January Meeting: Q&A with Aimee Knight


Welcome to Nashville Women Programmers! We host meetings on the second Monday of each month. Come to code, learn, teach, meet like-minded people, and have fun!




This Monday’s Topic

Q&A with Aimee Knight

More About This Topic

For our first meeting of 2017, we will be doing a Q&A with local developer Aimee Knight. Aimee has a fascinating story of how she got into programming and has packed a lot of diverse experiences into her past 3 years in this field. This is a great opportunity for junior and mid-level developers to ask for advice and hear about a variety of subjects.

So bring any and all questions on topics like:

- what was it like to attend a software bootcamp in 2014 and how have bootcamps evolved
- mentoring
- learning new frameworks
- being a podcast panelist
- being part of an underrepresented group in tech
- work/life/health balance
- motivation
- burn out
- public speaking at technical conferences
- technical questions about JavaScript, browsers, CSS, HTML, etc.

To learn more about Aimee, check out her site at: http://www.aimeemarieknight.com/about/

Skill Level (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)






Eventbrite Nashville

Cummins Station

209 Tenth Avenue South

Suite 302

Nashville, TN 37217


See more details in the Parking section below.

How To Find Us

Use the South Lobby entrance by the Cinco de Mayo restaurant. You will see the Eventbrite first floor office straight ahead. Take a right at the first hallway and take your first left, which leads to elevators. Take the elevator to the third floor and enter the door straight ahead. If you have trouble finding us, please email [masked] and we will come to find you.

Meeting Agenda

5:30-6:15 – Arrive, Socialize, Hack, Eat Snacks

6:15-6:30 – Introductions, Announcements

6:30-7:30 – The Main Event: Coding, Learning, Speaker, Q&A, Etc.

7:30-8:00 – Wrap Up


Every second Monday, 5:30pm-8:00pm. For the most updated meeting information, check this Meetup event page.


This group is hosted by women programmers with the goal to build a welcoming environment to learn and to grow diversity in the programming field.

We have three main goals:

1. Connect women programmers and supporters so that we can have friends with whom to attend other programming events in town.

2. Facilitate discovery and learning of new tech subjects from a speaker who has spent time studying, compiling, and translating information so a beginner to that topic can understand.

3. Provide an encouraging space where people can gain speaking experience, and hopefully go on to speak at local user groups, conferences, etc… thus increasing minority visibility and inspiring other underrepresented people in tech.


We embrace the Lambda Jam Conference Diversity Policy (http://www.lambdajam.com/policies/) and welcome people of any gender identity or expression, race, ethnicity, size, nationality, sexual orientation, ability level, neurotype, religion, elder status, family structure, culture, subculture, political opinion, identity, and self-identification.

What to Bring

- A laptop, tablet, smartphone, or pen/paper if you would like. None of these are required though.

- Questions on any tech topics or careers in tech.

- Any guests who are also interested in learning to code and/or increasing diverse participation in tech.

- Our meeting overlaps with dinner. Feel free to bring a packed meal or pick up something on the way there.

What to Expect

- Free to attend.

- Free internet.

- Our group has adopted the Hacker School Social Rules (https://www.hackerschool.com/manual#sec-environment). We seek to provide an environment of encouragement, openness, and support so all who attend can feel comfortable, welcome, and free to ask questions and grow.


(Listed starting with cheapest options)


Bike Parking

Free bike parking is available in front of Cummins Station. Don't forget your bike lock and reflectors for riding home at night!

Less Than $1 or Free Street Parking

All of the parallel parking spaces along the front of Cummins Station (and the nearby streets) are free after 6pm (http://www.parkitdowntown.com/parking/on-street-parking). A few of these spots are reserved for valet in the evenings, so if you see a valet sign, park elsewhere.

If you arrive earlier than 6pm, put in just enough exact change to cover you until the spots turn free at 6PM.

Paid Lot Parking - Further, But Less Expensive

The Frist parking lot, across the street from Cummins Station, is the cheapest paid parking option.

Rates: $1.50 first 1/2 hour; $6 first hour; $3 each additional hour; $24 daily max; Special events pricing as posted.

Note: this parking lot is on the north side of Cummins Station, and Eventbrite is on the south side. However, you can enter Cummins Station from the North and walk through the inside of the building to get to the Eventbrite office.

More info on The First parking lot: http://www.parkitdowntown.com/nashville/frist-lot-ii

Paid Lot Parking - Closer, But More Expensive

Two paid parking lots are available directly across from Cummins Station. Last time we inquired, the rates was $6/hour after 5PM, with a maximum evening cost of $12, unless there is a special event pricing in effect.

If you eat in a restaurant in Cummins Station, you can get your parking validated, which reduces the cost to free in many cases.

Details on the[masked]th Ave South parking lot: http://www.parkitdowntown.com/nashville/cummins-station

Details on the[masked]th Ave South parking lot: http://www.parkitdowntown.com/nashville/308-10th-ave-s




If you have any more questions, feel free to contact us, your organizers, via Meetup. We look forward to seeing you!