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Heroku Engineers Host Hackbright Academy Fall 2013 Field Trip and Workshop

Thanks to the engineers at Heroku for giving us a tour of their new office in San Francisco’s SOMA district today. We enjoyed a walking tour of the industrial-chic workplace, followed by a delicious lunch in the Heroku space.

Thanks to Heroku engineer Dominic Dagradi for delivering the workshop on deploying to Heroku. He drew on his experience as a previous mentor at Hackbright Academy to explain to the new class of engineering fellows what Heroku is and does for developers.

Heroku is important for developers who want to deploy their GitHub repo and get it out in the world in a scalable, stable way. Heroku can run hundreds of instances of your web application (in a pleasant Haiku URL) so when your app or startup gets a mention on TechCrunch, it won’t go down with massive traffic.

During the Heroku workshop, the Hackbright Academy students were assisted by Hackbright mentor Kat Hagan, Heroku engineer (and a Hackbright mentor) Eric Fode and Heroku engineer and Hackbright grad Megan Gamache – thank you all for being so helpful throughout the afternoon at Heroku!

For those who are not familiar with Heroku, check out this tech talk on “Heroku for beginners” by Hackbright Academy graduate Katherine Fellows. She explains the Heroku concept of “dynos” well for beginners – illustrated – with actual dinosaurs.

Check it out!

Thanks Dominic for the workshop!

Definitely Does Compute – Hackbright Girl Geek Dinner

This summer, Hackbright Academy celebrated our one year anniversary and hosted our fourth Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner.

On Wednesday, August 21 at Pivotal Labs’ San Francisco office, Hackbright Girl Geek Dinner attendees enjoyed Chinese food (dim sum in kari-out boxes) and beverages from Pivotal Labs’ ample supply (there was also a beer fridge and an ice cream fridge!).

Attendees listened to tech talks from Hackbright instructors Cynthia Dueltgen and Liz Howard, as well as Hackbright graduate and Versal software engineer Kelley Robinson. She is currently working as a Scala developer at Versal and for her Hackbright project learned a new language (Go) instead of resting on her programming laurels (Python).

More tech talks were delivered by Hackbright students. Cara Marie Bonar and Meagan Gamache gave a talk together on kernel programming, and Allison Deal (pictured below) talked about her Hackbright project on video processing. Students gave more demos offstage after the talks.

More pictures are online at our Facebook page. Thanks to everyone for joining us for the Hackbright Girl Geek Dinner!