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    After a very successful 2 prior events, we bring to you the 3rd and final 2021 Project Data Analytics Starter Kit with James Smith, PhD on November 9th. He will be walking you through all the components of project data analytics, through the lens of a project delivery professional. Many existing roles will look radically different in a few years time; for some it will be a matter of adapt or become obsolete. Project Data Analytics can be used to support project delivery through: • Anticipate variance and future cast • To scenario plan the future and optimise its navigation • Manipulating probabilities and accepting that the future is not predetermined • Sense team and supplier performance; forensically examining individual performance, cohesion, collaboration and its impact on project goals. • Interrogate the connectivity between disparate elements of a project and extract insights. • Automate repetitive and burdensome roles, releasing capacity for higher value activity. • Interrogate and visualise data and discover new insights. • Build and communicate data-driven business cases across various stakeholders. Start your Journey in Project Data Analytics with this talk. We will cover everything that we'll need in our armoury to adapt over the coming years. From Power BI to automation, data pipelines to Python. We will explain why we'll need it, what we can do with it and how to go about it all in a practical manner. What do you think?! These capabilities are becoming mainstream and a key part of our future project delivery roles. Don’t get left behind, get on board now!
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    Project:Hack is the leading community event for helping to transform how we deliver projects via data. Get involved and make a difference. Welcome to Project:Hack 11 - our first in person hack in a long time! Project:Hack11 will be held at The Hallam Conference Centre, Marlyebone, London Win prizes worth thousands of pounds, Project:Hack10 had £5000! Opportunities to network and impress organisations such as NHS, Mace, MPA, Sir Robert McAlpine and a whole host of others across various sectors An opportunity to earn a paid summer internship with Projecting Success, work on real project challenges and learn to leverage data effectively A whole host of new challenges to tackle and impress thought leaders in project delivery who will be judging your solutions For more specific information, visit our hack page https://www.projectdataanalytics.co.uk/projecthack/ Venue and Catering: The Hallam Conference Centre, Cavendish Venues, 44 Hallam St, London W1W 6JJ Nearest tube stations - Regents Park, Goodge Street, Warren Street and Oxford Circus. Delicious breakfast and lunch on both days brought to you by a company favourite - MercieMarie. Free bar in the evening of the 7th of October from 17:30 - 20:30. The event will finish at 5 pm on Friday 8th October so book your trains for after 5 pm. Project:Hack Aims: Explore methods and tools to transform how insights and value can be extracted from project data. Ranging from risk and schedule data through to on site presence of personnel. Enable delivery professionals to understand the predisposition of projects to specific challenges, to predict them arising and take action to avoid the avoidable. Ignite the professional imagination on what can be achieved and shape the future of project delivery. Project:Hack11 Challenges TBC Examples of previous Project:Hack10 Challenges : 3. Scope 3 Emission Analysis Can we analyse all our scope 3 emission data and use it to find the outliers to target for improvement? Can we create an app that allows us to view our scope 3 emissions live and that can show us our emissions based on certain filters? i.e. Location, region, source 4. Training certificate parsing and cataloguing Can we use automation to scrape through and catalogue our PDF training certificates? Can we create a tool that can be used for different awarding bodies? 6. Work Scope Log Visualization Can we gain useful insight into when a project is likely to go over budget and when the work hours dedicated to a project are running beyond expectation? Can we visualise this information in order for it to be easily represented and shown to management and key decision makers in the company? 9. Equipment Failure Rate Analysis Can we predict when a piece of equipment will have a fault by using historical maintenance data? Can we use our equipment failure data to streamline our maintenance and reduce cost? 10. Timesheet Recording and Monitoring System Can we use an application to allow employees to log quickly and easily what work they have done on each project? Can I receive a live visualization on what work has been logged by my teams? 