• Workshop at Top Hat: Optimizing Performance in React

    The event will be hosted by Top Hat, Toronto in their office. Top Hat's active learning technology helps professors engage students before, during and after class. They are a group of innovators, leaders and dreamers who are reshaping the future of higher education. The workshop will be about Optimizing Performance in React by Joanna Halpern. * For people to participate in the workshop it will be best for them to have laptops with react. If need be Joanna can take a few minutes at the beginning and have people download it. Schedule: 6:00PM - 6:30PM: Sign-In & Networking 6:30PM – 7:45PM: Talk / Workshop 7:45PM – 8:00PM: Audience Q/A 8:00PM – 8:30PM: Networking & Wrap Up Joanna is a full stack developer at Top Hat. She works on the Community team, creating ways for professors to interact and collaborate with each other around the content they use in their classrooms. Even though she started university in a different field, in her second year at McGill University, Joanna took a programming class, loved it, and immediately switched into and later graduated from Software Engineering. She also has some fun side projects that she continues to work on, where she gets to experiment with different technologies like AR and machine learning. She’s originally from Calgary and loves rock climbing and skiing. Food and refreshments will be provided by Top Hat at the event :)

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  • Choosing Better Open Source: From a Security Perspective

    We're excited to be having our next technical talk at Twitter! (Please note that you will need to submit your first and last name for security purposes.) Today’s fast-paced development environment using Open Source packages, Python, Node.js (and others) is a path fraught with danger. From uncurated repositories to small packages pulling in hundreds if not thousands of dependencies, there is a need to be more aware of the potential dangers. Years ago, left-pad on npm was removed by a developer which ultimately brought down high profile projects around the world. Three years later, malware was injected into a library that affected thousands of additional projects. This presentation will give you some core understandings to help you lower the risk projects face by using Open Source Software. This talk is targeted towards all levels from beginner to advanced. Schedule: 6:00pm-6:30pm: Networking, settling in 6:30pm-6:45pm: Introduction 6:45pm-6:55pm: A few words from Michele Austin of Twitter 6:55pm-8:00pm: Choosing Better Open Source: From a Security Perspective 8:00pm-8:30pm: Networking and wrap up Our host: Michele Austin is the Head of Government, Public Policy and Philanthropy at Twitter Canada. She works closely with government partners and policy stakeholders to help create good public policy and meaningful content on Twitter. Michele has been helping organizations work with government for more than 20 years. In 2006 she became the first female Chief of Staff of the Industry Canada portfolio. Michele is also a well known political commentator in Ottawa, having appeared on CTV’s Power Play for 10 years. Michele is a first generation Canadian. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Waterloo and a Masters in Public Administration from Dalhousie University. She lives with her husband and three unruly teenagers in Kanata, Ontario. Our Speaker: Miki is a writer and Public Speaker for technical subjects as well as Diversity & Inclusion and other social subjects. Her passion lies with advocating for underrepresented communities in Tech. Her career has encompassed everything from firmware to application space.She has worked with teams providing full stack development. Her last 8 years have had a Security focus as the Security Champion for the Open Source Technology Center @ Intel. She currently works as a Security Researcher In the IPAS GO (formerly Security Center of Excellence) working on Secure Development Lifecycle governance and as Product Security Expert for Open Source Software. She also has many outside interests including volunteering as a TrevorChat Crisis Counselor, Women Who Code PDX Evangelist, Women of Security PDX founder, Portland Women in Tech, and the Diana Initiative to help drive diversity and true inclusion while advocating for women in the STEM fields.

