I have been meaning to introduce myself properly here on the forums so sorry this is a little late
A little bit about me…I’m an entrepreneur with a business degree and non-technical background. How did I get into DL? Well the story is that my business was really struggling and I didn’t have many options left (I have 2 kids so a lot of pressure ), so I figured maybe if I pick up some more technical skills such as coding then I could come up with some solutions. Long story short is I ended up in the Deep Learning and AI nanodegrees at Udacity. Our fellow fastai students @Ekami and @apil.tamang were actually my classmates!
Since I don’t have any formal CS degree and at the time I was just getting started coding so it was a little daunting and overwhelming at first, but I found through a lot of repetition things started to slowly make sense. Also, it was while I was enrolled with Udacity that I discovered fast.ai part 1 MOOC videos and fell in love with the course and the teaching style. It really helped me to understand the underlying concepts of DL much more clearly. It was also fastai that motivated me to participate in my first Kaggle competition “Planet: Understanding the Amazon from Space” along with @Ekami as teammates haha…Now I am officially addicted - currently participating in 10 active competitions atm!
I also wanted to take this opportunity to wholeheartedly thank @jeremy and @rachel for making this course (my heart goes out to Rachel - hope she is on a speedy path to recovery!). Not only is the education top-notch but also I have found that fastai seems to attract some really amazing people from all over the world and the sense of community here is above any that I have experienced in other courses. I feel so fortunate to be here amongst all of you!