A few months ago, I stumbled upon an article that mentioned a cool site called Kaggle which hosts data-related “competitions”. Through this site, data problems collide with solutions as data-experts compete against each other for prizes (cash and/or bragging rights) to see who can come up with the most effective, elegant, efficient solution to each data-problem.
Couple of thoughts right off the bat:
- excellent use of gamification
- great opportunity to learn and gain recognition in a field that is absolutely EXPLODING
- company is well-poised to bring the supply (of data scientists) in line with demand
- definitely something I’ll be getting involved in
If you are interested in data, data science, data mining, predictive analytics and the future of leveraging data to the max, go check it out now: http://www.kaggle.com/