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  • Talks at Ada: Machine Learning, Productivity, and Technical Leadership

    Ada is a chatbot that solves more than 70% of inquiries, using machine learning for natural language processing. We have a lineup of amazing talks by developers and leads at Ada! Product and Machine Learning engineers alike will be sharing their lessons on being more effective at work, or their latest research. Schedule: 6:00PM - 6:30PM : Sign-In & Networking 6:30PM – 7:45PM : Speaker Talks 7:45PM – 8:00PM : Audience Q/A 8:00PM – 8:30PM : Networking & Wrap Up Talk #1: Transfer Learning for NLP: Distilling Sebastien Ruder's PhD. thesis Transfer learning, the act of applying knowledge from one problem to another, has become one of the most important research areas of machine learning for Natural Language Processing (NLP). Gordon will use Sebastien Ruder's recently published PhD thesis on transfer learning for NLP as a guide through the field, and will show you some ways you can easily apply transfer learning to your own projects. Speaker: Gordon Gibson is the lead machine learning engineer at Ada where he works on developing machine learning applications which are both practical and thoughtfully-designed. Talk #2: BuJo 101: On Note-Taking and Bullet Journals Despite the fact that we're living through the Fourth Industrial Revolution, note-taking by hand remains a valuable skill. This talk will focus on how to take better notes using the BuJo system, and why it can serve you well in both in your personal and professional lives. Speaker: Althea Yi is a full-stack developer at Ada, currently working on levelling up her back-end skills. Talk #3: Better code without code: Framework for Understanding What You Really Need to Solve You see a ticket. You push some code in record time. You feel like a genius. Hours later your peer suggests a few updates. You say, "Hmm, should've thought of that". Days later, testers come in and file a few bugs. "Should've caught that" you utter. Weeks later, users are filing bugs left and right. "Well !@^%", you say. The next ticket comes in and the cycle repeats itself. It's not just you. It's all of us. Now, what can we do about it? Asking some simple key questions before you code can dramatically improve it. Speaker: Kris Anthony Viceral is the tech lead for Ada's automation team. They work with other team members to understand what's slowing them down, and build solutions so that they can work faster and better. Talk #4: Tu Konkani Ulaytai? Building Language Identifiers with Machine Learning One of the first tasks that any Natural Language Processing (NLP) models perform is language identification of the input text. Once the language of the text is identified, individual NLP models (such as translators, speech synthesizers etc.,) can then be employed to perform an NLP activity. In this talk, I will present the historical background of language identification and show how to build a simple language identifier that can detect a variety of languages. Speaker: Royal Sequeira is a Machine Learning Developer at Ada and works on improving the Natural Language Understanding of Ada's bots.

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  • Acing Coding Interviews: LeetCode Study Night

    Rose Rocket

    Are you currently in the process of preparing for your upcoming coding interview? Do you feel like you still need more practice to get better at solving those coding puzzles? If so, this workshop is for you! Join us as we learn how to tackle coding problems often seen in technical interviews together. We're going to solve several coding problems on LeetCode (a few easy ones, a few medium ones, and maybe one hard one). You will first have the opportunity to work on each problem on your own. Then, we will walk through a sample solution so you can deepen your understanding of the problem, as well as maybe learn a few new tricks! This is an interactive workshop. Please bring a laptop and power supply. 🗓What's on the Agenda: 6:00PM - 6:30PM: Settling in and Networking 6:30PM - 8:30PM: Workshop and Q&A 8:30PM - 9:00PM: Wrapping up and Networking 👤Who's Speaking: YK Sugi is the creator of CS Dojo, a programming education YouTube channel with 850,000+ subscribers. On this channel, he teaches various technical topics such as coding interviews, data structures and algorithms, Python, and data science. He is also an online course creator on Udemy, LinkedIn Learning, and Pluralsight. YouTube: @CSDojo | Instagram: @ykdojo | Twitter: @ykdojo

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  • A Night at Slack: Talks on Career Advice, Designing Metrics, and Search Indices

