Hackbright Tech Talk: Debugging in Python by Hackbright Alumna Jessica Mong (Video)

Jessica Mong, current SurveyMonkey software engineer and Summer 2013 Hackbright software engineering fellow, shares valuable insights while diving into the exciting world of debugging in Python! Watch her talk below, and follow along with her slides, to learn more!

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About the Speaker: Jessica Egoyibo Mong is a fullstack developer on the Billing team at SurveyMonkey. This is especially interesting because Egoyibo means money and the Billing team is where the money comes through. Jessica is from Nigeria and received a B.S from Claflin University in South Carolina in 2014. She is a 2014 White House Initiative on HBCUs All-Star and a Hackbright Summer 2013 alumni. In her spare time, she enjoys sleeping, reading, eating, yoga, running and then sleeping again! Follow her on Twitter @JEMificent.

(Video) Mattermark Data Scientist & Designer Clare Corthell on Data Prototyping – Learn Data Scripting Skills!

Mattermark Data Scientist Clare Corthell spoke at Hackbright Academy about data scripting (a powerful tool for prototyping data work) on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at Hackbright Academy.

Watch the full Hackbright Academy Tuesday night tech talk here:

Check out her “Prototyping in the Data World” slides here!

Data is deeply integrated into decision-making 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?

Clare covers 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.

Learn how to find meaningful data, develop heuristics for normalizing and slicing data, and define useful data structures. Clare utilizes the pythonic Data Scientists’ favorite tools, numpy, pandas, and iPython. Finally, she talks 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 on Twitter at @clarecorthell.

(Video) Google Engineer Chris Palmer Explains “The Powers of Two”, Big O Notations

Google security engineer (and Hackbright mentor) Chris Palmer helps new programmers understand how to answer questions like “How much RAM does Twitter have to buy?” and “What’s the lowest possible latency to open a Gmail inbox showing 25 conversations?”

Watch the full Hackbright Academy Tuesday night tech talk here:

Check out his “Powers Of Two” slides here!

Chris talks 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. He explores 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. Follow him on Twitter at @fugueish.