Nerd Up [Co-Coding Session]

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Nerd UP

The Nerd UP project is an initiative focused on the self-development of every enthusiast in the field of data science. It’s not a course or training but has the form of a co-coding session where beginners and even advanced people with an interest in machine learning and data science gather physically to learn together by coding without the guidance of a teacher or a lector.

The Nerd Up sessions are thought as regular events where the people will have a friendly environment and a physical place where they can gather together each week and develop in the field by coding with a group on a project.

We invite all interested people who are dedicated to their self-improvement and will spare the time of the week to grow together with others in the field of machine learning and data science.

Who is this activity for?

In the very beginning when you’ve just heard about data science, machine learning and deep learning you may roaming in the dark. There is an enormous amount of information about this and you’ll don’t know what is important for you and what is just hype around. The best way to clarify the essence of this expertise is to try it out in a very easy way. If you’re are a programmer who wants to move to this area or a tech lead and need some insights… or maybe even if you’ re CTO and passioned about technical details this activity is for you.

The activity doesn’t expect that you know Python, Jupyter Notebook, or statistics. It’s good if you have knowledge but there will be also an opportunity to get familiar with it during practicing some tasks and depending on the projects you have picked.

How can you participate?

The activity is dedicated to everyone with an interest in the field from a practitioner point of view.

• As a participant

This is the mode when you’re contributing to a project that you chose to be part of or you can choose to start a new project in the field. What is important is to share your progress and to involve others in your work by creating a GitHub repository for anyone to be able to join you anytime.

All interested people are invited to join even later and they will have the opportunity to track the progress.

Why participate?

The exciting about those Nerd UP co-coding sessions is that:

  • Every participant can learn following his own pace and the one set within the coding group s/he will pick to be part of
  • This is not a course with somebody to control what to do – it’s a friendly environment for a coding group which decides their own direction of studying with full freedom
  • You can switch the coding group if you want to
  • Every study group will have the opportunity to present their project at our Data MeetUps once they have finished
  • We will gather together, code, network while doing something practical
  • There are almost no rules 

What will you get from it?

First of all, what you won’t get.

This is not a learning course with a teacher. So you won’t get homework or predefined strong class structure. Also, nobody will control your activity and pace. You’re the teacher and the boss for yourself. It’s up to you and your dedication how fast you will improve.

Now what you’ll get.

The most important outcome is your real experience in data science. As an active participant of the NerdUP sessions, you are supposed to obtain skills and knowledge in the field of Data Science depended on the project you have selected to be part of.

The Projects so far

Some Notes

Stay Open!  For every project, the study group will be able to set their Data.Chat channel for internal communication and sharing progress. The only requirement as a recommendation at NerdUP is for the study group to keep their progress open and shared within the community GitHub for people who might join later. For the people who come to a session for the first time and want to join, at the beginning of every session, there should be a fast intro (max 5 minutes) to the stage where the group is.  Each study group will set their own deadline for finishing a project to not losing motivation…

COMMUNICATION during the week – at the Data.Chat – #nerd_up channel

And that’s it, let’s code and improve together! 

We want to thank our partners from SOFIA DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION and Sofia Lab for their support and willingness to provide us a home for the co-coding sessions!

Location: Sofia Lab, 1 Serdika Str., 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria

Time: Every Wednesday, at 19:00


Bookings are closed for this event.