Study groups are born from the necessity felt by many people of finding a way to learn and stay updated on a rapidly evolving field such as machine learning, and also meet other people that share the same interest.
The aim of is to ease the adoption of machine learning for people who already have a programming background, but are currently lacking the scientific / technical skills necessary to be proficient in it. We want to support convivial environments for sharing and learning together, in a fully 'community' spirit!
BTW, if you are wondering, 'Tarallucci and Vino' is an Italian idiomatic expression suggesting a friendly, convivial and serene environment.
The way we experimented up to now (in Verona and Padova) is to get together every week, generally during the late afternoon or evening, to discuss some learning material. For simplicity, we decided to use as base material a set of free online courses, and the Google Colaboratory platform to execute the code, so as to avoid any economic barriers, and allow people to easily catch up on lost evenings in an autonomous fashion.
The study groups have been experimented in Padova and Verona, were we used the online fast.ai platform, which provides videos and codes, and also has a very active community and forum. The courses are updated every year to keep up with the state-of-the-art, and we have found its language to be easily accessible for our target audience.
In addition, we also experimented with many variations during the events, such as:
TVML was born in 2017 from an initiative of Cesare Montresor, a freelance developer from Verona who wanted to learn more about machine learning and find like-minded people to share his learning experience (read more about the initial months here).
One year later, together with Cesare we decided to make the study groups an official initiative of our association, to provide as much support as we can to help repeat this beautiful experiment in as many italian cities as possible! Every study group is independently organized by one or more local students.
Below you can find all the links to get in touch with the active study groups.
If you cannot find your city in the list, don't panic! If you would like to start a similar study group, be sure to get in touch with us, and we would be glad to share our experience, material, and provide some support to help you get started.