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Hands-On Python (formerly Beginners' Study Group)

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    How to Get Involved with Non-Profits

    SELECT np.*

    FROM nonprofit_opportunities np

    WHERE np.making_a_difference > 0 AND

    np.values_my_skills > 2 AND

    np.welcomes_me > (avg(cw.welcomes_me) from commercial_world cw);


    A half hour conversation on how to get involved with the nonprofits that motivate you and can work with you to make a difference in people’s lives with your skills.  We will review practical suggestions on how to find nonprofits you love, get engaged with them and understand their problems, volunteer with them and help specific projects, and dive deep into guidance on trying to land a job at a nonprofit.  We will wrap up with a review of some useful open data sets that can be helpful to you in your research and planning.

    If you have any specific questions or topics you’d like to see covered, please fill out the survey at This Google Forms Survey Link.

    Meet your speaker:

    Steph Nagoski @informationchef is the Data Scientist for TechSoup 1, a Global Non Profit founded in SF in 1987 that delivers technology to over 1M other nonprofits and libraries worldwide. Steph is an activist and genderqueer volunteer call operator, technical volunteer & events organizer at Trans Lifeline 2, the world’s only suicide hotline specifically for and staffed by Trans people, founded in SF 2 years ago.  Steph arranged for TechSoup and global nonprofit data to be involved in DataKind SF’s 3 first nonprofit Data Dive hackathon in SF in Feb 2015.  They have presented on Open Source Data Science for NonProfits at the NonProfit Tech Conference 4 along with Paula Alves, and is an avid chef & zymurgist, and loves cats, cephalopods, documentaries, sci-fi, faeries, gaming and virtual worlds.

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    If you are struggling with the peaks and pitfalls of learning Python and/or want to collaborate on a fun Python project, we would love for you to join us at this weekly workgroup.

    All levels are welcome!

    If you are interested in mentoring or giving a talk/tutorial, please reach out to MFedSF or Anna.

    PyLadies Code of Conduct

    Schedule:

    6:00: Check in, eat, and mingle

    6:30: Talk (presentations will vary weekly)

    7:00: Hands-on Python - study or work on your project

    8:00: Lights out

    Some Python resources to get you started:

    Beginner's Guide

    Codeacademy

    Interactive Python

    ***Beginners' Circle (Topic 3 of 4 in Cycle)***

    Jumping into Python can be tough on your own! If you’re brand new to programming or to Python, stop by the beginner's table. Not only will we help you install Python on your Mac, but we’ll teach you some fundamental skills to help you get started. Topics rotate weekly, this time we’ll be covering: Functions

    We’ll spend the evening writing functions, functions, and more functions. We’ll play around with using functions to manipulate the data types, lists and dictionaries we learned about last week (if skipped last week and need to review - click here). Depending on how far we get, we may even have our first conversation about scope.

    (Beginners' Circle assistance is generously provided by instructors from Rithm School.)


    A huge thank you to Clover Health for hosting us!

    Logistics:

    There is no indoor bike parking.

    Clover Health is located close to the Powell Street BART/Muni. Street parking is difficult to find.

    Clover Health is elevator access only. Bathrooms are gender specific with an accessible stall.

    All PyPeople are welcome.

    If you have any questions we have not answered, please feel free to message MFedSF or Anna.


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