AT&T: The Future of Data Science Education
The University of Notre Dame collaborated with AT&T to launch a new online master's program devoted to data science.
The University of Notre Dame recently launched a new online master's program devoted to data science with the collaboration of AT&T (No. 4 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list). The program, offered by the Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics, will launch its first classes in August. Participating faculty will represent a multitude of disciplines, including psychology, computer science, engineering and business.
John Donovan, AT&T's Chief Strategy Officer and Group President — AT&T Technology and Operations, discussed the program and the rich ongoing collaboration between AT&T and Notre Dame with Professor Elliott Visconsi, Notre Dame's Chief Academic Digital Officer in the Provost's Office.
Get an exclusive look at what they're planning for the program:
Elliott Visconsi: Thanks for talking with us about Notre Dame's new online data science program and AT&T's collaboration with the University. Why was Notre Dame the right partner for this collaboration?
John Donovan: For the past three years, AT&T has been making large strategic bets on a diverse range of technologies ─ most recently our acquisition of DIRECTV. Customers are demanding constant connectivity; since 2007, for example, data traffic on AT&T's wireless network grew by more than 250,000 percent. The company forecasts that by 2020, 75 percent of its network will be controlled by software-defined architecture. That percentage was virtually zero in 2000.
The new landscape requires skills in cloud-based computing, coding, data science and other technical capabilities. As AT&T moves down this path, it requires the right educational collaborators like Notre Dame. The University brings excellent researchers and faculty and a strong, agile commitment to personal education for its students. We look to forward-looking institutions such as Notre Dame to help us shape this new cloud- and wireless-based future.
Elliott: We are indeed striving to be a forward-looking institution committed, as you know, to being "a powerful means for doing good in the world." The online master's program in data science is an expression of our innovative ambition, and Notre Dame is excited to work with a partner like AT&T to create the future of higher education.
What is the goal of your ongoing collaboration with us at Notre Dame around the online data science master's degree program?
Steve Buechler, Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics, University of Notre Dame (left)
John: The overall goal is to enable students to have the flexibility to work this unique 21-month program into their busy schedule with online learning, in-person weekend immersions on Notre Dame's one-of-a-kind campus and tailored curriculum to quickly infuse their data science learnings into their jobs and desired industry.
There's a growing need for skilled data scientists – both at AT&T and in virtually every major industry around the world. Our hope is that this collaboration will create a premier degree program that will prepare graduates for careers as data scientists in a wide range of industry fields including management, marketing, information technology, government policy, healthcare, finance, education and scientific research.
Elliott: We've infused the online program with the principles of liberal education for which Notre Dame is well known. As you know, we're planning to train analytically rigorous, creative and versatile data scientists with excellent business judgment and an ethical approach to their work. We think that this broad vision, combined with the personal attention of a smaller program and the flexibility of online instruction ─ and of course our collaboration with AT&T ─ distinguishes us from other online programs.
What kind of people are you looking to hire at AT&T?
John: We have a storied heritage of innovation at AT&T. And while we're proud of this, time and technology wait for no one. We need experts in a variety of specialties, including network function virtualization, software defined networking, security and the internet of things. Every one of these areas is reliant on data and the ability to precisely analyze it for our business and customers. We even need our non-technical workers to be versed in those areas. Our salespeople, lawyers, accountants, recruiters, marketing experts and more also need to understand where we're going.
AT&T jobs are among the best in the world, with highly competitive wages and benefits. We have a diverse workforce across all parts of the company and view it as imperative that we are seen as a great place to work ─ a workplace of choice. In short, we want people who are ready to work in a competitive and more digital world.
Elliott: Speaking of work, how are Notre Dame and AT&T working together beyond this program?
