SageBourse is a way for people that want to learn data science and programming to get personalized instruction from others in their community that are knowledgeable about those subjects.
I like to think of it as an economic means of facilitating the transfer of knowledge in order to raise the collective technical abilities of our entire community.
We currently have several tutors in the Washington DC metro area (including Maryland and Northern Virginia) teaching subjects such as Statistics, R, Machine Learning, and Matlab/Octave... with more subjects on the way.
How does it work?
When a tutor signs up, we keep track of which subjects they are able to teach. When a student requests a lesson, we email the tutors that can teach the subject the student wants to learn and ask them to bid an hourly rate on the lesson request.
Once a few tutors have bid on a lesson, the student receives an email containing the bids and some additional information about each tutor so they can make an informed decision.
The student then chooses which tutor they want to learn from, and we let that tutor know they have won the lesson. After the lesson is complete, we invoice the student and we pay the tutor.