11. GPT-3 Task Breakdown Assistant Can we use GPT-3 to break down projects into specific tasks that need completing? Can we use schedule data for training this model? For a taster of what we got up to at Project:Hack8 plus the presentations, videos and blogs click here. For the latest news follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn & Facebook using #projecthack. Let’s get started! We'll start the event by introducing the challenges and the data sets. You'll then have the opportunity to pitch your idea to the crowd to invite team members, or join a team whose idea you want to work on. The remainder of the weekend will be spent developing the concepts, interrogating the data, building proof of concepts and delivering a solid pitch to support it. Finally, you'll get the opportunity to present to industry experts who will judge your proposal. Happy to support you! There will be online support. Data scientists, PowerBI experts and subject matter experts will help you with technical queries and mentors will guide you towards the perfect pitch. Computer science students are also welcome.It promises to be a great couple of days with food, drinks, ideas and bucket loads of fun. The only requirement is to come with a lot of bright ideas and enthusiasm! Fees We had over 100 register to the last event. In order to ensure that people only book who intend to come to the event, we will be charging a fee. All ticket proceeds, less VAT and platform fees, will be donated to Cancer Research. Please note that platform fees are non-refundable (Eventbrite policy). Sponsors We are seeking sponsors for this event. Please get in touch if you are interested in supporting it. FAQs What do I need to bring to the event? Your laptop, access to any software that you are likely to need and bucket loads of enthusiasm. Am I guaranteed a place? We'll do our best to accommodate everyone. How will my ideas be managed? Your ideas belong to you. Its your intellectual property. But we encourage all attendees to share their code for the benefit of the community wherever possible. We will load all solutions onto the community portal unless you advise us otherwise. How will my personal data be used? Purely for the administration of this event, future events and any agreed follow up actions. It will not be used for any other purposes. Is everything online? Yes What is the photo policy? A key part of the hack is to build momentum across the community and inspire people. We would like to screen shots and videos of Zoom for social media and videos. But if you would prefer not to be involved then please let us know.
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    RSVP HERE - https://bit.ly/3ma2pKf Project data is different from ordinary data; there is more qualitative data and fewer quantitative measures. Timelines are really important and there are many more dates; e.g. project and task start, and completion, milestone dates. This creates challenges in analysing the data. For example we often need to calculate what happens between two dates rather than on a date. What we measure is also different, capacity, availability and demand, as well as the traditional measures of revenue and cost. Creating appealing visualisations is also a challenge, especially with the standard set of visuals that Power BI provides. We’ll look at how to meet these challenges in this talk. We’ll show examples in Power BI, Excel and R, but the principles are applicable to any analytics tool. Mark Wilcock is an independent data scientist and trainer and a Microsoft MVP.
  4. Register here: Why we Need to Rethink Complex Mega Projects | Meetup We routinely label expensive projects as complex projects but does this generalisation lead us to mismanage how they are delivered? On HS2, is the process of laying hundreds of mile of track complex? Should we be adapting our approach based upon the extent to which the project is subject to change, i.e. how emergent it is? But how do we know where we are? How can data help us along this journey and enable us to understand the current and emerging position? Data can probably help us with the elements of a project which are known and repetitive, but what about the parts of a projects that are in flux? Can we plan our way out of these? Can data help us by deploying probes to detect where we are and how the environment is evolving; can it help us with lead indicators? How should we be managing complexity and what role does data have to play? Dave Snowden is an internationally renowned guru on complexity and has kindly agreed to share his insights into a range of crunchy issues facing the project delivery profession. When he delivered his talk to our community in 2019 it was one of our most popular! It provided a perspective that many hadn’t considered before. We are delighted to welcome him back so we can dig a little deeper. Dave Snowden is CSO and Founder of Cognitive Edge and Director of the Cynefin Centre. He has pioneered a science based approach to organisations drawing on anthropology, neuroscience and complex adaptive systems theory. He is a popular and passionate keynote speaker on a range of subjects, and is well known for his pragmatic cynicism and iconoclastic style. He holds positions as extra-ordinary Professor at the Universities of Pretoria and Stellenbosch as well as visiting Professor at the University of Hull in The Centre for Systems Studies.
