June 2019

Upcoming Events

Hard to Read: Recognizing Text with Neural Networks in Unconstrained Settings
June 27 | 6:30 PM | JHU APL

Please join us in June as we learn how neural networks are being used to improve Optical Character Recognition.
For more information and to register, please click here.

Supporting Cyberspace Operations with Analytics and Data Science
July 24 | 6:30 PM | ClearEdge

As Cyberspace Operations continue to expand, it is key to understand the role that analytics and data science play in helping Cyber Command successfully perform their mission. For our July event, we are honored to have the Chief of Analytic Capabilities come to discuss the relationship between Operations and Analytics.
For more information and to register, please click here.

Past Events

Data Science Student Showcase: Towson Edition | May 2019
Video available here.

Accelerated Data Science: Analytic Pipelines with GPUs | March 2019
Video available here.

Detecting Noise: Using Weakly Supervised Algorithms with EEG Data | February 2019
Video available here.

Partner Announcements

OSCON | July 15 - 18 | Portland

Open source is at the core of the software development. But today, you have to go deeper. Meet industry experts and exchange insights with peers at networking events, lunch discussions, and more. Use code PCDWMD and get 25% off Bronze, Silver, or Gold passes. Consider the Expo Plus pass. You’ll get access to the Expo Hall, as well as all keynotes, sponsored sessions, onsite networking events, and opportunities to visit with sponsors. You'll be able to test-drive new tools, compare products, meet with nonprofit volunteers, say hello to speakers and authors, and much more. You can grab one for free now, using code EXPOPASS when registering. But hurry, supplies are limited.
For more information and to register, click here.

Mid-Atlantic Dev Con | August 1 - 2 | Baltimore

Mid-Atlantic Developer Conference 2019 is a tech conference designed to bring programmers from the region together, regardless of their choice of platform, for two full days of learning and community building. Data Works MD members can get 10% off their ticket with this code at checkout: MDC-UG-DWMD
For more information and to register, click here.

AI Conference | Sept 9 - 12 | San Jose

Faster, specialized hardware for sensing, model training, and model inference. New architectures and pipelines. Cloud and on-premises tools for building AI applications. You'll find all of that and more at the O’Reilly AI Conference. It's the best place to get a comprehensive overview of artificial intelligence and its accelerating transition from research to industrialization and learn how your company can identify opportunities and develop strategies to implement AI systems now. Use code PCDWMD to get 20% off Gold, Silver, or Bronze passes.
For more information and to register, click here.


Considering a career change?
Are you a software or system engineer, data scientist, analytic developer, or cybersecurity expert interested in learning about new opportunities?
Please send us an email to learn about opportunities available with our sponsors and partners.

Interested in side projects?
Are you an expert with data and willing to mentor, or are you an up and coming hobbyist looking for a side project to work on?
If so, please send us an email to discuss building a side project group.

Get involved!
Want to be more involved in our data science community? If you have experience running workshops, hackathons, curating newsletters, or are just interested in helping to grow the meetup, please send us an email!

Erias Ventures
Erias has an immediate need for Software Engineers, System Engineers, Test Engineers, Data Scientists, and System Administrators. External referral bonuses are available. For more information, please email.

Data News and Articles



Here’s a prediction: In the future, predictions will only get worse — Interesting article about why forecasts keep getting things wrong.
For more, click here.

How We Deal with Data Quality using Circuit Breaker — Learn how Intuit and QuickBooks uses a circuit breaker pattern to build checks in data pipelines to ensure reliable insights are generated for data analysts and data scientists.
For more, click here.

Which Cloud Computing Giant is Growing the Fastest? The cloud giants continue to surge ahead, but as customers get more sophisticated these tech companies will have to change their strategies. Who is winning between Microsoft, Google and AWS?
For more, click here.

Machine Learning Product Management: Lessons Learned — This article focuses on ML product management insights and lessons learned from one of the thought leaders in ML.
For more, click here.

What’s Behind Lyft’s Choices in Big Data Tech An interesting article about the tech stack Lyft is using which includes AWS, Flink and Spark.
For more, click here.

DeepMind’s AI Beats First-person Shooter — Deep-learning algorithms have already mastered games like Starcraft to beat humans, and now they have shown they can team up to beat us too. 
For more, click here.


Inside Facebook's New Robotics Lab  The social network has a plan to merge the worlds of artificial intelligence and real-world machines, so that both may grow more powerful.
For more, click here.

Becoming a Level 3.0 Data Scientist  Want to be a Junior, Senior, or Principal Data Scientists? Find out what you need to do to navigate the Data Science Career Game.
For more, click here.

Data Tools

Delta Lake — Delta Lake is an open-source storage layer that brings ACID
transactions to Apache Spark and big data workloads.
For more information, click here or here.

Machine Learning in Julia UK-based national research organization The Alan Turing Institute has released a new machine learning toolbox, Machine Learning in Julia (MLJ), which provides a uniform interface enabling users to easily train, evaluate, and tune machine learning models. This open-source framework is written in the high-performance scientific programming language Julia.
For more information, click here.

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