Getting to Grips with Algorithms! (cue mighty roar)

  • September 17, 2012 · 6:30 PM


You've heard about them, you know they're important, you kinda know how they're applied, but if you had to define an algorithm in less than ten words, you might struggle...


"WAIT!" you say. "How will you ever be able to broach such a VAST and COMPLEX universe like algorithms in just ONE evening?"

We love the question, embrace the challenge AND have lined up two splendidilyacious speakers for September.

"TWO?!!" you exclaim. "But Girl Geeks always have at least three! Why just two?"

Well, when we asked our lovely speakers about presenting, they rightly explained they need a little more time to do justice to their topics. So two presentations, just a little longer than normal.


Inmar Givoni

Inmar is a Member of Technical Staff at the Toronto Technology Centre office of Altera. She holds a PhD in computer science from the University of Toronto. Her area of specialization is machine learning, and her particular focus areas include clustering and message-passing algorithms with applications to computer vision and computational biology. She received her BSc in computer science and computational biology from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. During her studies, Inmar interned with Microsoft Research – Search Labs, where she worked on machine learning algorithms for E-commerce applications for Bing, and at Microsoft Research Cambridge, where she worked on computer vision algorithms for the Kinect gaming system. Inmar has authored numerous publications and patents.

Inmar is passionate about issues of recruitment, retention, and promotion of women in computer science and engineering. She has developed and delivered numerous machine learning workshops for high-school girls, participated as a speaker, panelist, and volunteer in the Ontario Celebration of Women in Computing (ONCWIC), organized the Women in Machine Learning (WiML) workshop, and founded the Women in Machine Learning Workshop Executive board. At Altera, Inmar organizes various activities to increase gender diversity in the company, and to provide resources for female university students.

Connect with Inmar on LinkedIn.

Leila Boujnane

Leila Boujnane is the co-founder and CEO of Idée Inc, a firm focused on large scale image search. Idée launched TinEye the world's first reverse image search engine. Our goal is to build useful image search solutions and to make the world's images searchable.

Leila began her career in software development at Algorithmics a financial risk management software company and brings a decade of software experience to her role at Idée. She is a supporter of Canada's startup community and a search innovation leader who has been featured in various publications including Canadian Business, the Globe and Mail, the Financial Post, Fast Company, The New York Times, CBC, The Guardian. She is also a novice ultra runner and terrible photographer.

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SYPA (Stuff You'll Probably Ask)

You: Why is there a $10 charge?

Us: Some months we're lucky to get help (sponsorship) with food and drink and some months we organize this ourselves. We usually make a small loss, but don't mind, because we're really passionate about the meetup and network. Idée are kindly providing us with refreshments this month, but we're charging $10 to give us a small fund for catering at forthcoming events.

You: Algorithms, sounds like it's going to be a tough topic…

Us: Don't worry, we brief all our speakers that our audience come from all walks of technological life. Everything is accessible.

You: What time do the presentations start?

Us: Doors open at 6:30pm and the presentations start at 7:00pm. Before and after the talks, there are opportunities for conversation, and the enjoyment of drinks and snacks.

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  • Anna S.

    A fantastic evening! Great speaker & topic, digestible content, welcoming atmosphere & great food!

    September 19, 2012

  • Lisa H.

    Great speakers

    September 18, 2012

  • Caroline M.

    Thank you everyone who has been rating the event and letting us know your thoughts. We really appreciate all feedback and listen to it!

    September 18, 2012

  • Heather

    The presenters were excellent - they gave us a clear and interesting introduction to the topic! Thanks!

    September 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great munchies / beverages! Good intro to topic -- would appreciate deeper dives. A projector would be a good addition.

    September 18, 2012

  • Debbie H.

    Missed the last 144 bus South so I won't make it until 7:15 at least! Hope there's food! #StarvingSparkle

    September 17, 2012

  • Debbie H.

    Thumbs up! Looking forward to it!

    1 · September 17, 2012

  • Angelique

    My first time to attending - looking forward to it!

    1 · September 12, 2012

  • Anna S.

    This sounds like a great event as per usual ladies! Looking forward to it :)

    1 · September 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm away, but I'm sure it will be fun. I'm looking forward to hearing all about the awesome event afterwards!

    1 · September 4, 2012

  • Aeryn L.

    LOVE TinEye! Never knew that this was developed in Toronto, v. cool! :D I'm having trouble purchasing a ticket to this event... when I click on the Pay Now button, it brings me to my main account page in PayPal instead of a shopping cart page to finish the transaction. Can I send the payment in a different way?

    1 · August 31, 2012

    • Rachel L.

      We should be back in business. Sorry about this Aeryn and hope you don

      August 31, 2012

    • Rachel L.

      Bugger! .... 't mind trying again! Now where's that long weekend.... ;)

      August 31, 2012

  • RK

    It would be helpful to know at what time the presentations start. Last time I was there I rushed to get there at 6:30 and needn't have.

    August 31, 2012

    • Caroline M.

      Doors open at 6:30pom, and the presentations start at 7:00pm. Hope to see you there!

      August 31, 2012

    • Rachel L.

      I'd also caveat that whilst we appreciate everyone's schedule and the need to start on time, occasionally stuff comes up which means we run a little late. We always allow a little time pre and post talks for networking too.

      August 31, 2012

  • Lily T.

    Would love to join. RSVP closed :(

    August 31, 2012

  • Suzanne B.

    I've tried to register... hope it works

    August 31, 2012

  • Caroline M.

    Hi everyone,

    We are deeply sorry and embarrassed over the technical issues we are experiencing this morning. We have reached out to both PayPal and Meetup, and the issue of RSVPing seems to be a Meetup issue. We are waiting on a response from them, though I don't expect one until after the long weekend. Since we are just too eager and excited about our next event, we will be opening up the RSVPs again – but the process for tickets will be different until the issue is resolved.

    August 31, 2012

  • Caroline M.

    To reserve your spot please:

    - Select to RSVP for the event from the Meetup page
    - Log in to your PayPal account
    - Go to the "Send Money" tab
    - In the "To" field, enter [masked]
    - In the "Amount" field enter $10 (Canadian funds)
    - Then you can select the Personal tab and choose "Other"
    - Then review the order and choose "Send money"

    August 31, 2012

  • Caroline M.

    We will receive a confirmation email after that process, at which time, I will have to manually add you on the guest list as paid on Meetup. Please allow half a day or so for me to manually add you on the list over the long weekend. We truly do appreciate your patience with this issue, and hopefully it is resolved soon. Any issues or concerns please email us at [masked].

    August 31, 2012

  • Caroline M.

    Glad to hear so many people know of TinEye! Thanks Aeryn for letting us know about the issue. Several people are experiencing it this morning and seems to be a connection problem between the two accounts (Meetup and PayPal). Am currently working on the solution, but will temporarily close the RSVPs until it is resolved. Will reopen them asap and will notify everyone. Thanks!

    1 · August 31, 2012

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