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Lightning Talks at Civis Analytics

Lightning Talks at Civis Analytics

by Adrianna J.

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 G.

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 H.

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 G.

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 G.

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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Celebrating our First Anniversary with a Science Fair

Celebrating our First Anniversary with a Science Fair

by Miriam C.

This May Civis Analytics celebrated its first birthday! In honor of our raison d’etre—data science—we celebrated by having a grand science fair. Clad in Civis lab coats, staffers led various booths showcasing their analytic prowess in relatable terms. Senior Data Scientist, Derrick Higgins, asked participants to compete against a computer in predicting words from politicians’ speeches. Here Data Scientist Paul...

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