Two teams from Manipal ProLearn made it to the finals of Data Science Society’s Academia Datathon and we certainly can’t stop raving about it!

Student of the Fortnight - Swaditya Karunakaran

Blazing a trail on the career graph

Sometimes, when you reach the destination after a long and arduous journey, it takes a while for the sense of accomplishment to sink in. 

Today’s customers expect high quality customer experience to be delivered consistently - across multiple channels. According to a Capgemini study, eight out of 10 customers in several countries across the world, including India, are willing to pay more for better customer experience.

If you have read books like Brave New World and 1984 by Huxley and Orwell respectively, then you may be aware of the risks that come with technological advancements. From the creation of brainwashed synthetic babies to nuclear bombs with the aim of gaining control over masses, the sci-fi drama ‘Black Mirror’ does an excellent job in taking the legacy forward by using the tech tools of today - big data, AI, and social media and projecting their powers in a futuristic world.

Nearly 1.7 megabytes of information is expected to be created by 2020. However, it is not the volume of data that matters but what organisations do with it. Successfully managing, analysing and using the data insights is fundamental to creating long term business value.

Ever since the launch of Hadoop, the big data universe has been taken by a storm, thanks to its simplicity and endless features. As the number of smartphone users and their digital presence increases by the day, there has been a tremendous rise in the volume of raw data generated each day.

This is where the ability of Hadoop to analyze and process the vast amount of raw data at a good speed came in, and it has found its place in the hearts of big data scientists.

Christopher Wylie made an incredible revelation last week that shook the world of data science and social media. The revelation?

Right from the Big Bang theory to big data, there is virtually nothing that Stephen Hawking didn’t contribute to. His thoughts penetrated through space and time to discover black holes, peeped into the mysteries of the universe and its origins and inspired every little kid to look up towards the sky with awe. Unfortunately, the hero every space freak worshipped and looked up to left us recently.

Data Scientist (Advanced Analytics) at Larsen & Toubro Infotech Ltd

10+ years in Analytics

Previous Experience:

Launchship Technology Solutions Pvt. Ltd., DCR Workforce, Hewlett-Packard, Genpact, Kirloskar Electric Co.Ltd., and Tata Steel

Educational Qualification:

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is a group of 29 countries from Europe and North America. NATO constitutes a system of collective security whereby its member states agree to mutual defence in response to an attack by any external party. Three NATO members, namely the United States, France, and the United Kingdom, are permanent members of the United Nations Security Council with the power to veto. They are also the official nuclear-weapon states.

The exploding growth in data science careers can be attributed to the basic laws of economics. Demand for data scientists is high given that 2.5 quintillion bytes of data is created every day, while supply of data scientists lags far behind. Unsurprisingly, the battle for the best data science talent is waging across industries.

They say that a good resume may not be sufficient in getting you selected, but a bad resume will certainly get you rejected. So it is established that your resume is one of the most vital elements in scaling the distance between you and your dream job.


R is a free programming language used by almost every data scientist for big data analytics, statistical analysis, reporting, and graphical representation. Its applicability makes it a must-know skill and a vital element of every data science course around the world.

When you consider that humans are visual creatures, the implications for today’s data-driven businesses become clear. Given that the world generates 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day, deriving real value from it requires businesses to present the right information in a visual format that is easily understood by end users. While graphs, pie charts, bar diagrams are good, they do not connect the different parts of a business problem to present a complete picture to help users arrive at an insightful solution.

  • Previous experience – Microsoft, SABMiller, Young & Rubicam (Ad Agency), Gallup (Market Research)
  • Educational qualification – University of Iowa (Masters’ in Business), Rutgers (Masters’ in Engineering), IIT-Kanpur (B.Tech.)