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Design Sprint: A Researcher’s Perspective

Design Sprint: A Researcher’s Perspective

by Allison Sullivan

Recently, I participated in my first design sprint. For those who are unfamiliar with the concept, a design sprint is an intense, week long program where designers, engineers, and subject matter experts focus on creating a prototype of a new product and then testing the product on potential customers. In the past, I’d consulted on product development projects, but only...

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The people behind the people science: How our policies support work-life balance

The people behind the people science: How our policies support work-life balance

by Emily Foulkes

With a culture of responsibility, transparency and acceptance, our attention to and appreciation of our employees is in the forefront of our minds. As a growing organization, we work hard but at the same time, we know people have lives outside of the office – from jetting off to explore a new place to major milestones like expanding their family....

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Lightning Talks at Civis Analytics

Lightning Talks at Civis Analytics

by Adrianna Jelesnianska

One thing I love about working at Civis Analytics is that we have a fantastic learning culture. We share our technical knowledge within our teams on Hipchat, host brown bag presentations and even have a weekly Journal Club where we discuss academic papers. I wanted to expand that learning culture even more to teach and inspire others by showing what...

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Civis Analytics & The Practical Innovator: A look back at how we’ve strategically grown

Civis Analytics & The Practical Innovator: A look back at how we’ve strategically grown

by Chris George

Last month, I had the privilege of attending The Practical Innovator, a day-long executive education program hosted at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. I was generously invited by virtue of our company’s selection as a Top 100 Finalist for the 2015 Chicago Innovation Awards, for which Civis Analytics had advanced out of more than 500 nominees. The Practical Innovator featured...

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Finding your fellow ‘weirdos’

Finding your fellow ‘weirdos’

by Civis Analytics

Recently, I was invited to give the alumni address to the graduating cohort of the Startup Institute Chicago (yes, that’s a large image of me on their site). Startup Institute is an immersive eight-week bootcamp I attended before joining Civis Analytics that helped me further develop some of the technical product design skills I had built in grad school and...

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Civis or the Academy?

Civis or the Academy?

by Stephen Hoover

People at Civis come from a variety of backgrounds, and several of us left academia to work here. Myself, I earned a PhD in physics from UCLA, then spent four years doing cutting-edge cosmology research at the University of Chicago before coming to work with Civis. I still love physics, but coming to work at Civis was definitely the right...

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Summer Interns and Fellows

by Brian Gill

We recently said goodbye to our inaugural class of summer Interns and Fellows here at Civis. The class of ’14 worked hard with our Engineering, Data Science R&D, Applied Data Science, and Data Research teams helping solve tough problems for non-profits, political campaigns, and companies. We accepted students from all over the country, ranging from rising juniors to completed PHDs...

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Interview Tips

by Brian Gill

We are a community of engineers, data scientists, and statisticians, and are looking to add to our growing team. We are smart, fun, and a little bit weird. If this sounds like you and you’ve already submitted an application, here are some tips for next steps in our process. I submitted my application! Now what? Wonderful! Our hiring leads review...

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