  5. After popular demand, a new and improved Project Data Analytics event with James Smith, PhD is here! He will be walking you through all the components of project data analytics, through the lens of a project delivery professional. Many existing roles will look radically different in a few years time; for some it will be a matter of adapt or become obsolete. Project Data Analytics can be used to support project delivery through: • Anticipate variance and future cast • To scenario plan the future and optimise its navigation • Manipulating probabilities and accepting that the future is not predetermined • Sense team and supplier performance; forensically examining individual performance, cohesion, collaboration and its impact on project goals. • Interrogate the connectivity between disparate elements of a project and extract insights. • Automate repetitive and burdensome roles, releasing capacity for higher value activity. • Interrogate and visualise data and discover new insights. • Build and communicate data-driven business cases across various stakeholders. Start your Journey in Project Data Analytics with this talk. We will cover everything that we'll need in our armoury to adapt over the coming years. From Power BI to automation, data pipelines to Python. We will explain why we'll need it, what we can do with it and how to go about it all in a practical manner. What do you think?! These capabilities are becoming mainstream and a key part of our future project delivery roles. Don’t get left behind, get on board now!
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    Get tickets here: Project:Hack 10 Tickets, Sat 7 Aug 2021 at 09:00 | Eventbrite Or if you're a student? Email sophiek@projectingsuccess.co.uk for your exclusive free ticket code ... Welcome to Project:Hack 10 - our 10th Project Data Analytics Hackathon! Win a prize worth thousands of pounds, Project:Hack9 had £5000! Opportunities to network and impress organisations such as NHS, Mace, GSK, Sir Robert McAlpine and a whole host of others across various sectors An opportunity to earn a paid summer internship with Projecting Success, work on real project challenges and learn to leverage data effectively A whole host of new challenges to tackle and impress thought leaders in project delivery who will be judging your solutions For more specific information, visit our hack page https://www.projectdataanalytics.co.uk/projecthack/ COVID-19 Compliant - fully online If you would like to help shape how projects are delivered in the future, then Project:Hack will give you the opportunity to work with and influence major players in industry who share this bold vision and passion. Data Science is transforming how projects are delivered, it can save billions for society, improve certainty in outcomes and change the face of the project management profession forever. Project:Hack Aims: Explore methods and tools to transform how insights and value can be extracted from project data. Ranging from risk and schedule data through to on site presence of personnel. Enable delivery professionals to understand the predisposition of projects to specific challenges, to predict them arising and take action to avoid the avoidable. Ignite the professional imagination on what can be achieved and shape the future of project delivery. Challenges The brief for Project:Hack10 is to deliver innovative solutions around project delivery themes. Challenges have been devised to suit different skillsets and levels of expertise . Further information regarding the challenges will be announced nearer the time. For the latest news follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn & Facebook using #projecthack. Project:Hack 10 challenges coming soon! Let’s get started! We'll start the event by introducing the challenges and the data sets. You'll then have the opportunity to pitch your idea to the crowd to invite team members, or join a team whose idea you want to work on. The remainder of the weekend will be spent developing the concepts, interrogating the data, building proof of concepts and delivering a solid pitch to support it. Finally, you'll get the opportunity to present to industry experts who will judge your proposal. In the COVID-19 meltdown we won't be able to award prizes, but you will be able to bask in the glory associated with shaping the future of project management. Happy to support you! There will be online support. Data scientists, PowerBI experts and subject matter experts will help you with technical queries and mentors will guide you towards the perfect pitch. Computer science students are also welcome.It promises to be a great couple of days with food, drinks, ideas and bucket loads of fun. The only requirement is to come with a lot of bright ideas and enthusiasm! We have space for a couple of hundred people, so please spread the word. Fees We had over 100 register to the last event. In order to ensure that people only book who intend to come to the event, we will be charging a fee. All ticket proceeds, less VAT and platform fees, will be donated to Cancer Research. Please note that platform fees are non-refundable (Eventbrite policy).
