As part of the Spring 2015 Pittsburgh Data Jam event, several field trips were organized to take Pittsburgh-area high school students to IT departments at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Management Science Associates, and IBM.
This posting contains images from the IBM field trip, where students gained a first hand glimpse of working in a real world big data environment. Additionally, the students had the valuable opportunity to ask software engineers questions about IBM Watson, a cognitive big data application being developed at IBM's Pittsburgh Big Data Lab. Subsequent blog postings will include images and summaries from the UPMC and the MSA field trips. Enjoy!
Does the future of data science look promising? Pittsburgh Dataworks president, Saman Haqqi, later explained that the students at the IBM field trip asked the kind of questions that were on the same level of questions Carnegie Mellon University undergrad students might ask to IBM Watson engineers. Perhaps most importantly, the students came away with a glimpse of what a career in big data might look like - a career filled with limitless possibilities!
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- UPMC Field Trip
- MSA Field Trip