Success Stories

Success Stories

UBC Vancouver Campus

MDS Teams Place One and Two in ESDC Hackathon

Mar 18 / 2021

Two other MDS teams place in top 6 out of 14 teams


Recently, the UBC Master of Data Science (MDS) program partnered with Simon Fraser University (SFU) and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) to host a three-day online hackathon entitled “Integrity Hackathon: Canadian Companies Deep Dive”.

During this competition, UBC and SFU student teams of programmers and data analysts were tasked to solve a real-world challenge and present their solutions to ESDC employees. A total 14 teams made of 3-5 members competed (seven from UBC and seven from SFU).

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MDS Hackathon Win

MDS Vancouver Student Gets First Place Hackathon Finish

Mar 15 / 2021

MDS Program Plays Pivotal Role in Win


When Mark Wang, MDS Vancouver student, Class of 2021, heard about the Data Open West Coast Regional Datathon from MDS Career Advisor, Angela Pau, he knew that it would provide him with valuable experience and he credits the MDS program in playing a role in his success in the Datathon.  

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Vancouver Whitecaps FC

MDS Employer Spotlight: Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Nov 26 / 2020

Vancouver Whitecaps FC is utilizing data science to inform decisions across several areas of Soccer Operations, including decisions about athletes’ physical preparation, injury prevention, return to sport, player identification/scouting, performance analysis, and opposition scouting.

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MDS Employer Spotlight: GLENTEL Inc.

Nov 25 / 2020

As a retail company, GLENTEL has a large amount of transactional data from sales, employee and customer details and opinions. The organization incorporated aspects of data science in reporting and building of data marts where traditional methods wouldn’t be able to handle the scope of the data. GLENTEL recently partnered with a team from UBC MDS program to develop a model to identify keywords in resumes which correlate with employee performance.

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Welcome Class of 2021

Welcome (Virtually) the MDS Class of 2021

Sep 11 / 2020

Earlier this month, we welcomed the latest cohorts for the MDS Vancouver, Okanagan and Computational Linguistics programs.

Students joined us from across the globe and several time zones over Zoom as they got to know each other and the MDS team.

While the COVID-19 outbreak has forced the MDS program to move temporarily online, we are still happy to welcome our fifth! MDS Vancouver cohort, the third MDS Okanagan cohort and the second MDS Computational Linguistics cohort.

Let’s get to know the MDS Class of 2021.

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UBC Okanagan Campus

MDS Spotlight: Meet Kaitlyn Hobbs, MDS Okanagan, Class of 2020

Sep 09 / 2020

It was during her undergraduate studies where Kaitlyn Hobbs developed a true appreciation for data science. While completing her biochemistry degree, Hobbs often found herself favouring dry labs involving statistical analysis and introductory programming. After completing her thesis in comparing biome classification software efficacy, Hobbs thought it only natural to follow her interests and pursue formal data science learning.

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Connor Lee - MDS Okanagan Campus

MDS Spotlight: Meet Connor Lee, MDS Okanagan, Class of 2020

Sep 09 / 2020

For Connor Lee, it was a strong self-interest in data collection and analysis and an unrelenting desire to improve his technical abilities that led him to an important realization.

Data science was the field he had been looking for.

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MDS Okanagan Campus

MDS Spotlight: Meet Swapil Paliwal, MDS Okanagan, Class of 2020

Sep 09 / 2020

An avid learner who enjoys working in interdisciplinary and diverse settings, Swapil Paliwal’s interest in the education field led him to a job within the analytics team at Apex Learning, an online education company in Seattle. His subsequent role as full-time Data Scientist exposed him to the enormous value, challenges, and applications of data analytics in multiple areas of the business.

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UBC Vancouver Campus, Main Mall

MDS Spotlight: Meet Chidera Okoma, MDS Computational Linguistics, Class of 2020

Aug 27 / 2020

It was during her time working as a data analyst at Nigerian start-up that opened up Chidera Okoma’s eyes to the world of data science.

“It helped me see the impact of data insight in decision making,” she explained.

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Cari Gostic

MDS Spotlight: Meet Cari Gostic, MDS Vancouver, Class of 2020

Aug 21 / 2020

Prior to deciding to do a Master of Data Science degree from UBC, Cari Gostic planned on pursuing a PhD in climate studies but after 4 years of studies and a couple of summer research internships she decided that a Doctorate wasn’t the right path.

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Student Success Stories

UBC Vancouver Campus

MDS Teams Place One and Two in ESDC Hackathon

Mar 18 / 2021

Two other MDS teams place in top 6 out of 14 teams


Recently, the UBC Master of Data Science (MDS) program partnered with Simon Fraser University (SFU) and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) to host a three-day online hackathon entitled “Integrity Hackathon: Canadian Companies Deep Dive”.