    We're kicking off 2019 with three engineers from Slack's SF and NYC teams! Each of them will share their hard-won expertise and knowledge: from the bad career advice we could all benefit to filter out, to monitoring distributed systems and scaling the search index to millions of users. IMPORTANT: Please note that attending this event will require you to confirm your attendance by signing a digital NDA. The Slack team will preprint your name badges for a quicker admittance to the event. We will contact you on the week of the event if you are RSVP'ed "Yes", and have provided your email address here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1PNuwp_GNIo-F-TsjYL15_LhwFlTddEzKQTMNkwiwqvI/edit?ts=5c5f26ba. For this reason, we strongly recommend that your +1 guests also RSVP directly on meetup. Thank you! Schedule: 6:00PM - 6:30PM : Sign-In & Networking 6:30PM – 7:45PM : Speaker Talks 7:45PM – 8:00PM : Audience Q/A 8:00PM – 8:30PM : Networking & Wrap Up Talk #1: Bad Advice Roo will share some of the worst advice she has heard since becoming an engineer, then proceed to give you advice about this advice; how to spot it, scrape what you can from it, and what advice can teach us about the advisor. Speaker: Roo Harrigan is the Strategic Engineering Projects Lead at Slack, where she works on a wide assortment of projects to support the technical health and wellbeing of the engineering organization. Previously, she spent 3 years with the Platform team on crafting developer APIs and expanding the surface area of apps in Slack. Before turning to engineering full time, Roo worked as a product manager, project manager, sales demo’er, technical customer support agent, and community health advocate. Before that, she was a baby. Talk #2: Scaling Prometheus at Slack *Summary:* Prometheus is an open-source monitoring system with a dimensional data model, flexible query language, efficient time series database, and modern alerting approach. Slack is currently in the process of adopting Prometheus as our main metrics datastore. Carly is working closely with the Visibility Ops engineering team to design Slack’s Prometheus infrastructure for scale while optimizing for developer experience. In addition to some Prometheus basic concepts, attendees will learn about the challenges that have influenced our current approach to implementing Prometheus at Slack. Speaker: Carly Robinson is a backend software engineer at Slack, based in San Francisco. Over the past three years at Slack, Carly has worked with the Enterprise, Platform and Visibility Ops teams building software to make people's working lives more pleasant and productive. Most recently, she's been building the new Google Calendar App (check it out!), in addition to helping scale Slack's internal metrics and monitoring systems. Outside of work, Carly is passionate about empowering women and individuals with unconventional backgrounds to learn to code and is learning to play guitar. Talk #3: Search @ Slack Sam will discuss the nuances and challenges of building personalized search products and why Slack’s search product is different than the search you’re used to. Attendees will come away with an understanding of how a search index works, as well as how we scale search to support millions of daily users at Slack. Speaker: Sam Stultz is a Software Engineer on the Search Infrastructure team at Slack in New York, where she works on developing and maintaining the quality and scalability of Slack’s search products. She is from Kingston, Jamaica, studied Computer Science at Columbia University & was once an extra in a TV show but she can’t figure out which one.

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  • Building a Recommendation System with Embeddings - Intro to Deep Learning

    Deep learning is a subset of Machine Learning, and it learns categories incrementally. This meet up will focus on one of the fundamentals, Neural Network Embeddings, and we will see how it can create a book recommendation system together with Wikipedia. With that in mind, we invite you to WeCloudData’s office for a night of learning about machine learning. WeCloudData along with Women Who Code will be offering a different experience on how deep learning can achieve incredible thing like the recommendation system. There will be lots of opportunities for attendees to share and learn through interactive Q and A, and general networking. We look forward to seeing you there. Schedule: 6:15PM - 6:30PM : Sign-In & Networking 6:30PM – 7:45 PM : Speaker Talks 7:45PM – 8:00PM: Audience Q/A 8:00PM – 8:15PM: Networking & Wrap Up Speaker: Jodie Zhu, Machine Learning Engineer, Dessa Twitter: @Jodizhu Co-organizer: Rong Li, Program Director, WeCloudData Twitter: @WeCloudData About the Speaker: Jodie is a Machine Learning Engineer with experience in areas including mobile games, public health and pharmaceuticals industry. Currently, she is a Machine Learning Engineer at Dessa, doing a combination of user behavior research, exploration, data engineering, and statistical modeling. She has also worked on an iOS TOP 10 mobile game at Gameloft as well. In addition, she is a master of digital marketing campaign design, analysis, as well as implementing various statistical machine learning models to help solve real-world business problems. Before joining Dessa, She graduated with Ph.D. degree at the University of Florida in Applied Mathematics as well as M.Sc. degree in Biostatistics at the University of Toronto. Shortly after, she became a Statistician at Princess Margaret Hospital where she has published 2 papers in academic magazines, covering breast cancer research and image processing.

