From knowing nothing to becoming a national finalist

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It was middle February of 2020 when my friend Mario talked to me about the most important national Datathon for Bachelor and Master’s Degree students. Back then I was a sophomore and he was a junior, both from Computer Science, at the Polytechnic University of Valencia.

What is more, we did not know anything about data science nor AI.

So, we signed up for the contest and started to learn Python, basic theory of machine learning, and practice a lot with online tutorials.

The challenge we chose was the Minsait Land Classification. The goal was to build a multi class…


Don’t just study, do these 4 effective tips.

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Get high marks. As high as you can. And then… what?

Many students face the hard reality late. They have been studying hard for getting a degree in C.S, and once they have finished, they go to see some junior positions to work on, and find that university did not teach them many things they are required to know for them.

So, what can they do now? Before facing this situation, I would like to give you some alternative activities you can do while studying at college, that will provide you with…


Fast and easy configuration, without external packages.

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Once you are connected to your remote machine, follow these steps:

  1. Install jupyter (https://jupyter.org/install):
pip install jupyterlab
pip install notebook

2. Create the Jupyter configuration file:

jupyter notebook --generate-config

3. Edit it, it will be placed at ~/.jupyter/jupyter_notebook_config.py, and add these lines:

c = get_config()
c.IPKernelApp.pylab = 'inline'
c.NotebookApp.ip = '*'
c.NotebookApp.open_browser = False
c.NotebookApp.port = N_PORT

4. Make external IP as static on the Google Cloud Platform interface of your account:

  • Networking > VPC Network > External IP addresses.
  • Change type from Ephemeral to Static.
  • You will see a popup window where…

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