Maybe you’ve seen pretty graphics and pictures representing data. Maybe you’ve heard about ‘Tableau’ but have no idea if that means some fancy table in French, something artistic involving paint, or some new technical tool that you might want to learn. Maybe you’ve overheard ‘Data Viz’ and wondered if that has anything to do with user interface design, big data, predictive analytics, data exploration, full stack development, software, databases or whatnot.
Allison spoke about what life is like for a software engineer in the video game industry. The talk included paths to joining the game industry, what software engineers and other roles do in the game industry and a discussion of the ups and downs of life in the video game industry.
This panel was designed to help undergraduate female computer science majors imagine a career in the Information Technology profession and to give an honest view of the work experiences of Women in Madison in the Software industry. Our four panel members were all currently employed in the technology field in Madison, Wisconsin.
Lauren Kieliszewski, Technology Consultant, Education Coordinator of DANEnet lead a short overview of soldering skills and electronics basics before participants assembled a Game of Life kit from Adafruit. Annette Spyker Mechelke walked the group through the project and the workings behind Conway’s Game of Life.
Naveen VK presented on machine learning and how artificial intelligence works. She broke down the information on buzz words like Neural Networks and provided an intro to the algorithms used in supervised and unsupervised machine learning, based on the material from the Machine Learning Algorithms class on coursera.org by Stanford University professor, Dr. Andrew Ng.
There’s no doubt that video games are popular. While some view them as an imagination-sapping waste of time, Acme Nerd Games has a very different perspective: Games are a means to improve lives. Games engage, teach and can change behaviors. Organizations should deploy the power of games to do good in the communities they serve.
Have you ever spent a very long week solving a very tough problem and then had your computer crash and you lost all your work? Ever had your production environment act so broken that you needed to (or wanted to) ‘roll back’ to the previous version? This talk covered software best practices for handling these situations.
Thank you to all of the volunteers who made this event such a success! We were able to provide practice tech interviews for 44 interviewees. We hope to offer this event again next year.
DevOps is on everyone’s radar lately, with some companies looking to improve their capabilities and others starting from scratch. But what does that mean, and what are the options? Tracey Barrett spoke about real world experience in DevOps both from a technical perspective and about working with different teams involved.