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  • Women && Entrepreneurship Panel

    RBC Waterpark Place

    Join us for our first ever celebration of Women's Entrepreneurship Day! Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) was launched as an official day at the United Nations on November 19th, 2014 with the goal to unite a network of business leaders, investors, entrepreneurs, dignitaries, innovators and change-makers to initiate women-led start-ups that drive economic expansion and advance communities worldwide. 👤Who's Speaking: ▪ AVERY SWARTZ, Founder, Camp Tech ▪ EVA WONG, Co-Founder, Borrowell ▪ MICHELLE CAERS, Founder, DesignedUX ▪ NORA JENKINS TOWNSON, Founder, Bright + Early ▪ TAMAR HUGGINS, Founder, Tech Spark and Black Women Code 📌Topics of Discussion: ▪ Personal startup stories ▪ Launching, leading and scaling your startup ▪ Funding and pitching your idea ▪ Challenges to expect along the way ▪ Finding supporters and advisors ▪ And more 🗓What's on the Agenda: 6:15PM: Sign-In & Networking 6:45PM: Introductions & Panel Discussion 8:00PM: Q&A 8:30PM - 9:00PM: Wrap Up & More Networking Thank you to RBC for being the Venue and Food Sponsor for this event! 🔍Our Code of Conduct: Women Who Code (WWCode) is dedicated to providing an empowering experience for everyone who participates in or supports our community, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, age, religion, socioeconomic status, caste, or creed. Our events are intended to inspire women to excel in technology careers, and anyone who is there for this purpose is welcome. Because we value the safety and security of our members and strive to have an inclusive community, we do not tolerate harassment of members or event participants in any form. Our Code of Conduct applies to all events run by Women Who Code, Inc. https://www.womenwhocode.com/codeofconduct DISCLAIMER: Photographs and/or video will be taken at today’s event. By taking part in this event you grant the event organizers full rights to use the images resulting from the photography/video filming, and any reproductions or adaptations of the images for fundraising, publicity or other purposes to help achieve the group’s aims. This might include (but is not limited to), the right to use them in their printed and online publicity, social media, press releases and funding applications. If you do not wish to be photographed please inform an event organizer.

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  • An Introduction to Visual Recognition

    We Work

    Images go beyond AI and deep learning. This meet up will focus on Visual Recognition, which is a form of AI allowing computers to analyze and make sense of the pixels and patterns found in images. With that in mind, we invite you to WeWork’s office for a night of hands on learning about AI and deep learning. IBM along with Women Who Code will be offering a different experience on differentiating between AI and deep learning, the driving factors leading to the recent explosion in deep learning, and train and analyze our own images using a visual recognition service. Please make sure to download the Github repo below prior to joining us at the event: Github repo https://github.com/EBratschun/WVR The Github repo contains 2 labs: - one written in a notebook, DeepLearning – Watson Studio (more code heavy) - one using NodeRed, WVR_Lab (less code) Speaker will briefly show both as final products and then provide access for you to go through them and ask questions as they come up. For both, you will need an IBM Cloud account. *****Sign up at https://www.ibm.com/cloud/****** There will be lots of opportunities for attendees to share and learn through interactive Q and A, and general networking. We look forward to seeing you there. Schedule: 6:00PM - 6:30PM : Sign-In & Networking 6:30PM – 7:45 PM : Introductions and Coding Section 7:45PM – 8:00PM: Audience Q/A 8:00PM – 8:15PM: Networking & Wrap Up Speaker: Erika Bratschun, Analytics Technical Solutions Specialist, IBM Co-organizer: Hina Aziz, Developer Advocates, IBM Alexsa Woodward, Developer Advocates, IBM About the Speaker: Erika Bratschun traveled around the country presenting on emerging technologies with a primary fascination in data science and deep learning. Interests outside of the workplace include eating, traveling and just about anything you can do outside.

