Kunal Jain — April 21, 2016
Analytics Vidhya Announcement Beginner

A big Thank You to our community. We just turned 3!

On this day, 3 years back – I started Analytics Vidhya. I knew I had to address the glaring knowledge gap in the industry, but I did not know “How to address the knowledge gap?”. So I started Analytics Vidhya as a  blog. Over these 3 years, we first blossomed as a blog and have now transitioned the blog into a community. Going by a popular statistic, less than 10% of start-ups see this fate. We have been lucky to do so.

God has been kind and so has been the awesome support of our community members. I have called up many of you at odd times with seemingly weird requests, but never has a request been turned down – no matter what it is. I feel proud and blessed to know you and be a part of shaping this community.

My Experience My Way

Back in 2014 – I left my well paying job to raise 2 babies together. Jenika (my daughter) was barely 6 months then and Analytics Vidhya was starting to get a few thousand visitors a month. I knew I wanted to create a knowledge engine for the world, but didn’t know how I would do it.

Thankfully, I didn’t dwell much on that question. We just focused on adding quality articles and resources to our portal. With each article and each question this community wrote, we served many more people with high quality knowledge. Obviously, there were those odd days, when I felt things are not moving as they should. But thankfully, they were small in number and I had the support of my friends, family, our awesome team at AV and the larger community.

I truly believe that the best is yet to come – now more than ever. All our new initiatives in last year have seen tremendous response from the community and we have no plan to change that any time soon. Today is our 3rd Birthday! Analytics Vidhya  has completed 3 years of its dedicated support to global analytics community. And, we’ve made sure there is a lot on table for you to feast. Let’s begin the party!

AV Data Fest 2016

What’s the celebration plan?

Yeah! I knew many of you wanted to know this.

To make this occasion special, we have set the table with many exciting options. Also, this occasion marks the beginning of AV Data Fest 2016.

We didn’t want geographical boundaries to be stop you from joining the party. Thus, this is an online fest event where several activities such as competitions, workshops have been organized

Keeping in mind the various levels of expertise people possess, we have something for every category of data practitioners:

 

For Beginners:

We have arranged a workshop which is meant for anyone interested in learning more about data analytics.

Experiments with Data (Analytics Workshop for Beginners)

You can attend this even if you don’t have any prior experience in analytics. Some background in statistics will help, but is not mandatory. All your concepts will get clear from the video tutorials and content we are providing. You will also get to work on a practice problem at the end for which you will be getting a score to evaluate yourself.

Participate Here

 

For Intermediates:

Are you looking to develop additional skills that will make your demand higher in the job market? Then you need to practice and exploit your skills. Here we are! with a series of hackathons for you. Test your competence level and get to understand where you need to work more.

The Creative Analyst (Data Visualization competition)

Do you possess the blend of creativity and analytics?

Participate Here

The Strategist (Strategic Thinking Competition)

Can you take an unstructured business problem and solve it using your structured thinking? Take this challenge and find out.

Participate Here

 

If this does not fulfill your appetite, then you can try something more challenging.

The Seer’s Accuracy (Data Science Competition)

Dig into the many essential concepts of Machine learning, R , Python, Predictive Modeling and Data Mining.

Participate Here

 

For Experts:

So now you possess the tag of being into the sexiest profession and know how to deal with large amount of data. This is the chance for you to get the limelight by showing off your acquired skills to the community of data scientists out there. And what if we say that you also stand a chance to grab the best in industry job profile.

The Seer’s Accuracy (Data Science Competition)

A 3 day contest where you will get to play with your machine learning or data mining abilities.

Participate Here

McKinsey Hiring Hack

The brand itself suggests the value of this hiring hackathon. You may get to work with one of the most famous multinational company.

Participate Here

Considering the response we have got from our community members I feel a deep responsibility to make most of my time here and serve you the best I can.

In the end, I would personally like to know your feedback so that we can improve, your experience (good or bad) or a success story. Please feel free to drop a personal note at [email protected] or leave a comment here. I’ll be waiting to hear from you.