John: We do quite a bit together, including research collaborations and working directly with faculty and staff to create projects to incorporate into the master's degree program. Some of these projects will be built into the curriculum to teach basic knowledge of data analytics focused around our business. We also plan to work on other projects similar to a capstone project, where the focus will change periodically and consistently be relevant to the industry. All projects are desired to be relevant to AT&T and enable students to learn data science and analytics while also discovering a deeper understanding of AT&T.
One more example to show our collaboration comes in the form of frequent Hackathons that we put on around the country. In fact, AT&T recently hired two first place AT&T Hackathon winners from Notre Dame into a Big Data internship – one in the spring and another in summer. One of these interns is now participating in the Notre Dame Silicon Valley Semester in Palo Alto, California.
Elliott: It's clear that our two organizations have many aligned interests and a shared vision for collaboration. What is your assessment of higher education right now?
John: Notre Dame is a model of the right kind of innovation in education. Your commitment to the students, faculty and the student's experience helps define it as a forward-looking university. This is why we value the great progress Notre Dame, and higher education as a whole, has made toward rich online learning experiences that meet the learner where he or she is, both in physical space and also intellectually – creating interdisciplinary programs that welcome professionals from several disciplines to gather and master data science knowledge. Ultimately the learning environment will benefit from the diversity of experience and background of these students in many of the ways we benefit from the diversity of experience and background of our employees here at AT&T.
Elliott: Agreed. We see diversity in background, experience and point of view as an essential component of an intellectually rich learning environment, as well as fundamental to a flourishing civil society. What does the future of data science look like, at AT&T and throughout industry? Why is the need for data scientists increasing?
John: Increasingly it's harder and harder to find a technology field or industry that can't benefit from data science, whether it's the explosive mobile video growth, augmented and mixed reality, software-defined networking, connected cars, smart cities…the list goes on and on. And we should factor in more data becoming available in the years ahead as we march towards a 5G reality in the next few years.
More data creates more opportunities for every business, but that data is only good if it's used properly. This requires more data scientists in every facet of a company. This global trend won't slow down anytime soon.
Elliott: Thanks for the conversation.
John: You're welcome. We're excited to be working with Notre Dame on this and many other projects.
Break the habit and take the pledge to end distracted driving in and out of the car at ItCanWait.com.
Originally Published by AT&T.
By Ryan Luckey, Assistant Vice President, Corporate Brand Marketing
The roads can be a scary place. Drivers are taking their eyes off the road to look at their latest like, text or email.
And with the introduction of shared e-scooters, the latest in transportation innovation, it's more important than ever for riders and drivers to keep their eyes on the road.
One hand on the handlebar, another on the phone, then bam. You hit a pothole.
Tens of thousands of injuries – and hundreds of deaths – occur every year due to smartphone distracted driving. This is the unfortunate reality our AT&T It Can Wait program continues to address since 2010.
And now it's becoming clear smartphone distractions are no longer just a problem in the car.
AT&T's First-Ever Untold Stories Film 'Nigerian Prince' Debuted in Theaters and On Demand Everywhere
The first film funded and distributed by ongoing Diversity & Inclusion Program from AT&T and Tribeca.
Originally Published by AT&T.
AT&T Presents: Untold Stories is proud to bring the program's first-ever film – NIGERIAN PRINCE – to audiences nationwide on Friday, October, 19. Untold Stories is a film initiative created by AT&T and Tribeca to ensure diverse voices in storytelling are heard and seen in theaters and living rooms across the country. Written and directed by newcomer Faraday Okoro, and filmed in Lagos, Nigeria, the film is a heist thriller about a Nigerian-American teenager sent to visit relatives in Nigeria against his will, later to join forces with his internet scammer cousin in an attempt to return to the United States on his own.
Kicking off the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, Okoro was one of five aspiring directors who participated in a live pitch to a panel of celebrity and industry judges that included AT&T's chief brand officer Fiona Carter to win $1 million to make their film utilizing the Untold Stories program grant, mentorship and distribution commitments. Okoro's film, NIGERIAN PRINCE, had its world premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival to rave reviews and packed theaters in New York City. Now, delivering on the program's promise to ensure that underserved artists' work is not only created but seen, NIGERIAN PRINCE will be available to millions of movie enthusiasts in select theaters across the country as well as on DIRECTV, U-Verse and a range of on-demand platforms.