  • How DevOps is creating value for Organizations, Large and Small

    Intelliware Development

    Everyone is talking about DevOps. This meetup will focus sharing real experiences on how DevOps, supported by open source is impacting software delivery and creating value for large and small organizations. We will do this through a brief intro followed by a moderated, interactive panel discussion. With that in mind, we invite you to Intelliware’s office for a night of discussion and chatter around DevOps and open source. Intelliware Development Inc. along with TD Bank and Women Who Code will be offering different perspectives on and experiences with DevOps including what it means to them, its impact on the work environment, process and importantly on delivery. There will be lots of opportunities for attendees to share and learn through interactive Q and A, and general networking. We look forward to seeing you there. Schedule: 6:15PM - 6:45PM : Sign-In & Networking 6:45PM – 7:45 PM : Introductions and Panel Discussion 7:45PM – 8:00PM: Audience Q/A 8:00PM – 8:30PM: Networking & Wrap Up Speaker: Sladjana Jovanovic, VP Online Channel Technology, TD Bank Moderator: Ivana Marzura, Director of Delivery, Intelliware Panelists: Aoife Hynes, Software Developer, Intelliware Anne Zhang, Senior Development Manager, TD Bank Bill McArthur, TD Bank About Intelliware: Intelliware is a custom software development services provider based in Toronto, Canada. Using an Agile approach, Intelliware offers high velocity, reliable software services to deliver high quality software for its clients. Intelliware is engaged as a technical partner by a wide range of local, national and global organizations in sectors that span Financial Services, Healthcare, and ICT.

  • Non-Linear Doesn't Mean Random

    Ada

    "How should I think about building my career when the next step isn't obvious?" "How do I make a mid-career change without starting over?" Whether you are a programmer, tester, designer, data scientist or manager - these are universal questions we're positive everyone has pondered at one point. Join us to learn how you can strategically navigate your career path and authentically integrate all the weird little detours along the way! 🗓What's on the Agenda: 6:00PM - 6:30PM: Mingle & Network 6:30PM - 8:30PM: Melissa's Talk 8:30PM - 9:30PM: Q&A and more Mingling 👤Who's Speaking: Melissa Nightingale is a founder and partner at Raw Signal Group. She is editor of The Co-pour and bestselling author of "How F*cked Up Is Your Management? An Uncomfortable Conversation About Modern Leadership." Melissa’s been a startup warrior since the first dotcom boom and has the branded t-shirt collection to prove it. She has held senior leadership roles in marketing, pr, and strategy at several fast paced startups, including Wattpad, Edmodo, and Mozilla. Melissa cut her teeth in the agency world at OutCast Communications, SparkPR, and Edelman. Melissa moved to Toronto after more than a decade of working in senior tech roles in Silicon Valley. She is gradually adjusting to seasons. Melissa is a frequent speaker at industry events and universities about leadership, entrepreneurship, and women in tech. You can find her on Twitter (@shappy): https://twitter.com/shappy 🔍Our Code of Conduct: Women Who Code (WWCode) is dedicated to providing an empowering experience for everyone who participates in or supports our community, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, age, religion, socioeconomic status, caste, or creed. Our events are intended to inspire women to excel in technology careers, and anyone who is there for this purpose is welcome. Because we value the safety and security of our members and strive to have an inclusive community, we do not tolerate harassment of members or event participants in any form. Our Code of Conduct applies to all events run by Women Who Code, Inc. https://www.womenwhocode.com/codeofconduct DISCLAIMER: Photographs and/or video will be taken at today’s event. By taking part in this event you grant the event organizers full rights to use the images resulting from the photography/video filming, and any reproductions or adaptations of the images for fundraising, publicity or other purposes to help achieve the group’s aims. This might include (but is not limited to), the right to use them in their printed and online publicity, social media, press releases and funding applications. If you do not wish to be photographed please inform an event organizer.

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