RESCHEDULED TO APRIL 3RD: Women in Data Science & Design

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5300 Beethoven Street 90066 · Los Angeles, CA

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Come up to the Penthouse (PH) Floor


We created the Women in Software Engineering (WiSE) Speaker Series to highlight the accomplishments of successful women engineers, and to connect women aspiring to be software engineers to mentors and peers.

The WiSE series is produced by Codesmith in an effort to improve the diversity gap in tech by collaborating with leading tech companies through mentorship and scholarship opportunities for women pursuing a software engineering education at Codesmith.

Every month, we will bring the best speakers and mentors to an interested audience on topics ranging from career advice for women in tech to the latest JavaScript and web technologies. Following presentations and Q&A, we will provide a space to chat and network over refreshments.


This month, we're excited to welcome Sanja Stegerer, Data Scientist at GumGum and Adriana Vecchioli, Founder & CTO of

Data Science at GumGum by Sanja Stegerer

The Data Science Team at GumGum supports the company’s core business: advertisement. Gumgum offers targeted advertisement and for this, the GumGum team needs to be able to extract important information about each page’s content before they serve an ad on it. Over the past five years, the DS team has built a text processing infrastructure which supports several important NLP tasks, like NER and keyword extraction, but also some that are tailored to Gumgum’s needs as an advertisement company (threat classification, content classification, event detection). In this talk, Sanja will introduce those applications of NLP and ML algorithms and how they impact the company’s ability to deliver high-quality advertisement and go into the technical details of GumGum's threat classification algorithm, one of their most important services.

Sanja Stegerer is a Data Scientist at Gumgum. She started her career in Data Science 2 years ago, after earning her degree in Mathematics and Biology from the University of Tuebingen, Germany in 2015. When she decided to pursue a career in Data Science, she utilized her mathematical training and taught herself the basic concepts of Machine Learning before applying for a Data Science position. At GumGum, Sanja works on NLP (natural language processing) projects, deep learning and keeping production systems up and running.

UX + VR & AR by Adriana Vecchioli

In this talk, Adriana will be discussing the specific challenges of UX in AR & VR, how they differ from 2D mobile and web UX, and the challenges that are yet to be solved.

Adriana Vecchioli is an artist, UX designer and self-taught software engineer, focused on AR & VR. After 2 years at Twitter, Adriana founded - an AR / VR studio to help brands and companies build emotionally powerful immersive experiences.



7:00 - 7:15 PM: Arrivals & mingling

7:15 - 8:00 PM: Talks + Q&A

8:00 - 8:30 PM: Panel discussion

8:30 - 9:00 PM: Drinks & networking

Price: Always free

**If you are interested in speaking at WiSE, please contact [masked]


(Recruiting for mid-to-senior level software engineers? Email [masked] to receive more information on how to get involved.)

Codesmith is the leading software engineering and leadership education organization in the US teaching Full-stack JavaScript, Machine learning, and Virtual reality development. Graduates from the program have joined the top tech companies including Microsoft, Amazon and LinkedIn.