Month: March 2015

So much to learn

These are the online courses I’m current taking. I’m gonna be busy…

The Analytics Edge Mar 3, 12 weeks, MIT

Through inspiring examples and stories, discover the power of data and use analytics to provide an edge to your career and your life.

Programming for Everybody (Python) Feb 2 – Apr 28, University of Michigan

This course aims to teach everyone to learn the basics of programming computers using Python.

An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python Feb 13 – Mar 20, Rice

This two-part course is designed to be a fun introduction to the basics of programming in Python.

Data Visualization and Infographics with D3.js Mar 16 – Apr 26, University of Texas

This course consists of an in-depth discussion about the principles of info graphics and data visualization, and how they apply to the real world.

Go Places with Spatial Analysis Mar 4 – April 15, Esri

This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is for people who know something about data analysis and want to learn about the special capabilities of spatial data analysis.

Hackathon #4

On February 28th and March 1st, I participated in the Wonder Women hackathon. Our team came in second place for making an app that allows users to search the Los Angeles parks. This was my fourth hackathon and third time I placed in the top three. So, yay for me.

But more importantly, this was the first time I participated in a hackathon with a team. In our team of seven people, only two of us knew each other before the hackathon; the rest were total strangers. It was really cool two watch a group of strangers–each with a different skill set and skill level–come together, and contribute what they could in order to finish the app.

Even though I’ve been coding in javascript for less than a year, I was the senior programmer on the team. One of the programmers was half-way through a bootcamp, and the other team member dropped out of a bootcamp and was learning on his own. It was kinda neat being able to share what I knew with others.