Anthony Goldbloom is cofounder and CEO of Kaggle, a platform for machine-learning competitions. Almost 500,000 of the world's top data scientists compete on Kaggle to solve important problems for industry, government, and academia. Kaggle has catalyzed breakthroughs in areas ranging from automated essay grading to automated disease diagnosis from medical images. Before cofounding Kaggle in 2010, Anthony was an econometrician at the Australian treasury. In 2013 MIT Technology Review named him one of 35 top innovators under the age of 35.
Governments and institutions are facing the new demands of a rapidly changing society. Among many significant trends, some facts should be considered (Silverstein, 2006): (1) the increment of number and type of students; and (2) the limitations imposed by educational costs and course schedules. About the former, the need of a continuous update of knowledge and competences in an evolving work environment requires life-long learning solutions. An increasing number of young adults are returning to classrooms in order to finish their graduate degrees or attend postgraduate programs to achieve an specialization on a certain domain. About the later, due to the emergence of new types of students, budget constraints and schedule conflicts appear.
The Trade Desk's online curriculum is branded The Trading Academy, a module-based offering whose ultimate output is certification for the company's agency clients and others. The 100 series walks participants through the process of "understanding the landscape, dissecting the Lumascape and understanding what happens in 100 milliseconds," Hall explains. The 200 series gets into such subjects as data collection and pixel placement and leads to a mid-term exam, followed by the 300 series covering the forward market and other advanced topics.
For resources, the single best thing you can do is find people who can challenge you and make you think. These can be collaborators that you work with in "real life," or folks online (say, for example, contributing to open source projects). I've also found that the projects that turn out the best for me are the ones that I find most interesting or exciting, so I've grown to put a lot of effort into reading about many different things so I can find out what seems most cool or fun and then go after that--at first it felt a little backward, like instead I should be reading up to find out what I "should" be excited about and then letting that guide my choices, but I've found that thinking about it instead from the perspective of "what makes me excited, and let's think of a way to apply machine learning or data science to that" is way more fun for me. That's not really a resource, sorry, but I think it's important. For resources, I love online courses (like Udacity of course, but there are lots of good ones out there), podcasts (I have to say that, since I host one as a side project–Linear Digressions), and there are some excellent blogs out there too.