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    Register here: Net Zero: How Your Organisations can be Harnessing Data to Support the Mission | Meetup “It’s not as bad as you think – it’s worse.” Sir James Bevan, Chief Executive, Environment Agency Climate change will have an impact on all of us. Action needs to be taken on this and the broader nature challenge. The Project Data Analytics Task Force is launching an initiative to prompt and inform project and data professionals on the actions they can take in relation to carbon (as a proxy for climate change) and how they can influence others and contribute their expertise and energy. Join us on the 18th to hear WHY this is critical and WHAT is being launched in advance of COP26. The predicted impacts of climate change over the next 30 years are catastrophic. In our working lifetimes, we have the last remaining opportunity of any generation to make a difference. The good news is, we can. And the sooner we act, the bigger the difference we will make. The most successful organisations will get ahead of that trend and be prepared to demonstrate case studies to raise the bar across industry. This is a systemic problem, and it needs a systemic solution. Use of the UN Sustainable Development Goals could help, as a framework by which we optimise every decision we make, and measure our success. That the environment is not something we think about as a separate item, or an obligatory ‘add-on’. It is inherent in every decision we make – to maximise the benefit for the environment and people, and to minimise the detrimental impact. For project professionals we believe that the biggest untapped potential to contribute to the climate and nature emergencies is through effective data analytics driving out ‘waste’ in every aspect of decision making in project delivery. But there are human and commercial barriers to this. The Project Data Analytics Taskforce has chosen to start by raising awareness amongst project and data professionals of the challenge at the foundation of the profession where there is the greatest opportunity to make change happen. To achieve this we have developed the Carbon Self-Evaluation tool. Using carbon as a proxy for climate change action, the self-evaluation helps individuals to benchmark themselves against their peers in their own and other sectors. The tool encourages action to be taken from the bottom up while providing data that will challenge the effectiveness of top-down strategies and policies. Suggestions will be made as to what action individuals can take and also share good practice and identify where help and support are needed. By taking part, individuals will also help to shine a light on how we are doing as a collective. We aim to take these insights to COP26. We do have a choice about what we do now. As a project delivery community don’t underestimate our immense collective power, and our moral duty to act. Please, choose wisely. Jo Jolly is a Deputy Director in the Environment Agency and leads their newly formed Bespoke & Emerging Projects team. She understands the vast potential of project data analytics and the need to move beyond incremental improvements in project delivery. Jo believes we all need to take urgent action to tackle the nature and climate emergencies through collaboration and trust to promote the sharing of data on a scale we’ve never seen before. Jo is working hard to drive out waste in delivery and massively improve productivity hopes that by using the power of data analytics, we can. Donnie MacNicol works across multiple sectors energising leaders and teams delivering complex change to maximise value and certainty of success through a focus on the human dimension. He acts as a catalyst to support organisation to improve their collaboration and capability – aspects that will be critical to meeting the NetZero target. He is keenly aware of the challenges faced and wants to use his experience, expertise and energy to make a difference.
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    Register here: The Project Data Analytics Starter Kit: Getting to Grips with Data in 2021 | Meetup After popular demand, a new and improved Project Data Analytics event with James Smith, PhD is here! He will be walking you through all the components of project data analytics, through the lens of a project delivery professional. Many existing roles will look radically different in a few years time; for some it will be a matter of adapt or become obsolete. Project Data Analytics can be used to support project delivery through: • Anticipate variance and future cast • To scenario plan the future and optimise its navigation • Manipulating probabilities and accepting that the future is not predetermined • Sense team and supplier performance; forensically examining individual performance, cohesion, collaboration and its impact on project goals. • Interrogate the connectivity between disparate elements of a project and extract insights. • Automate repetitive and burdensome roles, releasing capacity for higher value activity. • Interrogate and visualise data and discover new insights. • Build and communicate data-driven business cases across various stakeholders. Start your Journey in Project Data Analytics with this talk. We will cover everything that we'll need in our armoury to adapt over the coming years. From Power BI to automation, data pipelines to Python. We will explain why we'll need it, what we can do with it and how to go about it all in a practical manner. What do you think?! These capabilities are becoming mainstream and a key part of our future project delivery roles. Don’t get left behind, get on board now!
