Diana Murgulet, Data Scientist, Viktoriia Oliinyk, Data Scientist, QuantumBlack With contributions from Helen Mullings, Head of People, Rashida Kanchwala, Software Developer and Helen Mayhew, COO, QuantumBlack

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Helen Mullings at Women Transforming Tech event

Across the world there are promising signs that women are playing a larger role in the STEM workforce. Women now account for more than a third of STEM jobs across a significant number of regions, including Central Asia (48%), Latin American and the Caribbean (45%) and Central and Eastern Europe (39%). Last year UK campaigners celebrated a key milestone in the journey for parity in STEM — for the first time ever, more than…


Wojtek Krok, Head of QuantumBlack South East Asia, Lukasz Gaweda, Engagement Manager, QuantumBlack, Piotr Roszkowski, Engagement Manager, QuantumBlack, Tomasz Zamacinski, Junior Principal, QuantumBlack

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Recommendation engines are commonplace today. Tailoring product suggestions to a user’s preferences can be found across a range of industries, from video streaming to online fashion retail. However, adoption remains a challenge in digital services industries such as finance and telco as many of their products are interchangeable.

For example, many data packages for mobile plans serve the same customer needs and are substitutable. Determining which recommendations will be attractive for the customers while adding incremental value…


Saravanakumar Subramaniam, Principal Data Engineer, Matthieu Vautrot, Principal Data Engineer, Evangelos Theodoridis, Principal Data Engineer, QuantumBlack. With contributions from Toby Sykes, Global Head Of Data Engineering, QuantumBlack

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Toby Sykes, Global Head Of Data Engineering, QuantumBlack

Last week marked the publication of the DataIQ 100, the annual list recognising the UK’s leading individuals working across data and analytics — and our own Toby Sykes, QuantumBlack’s Global Head of Data Engineering, was among them.

Toby has spent the last five years shaping and growing QuantumBlack’s worldwide data engineering operations. He’s earned a reputation for applying innovative data engineering to drive commercial success — and he has consistently championed the benefits…


A non-profit organisation shares how it is benefitting communities across LatAm using Kedro

Jo Stichbury, Technical Writer, Yetunde Dada, Principal Product Manager, QuantumBlack; Lais Carvalho — Developer Advocate

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This conversation with Carlos Gimenez, founder of Open Data Science LatAm (ODESLA), is part of a global series to understand how Kedro is used around the world.

Carlos Gimenez is a pioneer for data science best-practices. He recognised how Kedro could benefit his teams soon after it was open sourced; and, introduced Kedro while he was at Naranja X and to his own organisation, Open Data Science LatAm (ODESLA).

Kedro is an open source Python framework that helps Data Scientists create reproducible, maintainable and modular…


’Twas the night before the holidays began and all through the house…there was much excitement because the elves in QuantumBlack Labs released a new version of Kedro.

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“Top View Photography of Blackboard Between Baubles” (with edit) by Giftpundits.com License

This article explains what’s new in Kedro 0.17.0 and Kedro-Viz 3.8.0, how to unwrap them and what to expect. Don’t forget to read the manual before operation. Batteries not included.

First things first.

What is Kedro?

Kedro is an open-source Python framework for creating reproducible, maintainable and modular data science code. It borrows concepts (like modularity, separation of concerns and versioning) from software engineering and applies them to machine-learning code.

At QuantumBlack, we routinely deliver real-world machine learning applications as a part of our work. We created Kedro to build upon the knowledge and experience we had gathered. …


Katherine Shenton, Head of Marketing, QuantumBlack

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This weekend marks the start of the Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS) Conference. In any other year, the QuantumBlack team would be travelling to the event to take part in a week of lectures, workshops and tutorials. However, 2020 has posed its challenges and so we will be among the thousands joining this year’s virtual edition.

This is the first time the conference will be solely digital — however we are confident this will only make the event more accessible than ever before. With thousands of practitioners expected to log on from around the…


Jo Stichbury, Technical Writer, QuantumBlack; Yetunde Dada, Principal Product Manager, QuantumBlack; Lais Carvalho, Developer Advocate

Our conversation with Element AI is part of a global series to understand how Kedro is perceived around the world. For more on how Element AI is using AI to change enterprise operations, check out their website. And to find out about how the company is using AI for innovation and collaboration, check out this blogpost.

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Element AI is an artificial intelligence solutions provider that uses cutting-edge research to help businesses produce accessible and operational solutions. …


Tom Essl, Junior Principal UX Designer, QuantumBlack

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“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” This famous quote from science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke will likely resonate with many involved in product design, where beginning a project can often resemble conjuring something out of nothing.

We frequently find ourselves attempting to define a product vision based on abstract thoughts that exist only in our heads, and this can make it difficult to determine which part of the process to initially focus on. …


Vishnu Kamalnath, Expert Associate Partner, QuantumBlack and Brian McCarthy, Partner, McKinsey & Company

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In recent years AI technologies have become increasingly influential in how organisations operate, creating significant cost savings and improving customer experience. Simply put, a greater number of business decisions are being made in industries around the world today by some form of AI.

While progress has been rapid, AI systems have significant vulnerabilities that could completely throw them off balance. Failure to handle these could lead to serious financial loss, as well as ethical and reputational issues for the organisations involved.

As businesses continue to deploy AI…


Dan Feldman, Design Director, McKinsey, Sydney; Maksud Ibrahimov, Jr Principal Data Scientist, QuantumBlack, Melbourne; Justin Hevey, Expert Designer, McKinsey, Sydney; Cris Cunha, Analytics Expert Associate Partner, QuantumBlack, Perth and James Deighton, Partner, McKinsey, Melbourne

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This is the second of our three-part series, Exploring The Intersection Of Design & Advanced Analytics. In this article, we will take a deeper look at how effective collaboration between designers and data scientists can unlock greater value in advanced analytics (AA) projects.

As we referenced in our previous article, failure in advanced analytics projects occur for a host of reasons including technical issues, misalignment with…

QuantumBlack, a McKinsey company

An advanced analytics firm operating at the intersection of strategy, technology and design. www.quantumblack.com @quantumblack

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