday start?
Gear up to start coding – Hackerday starts on Nov 21st.
How do I register for Hackerday?
Register for Hackerday to build projects and upgrade your skills for a career changing experience in data science. Hackerday is an invite only service. One invitee gets 5 invites for referring friends to join Hackerday.
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At times, it becomes frustrating for big data professionals to maintain inflexibility in the face of changing technology. Thus, there is a necessity to stay up-to-date with the emerging technologies, packages, libraries and latest updates on various big data and data science technologies like Python, R, Hadoop, Spark, etc.