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Civis at PyData Chicago 2016

Civis at PyData Chicago 2016

by Michael H.

Data science is an interdisciplinary endeavor. It requires a variety of technical knowledge, from computer science to statistics to data visualization. While conferences are a great way to gain such knowledge, many conferences focus only on particular aspects of data science (e.g., NIPS for machine learning, or PyCon for Python programming), and so one would have to go to several...

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CEC and 1871 Present Civis Analytics with Momentum Rising Star Award

CEC and 1871 Present Civis Analytics with Momentum Rising Star Award

by Dan Wagner

Last week, the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center and the City of Chicago awarded our company, Civis Analytics, the ‘Merrick Momentum Rising Star Award’. In receiving this award, we’re proud to join co-winner @properties and previous Chicago winners including kCura, SMS Assist, Cleversafe and more. For us, this award is near unbelievable. This time just three years ago, our small founding team...

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Strata 2016: Docker for Data Scientists

Strata 2016: Docker for Data Scientists

by Civis Analytics

In March, I got the chance to speak at O’Reilly’s Strata+Hadoop World 2016 about how we use Docker to power our data science work at Civis. Now that we have the video of the talk, we thought this would be a great time to share it. As data scientists, we inhabit an ever-changing landscape of languages, packages, and frameworks. Given...

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Q&A with Brian Reich of The Hive on using data to engage individuals on the refugee crisis, beyond donations

Q&A with Brian Reich of The Hive on using data to engage individuals on the refugee crisis, beyond donations

by Kelly K.

Coming out of college, I was lucky to have the opportunity to work on the Obama 2012 re-election campaign. After we worked to re-elect our President, I honestly didn’t know how to follow that in my career. I wanted to keep using my background in mathematics to work for social good, but wasn’t sure what to do. Before I even...

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Grace Hopper Celebration Impact Report

Grace Hopper Celebration Impact Report

by Scarlett S.

As a woman in tech, I was psyched to join my colleagues Katie Malone, Jenna Colazzi, Emily Stephens, Kate Pham, and April Chen at the 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC), the world’s leading gathering of women technologists hosted every year by the Anita Borg Institute. The conference included talks by the likes of YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, robotics expert Professor...

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Workflows in Python: Getting data ready to build models

Workflows in Python: Getting data ready to build models

by Katie M.

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to host a workshop at the Open Data Science Conference in San Francisco. During the workshop, I shared the process of rapid prototyping followed by iterating on the model I’ve built. When I’m building a machine learning model in scikit-learn, I usually don’t know exactly what my final model will look...

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Our way of giving back for Giving Tuesday: Nonprofits, Ask America Anything!

Our way of giving back for Giving Tuesday: Nonprofits, Ask America Anything!

by Ashley L.

In 2013, I was a disgruntled graduate student (is there any other kind?) fantasizing about leaving academia for the “real world” when I read this New York Times article about companies born out of the Obama campaign. One sentence, about Civis Analytics’ work with The College Board, stuck out to me– “Civis will identify ‘kids who are low-income, high-achieving but...

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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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