Data Science is a comparatively new field and as such it is constantly changing as new techniques, tools, and problems emerge every day. Traditionally education has taken a top down approach where courses are developed on the scale of years and committees approve curricula based on what might be the most theoretically complete approach. This is at odds however with an evolving industry that needs data scientists faster than they can be (traditionally) trained.
Zipfian Academy is a new type of program borne out of the misalignment of current educational institutions' motivations and those of a dynamic industry. If we are to sustainably push the field of Data Science forward, we must collectively figure out how to best scale this type of education. At Zipfian, we teach data science and data engineering through an immersive 12-week project-based course with assignments built by practicing data scientists based on industry case studies. And by leveraging a collaborative learning environment we can most effectively teach complex topics and modern tools (like GraphLab).