Neural Networks 101: Let's write our first neural network in Python!

Chicago PyLadies
Chicago PyLadies
Public group


111 North Canal Street, Suite 700 · Chicago, il

How to find us

Solstice is located on the 7th floor. Please RSVP with the name that appears on your ID and bring your ID for security.

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In this hands on tutorial / class participants will get a bird's eye overview of what deep learning is and how neural networks fit into the space. Additionally we'll build a simple neural network in Python to allow us to start tinkering and exploring.

Participants are expected to have Python 3 installed and have a basic knowledge of Python (e.g. comfortable coding in a programming language) and machine learning (e.g. completed a class, wrote toy projects, etc.).

A curriculum with updated requirements will be emailed to registered participants one week in advance of the class. While beverages will be provided students should make their own dinner plans accordingly.


6:00pm - Arrival
6:15pm - 8:15pm - Hands on coding and instruction time
8:15pm - Q&A and Wrap up


Solstice is a digital innovation consulting firm that helps Fortune 500 companies seize new opportunities through world-changing digital solutions. We’re strategists, researchers, designers, and engineers hell-bent on changing the way the world does business. We’re headquartered in Chicago and have delivery offices in New York, London, and Buenos Aires. We're hiring across disciplines and locations please check out for openings.


Political analyst turned coder, Lorena Mesa is a Sprout Social software engineer on data science, Director on the Python Software Foundation, and PyLadies Chicago co-organizer. Lorena’s work in the data driven Obama for America campaigns and her graduate research on the economic impact of the 2009 mortgage crisis on Chicagoland Latinxs led to her interest in applied mathematics in software and data science. One part activist, one part Star Wars fanatic, and another part Trekkie, Lorena abides by the motto to “live long and prosper”.