At the Pearson Poznań office, we believe that giving back to the AI community is important, so we regularly support national and local AI events.
At the national level, we recently sponsored the Polish View on Machine Learning conference held in Warsaw. This was one of the best ML conferences we attended in 2018, so we’re looking forward to the 2019 edition!
At the local level, it’s been almost a year since we started our collaboration with the Poznań chapter of Women in Machine Learning and Data Science (WiMLDS). We gave talks at WiMLDS meetups and also hosted some of them at our office.
But the one thing we’re most proud of is a 4-part series of workshops about building TensorFlow models within the AWS ecosystem. Our colleagues at WiMLDS picked 20 participants (80% females) from all walks of life, including:
- data science students and professionals;
- university instructors who wanted to pass useful and sought-after skills to their students;
- people looking for a new career path in data science, e.g. following a maternity leave.
They met with us every 2-3 weeks between December 2018 and February 2019. First, they learned how to do maximum likelihood estimation in TensorFlow. Then, they learned how to extract data from Amazon S3 with Amazon Athena, and run their TensorFlow regression models on Amazon EC2 instances. Finally, they worked on a portfolio project: predicting student graduate admissions using a logistic regression model created in TensorFlow.
WiMLDS workshop participants are getting started with their AWS accounts.
I’d like to thank our colleagues at AWS for providing the workshop participants with promotional credits, so that they could get a hands-on experience with the AWS ecosystem.
Thanks also to the folks at the Pearson Poznań office who helped organise the workshops:
- Dominika Kostrzewska and Małgorzata Dobaczewska from our PR & Office Management team;
- Krzysztof Jędrzejewski, Małgorzata Schmidt, Mateusz Otmianowski, and Tomasz Matysiak from the AI Products & Solutions unit.