• Women in Data unite! A re-launch for the group

    Dear WiD group members, Welcome back!! This group changed ownership a few months ago, and has been dormant for a while. We are really excited to pick this group up again, and hopefully create a thriving event for the community. With new organisers, and probably new members, let's have a bit of a re-launch event at first? We would like to invite you to our Pivigo offices for an unofficial re-launch event. We will start with listening to Adrienne Leonard, Senior Data Scientist at FlightGlobal on "Building data-driven solutions and a data-driven culture in an industry constantly on the move" (abstract below). Following that, we will have an open discussion around what you want to get out of this group, and what events you would like us to organise going forward. And of course we will have drinks, pizza, and networking! Please join us for this re-start, and let us know how we can make this group useful for everyone! Adrienne Leonard: Building data-driven solutions and a data-driven culture in an industry constantly on the move Data is ubiquitous across the aviation industry, but it's only fairly recently that businesses across the ecosystem have started trying to harness the power of this data to build more data and analytics-driven products, processes, and decision-making tools. Cirium works as an enabler across the industry, providing data and analytics solutions to manufacturers, service providers, airports, and travel management companies that help keep the industry in motion. In this talk, I'll highlight some of the innovative data science solutions we've built - from tracking aircraft utilisation to predict maintenance intervals, to predicting passenger comfort on future flights - and talk about how we've built an agile, data-driven culture within Cirium itself.

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  • Personal projects / tutorials (with PyLadies)

    Come and join us at the new location of the Mozilla London office to work on a coding project on your own, in pairs or within a group! Please sign up either on this page OR on PyLadies event page. It's an hands-on meetup, please bring your laptop. If you can't then expect to pair with someone else! 18:30 - 18:45: networking 18:45 - 19:00: lightning talks-> share something (library, project, tip, idea...) in a few minutes (no slides needed) 19:00 - 20:40: work alone or in groups on a coding project or a tutorial Note: 1) If you don't have ideas, don't worry! We'll share resources and other attendees will have ideas and resources to share. 2) If you feel too tired, do come along! You can just hang out with us and chat the whole time :) 20:40 - 20:55: share about what you worked on, about something you learned

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  • Introduction to Pandas data analysis tools for the Internet of Things

    In the latest joint meetup between Women in Data and PyLadies we will be exploring data analysis of data generated from the Internet of Things. This Month Yodit Stanton will introduce the Pandas data analysis tool, http://pandas.pydata.org/ . We will use Open Data from sensors to do some hands on data analysis. This is a hands-on workshop so please bring your laptop! Minimum expected Python knowledge: * knowledge of variables and assigning variables * some knowledge of writing for and while loops as well as if-else control flow * some exposure to writing functions * knowledge of how to run Python programs from the command line or your favourite IDE Please have an IPython, Pandas and Mat Plot Lib installed locally

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  • Quant (Finance) data processing in Python

    February’s meetup will again be joint between Women in Data & PyLadies and hosted by the hedge fund AHL. They’re sponsoring the meeting and providing insight into how they use python at work! It should be interesting to anyone who likes working with python and data :) Schedule 18:30 Mingling – There will be pizzas and drinks (beer, wine and soft drinks) provided by AHL 19:00 Talks start: 19:00 Carol Ward (COO): An introduction to Hedge Funds and AHL 19:10 Charlie Beeson (Python Quant Developer): An overview of AHL technology (this will mainly be about python, with mention of some supplementary tech we use such as MongoDB and JavaScript) 19:30 Giuliana Bordigoni (Senior Quantitative Research): Using Python for Quant Research and building systematic models 19:50 Flash Talks (Let us know if you want to give one!) ~20:00 Wrap up, questions etc. We’ve left time in the schedule for lightning talks. This can be about *anything* python related (a project you’ve been working on lately, how to use a particular library etc.) Message/email us or write in the comments below if you want to give a talk. Note: if registrations in one of the meetup groups is full go and sign up in the other one! AHL have a bar with a great view of the Thames (see picture below) to which we can go at the end (~20:30) for more mingling :)

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  • Intro to Machine Learning with Scikit-Learn

    We're delighted to announce the launch of a serie of joint events between PyLadies London and the Women in Data meetup group!Our idea is to explore the use of Python libraries and tools available to work with data! This month Camilla Montonen will introduce us to Machine learning. We'll use the Python library Scikit-Learn to create a simple spam filter! This is a hands-on workshop so please bring your laptop! Minimum expected Python knowledge: * knowledge of variables and assigning variables * some knowledge of writing for and while loops as well as if-else control flow * some exposure to writing functions * knowledge of how to run Python programs from the command line or your favourite IDENote: If you're not sure you have what it takes, do not fear!! Contact me (Eleonore Mayola) via the meetup page and I'll email you the minimum Python resources Camilla is putting together for you! This is what you can expect: 6:15 - 7:00pm: Scikit-Learn install party 7:00 - 9:00pm: Workshop: 1. Short intro to machine learning and basic statistics 2. Machine learning+Python and introduction to Scikit-Learn 3. Build a simple spam filter using Naive Bayesian classifiers Note: The content of the workshop might be too elementary in comparison with your experience/training. If you're still interested to come to the meetup contact me via the meetup page so we can arrange something. This meetup is advertised on both the PyLadies London and the Women in Data meetup pages. Please, if you're a member of both these groups be careful to only register on one of those pages! (It does seem obvious but mistakes happen)

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  • Women in Data - Speaker Series

