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Reflection on the Data Science Profession in NYC

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Delivered by Drew Conway (CEO, Alluvium) at the 2016 New York R Conference on April 8th and 9th at Work-Bench.

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Reflection on the Data Science Profession in NYC

  1. 1. Reflections on the data science profession in NYC (A series of anecdotes, and options, based on one person’s biased experience and observations — mostly in New York City) Plot by Eric Fischer 10K geo-located tweets on a map https://flic.kr/p/bhfC8P
  2. 2. A very brief history DS @ NYC ⌛📜🔍
  3. 3. https://flic.kr/p/EEDGoF https://flic.kr/p/fwpnDa https://flic.kr/p/BJenWn
  4. 4. https://flic.kr/p/asLxyf https://flic.kr/p/EEDGoF https://flic.kr/p/fwpnDa https://flic.kr/p/BJenWn
  5. 5. https://flic.kr/p/asLxyf https://flic.kr/p/EEDGoF https://flic.kr/p/fwpnDa https://flic.kr/p/BJenWn
  6. 6. https://flic.kr/p/asLxyf https://flic.kr/p/EEDGoF https://flic.kr/p/fwpnDa https://flic.kr/p/BJenWn
  7. 7. https://flic.kr/p/asLxyf https://flic.kr/p/EEDGoF https://flic.kr/p/fwpnDa https://flic.kr/p/BJenWn
  8. 8. Things we did to celebrate 👏🎉🙌
  9. 9. Developed professional DS as a big tent 👯🎪🎓
  10. 10. Data Engineering Database design Backend architecture Security & auditing
  11. 11. Data Engineering Database design Backend architecture Security & auditing Machine Learning Production quality Scaling and deploying Internal tooling
  12. 12. Data Engineering Database design Backend architecture Security & auditing Machine Learning Production quality Scaling and deploying Internal tooling Research & Development Social science Natural science Experimentation Data exploration Model building
  13. 13. Data Engineering Database design Backend architecture Security & auditing Machine Learning Production quality Scaling and deploying Internal tooling Research & Development Social science Natural science Experimentation Data exploration Model building Marketing & Communication Visualization Stakeholder MGMT Data feedback
  14. 14. Made “data for good” more than data dives 🤔💭❌
  15. 15. We started the “data for good” movement
  16. 16. May, 2014: The Social, Cultural & Ethical Dimensions of “Big Data.”
  17. 17. Things we do that still suck 🖕😡☠
  18. 18. Language wars hurt data science more ⚔📢😩
  19. 19. What email service will my daughter use?
  20. 20. Photo: https://flic.kr/p/jtkrV9 Law of instrument in DS: your hammer breaks our tent
  21. 21. Language wars are source much imposter syndrome in DS
  22. 22. Your hiring process is probably awful 🙈🙉🙊
  23. 23. The best data scientist can write backward on glass.
  24. 24. 📞 ⌨ “Live code a function that groups this arbitrary data in this arbitrary way…keeping track of the timestamps.”
  25. 25. 📞 ⌨ “Live code a function that groups this arbitrary data in this arbitrary way…keeping track of the timestamps.” 📝 🗓 “Do this random take home that we made from public data, and from which we may never give you feedback.”
  26. 26. 📞 ⌨ “Live code a function that groups this arbitrary data in this arbitrary way…keeping track of the timestamps.” 🕵 📊 “Go to the whiteboard and specify a model that solves this problem I have been thinking about for six months.” 📝 🗓 “Do this random take home that we made from public data, and from which we may never give you feedback.”
  27. 27. Connect the interview to the work!
  28. 28. Lack data science career track 🗺👣>
  29. 29. http://www.indeed.com/jobtrends/“data scientist".html
  30. 30. Data Engineering Machine Learning Research & Development Marketing & Communication How do we develop leaders inside our big tent?
  31. 31. Software Engineering Data Engineering Machine Learning Research & Development Marketing & Communication
  32. 32. Software Engineering Lab Director Data Engineering Machine Learning Research & Development Marketing & Communication
  33. 33. Software Engineering Lab Director Product Manger Data Engineering Machine Learning Research & Development Marketing & Communication
  34. 34. Chief Data Officer Software Engineering Lab Director Product Manger Data Engineering Machine Learning Research & Development Marketing & Communication
  35. 35. EMPOWERING TEAMS TO PERFECT PRODUCTION dc@alluvium.io

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