During this competition, UBC and SFU student teams of programmers and data analysts were tasked to solve a real-world challenge and present their solutions to ESDC employees. A total 14 teams made of 3-5 members competed (seven from UBC and seven from SFU).

Read More

MDS Hackathon Win

MDS Vancouver Student Gets First Place Hackathon Finish

Mar 15 / 2021

MDS Program Plays Pivotal Role in Win


When Mark Wang, MDS Vancouver student, Class of 2021, heard about the Data Open West Coast Regional Datathon from MDS Career Advisor, Angela Pau, he knew that it would provide him with valuable experience and he credits the MDS program in playing a role in his success in the Datathon.  

Read More

Welcome Class of 2021

Welcome (Virtually) the MDS Class of 2021

Sep 11 / 2020

Earlier this month, we welcomed the latest cohorts for the MDS Vancouver, Okanagan and Computational Linguistics programs.

Students joined us from across the globe and several time zones over Zoom as they got to know each other and the MDS team.

While the COVID-19 outbreak has forced the MDS program to move temporarily online, we are still happy to welcome our fifth! MDS Vancouver cohort, the third MDS Okanagan cohort and the second MDS Computational Linguistics cohort.

Let’s get to know the MDS Class of 2021.

Read More

UBC Okanagan Campus

MDS Spotlight: Meet Kaitlyn Hobbs, MDS Okanagan, Class of 2020

Sep 09 / 2020

It was during her undergraduate studies where Kaitlyn Hobbs developed a true appreciation for data science. While completing her biochemistry degree, Hobbs often found herself favouring dry labs involving statistical analysis and introductory programming. After completing her thesis in comparing biome classification software efficacy, Hobbs thought it only natural to follow her interests and pursue formal data science learning.

Read More

Connor Lee - MDS Okanagan Campus

MDS Spotlight: Meet Connor Lee, MDS Okanagan, Class of 2020

Sep 09 / 2020

For Connor Lee, it was a strong self-interest in data collection and analysis and an unrelenting desire to improve his technical abilities that led him to an important realization.

Data science was the field he had been looking for.

Read More

MDS Okanagan Campus

MDS Spotlight: Meet Swapil Paliwal, MDS Okanagan, Class of 2020

Sep 09 / 2020

An avid learner who enjoys working in interdisciplinary and diverse settings, Swapil Paliwal’s interest in the education field led him to a job within the analytics team at Apex Learning, an online education company in Seattle. His subsequent role as full-time Data Scientist exposed him to the enormous value, challenges, and applications of data analytics in multiple areas of the business.

Read More

UBC Vancouver Campus, Main Mall

MDS Spotlight: Meet Chidera Okoma, MDS Computational Linguistics, Class of 2020

Aug 27 / 2020

It was during her time working as a data analyst at Nigerian start-up that opened up Chidera Okoma’s eyes to the world of data science.

“It helped me see the impact of data insight in decision making,” she explained.

Read More

Cari Gostic

MDS Spotlight: Meet Cari Gostic, MDS Vancouver, Class of 2020

Aug 21 / 2020

Prior to deciding to do a Master of Data Science degree from UBC, Cari Gostic planned on pursuing a PhD in climate studies but after 4 years of studies and a couple of summer research internships she decided that a Doctorate wasn’t the right path.

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Toshiko Shibano

MDS Spotlight: Meet Toshiko Shibano, MDS Computational Linguistics, Class of 2020

Aug 14 / 2020

As a professional translator, Toshiko Shibano has always been interested in machine translation. In particular, she wanted to know how linguistic data were processed in deep learning models and wanted to be able to test out her hypotheses about how to improve current machine translation models.

Prior to joining the UBC MDS Computational Linguistics (CL) program, Shibano ran a translation business in Japan that specialized in financial accounting for almost 20 years.

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Rob Blumberg

MDS Spotlight: Meet Rob Blumberg MDS Vancouver, Class of 2020

Aug 07 / 2020

It was his passion for soccer that Rob Blumberg first encountered the world of data science.

“I was particularly interested in learning about these models and algorithms that were capable of uncovering meaningful insights about soccer games from data which did not seem to contain obvious patterns,” he explained.

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Employer Success Stories

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

MDS Employer Spotlight: Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Nov 26 / 2020

Vancouver Whitecaps FC is utilizing data science to inform decisions across several areas of Soccer Operations, including decisions about athletes’ physical preparation, injury prevention, return to sport, player identification/scouting, performance analysis, and opposition scouting.

Read More

TBooth

MDS Employer Spotlight: GLENTEL Inc.

Nov 25 / 2020

As a retail company, GLENTEL has a large amount of transactional data from sales, employee and customer details and opinions. The organization incorporated aspects of data science in reporting and building of data marts where traditional methods wouldn’t be able to handle the scope of the data. GLENTEL recently partnered with a team from UBC MDS program to develop a model to identify keywords in resumes which correlate with employee performance.

Read More