Kirk Borne and Data Science at MTSU

Kirk Borne and Data Science at MTSU

Three events are part of the visit by Kirk Borne

We cannot be more excited to be offering the folloiwng events for our community.  In the Data Science Institute, we have been quite active in working on opportunities for you to get involved with Data Science.  At the end of this month, (9/25 - 9/28), we have several events that we thought you would be interested in attending and getting involved with real data.

KirkBorne-2019-headshot.jpgNationally known Data Scientist, Kirk Borne (over 240K followers on Twitter), will be in Nashville (Wednesday, 9/25) and on campus on Thursday, 9/26 and Friday, 9/27.  Dr. Kirk Borne is the Principal Data Scientist and an Executive Advisor at global technology and consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton. In these roles, he provides consulting, thought leadership, training, and mentoring in the areas of big data analytics, data science, machine learning, data management, AI, and modeling across various industries and domains. He was previously Professor of Astrophysics and Computational Science at George Mason University for 12 years where he taught data science in the graduate and undergraduate programs. Prior to that he spent nearly 20 years supporting data systems activities for NASA space astronomy missions. He has a B.S. in Physics from LSU, and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from Caltech. He is an active contributor on social media where he promotes the development and applications of digital technologies in any and all domains. Kirk has been one of the top worldwide global influencers in big data and data science on social media every year since 2013, and he was named the #1 worldwide digital influencer for 2019 in big data, data science, and AI.  Follow him on Twitter at @KirkDBorne.

Here is the schedule of the events:

The State of AI & its Impact on Nashville: A Fireside Chat with Kirk Borne (Wed. 9/25)

  • Wednesday (9/25) from 5:30PM to 8PM
  • Tech Hill Commons - 500 Interstate Blvd S Suite 210, Nashville, TN 37210
  • A night for ALL meetups to talk data and AI with Kirk Borne
    • 5:30PM to 6PM - Social Hour - enjoy food and drinks
    • 6PM to 6:30PM - A fireside chat with Kirk Borne on the state of AI
    • 6:30PM to 7:00PM - A conversation with Nashville on AI and its impact
    • 7:00PM to ?? - Questions from the audience and socializing
  • This is a joint meetup with Data Nerds, Data Science Nashville, and the Greater Nashville Healthcare Analytics 
  • We are SOLD OUT, but if we open up more spots, you will be able to register at

You and the Environment … and Data Literacy - presented by Kirk Borne (Thurs. 9/26)

  • Thursday (9/26) from 6:00PM to 8:00PM
  • MTSU - Business and Aerospace Building – State Farm Room
  • A night for ALL students at MTSU to learn more about data science and its future for you and your career.
  • This event is sponsored by the students organizations’ AIS, ACM, SME, and Economics Club and we encourage anyone interested in Data Science to join us.

Data Dive: A Data Science Institute Hackathon benefitting Special Kids (Fri. 9/27 & Sat. 9/28)

  • Friday (9/27) from 6:00PM to 8:00PM
  • Miller Education Center - 503 E. Bell Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37130
  • This event is for students, faculty, and IT professionals.
  • Click here to learn more and to register:
  • Want to learn about Data Science and Machine Learning and make a difference at the same time?
  • Join us for a 2 day Hackathon as we dive into data from Special Kids, Inc. We will be looking at their donor data and how we can help them identify opportunities for more donations through activities.
  • To learn more about Special Kids, Inc., please visit
  • Skills Needed? NONE - we are looking for students and faculty that have a desire to learn. Skills would be helpful, but everyone is welcome. (Skills needed: problem solving skills, database/SQL, Python, Tableau, PowerBI, and anything else that you want to dabble with.)

Agenda for the 2 day Data Dive:

  • Friday, September 27th
    • 8:30AM – Introduction by Kirk Borne on using Data Science for good
    • 9AM - Introduce the problem and rules for the hackathon
    • 10AM - divide into groups and get started looking at the data
    • 11:30AM - Lunch
    • 12:30PM - Quick feedback and summaries from groups
    • 3PM - group work concludes for the day
  • Saturday, September 28th
    • 8AM - Doors open to start day and group work - light breakfast and coffee
    • 11:30AM - Lunch served
    • 2:00PM - Groups present their results and findings
  • Click here to register: