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May 23, 2014
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Hortonworks Sponsors S2DS Summer Academy in London

In this blog, Paul Phillips, EMEA Sales Director at Hortonworks, discusses the importance of extending big data science courses to PhD students and scientists. This joint venture with KPMG provides an opportunity to “bring excellent basic skills that are useful in data science and this programme aims to commercialize these skills and ease the path to a data science profession.”

At Hortonworks, we encourage our team members to innovate and as the Open Source community grows, it is also vital that we play our part to ensure the community is continually reinvigorated with new ideas and innovation.  This will ensure that as an industry we can better meet the needs of the many companies who are turning to Hadoop.

This was a key driver in our desire to sponsor Science to Data Science (S2DS), a five-week fast track course for analytical PhD students and scientists who are looking to ignite their career in practical data science. S2DS is the brain child of Kim Nilsson, a Swedish astrophysicist who has first-hand experience of the highs and lows of finding a job within the commercial sector. The course is run in partnership with KPMG, who is the principal partner, and will take place in London from the 4th of August until the 5th of September 2014.

Specifically, the Summer School will allow PhD and post-graduate students in the last year of their research to dive into the nitty gritty of big data and applied analytics. Analytical PhDs bring excellent basic skills that are useful in data science and this programme aims to commercialise these skills and ease the path to a data science profession.

Students will be taught about all the key aspects of data science, as well as business, including:

  • Technologies: Hadoop, NoSQL, SQL and databases
  • Machine learning: Logistic regression, statistical techniques
  • Coding: how to read code, good coding practices, Python, R
  • Data visualisation
  • Strategy, Finance, Marketing

Although some lecturing is part of the programme, the course aims to be as practical as possible with real-world project work, proposed and mentored by partner companies. At the summer academy, Hortonworks will instruct delegates on real-life business issues which the students will have to solve whilst being mentored by one of our experts.

This is a great opportunity to educate potential newcomers to our industry on our unique approach to Hadoop, for it to be perceived as an enterprise-viable data platform that can power a new generation of analytics. Hortonworks is the recognised leader among Hadoop distributors and our students will have a chance to get to know our tools and technologies intimately.

It’s more important than ever that we support the next-generation of data scientists to acquire relevant skills to succeed in business. Anything we can do to increase the talent pool is good for customers and vendors alike.


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