Cheers!

About the Author

Kunal Jain

Kunal is a post graduate from IIT Bombay in Aerospace Engineering. He has spent more than 10 years in field of Data Science. His work experience ranges from mature markets like UK to a developing market like India. During this period he has lead teams of various sizes and has worked on various tools like SAS, SPSS, Qlikview, R, Python and Matlab.

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52 thoughts on "It’s our 3rd Birthday – Come & Celebrate"

Roshan Sharma
Roshan Sharma says: April 21, 2016 at 4:49 am
Thank you for your awesome articles , It really helps a lot for a fresher like us who wants to build a career in analytics Industry. I was just wondering when u guys are coming with an APP?? Reply
Kishor
Kishor says: April 21, 2016 at 5:01 am
A big congratulations ! :) I thank you on behalf of entire community for leaving an impact in the analytics world. Wish you all the best and wish you many such wonderful years ahead Reply
Ulhas Shetty
Ulhas Shetty says: April 21, 2016 at 5:04 am
AV, Happy Birthday! Kunal and AV team, you'll are doing a beautiful job in giving back to this community and we AVions will make sure to keep spreading this knowledge! Kudos Guys! Have a great year ahead. Reply
Karthik
Karthik says: April 21, 2016 at 5:08 am
A great journey. AV has been so valuable for many of us. Thanking the whole team of AV and the community on this feat!!! Reply
Dwight Collins
Dwight Collins says: April 21, 2016 at 5:15 am
Thank you for all that you do! Reply
Amar M
Amar M says: April 21, 2016 at 5:18 am
My heartiest congratulations!. I simply love what you guys do and thou I am still a begginer I know I will learn a lot from you all. Keep up the good work. Reply
Amar M
Amar M says: April 21, 2016 at 5:19 am
Beginner! :p Reply
Karthikeyan Sankaran
Karthikeyan Sankaran says: April 21, 2016 at 5:29 am
Dear Kunal, Many Congratulations to you and the team at AnalyticsVidhya for completing 3 years. You guys are doing a great service to the Data Science community and I can proudly say that I am one of the beneficiaries. AV platforms is just awesome with crystal clear articles, great hackathons and valuable discussion forums. Thanks and All the very best. Regards Karthik Reply
Marshall Keyes, MD, MBA
Marshall Keyes, MD, MBA says: April 21, 2016 at 6:25 am
Dear Kunal, Happy 3rd Birthday. AnalyticsVidhya is an excellent website and resource for many communities that share a common interest in data analysis. You are to be congratulated. Keep up the good work. I wish you continued success. Best. Marshall Keyes, MD, MBA Reply
Balaji
Balaji says: April 21, 2016 at 7:29 am
Congrats! Great Job and keep up the good work. Thank you for the workshops and competition.I have already started the beginner series workshop and loved the structure of topics which is really valuable from a beginner perspective. A big thanks for that and keep rocking Reply
Syed
Syed says: April 21, 2016 at 7:30 am
Congratulations Kunal and Team! You are doing great job! Reply
Gianni
Gianni says: April 21, 2016 at 7:39 am
3 years .... just a baby :-) happy birthday AV best in the world for Analytics ! Reply
sivaprasad
sivaprasad says: April 21, 2016 at 8:02 am
Dear Kunal, Happy Birthday. AV was the best feeding for the data starving people around the globe . Thank you AV team for knowledge sharing. Keep up the good work. sivaprasad.gopasana Reply
Charles Nutter
Charles Nutter says: April 21, 2016 at 9:15 am
Happy birthday, Vidhya Analytics! More, please! Reply
anatta
anatta says: April 21, 2016 at 9:16 am
all the best. Reply
Hunaidkhan Pathan
Hunaidkhan Pathan says: April 21, 2016 at 9:18 am
Congrats Kunal and AV team. You guys are dong a great job . you are providing many valuable things for a person to become a data scientist. Keep up the good work. will love to see Analyticsvidhya to be the one of the top most analytics community Happy Birthday AV Reply
