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A review of The Data Incubator as a data science bootcamp

What does The Data Incubator do?

The Data Incubator is a data science fellowship program that offers intensive full-time, 8-week data science bootcamps, as well as part-time, 8-week courses in major tech hubs, such as New York City and San Francisco. The courses can also be taken online. The program is tailored to students who have a specific data science project in mind before applying, as participants will spend most of the bootcamp working on their own capstone project. Only students with graduate degrees in data-centric fields can apply.

The goal of the program is to familiarize participants with the newest data science tools. Students spend their time building a portfolio under the guidance of mentors from hiring companies. By personalizing the curriculum, the program helps students find a job that matches their specific interest.

The full-time, immersive 8-week program is divided into 8 modules. Students complete weekly projects using real-world data. Throughout the program, students work towards their capstone project, which requires building a functioning website using a public data set. In addition, there are weekly sessions that address writing competitive resumes and cover letters, behavioral and technical interviews, and networking. 

Who is The Data Incubator for? 

The bootcamp only accepts students with significant backgrounds in data science. Data scientists who have are looking to work on their own project would benefit from this program. Applicants must have a graduate degree that includes coursework in probability, statistics, scripting, and programming and some experience working with actual scientific data in real-world scenarios. Only 2% of applicants are accepted.

What does The Data Incubator cost? How much work is involved?

The Data Incubator fellowship costs $17,000 for the in-person classroom experience and $9,000 for the online program. Students who are placed with a hiring partner after finishing the program receive a refund of 50% of their tuition. The Data Incubator provides full scholarships for the most exceptional candidates. For students with financial need, financing is available through Climb Credit or other lenders.

The application consists of 5 short answer questions about the applicant’s background in data, a video in which applicants pitch their project proposal, and an interview. The admissions committee asks behavioral and technical questions about a candidate’s project proposal.

The program encourages students from nontraditional fields such as anthropology, political science, and marketing to apply, as long as they have been mainly focusing on data. In addition, most successful candidates have been coding for at least one year.

Ratings and reviews of The Data Incubator 

Reviews for The Data Incubator fellowship are generally positive. Graduates on CourseReport found the curriculum to be helpful yet challenging, with one student explaining that it is “a great way to transition from academia to industry.” According to a Quora reviewer, the program provides students with “the ability to ramp-up your job search very quickly and take it to the next level.”

A review on Switchup said that the bootcamp is a “great way to hone your skills and position yourself as a data scientist in the industry.” When talking about the course overall, one Reddit user explains that “the capstone was the most important thing” and that the coursework and lessons were not a priority.

Because admission is so competitive, the program admits “people that already have the skill-set to create a project,” according to a reviewer on Reddit. Another Quora reviewer explains that the program “appears only interested in training people who already have a pretty good knowledge base and could possibly already get a good job in the field, based on the application process.”

Alternatives to The Data Incubator 

If you do not have the rigorous academic background needed to be accepted into The Data Incubator, you may be interested in an alternative program, such as one of the following.

  • Metis has part-time introduction courses as well as onsite and online bootcamp options. Learn more about Metis in our review.
  • For those without graduate degrees, DataCamp and Dataquest are options. Both programs offer individual courses and in depth tracks in data science. 
  • For fundamentals, Coding Temple and RMOTR offer bootcamps in Python data science and web development. 
  • You can check out Udacity and Springboard, which are online educational platforms that students can use to brush up on the basics or advance their current tech skills. Read more about Udacity and Springboard in our reviews.
  • If you’re looking for free and low-cost college courses, consider Coursera. Prices range from free to $25,000. Accredited universities partner with Coursera, so many of the courses are of a high caliber. 
  • With over 100,000 online video courses, Udemy is an online learning platform. Students can choose from classes that cost around $10 each.
  • One of the most well known bootcamps is General Assembly, which offers full-time, part-time, and 1-day courses on a variety of topics like software engineering, data science, UX design, digital marketing, product management, and more. Read more about General Assembly in our review.
  • For those who can commit to a 9-month program, the Lambda School is an option for learning the fundamentals of data science, as well as software engineering, UX/UI design, and iOS development.

How does The Data Science Incubator compare to Pathrise?

The Data Science Incubator is for people with significant experience working in data. The program helps students create a portfolio, build cover letters and resumes, and prepare for interviews.

At Pathrise, fellows do not need to have a graduate degree, but they should have some background in their field of interest because our workshops are based around technical interview training, which requires knowledge of the fundamentals. Pathrise also provides 1-on-1 mentoring and a personalized program that addresses each fellow’s strengths and weaknesses. We work with fellows on LinkedIn and resume optimization, cold emailing, reverse recruiting, behavioral interviews, and negotiation.

Pathrise offers a flexible schedule, with just 4 hours of group sessions a week. All workshops are recorded, so fellows can always refer back to previous material. 1-on-1 meetings with mentors can be scheduled as needed. The Pathrise income share agreement is 9% of an applicant’s first year salary. 

Pathrise is a career accelerator that helps fellows land their dream job. Through 1-on-1 mentoring, we help maximize their personal backgrounds, experiences, and unique skill sets.

If you are interested in working with a mentor 1-on-1 to optimize your job search, become a Pathrise fellow.

Apply today.

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