Earley Information Science is pleased to announce the arrival of a Boston-based chapter of MinneAnalytics, a non-profit analytics-focused networking organization in the Boston area. Join us and participate in this exciting new community!
Talk to strangers. Build a community. Recruit the most interesting speakers you can find. These concepts became the DNA of the approach that has driven the ground-breaking success of MinneAnalytics which has engaged the data science community in unique ways. With a member base of over 13,000, the Minneapolis-based chapter is the largest network of data science practitioners in the United States today.The organization sponsors conferences and events tailored to various industry verticals as well as a Hackathon. The Hackathon is designed to apply big data to solve real-world problems, using blended teams with diverse skill sets and backgrounds.
The success of the Minneapolis chapter spurred the creation of a local offshoot in the Boston area. The mission of the chapters is to spark thoughtful innovation and foster the sharing of best practices while building a local community of practice.
At the April 10th pre-launch event in Cambridge, co-founders Dan Atkins and Sean Larson attributed the success of the organization to its open approach to member engagement. All of the events are free to interested practitioners, which removes the barrier to entry for participants (students, for example) who may not always be able to attend traditional (often expensive) conferences.
The Boston chapter will formally kick off in August 2018 with a conference that is expected to draw 500-700 local participants. The event will bring together individuals in academics (students and instructors), business practitioners, user communities, vendors, and data science hobbyists.
We are looking forward to participating in the conference and contributing to this burgeoning community of practice. Stay tuned for future updates!