Hackbright Academy Tech Talks

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. HACKBRIGHT TECH TALK:
    Hack Your Life: Using Your Newfound Engineering Skills to Automate Everything
    - by Christine Yen

    Parse software engineer Christine Yen will be speaking at Hackbright Academy on Tuesday, May 13, 2014.

    About the Talk: Software engineering skills translate to so much more than just building normal software systems and apps! Now that you've learned the basics, let's take a look at all the ways you can automate things in your life outside of work. Explore the many little hooks exposed by the tools you use every day (and by productivity tools you may have never heard of!) and learn how to customize your environment to fit your workflow and lifestyle best.

    Learn how to pimp out your git config, build customized widgets for your desktop, hook up crazy workflows to system hotkeys, and more. There will be a bit of bash scripting basics, and hopefully you'll walk away with ideas on how to take the problem-solving skills you've developed and apply them to situations outside of work and your side projects. Not everything you code needs to be serious or monolithic - sprinkling a little bit of code here and there can make all sorts of magic happen.

    About the Speaker: Christine Yen works as a Software Engineer at Parse (Facebook). After starting a Y Combinator startup and working on consumer-facing problems across the stack at Aardvark and Google, she's excited to be building something developers love. Christine is happiest when neck-deep in an interesting project. She graduated from MIT with a B.S. in Computer Science, tries to read a book a week, loves commas (and parentheticals), and is surprisingly crafty. Follow her at @cyen.

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  5. HACKBRIGHT TECH TALK:
    Powers of Two
    - by Chris Palmer, Google Security Engineer

    Google software security engineer Chris Palmer will be speaking at Hackbright Academy on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. This is an interactive, exploratory learning session for Hackbright students and alum to learn what Jeff Dean calls "The Numbers Everyone Should Know".

    Chris will talk about how to put real-world orders of magnitude on abstract big-O complexity, make back-of-the-envelope estimations, and explore how to use them to reverse engineer real-world large-scale applications like Twitter and Gmail.
    Attendees will learn how to ask and begin to answer practical engineering questions like
    "How much RAM does Twitter have to buy?"
    "How can Twitter's name autocompletion work so fast?"
    "What's the lowest possible latency to open a Gmail inbox showing 25 conversations?"
    We'll explore algorithms and their complexity from a high-level view and from a low-level view, to help develop intuitions about what computers can really do.

    About the Speaker: Chris Palmer works at Google as a software security engineer on Chrome, where he focuses on the security of Chrome for mobile platforms (Android and iOS), and duct-taping over the foibles of the web PKI. Prior to this, Chris was on the Android team at Google. Prior to Google, Chris was the Technology Director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a security engineering consultant at iSEC Partners, and a web developer. Majoring in linguistics and in French literature prepared him well for these careers, weirdly.

    Date: April 22, 2014

    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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Videos in the Hackbright Academy Tech Talk Series.

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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