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Nick Hamlin is a data scientist and uses statistics and programming, along with his own curious brain, to ask and answer intriguing questions in the non-profit, social sector at GlobalGiving. Under the slogan: “Donate to charity and see your impact with regular updates,” GlobalGiving has become the largest crowdfunding community in the world. Nick works on a diverse array of projects, including measuring the on-the-ground impact of the organizations his nonprofit supports through crowdfunded donations. On his own, Nick has developed GlobalGiving’s ETL system, which allows his colleagues to better manage the data most relevant to their work, on their own. Nick graduated from the University of Rochester with a dual degree in Mechanical Engineering and History and eventually went on to earn a graduate degree in Information and Data Science. After spending time in the private sector, Nick began working for GlobalGiving. In this caffeinated Espresso Shots episode of T4C,  Nick helps java junkies learn more about how to break into this fast growing industry!


  • How to break into the field of Data Science
  • How GlobalGiving offer fellowships
  • Why this is a field that is growing fast and is an exciting place to be
  • Why you should read Automate the Boring Stuff with Python: Practical Programming for Total Beginners
  • Why you should read books by O’Reilly publishing to get a jump start on computer and technology
  • Why you should watch the movie Apollo 13 because it’s Nick’s favorite
  • How the field of Data Science is ultimately about asking and answering a lot of good questions
  • How you should listen to T4C episode #82 to learn more about Nick’s current job and his career

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