The questions will start out as fairly boring and generic, then start requiring more thought and time. Please keep in mind: we're looking mainly for self-evaluation. We're not expecting you to already be an expert; rather, you should bring curiosity, self-discipline, and a willingness to help others.
What dates are you interested in?
In which country are you living currently?
Your video-chat contact info (Skype, g+, VSee)
Personal website/blog, if any
Github account URL, if any
Schooling: please list any undergraduate and graduate degrees you may hold, along with fields of study.
Previous/current employment: please list position and company
Besides schooling and employment, please describe any fields/hobbies you have a strong interest/commitment in.
Who would you want to have as a mentor (Note: mentoring is not a 1-to-1 matching, but it's good to know your preferences)? Why?
What can you tell us that demonstrates your ability to think in a quantitative way to solve complex problems?
On a nonlinear scale of 1-10, with 1 => complete beginner; 3 => undergraduate degree in CS/software and able to build small-medium systems; 6 => PhD in CS/software or industry equivalent and able to build novel/complex systems, 10 => Donald Knuth or Alan Kay, what ranking would you give yourself as a software developer?
Follow-up on the prior 1-10 self-ranking: please explain your number.
Are you familiar with the practices of pair programming and code review? Would you participate often in such activities?
If you're accepted to Data Science Retreat, and you agree to participate, we will require you to pay tuition in full to secure your spot - OK?
If accepted, what are your goals after you graduate Data Science Retreat?
Are you willing to stay in Berlin for a month or two after graduation looking for jobs (not required, but would help quite a bit)?
Have you worked with a mentor before?
How did you hear about Data Science Retreat?
Do you want a job at the end? I. e. you don't have a job that you have to come back to after graduation, or a business/academic course you want to start.
Last one: What is a question we should have asked you? What's your answer to that question?