[Video] Info Session for Hackbright Academy Winter 2016 Fellowship

Last night, we hosted a great info session and it was fantastic to see so many women interested in programming! If you couldn’t make it, you can learn more about our upcoming 12-week software engineering fellowship below. Learn about the day-to-say program, our career services, payment options and admissions steps. If you’re ready to officially change your career, the deadline is Nov 6th to apply to our upcoming Winter 2016 fellowship.

Video Guide:
00:08:21: Hackbright’s Director of Fellowship Education Joel Burton provides an overview of what to expect to learn at Hackbright, the general schedule, and the structure of the fellowship

Video Guide:
00:01:20: Career Services insight into Hackbright’s career services support, partner companies, and placement rate by Wendy Sucuzzo Director of Career Services (read by Admissions Manager Dori Grant)
00:12:58 Admissions Manager Dori Grant gives tips, tricks and important logistics about the Admissions process
00:36:53 Alumnae Taylor Hesselgrave shares her background, experience as a Hackbright fellow and life post-Hackbright!
00:46:40 Alumnae Alyson van Hardenberg shares her background, experience as a mom doing Hackbright, and life post-Hackbright!
00:53:05 Q&A with panelists!


The upcoming Winter 2016 Fellowship begins Jan 4th – Marc 25th, 10 am – 6 pm. If you’re ready to make a career change, learn more and apply here! The world needs more female engineers – make the move.

#TechTalk: How to Win Hackathons as a Newbie

Hackathons are great ways to learn new skills, make great friends, and gain confidence in yourself as a developer, especially a new one; and who knows? You might even win a couple thousand dollars as a bonus. Software engineer and hackathon winner Jenny Wang shares her tips on how to win and gives insight into the hackathon culture for those who have never attended.

(Video) Hackbright Mentor Steve Tjoa Talks About Music Information Retrieval in Python

Researcher and engineer (and Hackbright mentor!) Steve Tjoa spoke at Hackbright Academy about music information retrieval in Python on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at Hackbright Academy in San Francisco.

Watch the full Hackbright Academy tech talk here:

The material used for the tech talk, including the IPython notebooks, is available on GitHub.

Slides from the tech talk are available in PDF format here.

About the tech talk: Music information retrieval (MIR) is an interdisciplinary field bridging the domains of statistics, signal processing, machine learning, musicology, biology, and more. MIR algorithms allow a computer to make sense of audio data in order to bridge the semantic gap between high-level musical information — e.g. tempo, key, pitch, instrumentation, chord progression, genre, song structure — and low-level audio data.

In this talk, Steve surveys common research problems in MIR, including music fingerprinting, transcription, classification, and recommendation, and recently proposed solutions in the research literature. The talk contains both a high-level overview as well as concrete examples of implementing MIR algorithms in Python using NumPy, SciPy, and the IPython notebook.

About the speaker: Steve Tjoa is a researcher and engineer in the areas of signal processing and machine learning for music information retrieval (MIR). He currently works on the MIR team at Humtap. Before that, he worked on content-based audio recognition and recommendation as an NSF-sponsored postdoctoral fellow at iZotope and Imagine Research (acquired by iZotope). After earning a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland in 2011, Steve has been the co-instructor for the annual summer workshop on MIR at Stanford University. Follow him on Twitter at @stevetjoa.