Update: Mentor at the tamudatathon
I got to be a mentor at the first ever tamudatathon. I was lucky to have worked with two of the organizers in the past, Josiah Coad and Chinmay Phulse on a past data science project, and they allowed me to be a part of this. It was a great event, especially considering that it was the first event of its kind, their only problems were a result of them being too successful.
Particularly, one of the things they did well is having a competitor and learner track. Too often I have noticed at hackathons the attendees are left to their own devices, and it’s an intimidating environment for beginners. Moreover I notice that the data science field is frequently discouraging and/or someone is trying to profit off people wanting to learn. This datathon took genuine steps to combat this.
3 of the 4 groups I worked with ended up with prizes. One group gave me permission to share their work here. They also invited me for a picture at the end! Kudos to them, it was great fun to work with them.
One of the groups was also sent me a note at the end, super kind of them, they were an enthusiastic group of guys, all really passionate about learning data science.
Got the honor of being a mentor at Texas A&M’s first ever datathon. 3 of 4 of the groups I helped out went on to win prizes, but receiving this was the best part of the whole thing. pic.twitter.com/k4O56EIEgx— Brandon Walker (@BranWalkerData) October 22, 2019