NYC Learnathon Summer 2017

Join us for a weekend of talks and programming. Get your tickets

Speakers

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Avi Flombaum

Avi has changed thousands of lives by teaching students – with little to no experience – to code and actually launch careers as developers. A self-taught programming prodigy and CTO-by-20, Avi is passionate about helping people learn to love code.

Learning How to Learn

Effective learning meanings thinking about your process as you concentrate on the topic and material. In this talk, Avi Flombaum will share some insights into improving the effectiveness of the time you invest. We'll cover ways to stay motivated, fall in love with the problem, plan an approach, debug and adjust your strategy, and research topics holistically. You'll leave with actionable ideas to try so you can become a better learner.

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Mirabai Knight

Mirabai Knight is a professional realtime stenocaptioner for deaf and hard of hearing students and professionals in New York City. She is certified to produce text at 260 words per minute and is a strategic partner of White Coat Captioning, a realtime firm that specializes in captioning for medical schools and tech conferences. She is also the founder of The Open Steno Project, an open source community that works to make steno technology more accessible to amateurs, hobbyists, and enthusiasts.

Stenohack

Mirabai will be giving a 45-minute crash course in how steno works and then letting people loose to devise games that teach the steno keyboard layout, simple common words that can be written with one to three keys, and possibly simple chords as well. All participants in the Learnathon/Hackathon will be entered in a raffle where they'll have the chance to win a Planck and/or Steno Hero/Steno Arcade T-shirts.

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Melissa Carroll Wahnish

Melissa is the founder of RubyThursday, a free weekly online show that gives junior Rails developers bite sized tutorials, tips and tricks to help them grow. She co-organizes the Ruby Roundtable Meetup, the longest running Ruby meetup in NYC. Along with her husband, she builds startups for non-technical entrepreneurs. Melissa is also an actor with a BA in Theater from Marymount Manhattan College. She has toured nationally and appeared in numerous plays and films. She loves sci-fi and knitting.

Contributing to Open Source -- You can do it!

In this presentation, Melissa will outline the various ways you can contribute to open source projects. After talking through some tips and demonstrating Rails examples, she'll share a few ways to get started.

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Darie Dreptate

Darie Dreptate is a technology leader passionate about Lean and Agile methodologies, DevOps practices and healthy engineering culture. He is currently the Head of DevOps at Microstrategy and has previously served as CTO of Cipher Systems and as co-founder of Zennity.com. Darie lives in Washington DC with his wife Yvonne (proud bootcamper at Flatiron) and Jedi, their charismatic Shiba Inu.

How DevOps practices maximize your outcome.

In this session we will talk about the most important and impactful DevOps practices. Learn why a strong full stack developer needs to master DevOps practices and how this is the secret ingredient to quickly become the most productive and impactful team member.We’ll explain concepts such as Continuos Integration and Deployment (CI/CD) as well as what metrics help measuring success and engineering maturity level for both individual contributors and teams. We’ll wrap-up with a Q&A session.

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Yianna Kokalas

New York native that grew up as a gaming script kiddie. She currently is co-organizer of the NYC Elixir meetup, organizer of the New York Vim meetup, founder of Learnathon.nyc and is currently a Teacher Assistant for Flatirons online curriculum learn.co.

A Ruby and Elixir comparison.

Ruby has become a classic and is therefore pivotal in the creation of newer languages. One such language is Elixir and it is taking the programming community by storm. We'll be going over reasons why it's important to know both languages and the similarities between them. There will also be comparisons between their most popular web frameworks (Rails and Phoenix)

Schedule

Day One

Time
12:00pm - 12:30pm Arrive and Mingle
12:30pm - 12:45pm Enter Room and Find a seat.
12:45pm - 1:00pm Opening Speech
1:00pm - 1:45pm Melissa
1:45 - 2:00pm Break
2:00pm - 2:30pm Darie
2:30pm - 3:00pm Pizza
3:00pm - 3:30pm Avi
3:30pm - 3:45pm Break
3:45pm - 4:15pm Yianna
4:15pm - 4:30pm Closing Ceremony
4:30pm - 5:00pm More Mingling and end of Day 1

Day Two

Time
12:00pm - 12:45pm Mirabai Talk
12:45pm - 1:15pm Break up into groups
1:15pm - 5:00pm Build

StenoHack at Learnathon.nyc Sunday 6/25 Hack Your Typing

We are starting with a talk by Mirabai Knight where you will learn how she types 260wpm. After the talk, when you're inspired to hack your typing, you will build your own steno typing tutor in any language and stack of your choice. We are asking that your program should work with 1 to 3-key chords and be as fun and addictive as possible.

Other guidelines:

  • Don't penalize for backspaces
  • Don't allow partial word deletion
  • Use provided word lists for content
  • Focus on teaching the steno keyboard layout and common words made up of 1 to 3-key chords

You will break up into groups of 1-6 people. The ability to use steno on your laptop requires you to install Plover, an open source steno engine commissioned by Mirabai. We also recommend people with keyboards that support N Key Rollover to bring them with you. There will be a few keyboards there for you to try out courtesy of Mirabai.

About Mirabai

Mirabai Knight is a professional realtime stenocaptioner for deaf and hard of hearing students and professionals in New York City. She is certified to produce text at 260 words per minute and is a strategic partner of White Coat Captioning, a realtime firm that specializes in captioning for medical schools and tech conferences. She is also the founder of The Open Steno Project, an open source community that works to make steno technology more accessible to amateurs, hobbyists, and enthusiasts.

Raffle Prizes

FLATIRON SCHOOL

280 person capacity


Thank you to Flatiron school for donating your space.

(The organizers of this event do not work for Flatiron. We are graduates.)

Tickets are FREE.

All we ask is that you enjoy yourself, learn something new and share something that you know with someone you meet.

Day One

Day one is full of talks and we are currently sold out. We promise to notify everybody if we choose to release more tickets. Give us your email and you will hear from us when they become available.We have made more tickets available. Enjoy!

Day Two

Day two is a hackathon where you get to use any Webstack to complete the challenges. There are some various themes to choose from.

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