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ChatGPT: Caveat Emptor

October 25, 2023 at 6:30 p.m.
Madison Central Public Library

About the Talk: Generative AI like ChatGPT represents a cutting-edge addition to a developer’s arsenal. Nonetheless, there are underlying hazards associated with these tools. This presentation zeroes in on ChatGPT, offering insights into its functioning and highlighting risks, encompassing legal, ethical, and regulatory aspects. It provides instances of companies integrating it into their operations and imparts valuable advice on how developers can harness its potential effectively

About the Speaker: Naveen VK, Technical Director at nvisia, has over 24 years of professional experience in designing and constructing bespoke on-prem and cloud applications across a range of industries such as finance, insurance, healthcare, manufacturing, and government sectors. She loves to share her technical expertise and experiences at diverse meetups and conferences.

Tech Evolution in Early Stages of a Startup

When: Wednesday, April 26th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Central Madison Library Bubbler Room

About the Talk: This presentation will cover practices we did at Fetch when we had limited runway and a completely different set of engineers. Startups are not fortunate to have the budgets that other companies may have, so how can you best capitalize on the resources that you do have and ensure your company can scale.

About the Speaker: Heidi Wagner is currently the VP of GSD (which stands for “VP of Getting Stuff Done”) and have been with Fetch for 8.5 years. I helped scale Fetch from 35 employees to 800+ employees the Fetch platform to 17 million monthly active users. I have more than 25 years of experience and prior to Fetch I worked for Shopbop (a subsidiary of Amazon).

Color Theory: Using color to enhance your design

About the Talk: Learn about color meaning, harmony, and how it influences the various aspects of user experience, accessibility, and interface design. Walk away with some tips and tricks for how to think about color in your own work!

About the Speaker: Kedar Joyner is a UX/UI designer with a knack for programming. She currently works at the University of Wisconsin—Madison where she designs and develops software that helps support students and staff across campus. Browse Kedar’s portfolio, which is perpetually out of date:

Using data analytics to examine news reporting in post-coup Myanmar

On February 1, 2021, the Myanmar military took over the government through an unlawful coup. Since then, it has violently suppressed civilian opposition using airstrikes, extrajudicial killings, plunder, and sexual violence. Despite the violence committed by the military junta across the country, news about Myanmar remains under-reported in mainstream international media, leading to widespread unawareness about the current humanitarian crises in Myanmar.

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Lightning Talks Workshop

Have you ever thought about giving a technical talk but we’re too nervous to follow through? Are you interested in learning from and getting to know with other technical women? Do you want some accountability to learn about something new? Are you a student who wants to gain confidence talking about technical subjects?

Machine Learning algorithms inspired by nature

A high level talk about ML algorithms inspired by behaviors observed in nature. This is an intro-level session to give you a taste of what algorithms are out there with some real world examples and use cases where these algorithms have been used and implemented. The main goal of this sampler-level talk is to pique your interest in one or more of these algorithms with details about how they work and how they have been used IRL (in real life). At the very least, you will gain new insights into how Machine Learning has evolved.

Architecture Design Patterns

Our July co-hosted in-person and hybrid Codecinella / Women In Tech event  was in the Bubbler Room at the library in downtown Madison or online via Zoom.

What is Architecture? Why does Architecture matter?

Join us for our June co-hosted in-person and hybrid Codecinella / Women In Tech event in the Bubbler Room at the library in downtown Madison or online via Zoom. We will discuss anything/everything related to Software Architecture, what/why/how, and share our personal experiences and anecdotes.

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Welcome Back – What’s your Stack?

Let’s get together to chat about what is in our toolkits as developers. We’ll discuss what we use for work vs. what we develop with for fun or side projects and examine what software development tools we have in common and hear about tools or languages we aren’t yet familiar with.