Deepish
Deepish says: April 21, 2016 at 9:23 am
Congratulations Kunal and AV team. All the best for the future journey Reply
Mohan reddy M
Mohan reddy M says: April 21, 2016 at 11:31 am
Dear Kunal, Happy 3rd Birthday. AnalyticsVidhya is an excellent website and resource for many communities that share a common interest in data analysis. You are to be congratulated. Keep up the good work. I wish you continued success. Regards, Mohan Reply
VumC
VumC says: April 21, 2016 at 11:41 am
Kudos to Kunal and Team ! Fantastic work. I look forward to an 'AnalyticsVidhya University' paralleled similar to MongoDB University /KhanAcademy with Video lessons. Ref: https://university.mongodb.com/about/how-mongodb-university-online-courses-are-produced Reply
Kunal Jain
Kunal Jain says: April 21, 2016 at 1:18 pm
Thanks VumC - thanks for your wishes. A parallel similar to the names you mentioned is definitely high expectation! As I said, keeping focus on delivering one thing at a time has helped us tremendously and we will continue to build more and more useful content for this community! Regards, Kunal Reply
Kunal Jain
Kunal Jain says: April 21, 2016 at 1:19 pm
Thanks Mohan for your wishes. Reply
Kunal Jain
Kunal Jain says: April 21, 2016 at 1:19 pm
Thanks Deepish Reply
Kunal Jain
Kunal Jain says: April 21, 2016 at 1:21 pm
Thanks Hunaidkhan. We will surely do our best to help more and more people learn data science. Regards, Kunal Reply
Kunal Jain
Kunal Jain says: April 21, 2016 at 1:21 pm
Thanks Annata! Reply
Kunal Jain
Kunal Jain says: April 21, 2016 at 1:21 pm
Thanks Charles! Reply
Shankar Raju
Shankar Raju says: April 21, 2016 at 1:22 pm
My heartfelt thanks to Kunal and the AV team. You are one of the person inspiring me to share the knowledge with others. Your contribution are high standards and I wish you all the very best ! Reply
Kunal Jain
Kunal Jain says: April 21, 2016 at 1:22 pm
Thanks Sivaprasad Reply
Kunal Jain
Kunal Jain says: April 21, 2016 at 1:23 pm
Thanks Gianni. This is indeed just the start of the journey Reply
Kunal Jain
Kunal Jain says: April 21, 2016 at 1:23 pm
Thanks Syed Reply
Kunal Jain
Kunal Jain says: April 21, 2016 at 1:24 pm
Thanks Balaji. Do give us feedback once you have completed the workshop. Regards, Kunal Reply
Kunal Jain
Kunal Jain says: April 21, 2016 at 1:25 pm
Thanks Marshall for those wishes. Hoping to see you some time in India! Reply
Kunal Jain
Kunal Jain says: April 21, 2016 at 1:26 pm
Thanks Karthik for following us. Do look at our workshop and let us know, if you have any feedback at part of it. Regards, Kunal Reply
Kunal Jain
Kunal Jain says: April 21, 2016 at 1:27 pm
Thanks Amar. All the best for your journey. Hope to see you on top of our leaderboards in future. Regards, Kunal Reply
Kunal Jain
Kunal Jain says: April 21, 2016 at 1:28 pm
Thanks Dwight Reply
Kunal Jain
Kunal Jain says: April 21, 2016 at 1:28 pm
Thanks Karthik for your wishes. Reply
Kunal Jain
Kunal Jain says: April 21, 2016 at 1:29 pm
Thanks Ulhas. That is the spirit which keeps this community rocking! Regards, Kunal Reply
Kunal Jain
Kunal Jain says: April 21, 2016 at 1:30 pm
Kishor, Thanks for these wishes. I am sure the community will make a much larger impact by itself. Regards, Kunal Reply
Kunal Jain
Kunal Jain says: April 21, 2016 at 1:31 pm
Hi Roshan, App is one of the things we want to do, but we do not have the bandwidth currently. Will keep you posted if we move ahead on it. Regards, Kunal Reply
Kishor R
Kishor R says: April 21, 2016 at 1:41 pm
Kunal, can't agree more! Reply
Margie
Margie says: April 21, 2016 at 2:38 pm
