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Data Themed Night with NYC PyLadies

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Ever wondered what kinds of projects Data Scientists or Data Engineers work on? Let's spend an evening to chat about it and meet each other!

Agenda for the evening:

6:15pm - 6:30pm Mingle Time

6:30pm - 8:30pm Data Themed Talk(s) by Anna Smith and Monica Quaintance from Rent the Runway

I Dream of Python: Dealing with Data Auto-Magically

Anna and Monica maintain the delicately-balanced data transfer architecture for Rent the Runway as the Data Engineering Team (DET). Keeping the data flowing at RTR means the operations team tracks inventory status by barcode, finance keeps tabs on the revenue health of the business, product monitors experiments through pixel data, users see product recommendations, and so much more.

DET aggregates many diverse internal and external data sources such as databases, log files, and apis into the Great Data Amalgamation called Vertica. Over time DET has transformed the ingestion architecture into a robust python framework that includes server creation, job description, and alerting. In the first part of the talk Anna will expound on the pros (and maybe some cons!) of this infrastructure and the future of this framework. In the second half, Monica will talk about how DET iterates rapidly using python to solve meaningful problems and provide proof of concepts on permanent engineering features.

Anna Smith (twitter ( ( and Monica Quaintance (twitter ( ( are Data Engineers at Rent the Runway. They are responsible for the reporting infrastructure, data warehouse scalability, and data quality. Monica is from Atlanta, which means believing all foods can be deep-fried, and has a past in real estate investment banking. Anna is from Washington state, so can only really stand 65 degree temperatures, and went to grad school in Oregon for physics. Some fun past-times of the two include: collecting obfuscated python, creating holiday food dioramas, decision making through data, and shiny things. Oh yes, and dresses. They both love shiny dresses.

8:30pm-8:45pm Leftover time at the end for mingling, taking group photos, etc. If you're looking for coding partners, this is a great time to meet. Perhaps comment below with what you're looking for.


For those who are interested in seeing how Python can be used for data science/engineering. We welcome ladies of all levels of experience and languages!

**Gentlemen are also invited, though we encourage you to be the +1 of a lady to keep the attendance 50% or more women.


Our event is generously hosted by Insight Data Science ( at their beautiful office in Flatiron. It is located at 45 W 25th St, near the 1, F/M, N/R trains. Take the elevator to 9th floor. Interested in learning more about Insight's Fellowship programs? Check out their website ( Applications for the May session are due by March 28th.


We're looking for a sponsor to help provide refreshments! Please contact if you're interested in sponsoring. Attendees, please feel free to buy dinner nearby and bring it in with you.

The RSVPs will close on March 9th at 1pm - please sign up to attend this event before then :)

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45 West 25th Street · New York, NY
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