If you don’t know where to start


If you are reading this, you have probably just started on your data science journey and am wondering what course to take to catapult you to the next level.

I previously answered a question about this topic on Quora, which got a decent amount of views, so it inspired me to go more in-depth on it.

Just like you, I consider myself a beginner in data science as I still have a lot to learn, but I have taken some online courses and wanted to document my process so far including its ups & downs. …

You never know where your path will take you

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If you are reading this, you are probably interested in transitioning into consulting and am wondering how to go about it.

I recently left a career in construction management to join the consulting world at KPMG and while there is no formula on how to transition into consulting, my journey took on a bit of an unconventional path, so I wanted to share the story of how I did it to inspire and give people insights on how they could do the same.

Here is my consulting story.

Consulting Dream

I studied Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto, and after a…

Hands-on Tutorials

With CNN’s and transfer learning

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Through my journey of working on the convolutional neural network (CNN) section of Udacity’s deep learning nanodegree, I decided to work on my own project to see if CNN’s would be able to classify between the genders of Lego minifigures.

The reason I decided to do this is because I’m a Lego fan and have been collecting minifigures for many years now. I think I now have over 200 of the little guys, mostly obtained from blind bags.

Oh and I also take photos of them which I share on Instagram!

My AI journey with a free Udacity Nanodegree

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There are so many resources out there that can teach you deep learning, and if you are reading this, you are probably wondering which one you should pursue.

I wrote this article to share the course I took that not only helped me to get a good grasp of deep learning in about 9 months, but also allowed me to become a part of a supportive community that helps each other grow.

Let me share my story.

Journey Towards Learning

I previously documented my journey to learn data science in Towards Data Science and I was amazed by how much it resonated with…

No paintbrushes needed, just PyTorch

With AI, you can combine two images into a new one like this:

From a successful first time applicant

Last year I was selected by Google out of thousands of applicants to attend Connect Live 2019 at their main campus in San Jose, CA. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Connect Live is an annual summit organized by Google for 200 of the top Google Maps contributors from around the world.

What do the contributors do you ask? They help make Google Maps better through adding things (reviews, photos, locations) onto the map, editing info to make it more accurate, etc.

It was a once in a lifetime opportunity where I got to meet new friends, learn about…


Benevity provides software that allows companies to create social good programs which empower their employees to engage with the causes that matter to them, through online giving and volunteering.

Currently, Benevity makes money by taking a percentage of the donation amount that employees of their corporate clients make to charities as a support fee. But is there another revenue stream that they can look into?

This new revenue stream could come from the charities itself.

Benevity is sitting on a treasure trove of data that charities could really benefit from. …

It isn’t as hard as it seems

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Networking is a really scary thing for many people. The idea of talking to strangers can be really daunting. But it is very useful for you to learn to enjoy it as there is always something you can learn from others. No matter how smart or talented you are as an individual, you can’t or rarely will be better than a group of smart and talented people. For example, if you are really smart but no one knows you are smart, then it doesn’t help you. …

Oscar Kwok

Senior Consultant @KPMG | Machine Learning NewB | linktr.ee/oscarkwok

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