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March Tech Talks & Social Night

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Rachel M. and Shayna C.


Join Women Who Code for a fun and casual night with some great tech talks, followed by time for networking and socializing with other women in the Boston tech scene.

6:00 - 6:20 pm: Registration + Mingle
6:20 - 7:30 pm: Talks
7:30 - 8:00 pm: Networking

---- Lightning Talks ----

** Mel Choyce: Contributing to WordPress **

Did you know WordPress powers almost 30% of sites on the internet? Hundreds of contributors have worked towards making it the popular open source CMS it is today. Learn how you can get in get involved in the community and contribute back to WordPress as well in this flash talk.

Mel Choyce is a Product Designer at Automattic, where she works full-time on contributing to WordPress core. She is the current design co-lead of the Customization focus area, and also co-lead for the WordPress 4.9 release. She loves big typography, cold brew coffee, and craft beer.

** Prerna Srivastava: Creating Generative Chat Bots using Deep Neural Nets on Alexa **

Chat bots in personal assistants like Alexa, Google Home today are retrieval or rule based. There is increasing interest in the research for creating Generative Chat bots implemented through Deep Neural Networks that learn through conversations on how to reply to a user. I will share the interesting results of my research on this.

Prerna Srivastav is working as a Machine Learning Engineer at Trip Advisor.
She works on Deep Neural Networks for Chat bots in her free time.

---- 30 Minute Talk ----

** Teri Chadbourne: Offline First: Making Your App Awesome When the Network Isn't **

Let’s get real. Networks are flaky, and your awesome web app isn’t so impressive when you lose your connection. With an Offline First mindset and some simple client-side code, you can upgrade your masterpiece and deliver amazing user experiences in all network conditions. Real world, here we come.

Teri Chadbourne is an Offline First community organizer and Offline Camp co-organizer who spends her spare time leading event strategy for the Developer Advocacy team at IBM Watson & Cloud Platform. A Certified Meeting Professional, Teri spent a past life planning events for web designers and developers at Future Insights before becoming a front-end web developer herself.


Speak at our next event!

If you'd like to give a lightning talk (or longer talk!) at a future event, please fill out this form ( If you'd like to speak but don't have a topic in mind, let us know and we can help you brainstorm. The talk doesn't have to be technical and the only requirement is that others should be able to learn something from it. Lightning talks will be short (6-8 minutes + a couple of minutes for Q&A) so shouldn't require a lot of preparation.


Code of Conduct

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