NumerCon and the time I spent with my fellow Numeratis were the exact “booster jab” I needed to wake the “meetup organizer Joe” up after two crazy years of COVID and hibernation in a man cave. After NumerCon, I am confident that 1) many countries are now ready for in-person tech events and 2) we need to bring this fantastic in-person experience to more Numeratis around the world.
So, fam, here is my proposal for Global Numerai Community Meetups.
- Demystifying Numerai - many top data scientists out there are just not too sure about the crypto elements and/or the tournament format. Speaking with and listening to long-term participants can be an effective way to build trust. This was exactly how I learned to trust Numerai after watching Jon’s Office Hours with Arbitrage.
- Knowledge sharing and brainstorming - although we may not share all our secret sauce, meetups are great opportunities to bounce ideas off each other and may lead to new models with crazily high TC.
- Face-to-face discussions between Numeratis and Numerai team - a lot more than just asking the team “wen scores” in person, these events can provide a quick and direct feedback loop for both participants and the Numerai team.
- Main objective - meetups with talks from community members + the participation of CoE and/or Numerai team members
- Secondary objective - workshops
- Nice to have - mini unconferences (see Unconference - Wikipedia)
Costs (depend on location)
- Venue: we will always explore free options (e.g. Microsoft Reactor in London) before looking into venue hire
- Food and beverage
- Travel expenses (for event organizers, speakers, and CoE)
- [Optional] Professional videography services (recording + editing) (here is an example from one of my previous meetups - Generative Deep Learning - The Key To Unlocking Artificial General Intelligence Meetup #LondonAI - YouTube)
First Few Steps
- Create multiple groups (e.g. London Numeratis, Tokyo Numeratis) on meetup.com
- Plan and announce the first few meetups in 2022 ASAP (we can pick the first few locations based on my old dashboard users’ data and vote on them)
- Call for speakers
- Promote meetups both internally (rocket.chat/forum) and externally (social media)
- I have organized 100+ similar tech events (meetups/workshops/conferences) for work in 40+ cities from 2016 to early 2020. (See Jo-fai Chow - Senior Data Science Evangelist - H2O.ai | LinkedIn)
- [Bonus fact] I stopped traveling for events in March 2020 due to COVID. I got bored at home and accidentally stumbled upon some Office Hours with Arbitrage videos. The rest is history.
[Optional] Gamification / Rewards
- Numerai swag for meetup participants (recommended)
- NFTees for event organizers and speakers (motivation moon high!)