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How to Hack Your Way Into a Startup

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App Academy

825 Battery Street

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Join App Academy and MapD for an informal, open conversation on how to hack your way into a startup: with or without a CS degree, recommended career choices, and much more. We'll start with a MapD demo, then panel.

With varying backgrounds in starting and growing startups, our experienced technical panel will help offer the insight you need in a startup.

Big thanks to App Academy for being our host!

Feel free to send in questions before the event: https://goo.gl/forms/qh5ub67nFlIzsnR33

Schedule

6:00-6:30pm: Check-in and Networking

6:30-7:00pm: MapD Demo / Q&A

7:00-8:00pm: Career Panel

8:00-8:15pm: Networking/ Event ends

Panel Speakers

Jayapriya Surendran, Web Services Engineer, Cloudflare

Jayapriya Surendran is a Software Engineer currently building Web Services using Go on Security Engineering team at Cloudflare. She has a Master's in Computer Science at University of Minnesota, Twin Cites majoring in Large Scale Distributed Systems. Prior to Cloudflare, she worked at Athenahealth, One Kings Lane, and Uber. Jayapriya is passionate about creating innovative, intuitive software that have a positive impact on millions of users worldwide. Follow her on twitter @jayapriya90

Ruth Helfinstein, Principal Engineer, Kurbo Health

Ruth is a software engineer with a Master's degree in Computer Science from Stanford and decades of experience implementing systems for OnLive, Apple, IBM and more. She is currently a Principal Software Engineer at Kurbo Health where she is committed to delivering quality programs to increase efficiency on Kurbo’s portal and constantly improve the experience for our coaches and our customers. Follow her on twitter @notruthless

Samson Hu, Data Scientist, previously at Wish

Samson helped scale the analytics team at Wish, an eCommerce platform that lets users shop millions of products at deep discounts on their mobile phone. He built and owned the data pipeline which powers all seller portal data features—over 500 metrics computed daily for over 10 million entities. He also worked on scaling the platform across hundreds of millions of users in over 30 countries. He graduated from the University of Waterloo in Mathematics. Follow him on twitter @samson_hu

Veda Shankar, Senior Developer Advocate, MapD

Veda Shankar is a Senior Developer Advocate at MapD working actively to assist the user community to take advantage of MapD’s open source analytics platform. He is a customer oriented IT specialist with a unique combination of experience in product development, marketing and sales engineering. Prior to MapD, Veda worked on various open source software defined data center products at Red Hat. Follow him on twitter @veda_shankar

Chris Henrick, Frontend Engineer, MapD

Chris is a Data Visualization Engineer at MapD, working on MapD's Immerse visualization and analytics platform, as well as its related open-source libraries: mapd-connector, mapd-charting, mapd-crossfilter, and mapd3. He is an alumnus of the MFA in Design and Technology at Parsons School For Design in New York City where he broadened his technical skills in web-development and web-design with a focus on user experience, data visualization, and story telling with interactive web-mapping. Follow him on twitter @chrislhenrick

What is MapD?

MapD is the extreme analytics platform, used in business and government to find insights in data beyond the limits of mainstream analytics tools. The MapD platform delivers zero-latency querying and visual exploration of big data, dramatically accelerating operational analytics; data science; and geospatial analytics. Originating from research at MIT, MapD is a technology breakthrough, harnessing the massive parallel computing of GPUs for data analytics. MapD Technologies Inc. is headquartered in San Francisco, and the platform is available globally via open source and enterprise license options.

www.mapd.com/community | Follow us on twitter @MapD

What is App Academy?

Becoming a software developer is about learning a way of thinking, not just about expertise with a specific set of tools. Frameworks come and go, but the skills we teach will serve you well no matter what you may go on to do in the future: back-end engineering, iOS development, big data, etc. For that reason, we also teach good software design and best-practices, algorithms and data structures, and code readings.

www.appacademy.io | Follow them on twitter @appacademyio

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