This post is about our New York Data Science Bootcamp. Interested? Find data science bootcamps in your city.

The Data Science Bootcamp journey for Cognitive Class (formerly, Big Data University) started in China back in September. At the time, we were in Bejing for the CDA (Certified Data Analyst) Summit, which had an attendance of more than 3,000 data analysts, data scientists, data engineers, students, and professors. After that, we held a Data Science Bootcamp in Mexico which was a 4-day affair with an attendance of 80 participants in the city of Guadalajara.

New York Data Science BootcampMore recently, IBM’s Cognitive Class held a four and a half day beginner friendly, hands-on data science bootcamp in New York City. It took place from Tuesday, November 29th to Saturday, December 3rd at the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, CUNY.

BDU’s Chief Data Scientist Saeed Aghabozorgi, PhD delivered the Data Science bootcamp with the aid of two fellow BDU data scientists: Candi Halbert and Hima Vasudevan. 45 participants from the corporate and academic world took part in the bootcamp.

We are very grateful for the help and support from Maithily Erande (Lecturer, Marketing Analytics Dept. of Marketing & International Business) in arranging this New York data science bootcamp. (Maithily is an Analytics Expert and a Product Manager/ Vice President for Product Engineering with several Fortune 100 clients including Apple, Microsoft, Dun & Bradstreet, JP Morgan Chase, Cisco, and Sesame Street.)

Introducing Validated Badges

Saeed at the New York Data Science BootcampAt this bootcamp, Saeed gave an overview of data science, Cognitive Class, an introduction to the R language, data analysis, data visualization, machine learning and working with big data with SparkR. There was also a capstone project which gave participants a hands-on experience on a real-world data science project. For this project, participants used the Data Scientist Workbench, a virtual lab environment which allowed them to perform lab exercises directly from their browsers.

For the first time ever, participants who passed the exam were eligible not only for a certificate but for a Validated Badge as well. This badge is reserved for Cognitive Class students who pass the test for a course in person (so that we can guarantee that they were the ones who took the exam). These badges, like our regular badges, can be shared with others using social media, on your resume, etc.

We, at Cognitive Class, are greatly enjoying these bootcamps. The feedback received so far has been equally enthusiastic. If you are interested in attending future Data Science Bootcamps worldwide, please refer to our Data Science Bootcamps link. We hope to see you there!