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    Date submitted
  • 24-Sep-2017

Learn Data Science by "Doing"

Abstract

Refactored.ai vision is to create worlds largest "learn data science by doing" platform that allows anybody to quickly learn basic to advanced data science skills. This platform is 100% browser based and requires no installation of software.

Millions of existing jobs are disappearing due to automation. New jobs will be in highly advanced skill areas such as data science, artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics etc. Universities and companies are not positioned to address this massive skill gap. Job seekers need access to accessible, reliable and scalable platforms to continuously learn new skills quickly.

It is a proven fact that quickest way to learn any new skill is by doing it. Refactored.ai is build on this core principle of allowing students to solve bite size coding exercises and quickly learn complex data science skills that are fundamental to emerging jobs.

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Who is your customer?

Students, Job Seekers, Corporations that need up-skilling of employees, education institutions looking to adopt programs in emerging skill areas.

What problem does this idea/product solve or what market need does it serve?

Millions of existing jobs are disappearing across the world due to automation. New jobs created at in highly advanced skill areas such as data science, artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics etc. Universities and companies are not positioned to address this massive skill gap. Students and Job seekers need access to accessible, reliable and scalable platforms to continuously learn new skills quickly.

What attributes will make this idea/product successful? Why do you believe that those features will create success?

It is a proven fact that quickest way to learn any new skill is by doing it. Refactored.ai is build on this core principle of allowing students to learn data science by doing. Students are given bite size information and given bite size coding exercises to quickly learn complex data science skills that are fundamental to emerging jobs. The features that will make the platform successful are: 1) No software installation - 100% browser based: In learning a new technology skill, the first factor of intimidation is buying expensive hardware, install licensed software and learn. May students may not afford expensive hardware and licensed software. Refactored.ai platform works 100% in browser and can be accessed from any device that has internet connectivity. This significantly reduces the upfront costs, makes it affordable and scalable. 2) Gamified / AI guided content delivery: Refactored.ai uses gamification principles to actively engage users and its AI algorithms intelligently curates the content to deliver it in sizes based on the learning patterns and performance for the student. This makes learning easy for the students and engages them better. 3) Bite size coding with visual feedback: Instead of making students consume a lot of content and giving giving big bang exercises, the platform delivers content in bite sizes and gives small exercises that can be solved using code editors with in the browser. When students solves the exercises, their answers are graded and feedback is given immediately so that students knows the results instantly in visual graphs format. This instant visual feedback improves their engagement and thus improves learning significantly. 4) Global collaboration: Similar to a massive multi-player gaming platforms, Refactored.ai allows users to collaborate globally and solve the challenges. This global collaboration increase student engagement and thus learning significantly.

Explain how you (your team) will execute to make this idea/product successful? What gives you (your team) an advantage over others already in the market or new to this market?

Our team started started analog in an office park in Dallas in February of 2012. After our first cohort of 5 US military veterans and minorities, we were done with the experiment until one of our students begged us to continue, "You can't stop, I now have a way to show others a way out." So, we decided to build a platform in order to automate some processes and also to enable us to scale. Every step of the way, we have focused on improving our process, platform, and curriculum while keeping in mind the specific needs and limitations of the demographic. We have already developed multiple iterations of the platform and tested it in USA directly on thousands of students of various demographics with successful results. Who else can prove, not just claim, that they can take truck drivers, gas station attendants, dishwashers, etc and have them job ready as a Data Analyst, Business Intelligence Developer, Database Developer or Data Scientists in under 1000 hours? We also have experience working with diverse set of partners such as not-for-profit organization, educational institutions and corporates with great results. We also started doing pilot projects in India and tweaking the platform to get successful results. We are generating millions of dollars of revenue and cashflow positive. We already proved that we can execute. With investment we can scale quickly.