    Skills Matter

    Emily Green Cassandra and the Dynamo Paper Emily Green is a Backend Engineer in SoundCloud's Data Team where they use Cassandra quite a bit, in particular for the stats (http://blog.soundcloud.com/2014/03/04/new-soundcloud-stats/) that they provide for people who upload tracks on SoundCloud. Before SoundCloud she was a Haskell developer for a Swedish e-signing startup (http://scrive.com/en/), and before that she was a developer for a variety of financial institutions. She lives in London, and likes gardening and hanging out with her cat Albertina. Abstract: The Dynamo Paper (http://www.allthingsdistributed.com/files/amazon-dynamo-sosp2007.pdf) is a 2007 paper from Amazon that describes a distributed data database called Dynamo that's often mentioned in conversations about distributed data storage. Cassandra is a popular distributed database, originally inspired by the original ideas in the Dynamo Paper. We're going to learn more about Cassandra by looking at the Dynamo Paper and seeing where it's borrowed ideas or diverged. This will give an introduction to the concepts Cassandra is built on, and a familiarity with an historic paper for distributed data storage. The focus will be pretty abstract, but don't worry it won't be academic, as I'm (sadly) incapable of it - one of the reasons I chose this topic is to force myself to finally read the paper properly! Meri Williams Finding (or Creating) Space to Be Awesome Meri (https://twitter.com/Geek_Manager) is a geek, a manager, and a manager of geeks. She's a CTO and also manages her own micro-consultancy ChromeRose which helps digital & technical teams be brilliant. She’s led teams ranging in size from 30 to 300, mostly with folks spread across the world. In her spare time she enjoys baking, gaming, surfing and her obsession with hot smoking Texas-style BBQ. Abstract: It's easy in tech to fall into having a series of jobs, rather than what feels like a cohesive career. Let's look at what science tells us about motivation & inclusion, what geeks need from managers (do we need managers?) and how to carve yourself out a career in this ever-changing landscape.

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  • D3 Hack Night Mark 2

    ThoughtWorks UK Office

    Bring your laptops and interesting data sets and let's hack on D3.js! Due to the popularity of the last D3 hack night, we are going to do it again. D3.js is a javascript library for data visualisations, http://d3js.org/ This session is for all at any skill level that either want to introduce themselves to the concepts of d3 or for those that want to advance their knowledge. We will work in groups and hack on interesting data.

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  • Women in Data Meetup

    Skills Matter

    Beth Granter UK mental health discussions on Twitter Beth Granter is a digital consultant and data analyst at Brilliant Noise, a digital strategy agency in Brighton. She specialises in audience and conversational research online. Abstract: Using Brandwatch buzz monitoring platform, Beth analysed conversations about mental health, by people in the UK on Twitter. Beth will discuss writing boolean queries, monitoring social media in general, using Brandwatch and similar platforms, challenges/limitations, opportunities for organisations, individuals and brands, and the findings of the mental health study itself. Bodil Stokke Idris: A Gentle Introduction to Mad Computer Science Bodil is a compulsive conference speaker in the fields of functional programming and internets technologies, and is a co-organiser of multiple developer conferences in Scandinavia and the UK, mostly because she’s still learning how to stop. Abstract: Idris is a new academic programming language with a dependent type system of unprecedented power. And, remarkably for an academic programming language, it's actually a general purpose language that you can use to write real programs as opposed to just proving theorems and publishing papers. It's what all the cool kids are talking about ("all the cool kids" is code for me) and it seems to be headed straight for world domination ("world domination" is code for more than 10 people), so I would like to give you a gentle and brief introduction to Idris and dependent types, and try to explain why they're so amazing, and afterwards maybe you'll want to join the Idris revolution as well (or maybe run away screaming which is fine too). Also please sign up on the skills matter site here. https://www.skillsmatter.com/meetups/6436-women-in-data-with-bodil-stokke-and-beth-granter

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  • D3.js Hack Night

    Pact Coffee

    Bring your laptops and interesting data sets and let's hack on D3.js! D3.js is a javascript library for data visualisations, http://d3js.org/ This session is for all at any skill level that either want to introduce themselves to the concepts of d3 or for those that want to advance their knowledge. We will work in groups and hack on interesting data.

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  • Women in Data Meetup

    Skills Matter

    "Speech recognition" :- Catherine Breslin (https://skillsmatter.com/legacy_profile/catherine-breslin) is a researcher with 10 years experience working in industry and academia. She's worked at Cambridge University and Toshiba Research, and founded 'Cambridge Women in Tech' earlier this year for all the women who work in Cambridge's high-tech industry. In this talk I'll cover the basics of speech recognition, and how we use machine learning to model both acoustics of speech and language. I'll talk about some of the things we have to do so that speech recognition works across speakers and languages, and the reasons why speech technology is becoming increasingly popular. "Introduction to Cynefin" :- Elizabeth Keogh (https://skillsmatter.com/legacy_profile/elizabeth-keogh) currently works as an independent Agile Coach and trainer based in London. She is a well-known blogger and international speaker, a core member of the BDD community and a contributor to a number of open-source projects including JBehave. Cynefin is a framework for making sense of the world and its problems; for understanding where outcomes are predictable, where they might emerge with experiment and feedback, and where urgent action is required. Applied to any kind of knowledge work, Cynefin can help us to use libraries and services effectively, engage expertise appropriately, develop solutions innovatively, and avoid the pitfalls of disorder and chaos that plague so many projects. Don't forget to sign up at on the skills matter site, https://skillsmatter.com/meetups/6350-introducing-cynefin-and-speech-recognition

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