My "Employer" registration at CIKMconnect
gave me access to dozens of resumes
from students and job seekers. Employers there were looking for people with expertise all up and down the data science stack, from infrastructure and methods all the way to the application level. Used the conference app to set up speed dates
with several candidates with advanced degrees. Gave a short presentation
on some of our current data challenges at work, and the students seemed interested -- got some good feedback
on potential solution directions at the break. Swapped war stories with some other folks who are also down in the data science trenches. Caught up with a few additional promising candidates at the poster session. Great panel too!
Stopped by the AnalytiCup Finals
long enough to see several teams' solutions to one of the Data Challenges
. Those kids are immensely talented -- I'm using the conference app to set up a meeting with one of the teams tomorrow. Maybe our company should contribute a Challenge next year? Seems like a great way to find an excellent solution to a nasty problem, and generate some positive buzz at the same time.