"Programs like Untold Stories have the incredible power to introduce audiences to new storytellers and new ways of seeing the world," said Jane Rosenthal, ceo and co-founder of Tribeca Enterprises/Tribeca Film Festival. "We're proud to support Faraday Okoro's globe-trotting, culture-crossing film NIGERIAN PRINCE as the first recipient of the Untold Stories grant, and we are eager to champion other emerging filmmakers as we continue to get untold stories heard with our friends at AT&T."
NIGERIAN PRINCE follows two characters: Eze, a stubborn, first generation Nigerian-American teenager and his cousin, Pius, who is a desperate Nigerian Prince scammer. After Eze's mother sends him to Nigeria against his will, Eze retaliates by teaming up with Pius to scam unsuspecting foreigners in order to earn money for a return ticket back to America. Executive produced by Spike Lee, the film stars Chinaza Uche and Antonio Bell.
AT&T Presents: Untold Stories. An Inclusive Film Program in Collaboration with Tribeca was launched in 2017 to ensure that diverse storytellers always have a screen on which to shine. AT&T will provide funding up to $1 million for one talented filmmaker to create his or her film each year, and Tribeca will provide mentorship from seasoned industry professionals. AT&T will distribute the winning film across its video platforms. This film initiative is an alliance between AT&T and Tribeca along with Tribeca Film Institute and debuted at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.
NIGERIAN PRINCE is the first film produced under the program. In April of 2018, AT&T awarded its second $1 million to Untold Stories winners Sasie Sealy and Angela Cheng for their film, LUCKY GRANDMA. Like NIGERIAN PRINCE, it will also have its world premiere screening during the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival next April. Submissions are now open for Year 3 – and aspiring filmmakers are encouraged to submit scripts between now and Nov. 24, 2018, for their chance to compete for a $1 million grant to make their film as part of AT&T Presents: Untold Stories.
For additional information about UNTOLD STORIES, please visit: http://about.att.com/sites/entertainment/untold_stories
AT&T's HACEMOS group helps drive Latino diversity in STEM fields with 20th Annual High Technology Day.
Originally Published by AT&T.
School used to be all about the 3 Rs: reading, 'riting, and 'rithmatic. But the future is all about all about STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. That's why HACEMOS, AT&T's Hispanic/Latino employee resource group, is introducing students to STEM during their 20th annual High Technology Day on Thursday, Oct. 18.
AT&T, Aira Use Groundbreaking Technology to Bring Retail Experience to Blind & Low- Vision Shoppers at Over 5,300 AT&T Retail Locations.
Originally Published by AT&T.
AT&T* and Aira continue to expand their relationship to bring new experiences to the blind and those with low vision. This time, it's the customer experience. All AT&T company-owned retail and authorized retail stores are now Aira Access Locations. That means that any member of the blind and low-vision community with a smartphone can become an Aira Guest and can get free use of Aira's service at over 5,300 AT&T retail locations across the U.S.
The FirstNet Network Platform Has Been Reliably Supporting First Responders Battling Wildfires and Other Emergencies Nationwide.
Reputation is what others think of you. Character is who you are. It's something you own.
Originally Published by Linkedin.com.
By David Huntley, Senior Executive Vice President - Chief Compliance Officer
I had the honor of addressing the incoming class of full-time MBA candidates at SMU, my alma mater. After sharing how the continuous reinvention of my career parallels that of AT&T's, I provided 6 lessons I've learned along the way. At the encouragement of others, I'm sharing them with you. Regardless of your industry, profession, personal background or career aspirations, I hope you find value in them.
