Fast.ai is the most recognised data-science course for coders internationally. Its cofounders Jeremy Howard and Rachel Tomas want to democratise access to deep learning by offering courses for coders, software library, research and a growing community – and all for free!

Skellig.ai & Talent Garden Innovation School based in the DCU Alpha campus are hosting Ireland’s first evening tutorial series to support students self-studying Fast.ai. Entitled “Tutorial Support for Fast.ai ai4coders”, it is free of charge and will run twice a week, over 8 weeks, starting Tuesday 15th January.

Ruth Kearney, Talent Garden Innovation School Director said “Fast.ai is a practical deep learning MOOC for coders that has graduated over 10k students. It is a quick way to improve Ireland’s level of AI capabilities and the plan is to roll it out nationwide over time. We also want to encourage female participation in the tech learning space With 50 registered, the male quota is already full but we are still taking names for female coders to achieve a 50/50 gender balance.”Further information is available for those interested in the event page or by emailing [email protected].

The objective of the course is to help students to advance the course by helping them overcome obstacles and maximise their chances of completing the course. Students do the study in advance of attending Talent Garden, where the tutorial work is undertaken. There are around 20 hours of lessons, and students should plan to spend around 10 hours a week for 7 weeks to complete the material. The course is based on lessons recorded during the first certificate course at The Data Institute at the University of San Francisco (USF).

Talent Garden Innovation School’s vision is to build deep tech and digital innovation capabilities by connecting tech coworking communities and providing masterclasses and bootcamps in areas such as AI, Data Science and UX Design. “We are due to launch our 2019 programme providing training in all areas of digital transformation. Supporting initiatives like Fast.ai aligns with our mission of delivering digital transformation through improving AI literacy at a national level.” adds Kearney.

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