Live Well Omaha is a nonprofit that leads a coalition of organizations to collectively prioritize health in Omaha. Live Well is paving new ground in the nonprofit sector with their data driven mindset. They approached Contemporary Analysis with an idea: to visualize their health data with interactive storytelling maps, tracking the progress of different health metrics in Omaha such as child healthy weight.
The GI Bill is now accepted by the Omaha Data Science Academy. Veterans, in partnership with the Interface Web School, can now use their GI Bill® to receive relevant tech training at the DSA.
We want to help veterans jumpstart their career transition by preparing them with the necessary skills needed for a successful and profitable job in data science. Learn from practicing data scientists and get a leg up on college grads.
Your Data Isn't Ready, and Your Company Might Not Be Either
Contemporary Analysis (CAN) and Cabri Group and have teamed up again to use Machine Learning to predict the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. This is different than last year as we are picking the entire 2018 bracket instead of just upsets.
Historically, only 26% of tournament's games end in an upset (this includes games from all rounds). That's 17 out of 64 games. Last year we did really good. Only failing to predict 3 upsets and getting 50% of our predictions right. We are going to need to improve a bunch to win that 1M/year for life from Berkshire Hathaway--including that wee bit about having to work for Berkshire Hathaway to be eligible. This year we added far more variables and used an ensemble model. Will we be perfect? Probably not. Here is the problem with using Machine Learning to try and predict a perfect bracket:
Today is Contemporary Analysis (CAN)’s 10th birthday!!! Although we are not the company we started back in 2008—different logo, different owners, new leaders, new data scientists, even a new way to serve up data science,—we still have the best team in the region and now 10 years of wisdom of how to implement, build, and train data scientists as well. Let us help -- even if it is just a phone call for advice. Our goal is to help every company in the region use data science to be competitive in their niche.
Recently, Contemporary Analysis (CAN) was presented with the Greater Omaha Chamber’s Small Business of the Month award. It means a lot to be recognized for the hard work the team has done over the last year improving how companies start and scale data science internally.
CAN recently got back from Tableau's 2017 customer conference, affectionally shortened "TC17". I brought back several things from the week in Las Vegas: a couple Tableau tips and tricks, several new connections within the Tableau community, and of course, some swag.
Nebraska is not California. Omaha is not San Francisco. This sounds glaringly obvious but sometimes entrepreneurs in the Midwest get caught up in proving that we're the same as any other startup scene in the country. But we're not... and that's okay! It doesn't mean we don't have big ideas here. It doesn't mean there's no tech leadership here. And it certainly doesn't mean you can't build a disruptive tech company here. The Silicon Prairie may not have the same quantity of startups as Silicon Valley, but we have just as much quality. You just have to know where to look.