Who really has the skills and talents to leverage the most value out of data? The Data Science Program (DSP) was co-founded by Code for Tomorrow and Etu. We believe that building and deploying a data science team consisting of members who possess and have the ability to utilize their different skill sets from a variety of industries is more practical and realistic. Versus hoping to find an individual data scientist who is an expert in a wide variety of technical fields ranging from math, statistics, and visualizations, as well as a solid background in other fields such as business, communication, and etc. The Data Science Program has identified four pertinent categories to place our members into. These four categories are Campaigner, Data Analyst, Data Hygienist, and Designer. Each team will have these four categories filled. During the training every team learns how to do data processing, data analysis, and visualization together with the sole purpose to use these skills to solve a common problem. After four weeks of intensive study, each team comes up with enterprise-grade team projects demonstrating the innovation of data-driven businesses.
After two rounds of DSP Team Training, DSP has accumulated 10 team projects and has graduated more than 60 alumni who are passionate about data science. During this journey of developing and deploying teams trained in data science, the most valuable aspects we walked away with was the witnessing of members growing in confidence from the learning and experience, the building of team work, and the overall growth of each individual. At the end of the day, our hope of as members of DSP, including myself is to instill and motivate more people to devote themselves to the exploration of data science. Now think about how you can do the same.