It’s our 3rd Birthday – Come & Celebrate

Kunal Jain 15 Mar, 2017
4 min read

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.


Kunal Jain 15 Mar, 2017

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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Responses From Readers


Roshan Sharma
Roshan Sharma 21 Apr, 2016

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??

Kishor 21 Apr, 2016

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

Ulhas Shetty
Ulhas Shetty 21 Apr, 2016

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.

Karthik 21 Apr, 2016

A great journey. AV has been so valuable for many of us. Thanking the whole team of AV and the community on this feat!!!

Dwight Collins
Dwight Collins 21 Apr, 2016

Thank you for all that you do!

Amar M
Amar M 21 Apr, 2016

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.

Amar M
Amar M 21 Apr, 2016

Beginner! :p

Karthikeyan Sankaran
Karthikeyan Sankaran 21 Apr, 2016

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

Marshall Keyes, MD, MBA
Marshall Keyes, MD, MBA 21 Apr, 2016

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

Balaji 21 Apr, 2016

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

Syed 21 Apr, 2016

Congratulations Kunal and Team! You are doing great job!

Gianni 21 Apr, 2016

3 years .... just a baby :-) happy birthday AV best in the world for Analytics !

sivaprasad 21 Apr, 2016

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

Charles Nutter
Charles Nutter 21 Apr, 2016

Happy birthday, Vidhya Analytics! More, please!

anatta 21 Apr, 2016

all the best.

Hunaidkhan Pathan
Hunaidkhan Pathan 21 Apr, 2016

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

Deepish 21 Apr, 2016

Congratulations Kunal and AV team. All the best for the future journey

Mohan reddy M
Mohan reddy M 21 Apr, 2016

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

VumC 21 Apr, 2016

Kudos to Kunal and Team ! Fantastic work. I look forward to an 'AnalyticsVidhya University' paralleled similar to MongoDB University /KhanAcademy with Video lessons. Ref:

Shankar Raju
Shankar Raju 21 Apr, 2016

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 !

Margie 21 Apr, 2016

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!

Joe 21 Apr, 2016

Happy 3rd birthday.

Ramdas 21 Apr, 2016

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.

Shilpa Garg
Shilpa Garg 21 Apr, 2016

Congratulations AV. Its a great learning portal for novice people like me in the field of Data Science. All the best.

Priyanka Bharti
Priyanka Bharti 21 Apr, 2016

Congratulations!!! Thank you for the nice articles. These are written in very easy and simple way and are really useful.

Ashok Anumandla
Ashok Anumandla 21 Apr, 2016

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.

Vivek 22 Apr, 2016

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.

Prateek Joshi
Prateek Joshi 22 Apr, 2016

Congratulations AV team !! Please come with video tutorials as well, it will be great. Thanks

Kamal Tanwar
Kamal Tanwar 22 Apr, 2016

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 :)

MANIK DEY 23 Apr, 2016

A big congratulations. This platform helped me a lot in learning so many new things in data analytics field.

vinaygupta 23 Apr, 2016

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... :)

dkpradhan 23 Apr, 2016


Joy 27 Apr, 2016

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