Congratulations to you and your team on a job VERY well done! Analytics Vidhya has become my "go to" community for deepening my knowledge on data analytics. Your tutorials and explanations are clear and explain the "why" not just the "how" of selecting and performing visualization and analysis. Thank you for continuing the conversations under the "Leave a Reply" section - your responsiveness demonstrates how much your heart is in helping others learn and succeed. Very grateful for your generosity! Reply
Joe
Joe says: April 21, 2016 at 4:03 pm
Happy 3rd birthday. Reply
Ramdas
Ramdas says: April 21, 2016 at 5:19 pm
Congratulations Kunal and AV team for coming up with an outstanding blog on Data Science/Analytics/BI/BigData. The articles are detailed, well articulated with lot of examples and resources for learning. Thanks for all the sharing with the community and wishing you and your team continued success. Reply
Shilpa Garg
Shilpa Garg says: April 21, 2016 at 5:21 pm
Congratulations AV. Its a great learning portal for novice people like me in the field of Data Science. All the best. Reply
Priyanka Bharti
Priyanka Bharti says: April 21, 2016 at 6:28 pm
Congratulations!!! Thank you for the nice articles. These are written in very easy and simple way and are really useful. Reply
Ashok Anumandla
Ashok Anumandla says: April 21, 2016 at 10:00 pm
AV is being at its best with its quality and depth in each topic they have taken up. I am very glad that to receive articles from AV in my inbox. In Vast area you are letting others know the treasury with AV articles. Keep post articles and conduct hackathons.... All the best to AV team -by future R,Python and Tableau, qlikview professional. Reply
Vivek
Vivek says: April 22, 2016 at 5:23 am
Hi Kunal, First of all congratulations for the brilliant achievement. Secondly it has been an amazing experience since the time i have joined this forum. Lots of helpful articles. I have one query, i have corporate experience of 2.5 years however never did any project on data science. I have just started learning data science. What are the challenges i will be facing job wise and learning wise. Again thanks a lot for your support. Reply
Prateek Joshi
Prateek Joshi says: April 22, 2016 at 6:57 am
Congratulations AV team !! Please come with video tutorials as well, it will be great. Thanks Reply
Kamal Tanwar
Kamal Tanwar says: April 22, 2016 at 7:02 am
AV is a great resource for analytics, especially to the Indian Community. On the UI side, for some reason I always have a problem with the scroll bars...left or right and up or down...tried various browser but still the scroll doesn't work with the mouse wheel. Also, I believe the graphics used could be little sober using lighter backgrounds and beautiful fonts. The website has a plethora of articles which makes it great on the content side. I feel that AV is different from other websites as it has a lot of content for beginners. Keep them coming up :) Reply
MANIK DEY
MANIK DEY says: April 23, 2016 at 4:26 am
A big congratulations. This platform helped me a lot in learning so many new things in data analytics field. Reply
vinaygupta
vinaygupta says: April 23, 2016 at 5:28 am
Happy Bday AV! Thank you so much for being so awesome with your articles and blogs. Started learning the specifics of Data Analytics with AV. I am very optimistic about Kunal and team! Kudos guys... :) Reply
dkpradhan
dkpradhan says: April 23, 2016 at 8:19 am
GREAT JOB GUYS !!! YOU ROCK ... Reply
Joy
Joy says: April 27, 2016 at 11:03 am
Hello Kunal, I was suffering from fever and unfortunately missed the classes. So is there any plan of arranging the same in near future? I'm highly interested about the beginners course. Also will these videos be available for download and watch later? Thanks in advance. Regards, Joy Reply

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