Water Innovation Competition Aimed at Monitoring Harmful Nutrients in Lake Erie

Water Innovation Competition Aimed at  Monitoring Harmful Nutrients in Lake Erie

CLEVELAND, Ohio (October 18, 2017)The Cleveland Water Alliance, in partnership with Digital C and US Ignite, will select winners in the Internet of H20 water innovation competition on Friday, Oct 27 at the Catawba Island Club in Port Clinton. This competition challenges three communities to come together to solve for real-world issues and establish a Smart Lake strategy that requires the integration of sensors, advanced networking and insights generated from data science.

Five teams, made up of individuals and companies from around the country, will present their ideas to a panel of judges from 9 a.m. until Noon. Winners will be announced after the presentations and receive $50,000 in cash prizes and additional support services.

The goal is to generate robust and resilient nutrient monitoring pilot programs that have the potential to expand across the Great Lakes and help establish Lake Erie as the first Smart Lake. Farming practices and severe weather can increase the amount of fertilizer-derived nutrients in the water, which diminishes water quality and threatens the lake's ecosystem and the public's health.                                                                        

Plug And Play Focused On Biotech, and Digital Health Innovation

Plug And Play Focused On Biotech, and Digital Health Innovation

"Plug and Play is coming to Cleveland. The company's work is focused on biotech, and digital health innovation. 

Plug and Play will team with the Cleveland Clinic, and JumpStart, in a three year partnership.
Their hope is to attract dozens of health care startups from across the country and around the world -- here to Cleveland" (wviz.ideastream.org) 

Personal View: Cleveland's Digital Future Must Have These Elements

Personal View: Cleveland's Digital Future Must Have These Elements

In the world of information technology, there is a distinct advantage to being either a first mover or fast follower. Company wealth formation and catalyzing regional economic development accrue to those who harness one of those two strategies.

So, here are five ideas for advancing the region's data analytics capabilities, from 2017 to 2025...

5 Steps To Get You Started with Data Analysis 

5 Steps To Get You Started with Data Analysis 

Many aspiring data analysts or others who want to learn how to use data better have likely Googled “How to start learning data analysis”, only to be confronted with millions of search results suggesting everything from SQL, R, Python, Tableau, PowerBI, to classes from DataCamp, DataQuest, Udacity, Coursera, and Galvanize.  While this is useful information, the sheer amount of it is very overwhelming.

From a largely self-taught data analyst (I studied economics in college, but saw the writing on the wall that the need for and use of data was in every organization and an in-demand skill), here are suggested first 5 steps to help you clear a path through the jargon and buzzwords and get to the data.

  1. Understand the process of data analysis

  2. Learn statistics

  3. Maximize your prowess with Excel

  4. Learn a data visualization tool like Tableau

  5. Consider a scripting language, like Python or R

3 Reasons to Learn Data Analytics

In today’s data-rich world, whether you’re an entry-level worker or a Fortune 500 executive, a doctor or a programmer, a marketer or a teacher - there’s a benefit to learning how to analyze data. No subject area is immune to getting the data treatment.  

ESPN teams with Five Thirty Eight for regular stats and data analysis so you can understand sports from every angle. Data scientists at OkCupid and CoffeeMeetsBagel build algorithms to help people find love. At the New York Times, data journalists reshape how their readers consume information through data visualizations.

With so much data around us, understanding how to use that data effectively can help you to expand your skill set, critical thinking ability, and career trajectory.

Here are three great reasons why you should pick up some data skills...