Close the skills gap at IBM Insight at World of Watson 2016
My IBM Insight at World of Watson 2016 conference experience kicked off a day early thanks to the Watson-powered registration app, which recommended that I attend sessions at an additional conference event—the workshop. Earlier this year, I began teaching in the UC Irvine corporate extension program, so Watson predicted this workshop as a good fit. And Watson was right—among the hundreds in the audience were many educators, myself included.
Building a generation of data scientists
As part of its ongoing engagement with educators, IBM is reaching out to university faculty members in hopes of increasing the number of data-savvy students entering the workforce. Notably, IBM is making IBM Watson Analytics readily available to universities at no cost. More than 500 universities have participated in this program during just the past 18 months.
To further encourage student engagement in data science, IBM held a that culminated in an award ceremony at the workshop in which a team from Australia’s Deakin University was announced the winner. Students from Deakin were in attendance, as were teams from the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia and Canada’s Dalhousie University. Some of the entrants including have made their . Reflecting on their level of innovation, , who presented the award, expressed his anticipation for the 2017 competition considering that Watson Analytics, being a software-as-a-service solution, undergoes constant enhancement.
BDU courses are organized around several paths, including big data, data science, Scala, Spark and Hadoop. I’ve already taken a look at Glen R. J. Mules’s Big Data 101 and found the courses to be well organized and clear. It doesn’t seem that long since Big Data University was announced, but already its offerings are extensive, encompassing even and .
But BDU is only the beginning. I had heard already about thebut now that I’ve met members of the team, I’ll be spreading the word wherever I go. Its free offerings are extensive, with even more offerings available at very reasonable rates—SPSS Statistics, for example, is available to students and faculty at only a nominal cost. I was particularly excited to learn that IBM SPSS courseware is available through this venue—faculty members who want to use SPSS software in the classroom will know firsthand how difficult finding good courseware can be.
If you’ll be attending IBM Insight at World of Watson 2016, then be sure to check in with the IBM Big Data & Analytics Hub for daily blogging about IBM Insight at World of Watson 2016, and remember to follow @KMcCormickBlog for live tweeting from Las Vegas. Take a look at my books, the IBM SPSS Modeler Cookbook and SPSS Statistics for Dummies. Also, to learn more about predictive analytics and statistical analysis, be sure to check out our informational IBM Analytics resource page. I hope to see you here!