Explore Data Science in


An immersive, 10-week program hosted by HackCville

"I loved having a community I felt connected to. Having the houses available to just hangout in and having access to tons of cool opportunities was incredible. "
- Sami Strohm, HackCville Member

Learn the modern tools real data scientists use every day

In Node you'll learn the art and science of understanding, manipulating, and effectively using data. We also hope to provide you with the knowledge and opportunity to use more advanced data science techniques, such as neural networks and machine learning. You'll gain invaluable experience working with the cutting-edge methods used at the forefront of this budding industry.

Learn software and visualization tools

You'll learn how to create predictive regression and classification models used by organizations and companies of all types. Utilizing Python, you will work with data from Twitter to make stunning data visualizations with industry tools. Near the end of the program, you'll develop a final project of your own that puts your data science skills to the test.

"HackCville opened me to a whole new way of thinking about myself, my skills, and my career goals. It also introduced and exposed me to a whole new group of insanely talented, driven, and inspiring people that have supported me and provided me with amazing opportunities."
- Amanda Coombs, HackCville Member
"HackCville is a unique, vibrant community where people come from various starting points to learn to become better problem-solvers and future change makers. There is no place like it here in Charlottesville and it is increasingly becoming an integral part of the college experience for its members. "
- Melissa Wu, HackCville Member

Join our community

Through collaborative projects, group dinners, hikes, pregames, and more you’ll become part of HackCville’s tight-knit community. We serve all UVA students (grad/undergrad) and Charlottesville community members 18+.

What You'll Learn


Data Munging

Data Visualization

Text Analytics

Web Scraping

Machine Learning

Program Staff

George Wilson is the program lead for one of the sections of The Node. George is a 3rd year studying Systems and Information Engineering. He participated in the data science track of Launch, HackCville's first summer immersive program. Upon developing skills in data science, George worked for Locus Health reporting and managing data to improve patient outcomes. You can contact him at george@hackcville.com. More about George →

George Wilson

Node Program Lead

Charlie Tolleson

Node Program Lead

Charlie Tolleson is in his second year as a program lead for The Node. He is a 2nd year studying Computer Science in the Engineering School. Charlie graduated the data science track of Launch, HackCville’s first summer immersive fellowship. After learning the ins and outs of data science, he worked for DriveFactor, helping build advanced models for auto-insurance providers. You can reach him at charlie@hackcville.com. More about Charlie →

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Applying to Node

Applications due by Monday, January 29, 2018 at 11:59pm

Meeting Times

Node has multiple sections:

  • Section A: Sun 11-12:30PM and Wed 4-5:30PM
  • Section B: Sun 7-8:30PM and Tue 5-6:30PM
All sections start February 4 and run through late April. You can indicate on your application with section(s) you are available for. There is no difference in curriculum between sections.

All sections of all programs (including Node) start with a 11am-5:30pm kickoff on Sunday, February 4.

You must be able to attend each session. More than a few missed meeting times will result in being dropped from HackCville.


$50 membership dues are due at the beginning of the program. These dues remain the same for every following semester you're involved in HackCville.

These fees can be reduced or waived for those with financial need, no questions asked.


Semester programs are high commitment, so if you're just looking to get a taste of HackCville or Data Science, check out our public events to get your feet wet this semester.

In our application process we look for extremely committed, reliable students who are hungry for an intensive challenge. We want people who intend on becoming active, contributing members of the HackCville community.

All Node applicants must complete the first two modules of Intro to Python on Datacamp (1. Python Basics and 2. Python Lists). In your application, you will need to submit a screenshot verifying that you have completed these two modules.

Link: https://www.datacamp.com/courses/intro-to-python-for-data-science

Any UVA student (grad or undergrad) or Charlottesville resident +18 may apply.

Perks of Membership

After you complete your first HackCville program, you're granted HackCville membership. Here's what you get:

24/7 access to our fun and functional clubhouses on Elliewood Ave.

Our two clubhouses are filled with hammocks, couches, whiteboards, and WiFi. Use our space to work on your projects, hold meetings, or just hang out.

Exclusive events and job opportunities.

Whether it's drinks with the co-founder of Reddit or HackCville-only internship, job, and freelancing opportunites, we give our members access to dozens of unique experiences every year.

A community that feels like a family.

You'll join HackCville's 400-member community of the most talented and badass people in Charlottesville.

Early access to HackCville programs, no application required.

Want to take another program? As a member, you can just sign up - no application required. We open up spots to members before the public.

Priority application for our summer program, Launch.

Get paid to learn web design, software development, marketing or data science in our 12 week summer program, Launch. You'll get trained by HackCville's expert instructors and get a guaranteed, paid internship at a local startup or tech company.

Extra Perks With Every Program


Looking for some guidance on how to navigate what you want to do? Every year we pair up hundreds of UVA alumni from across the country with our students to provide guidance and support. Our team also meets with you several times one-on-one to ensure you're getting the most out of your program. It's advising that actually works.

Startup Trips

HackCville hosts immersive trips to cities across the country (New York City, San Francisco, Baltimore, and more) to tour companies, meet alumni, and give students networking opportunities with industry leaders. Trips are where you see how what you're learning is put into action in the real world.

Kaleigh Watson

HackCville Member

"My favorite part about HackCville is learning a new skill with a group of like-minded but unique peers. The community feel and new friends are just the icing on the cake to the phenomenal program I was in this semester. I feel like I have skills I can continue using during college, (hopefully) in the workplace, and for my own enjoyment in years to come."

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