I’m looking at June 21 for the second TechLady Hackathon + Training Day. Please reply if you know of any big conflicts for that weekend. And otherwise, save the date! More to come soon.
What's happening this month?
Here are some awesome upcoming DC tech events where I hope to see you:
- Code for DC (2/19): Our second monthly Code for DC meetup is this week at Sunlight Foundation in Dupont Circle. We had awesome lady turnout at the last one, but I’d still love to see more of you! I’ll be there leading work on my If Gov Then That project and we’ll be making some exciting announcements.
- Ladies Who Code (2/20): This meetup has two 30-45 min sessions and open discussions on Flask and Angular JS. They’ll also review assignments and merge code from ongoing projects.
- Open Data Day DC (2/22 & 23): I’m really excited for this. It’s usually one of the biggest hackathons of the year for DC. I’m leading a workshop on an intro to open source, online collaboration, and GitHub. I’ll cover some of the same things from my training at the TechLady Hackathon, but then we’ll have a little more time to practice and get your hands dirty. Other great workshops that day are: an intro to open data and APIs, open mapping, and our favorite python teacher, Shannon Turner, will provide her intro to Python.
- DC API User Group (2/26): February’s meetup will include presentations by me!, Michelle Herzfeld (you may have met her at the hackathon) speaking about the Dept of Interior, Michael Dick on ⌘+SPACE, and Ado Trakic on Jobcinity. Also, there's free pizza and beer.
- A few other upcoming meetups I recommend are:
2/17: DC Techno-Activism 3rd Monday workshop on creating your own domain’s email accounts - learn more about why this is important in Eric Mill's blog post;
2/25: Data Science DC’s Data and Causal Inference in Political Campaigns at which political scientist and consultant Aaron Strauss will speak;
2/26: Django District’s CFPB’s eRegulations and collaboration - open source in government
2/27: Capital Hack’s Introduction to R: Functions, Data steps, and Data I/O: This is one of a series of classes for newbies and experienced folks on R.
3/5: DC Legal Hackers: #LegalHack Tools: Legal Tech Demo Night
What else is going on?
Soon, I’m going through orientation to become the third Code for DC brigade captain (along with Matt and Justin, who you met at the hackathon). I’m so thrilled!
I’m going to SXSW, so let me know if you are, too, and if you know of a must-see session. I’m also going to YandYY and I need a room, so let me know if you want a roomie to help share costs!
A new site I’m in love with is http://producthunt.co. It’s not just a great way to learn about new tools and sites, but also fun way to spot web design trends. I'm also a huge fan of this lady empowerment/get happy Spotify playlist that some awesome TechLady Mafiosas made for me when I was having an especially terrible day at work. Also, I recently caught the Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners livestream of Women In Design, and it was incredibly inspiring. I hope they'll post it soon, but in the mean time you can check out some others here.
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