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Data scientists and engineers needed for a weekend datafest exploring money and politics

January 10, 2013

I just signed up for an upcoming datafest called “Big Data, Big Money, and You” which will be co-hosted at Columbia University and Stanford University on February 2nd and 3rd.

The idea is to use data from:

and open source tools such as R, python, and various api’s to model and explore various issues in the intersection of money and politics. Among those listed are things like: “look for correlation between the subject of bills introduced to state legislatures to big companies within those districts and campaign donations” and “comparing contributions per and post redistricting”.

As usual, a weekend-long datafest is just the beginning of a good data exploration: if you’re interested in this, think of this as an introduction to the ideas and the people involved; it’s just as much about networking with like-minded people as it is about finding an answer in two days.

So sign up, come on by, and get ready to roll up your sleeves and have a great time for that weekend, but also make sure you get people’s email addresses so you can keep in touch as things continue to develop down the road.

  1. Mark
    January 10, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Awesome, thanks for the tip! I’m a Perl-writin’/Linux system developer by trade, and, believe me, once you’ve tasted freedom, you’ll never go back. Hope it’s not in Stanford’s Gates building 🙂


  2. August
    January 10, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Woah, this is really cool! I’ve never been to one of these, but do you know what level of skill is expected? I’m really just a hobbyist programmer who’s interested in things like this, so I was wondering if non-professionals are well-represented at these sorts of things.


  3. zakdavid
    January 11, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    I’ll be donating my time remotely. Already seeing some familiar faces in the signup.


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