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SQL Cape July Meetup – Feature Engineering for Machine Learning


With the current machine learning toolsets, algorithm selection and tuning can be automated. The data scientist improves matters most effectively during data exploration and feature building. Appropriate feature engineering sets models up for success. This is demonstrated by showing how features were processed in a healthcare predictive model, where a model predicted length of stay in hospital and a graduate performance model, where training data were used to predict later performance.


I studied aeronautical engineering at University of the Witwatersrand, graduating in 1994. I worked as an engineer in flight test on the Rooivalk, before working in enterprise Infotech. In 2000 I was architect for the South African Home Affairs National Identification System (HANIS), the largest system of its kind in the world at that time. I then worked on the world’s first combined criminal and civil AFIS. After some years designing enterprise software, I chose to switch careers to do predictive analytics for business optimisation. An example of my work is predicting the length of stay in hospital beds for elderly hospital patients in the UK. The model achieved an 85% accuracy level. I am most interested in NLP using type dependencies and world models.

Azure Bootcamp Cape Town 2017

This year we had the first Global Azure Bootcamp in Cape Town held at the Bytes offices in Cape Town. There was a fantastic turnout and amazing speakers.

We were privileged to have the following speakers:

  • Gary Hope
  • Johan Myburgh
  • Peter Wilmot
  • Nicolas Blank
  • Allan Pead

We would like to say a special thanks to our Global Sponsors!


Below are some of the presentations from the event:

Gary Hope – Keynote & Welcome

Azure Bootcamp Keynote


Peter Wilmot – Azure Hosting for ASP.Net and SQL on Linux

Azure Hosting for ASP.Net and SQL on Linux


Gary Hope – Azure Function Fundamentals

Azure Bootcamp Functions Sesions


Allan Pead – Building Connected Cross Platform Apps with Xamarin and Azure

Cross Platform Connected apps with Azure

Below was the lineup at the event:

Timeslot Speaker Presenter
 08h30-09h00 Keynote & Welcome  Gary Hope
 09h10-10h00 Getting started with Blockchain in Azure Johan Myburgh
 10h10-11h00 A quick tour of the tools and features available from .Net Core and SQL vNext on Linux – hosted on an Azure Ubuntu VM. Peter Willmot will also point out some of the key limitations and challenges that you will encounter when migrating your existing ASP.Net apps to a hosted Linux platform Peter Wilmot
 11h10-12h00 Azure Function Fundamentals  Gary Hope
 12h00-12h30 Lunch
 12h30-13h30 Backup and DR as a service

Azure offers several backup and DR options for on-premises and cloud hosted services. Join Nicolas as he explores what options are available to build robust backup and restore options using Azure based services.

 Nicolas Blank
 13h30-14h30 Building Connected Cross Platform Apps with Xamarin and Azure

Introduction to Xamarin
What is Xamarin Forms?
Azure Mobile Services

 Allan Pead
 14h30-15h00  Prize Giving


Global Azure Bootcamp 2017 – Cape Town

Welcome to Global Azure Bootcamp! All around the world user groups and communities want to learn about Azure and Cloud Computing! On April 22, 2017, all communities will come together once again in the fifth great Global Azure Bootcamp event! Please join the Cape Town Azure User Group for a jam packed day!

Register now!