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    Sign up here: Masterclass Project:Hack10 Hear from previous hack attendees on what to expect | Meetup In the field of Project Data Analytics a lot of what is possible is unrecognised by the majority of the project community. We developed Project:Hack to show the art of the possible within a weekend. Our hackathons were created to provide a platform for professionals and students to get hands-on experience working with data on real business challenges. Project:Hack10 is on the horizon and we're looking to optimise your experience by building your competitive appetite and preparing you for the upcoming event. This talk will feature guest speakers from the top four winning teams at Project:Hack 9! They are from various organisations and sectors who will give insight into their past experiences of the event and how you can bring tangible benefits to your organisation. The Talk: - A run through of how challenges are developed in line with organisations and sponsors - What to expect at your first Project:Hack and how to tackle it - How to get started with Project:Hack10 - Case Studies of how challenges were tackled within teams over two days, which include: 1st place went to team 1a, a challenge set by Costain to extract construction pricing estimate data from an unstructured data source and transform this into a structured dataset, and secondly to create a visualised search tool that can be used to access the data in a quick and efficient manner. 2nd place went to challenge 10, developed by Projecting Success. A challenge that involves using the power of a state-of-the-art natural language model (GPT-3) to automatically create tailored messages to different stakeholder groups on a construction project. This involved creating personalised messages to the various stakeholders using the data provided as prompts to GPT-3. 3rd Place went to Challenge 11a – A challenge that built on the work of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with the University of Nottingham. The challenge intended to improve cost forecasting and/modelling to make it an automated and efficient way to reduce cost. The challenge was to create a machine learning prediction model and further develop our dashboard to allow automatic access to the predictions. 4th place went to challenge 1b - This challenge was about making it easier to work with unstructured data to search and find information. The challenge required hackers to take a pdf filled with data and tables and pull that all into a completely new structure. The Speakers: Kuldip Khella, Senior Estimator, Costain Shailendar Palle, Senior Estimator, Costain Jozef Quinn, Business Intelligence Analyst, Costain Jon Barritt, Lead Principal Temporary Works Enigineer, Costain Hamish Bryant, Reporting Analyst, Costain Christine Curtis, Principal Process Engineer, Costain Torben Schmidt-Hansen, Assistant Cost Intelligence Consultant, Mott MacDonald James Fleming, Data Analyst, Projecting Success Jack Reynolds, Data Analyst, Mace Russell Willis, Data Liberator, Mace Vipul Kumar, Geotechnical Engineer, Mott MacDonald and PhD student at University of Cambridge James Garner, Senior Director, Gleeds Jake Watson, Data Engineer, The Oakland Group More TBC
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    Register here: How The IPA are Harnessing the Power of Data to Support Major Projects | Meetup The UK government delivers some of the most complex and innovative projects in the world. This requires a world class project delivery capability: Government needs to be rigorous and fearless in its evaluation of policy and projects. To this end they have commissioned IPA to develop the systems, capability and capacity necessary to achieve that objective. The Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) is the government’s centre of expertise for infrastructure and major projects, supporting the successful delivery of all types of major projects. This talk is led by Mark Hunter the Deputy Director for Performance, Benchmarking & Data at IPA. Mark will take us through the role data plays in IPA's covering the unique remit and breadth of data and analysis work at play. He will underline initiatives and involvement which help progress the vision of project data analytics, In addition to outlining the challenges of data collection and processing across Government.