#1 Seek out and identify mentors and sponsors – No matter where your career path takes you, you'll always need the assistance of others, whether that's sponsors or mentors. To realize your fullest potential, you must seek out people who can help you throughout your journey. Some will be mentors: people willing to lend advice and help you find your way. Others will be sponsors: people that won't simply mentor you, but advocate on your behalf and champion your efforts. Having both will help you reach the career aspirations you've set for yourself.
#2 Persevere – Never give up. At times, you'll experience what you may see as roadblocks. They're not. They're simply speedbumps that require more introspection to help determine the right path forward. You must have the resolve to persevere. Struggle leads to progress. Just think, what would happen if Steve Jobs had stopped the first time he was fired from his own company. We probably wouldn't have the iPhone and Apple probably wouldn't be the first publicly traded trillion-dollar company. Instead, he persevered, stayed true and reached his goals.
#3 Be flexible and embrace change – Greek philosopher Heraclitus is cited as the source of the saying "change is the only constant in life." Joining AT&T as a junior lawyer almost 25 years ago, I expected to practice corporate law through retirement. That wasn't the case. I've spent roughly half of my AT&T career in the Legal department, the other half in operations. And while I'm not a practicing attorney today, I still lean on my legal background on a daily basis. Bringing a foundation in the law to an operations role has only increased my value. So, if change is constant, you must be able to embrace it. If you can't, you'll limit your career options.
#4 Stay relevant and be proactive – Always be learning. You can't stay relevant if you keep your head down. Identify your strengths and continuously develop them. If you have an interest in something, but lack the knowledge, do the work. Always be learning. Whether that's reading, attending training or going back to school, the only way you'll stay relevant is by knowing the latest trends. If you don't remain relevant, then the tools you possess will dull and your value will fall.
#5 Compete the right way – Who doesn't like competition? Healthy competition makes us better. It's when we compete by cutting corners, cheating or sabotaging others that we lose, even while "winning." Because those that you undercut will always remember. They may forgive you, but they'll never forget. And you never know who you might work with, or work for, in the future.
#6 Exercise humility – Admit that you don't have all the answers. The best leaders surround themselves with the best people, so they know who to go to when they don't know the answers. Every great leader also has great people behind them. No one gets to where they are on their own. The sooner you recognize this, the more effective you'll lead. And, one last thing, boldly recognize the great work of others. Give credit where credit is due. Who doesn't want recognition from time to time. This accomplishes two things. It shows your humility, endearing others to you. And it shows others you value their contributions and they're deserving of praise.
The Wrap Up
The last thing I left the MBA candidates with was the importance of character. You can do all the things I've shared above to help position you for success, but character is key. Reputation is what others think of you. Character is who you are. It's something you own. If you haven't started to really focus on it, you must. And while you do, keep integrity at the center.
After all, how do you want to be remembered?
AT&T ESInet Boosts 911 Reliability and Enhances Emergency Communications.
Originally Published by AT&T.
Montgomery County is transforming its 911 communications with AT&T* ESInet™. The county recently joined others in the National Capital Region and selected the service from AT&T. The solution gives 911 call takers enhanced tools to speed their responsiveness and boost reliability to those in emergencies.
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Otter Media will be a part of AT&T's WarnerMedia unit and Tony Goncalves, who was appointed Otter CEO earlier this year, will continue to run the company, reporting to WarnerMedia CEO, John Stankey.
Originally Published by AT&T.
AT&T* has acquired The Chernin Group's controlling interest in Otter Media, the joint venture between the two companies. Otter Media, a leading subscription, advertising and content company, comprises wholly-owned subsidiaries Ellation, an online subscription video service provider, with offerings under the Crunchyroll and VRV brands, as well as a full-service digital media company, Fullscreen, and its Rooster Teeth brand. Otter also has ownership stakes in global content studio Gunpowder & Sky, as well as Hello Sunshine, a media company founded by Reese Witherspoon.