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Women Techmakers: Community Tech-Talks

For our January meetup, Women Techmakers (Google's global program for women in tech) is sponsoring an event that promotes women speakers. Let’s get together and hear from these talented women of the Seattle tech community –

Synchronized Shopping List App by Rezwana Meer

- Android app that synchronizes data in real time between people in a group. 

- Is used in a shopping list that pushes out updates when anyone in the group updates the list 

- Can be a very helpful alternative to paper lists or having to coordinate between everybody when different things need to be picked up by different people 

Rezwana is a Software Engineer currently working on personal projects. She is passionate about all things programming and a growing Android developer.

Chapel: a Productive Parallel Programming Language by Lydia Duncan

Chapel is an emerging open source language whose development is currently being led by Cray Inc. Its motivation is an on-going effort to make parallel programming more productive and accessible to a wider audience, without sacrificing performance. This talk will focus on why Chapel is a good solution for this problem.

Lydia works for Cray Inc. developing language features for the Chapel team. She co-presented a half day tutorial on the language at SC15 (Super Computing Conference) in November.

Interactive Visualization in R for Genomics by Kavita Garg

Exploratory analysis is important starting point for multivariate genomic data. Exploratory Analysis helps identify key trends in the data, and is used to identify important metrics to use as input for deeper analysis. Visualizations are integral to identifying patterns both in exploratory and advanced analysis. Will show some examples of interactive principal component analysis (PCA) graphs and heatmaps from a public genomic dataset created using new tools available in R such as Shiny web application frameworks and htmlwidgets .  

Kavita is Staff Scientist at computational biology group at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She is the organizer of SAPWN (South Asian Women's Professional Network).

A Swift Discussion on Grand Central Dispatch by Lesley Baker

Grand Central Dispatch is Apple's library that provides support for concurrent code execution. We'll talk a bit high-level about why you might want multi-threaded support in your app (whether it be android or ios), what grand central dispatch is, and how you might use it in your Swift projects.   

Lesley builds iOS and Android apps to help young kids understand and address their feelings. She spends a week in the summer teaching at App Camp for Girls. Lesley is Geekwire's former Geek of the week. 


• 6:00PM – 6:30PM networking and pizza

• 6:30 – 8:00PM tech talks (15 minutes for each talk)


There is no parking on site. There are a number of paid lots in the area. Certain free street parking opens up after 6pm (check meter signs). 

Bike racks can be found in front of PCC and Red Door as well as on N Northlake Way between the two Google office buildings.


Google Seattle entrance to the conference space is on the north side of the 601 N 34th St building, across from the PCC Markets grocery store.

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  • Ana

    AnDevCon (Android Developer Conference) call for papers is out - - Apply to speak there.

    January 28, 2016

  • Ana

    I hope many of you want to do talks as well. Please propose talks using the form below, so we can plan more such meetups soon -

    January 20, 2016

  • Jenny P.

    Where will the women's day event info be posted? Thanks!

    January 20, 2016

    • Ana

      International women's day event is organized by Google directly, not GDG. We'll post it soon as they provide us the information.

      1 · January 20, 2016

  • Teddy L

    Wall of traffic made the meetup borderline inaccessible at the start time.

    January 20, 2016

  • A former member
    A former member

    The atmosphere was wonderful and the speakers were absolutely marvelous.

    5 · January 20, 2016

  • Rachel

    Running late. Will the doors be open?

    1 · January 19, 2016

    • Suzy

      Running late also. Stuck in traffic.

      January 19, 2016

    • Dallas N.

      Rain day. Fremont might as well be Vancouver as far as traffic is concerned.

      January 19, 2016

  • Margaret M.

    Yes doors are still open.

    1 · January 19, 2016

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