Hackbright Academy Tech Talks

  1. HACKBRIGHT TECH TALK:
    Prototyping in the Data World - Data Scripting Skills!

    Mattermark data scientist & designer Clare Corthell spoke about data scripting, a powerful tool for prototyping data work, on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at Hackbright Academy.

    About the Talk: Data is deeply integrated into decision making in modern companies. But businesses have difficulty understanding the glut of data they now create and consume. What is all this data, and how do we use it?

    This talk will cover how to get started with data scripting, a powerful tool for prototyping data work. Data skills are crucial as engineering teams are responsible for discovering, housing, and extracting business-critical data. We’ll discuss how to find meaningful data, develop heuristics for normalizing and slicing data, and define useful data structures. We’ll utilize the pythonic Data Scientists’ favorite tools, numpy, pandas, and iPython. Finally, we’ll talk about data work in industry, and why your scripting skills will be a superpower in a data-rich world.

    About the Speaker: Clare Corthell is a Data Scientist and Designer at Mattermark, a data-driven deal intelligence platform, where she builds technologies that quantify the growth of private companies. She is the originator of The Open Source Data Science Masters, a curriculum for learning Data Science. A Stanford-trained product designer and engineer, she's founded and worked with early-stage companies in the US, Europe, and East Africa. She’s up early pondering discovery algorithms, information design, diglossia, and education systems. Follow her at @clarecorthell.

    Hackbright Academy runs a quarterly engineering fellowship in San Francisco. This is a 10-week accelerated software development program designed to help women become awesome programmers. At Hackbright they learn the fundamentals of computer science and modern web development, and are introduced to Silicon Valley companies looking to expand their engineering teams. Partner companies include Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, SurveyMonkey, Eventbrite and many more.

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  2. HACKBRIGHT TECH TALK:
    Netflix Data Analytics Platform Leveraging Big Data, Cloud and Open Source
    Netflix director of data engineering Eva Tse speaks about big data, cloud and open source. Recorded on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at Hackbright Academy.

    About the Talk: Eva will examine three important technology choices that Netflix made to re-build the data analytics platform in the cloud. First, she will look at what Big Data technologies are used at Netflix for solving the problem, the rationale behind leveraging open source technologies, the open source projects that Netflix leverages, contributes to and creates.

    Eva will discuss why Netflix chose to build the infrastructure in the cloud, and what the advantages are of running in the cloud. Finally, tying all these together, she will deep dive into the architecture of the Netflix big data analytics platform.

    About the Speaker: Eva Tse leads the Big Data Platform team at Netflix. Her team architects and manages the Netflix big data platform in the cloud. The platform is leveraged across Netflix for data analytics and ETL. The technology stack includes various open source projects (e.g., Pig, Hive, Hadoop, Presto) and Netflix open source tools and services (e.g., Genie, S3mper). Prior to joining Netflix, Eva worked on the server and metadata service teams for PowerCenter at Informatica. Though she works with data systems, she has never taken a formal database class :) In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her son and watching movies and TV shows on Netflix.

    Hackbright Academy runs a quarterly engineering fellowship in San Francisco. This is a 10-week accelerated software development program designed to help women become awesome programmers. At Hackbright they learn the fundamentals of computer science and modern web development, and are introduced to Silicon Valley companies looking to expand their engineering teams. Partner companies include Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, SurveyMonkey, Eventbrite and many more.

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  3. HACKBRIGHT TECH TALK:
    Best Practices for Software Engineers

    Twitter staff software engineer Shannon "JJ" Behrens will be speaks at Hackbright Acadmey. Recorded on Tuesday, July 8, 2014.

    About the Talk: Now part of the new hire orientation at Twitter, this talk by Shannon "JJ" Behrens covers how being a software engineer requires a lot more than knowing how to write good code.

    This tech talk covers a wide variety of topics such as making code reviews useful and effective, how to deal with team conflicts, networking in real life, and planning for your career. The goal is to help you not only be a solid asset for your team, but also to be the type of software engineer that others really enjoy working with.

    About the Speaker: Shannon "JJ" Behrens is a staff software engineer at Twitter, where he works in Infrastructure and Operations. He lives in Concord, California with his lovely wife and 7 lovely children. He's well known for his impeccable sense of modesty, world-renowned taste in T-shirts, and poor sense of humor. He blogs at jjinux.blogspot.com on a wide variety of topics such as Python, Ruby, Dart, Linux, open source software, the Web, and lesser-known programming languages. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (with honors) in mathematics with a concentration in computer science from St. Mary's College of California, where he won the Br. Alfred Brousseau award for "outstanding scholarship as a mathematics major." Follow him on Twitter at @jjinux.

    Hackbright Academy runs a quarterly engineering fellowship in San Francisco. This is a 10-week accelerated software development program designed to help women become awesome programmers. At Hackbright they learn the fundamentals of computer science and modern web development, and are introduced to Silicon Valley companies looking to expand their engineering teams. Partner companies include Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, SurveyMonkey, Eventbrite and many more.

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  4. HACKBRIGHT TECH TALK: How the Internet Works

    OpenDNS software engineer Philip Thomas will be speaks about network communications at Hackbright Academy. Recorded on Tuesday, May 27, 2014.

    About the Talk: The Internet is ubiquitous throughout modern life. What actually happens when you type "google.com" into your browser? This talk seeks to answer that question starting with the basics of network communication then moving into how BGP makes the Internet different than a home network. Emphasis will be placed on topics relevant to software engineers.

    The talk consists of three main topics. First, we look at how computers talk to each other by examining Internet protocols with a focus on TCP. Next, we look at what makes the internet unique and the types of challenges that were solved in expanding computer networks to the world with focuses on BGP and DNS. Finally, we will look at advanced Internet topics that are of interest to developers, including anycast, IPv6, and HTTP.

    About the Speaker: Philip Thomas works as a Software Engineer at OpenDNS where he completes short-term projects across a variety of infrastructures. OpenDNS provides free DNS used by fifty million people every day. Philip is a Mentor at Hackbright Academy. He recently graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with majors in Systems Engineering and Physics. His website is philipithomas.com and follow his tweets at @philipithomas.

    Hackbright Academy runs a quarterly engineering fellowship in San Francisco. This is a 10-week accelerated software development program designed to help women become awesome programmers. At Hackbright they learn the fundamentals of computer science and modern web development, and are introduced to Silicon Valley companies looking to expand their engineering teams. Partner companies include Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, SurveyMonkey, Eventbrite and many more.

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  5. HACKBRIGHT TECH TALK
    Build the Browser of Your Dreams
    - by Margaret Leibovic, Mozilla

    Mozilla software engineer Margaret Leibovic will be speaking about building extensions to add features to your browser at Hackbright Academy on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

    About the Talk: Building a web browser UI that meets everyone's needs is impossible. However, browser extensions are powerful tools that can make your browser do almost anything you want. Even though browsers are native applications, you can write extensions with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

    Learn to build extensions to add new features to your browser, both on desktop and mobile. There will be some sweet demos, and you'll also get a peek into some of the tools that browser developers use to inspect and debug the browser itself.

    About the Speaker: Margaret Leibovic is a software developer at Mozilla. She currently works on the Firefox for Android team, but has also contributed to desktop Firefox and Firefox OS. Margaret loves the web, open source, running, and food. She is also a mentor at Hackbright Academy! Follow her at @mleibovic.

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