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The official Jupyter Conference
August 22-23, 2017: Training
August 23-25, 2017: Tutorials & Conference
New York, NY

Jupyter notebooks and the road to enabling data-driven teams

Skipper Seabold (Civis Analytics), Lori Eich (Civis Analytics)
5:00pm–5:40pm Friday, August 25, 2017
Usage and application
Location: Beekman/Sutton North Level: Beginner

Who is this presentation for?

  • Data scientists, product managers, and SaaS and PaaS engineers

Prerequisite knowledge

  • General familiarity with the Jupyter Notebook and web application technologies

What you'll learn

  • Why Jupyter notebooks are just the beginning of a modern data science team


It’s not enough just to give data scientists access to Jupyter notebooks in the cloud. Skipper Seabold and Lori Eich argue that to build truly data-driven organizations, everyone from data scientists and managers to business stakeholders needs to work in concert to bring data science out of the wilderness and into the core of decision-making processes.

For most organizations, this constitutes a big change. To help you on your way, Skipper and Lori share how Civis Analytics built a data science platform that allows data scientists to be transformative within the organization.

Topics include:

  • Why Civis Analytics decided to put Jupyter notebooks at the core of its product, based on years of experience as data scientists and extensive user research
  • How key components like democratized access to data, reproducibility, auditability, collaboration, sharing, workflow management, and security allow data science teams to make a difference
  • How Civis Analytics leverages Jupyter’s community, as well as other open source communities
  • How the Jupyter Notebook is integrated with the Civis Data Science API to enable impactful data science
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Skipper Seabold

Civis Analytics

Skipper Seabold is Director of Data Science at Civis Analytics, a data science software and services company. He leads product-facing data science research and development, directing a large and diverse team of data scientists in building core exploratory and modeling software for the Civis Data Science Platform. Prior to Civis, Skipper worked at DataPad (acquired by Cloudera). He’s an economist by training and has a decade of experience working in the Python data community. He started and led the statsmodels Python project, was formerly on the core pandas team, and has contributed to many packages in the Python data stack. He holds strong opinions about writing and barbecue.

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Lori Eich

Civis Analytics

Lori Eich is a senior product manager at Civis Analytics, where she works with engineers to build the Civis Data Science Platform. Lori’s background is in software engineering, derivatives trading, environmental consulting, and competitive fringe sports. She holds an SM and SB in Earth, atmospheric, and planetary sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.