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    Register here - Insights from the US: AI construction institute to reality capture solutions. | Meetup The US National Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Construction will create the first-of-its-kind institute for the application of AI in design, construction and operation of buildings and infrastructure systems. Mani Golparvar, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology Entrepreneurship at University of Illinois has been a key part of the creation of the institute. Mani will provide an overview of their journey so far, aspirations and how the institute fits within other US developments in the field of project data analytics. In the 2nd part of his presentation Mani will present how reality capture and BIM data can be processed to form a visual production management system for achieving production efficiency on construction sites. Specifically, he will present how images and videos from 360-degree cameras, smartphones and drones can be used within computer vision algorithms to automatically generate 3D reality models of indoor and outdoor environments over a project timeline. He will also demonstrate how measurable reality models can be integrated with BIM and project schedules in the form of digital twins such that AI algorithms can track progress and productivity and identify risk for potential delays. A great opportunity to gain insights into the latest developments in the US and specifically, the latest in reality capture, BIM and schedule integration. Short Bio Mani Golparvar is the CTO and Co-founder of Reconstruct Inc., a Software-as-a-Service company that integrates reality modeling, BIM and project scheduling to visually track progress, analyze productivity, and proactively detect potential delays using predictive analytics. He is also Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology Entrepreneurship at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His work in the area of computer vision, machine learning, and BIM has been the recipient of many numerous awards including 2018 Walter Huber Research Prize from ASCE, 2017 National Top 20 Under 40 from ENR; 2017 Hojjat Adeli Innovation in Civil Engineering from Wiley and 2016 Dan Halpin Award for Scholarship in Construction from ASCE. Reconstruct has also been recognized by several awards such as Crunchbase’s 50 hot tech companies globally in 2019, 2016 World Economic Forum most innovative startup company and 2016 Innovation Award from Turner Construction.
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    https://bit.ly/3tCC3AH Sir Robert McAlpine have been at the forefront of the transition to project data analytics. They have a vision that is helping to shape the industry. Grant Findlay has taken a leading role in mapping out this vision, from shaping the strategy for the Project Data Analytics Task Force through to chairing the Construction Data Trust. He is also championing transformational change within his business, with partners and in the wider supply chain. Grant will set out why and how he believes the profession needs to change, the potential prize available to us and share insights into his journey so far. Although his challenge is focused on the construction industry, the insights will be applicable to every sector that aspires to transition towards data driven project delivery.
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    https://bit.ly/2QyDti9 We asked you at our last meetup, "how big of an impact do you think project data analytics will have on your role within the next 3 years". 96% believed there would be at least a significant impact, with some believing in a complete evolution. With a growing demand for advanced data analytics across projects, its been a case of adapting or being left behind for both organisations and individuals. At this masterclass we have real case studies of organisations and individuals who have brought data analytics to the forefront of their work. Are you from a non-data background and looking into transitioning into data? or perhaps how you can use data to optimise your current role. Hear from speaker Jozef Quinn on how his journey with data ignited and how he made the transition from an mechanical engineer into a Business Reporting Analyst at Costain. For those with bold ambitions for data analytics, hear from Jon Kirby, Director at Ishango Ltd and Dan Maddocks Director at Buildata Ltd on how they have been able to establish successful data analytics consultancies operating within the project delivery space. Engage with our speakers and learn about what drove their ambition, the challenges they faced, their methods to overcoming these challenges and where they see the market currently and in the future. A short Q&A will be held at the end for you to ask questions and recieve advice from the presenters.
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    https://bit.ly/3xuA7x6 The Project Data Analytics Communtiy are building a collaborative approach to drive advanced data analytics and data science within project delivery. This talk will show you how we can help build your career through connections, developing skills, getting access to data, building use-cases and more. Get access to real data sets, use-cases and solutions: Our initiatives range from presenting guest talks from thoughtleaders in industry, to networking with various professionals in data and projects to build real solutions for real business use cases in various sectors. We have developed the largest project data hackathon in the UK which will give you access to large data sets, the opportunity to develop data-driven solutions and build business cases to impress senior decision makers within large organisations such as the NHS, GSK, Balfour Beatty, UCL and more. Also win some cash from the £5k prize fund. Turbocharge your future networks: The community has a following with over 7500 data and project professionals and works closely with the PDA Taskforce which includes various enterprise organisations. These include the Environment Agency, Open Data Institute, University of Oxford, the Major Projects Association, BAE Systems, Petrofac, Sir Robert McAlpine etc., who are leading top-down change to improve data access, structure, skills, engagement research and more. We offer numerous opportunities to turbo charge the development of graduates and students alike, building out your CV with real world experience. Best of all, its free to support your development. Earn an internship and find your next employer: Many top tier organisations view our events as a platform to impress and have recruited standout candidates to work within their company. We are also in collaboration with Projecting Success who are at the front line pushing boundaries and are now presenting a internship for standout students. Hone your data skillset, learn tools that industry are now using and future proof your career.
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