Post Grad: PRIDE Alumni Panel [LIVE ONLINE]

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Hack Reactor & Galvanize alumni return for a panel discussion about the intersection of coding bootcamps, tech, and the LGBTQIA+ community.

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Post Grad is an ongoing series where we sit down with alumni to talk about their journey to, through, and beyond the coding bootcamp. Learn about their unique experience in an exclusive interview then get all of your own questions answered with a round of Ask Me Anything!

This will be a special PRIDE Alumni Panel with multiple guests from the Software Engineering and Data Science programs!

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All are welcome!

About the Guests:

Brooks Naylor

Brooks graduated from Hack Reactor in 2018, and hasn’t looked back! He has been teaching software engineering to elementary school students for the last three years, and worked at the University of Texas at Austin as a Senior Software Engineer for two years, before recently coming back to Galvanize as the Austin Developer Evangelist.

Martha Wood

I am a data scientist with degrees in chemistry and forensic science. I think that the combination of data and the scientific method has changed the world and will continue to do so. I am excited to ask new questions and explore interesting problems.

After 8 years in production chemistry labs, I've learned the value of good data and good data analysis. For most of my career the 'data cleaning' was completed with extraction chemicals and instrumental parameters. The chemistry had to be assessed and revised until prepared samples provided the expected results. I loved the process of hypothesizing improvements and testing changes until the results were acceptable.

When I discovered programming languages I realized I could implement the same scientific methods and techniques in a fraction of the time. The time between original hypothesis and working method was cut from months or years to hours or days. The Galvanize Data Science Immersive gave me the python, machine learning and data visualization skills necessary to move into data science.

In my free time I enjoy spending time outside hiking, biking and watching rugby. I also love to read books, as George R. R. Martin said: 'A reader lives a thousand lives before (s)he dies.' Please feel free to connect with me, meeting new people is just another way to find wonderful stories.

Angie Davidson

I am a full-stack software engineer with a background in physics and a love of overcoming challenges. In addition to a software engineer, I am and will always be a student and a teacher, for I believe these are the two most important attributes necessary to maintaining a productive and healthy environment.

I earned a BS in physics because I loved learning; physics is an exciting field with incredible questions and often elegant solutions. From there, I developed a passion for teaching and service as I joined Teach For America and worked in some of the toughest inner-city schools in the country. After almost a decade of teaching, I earned a Master's in physics which allowed me to chase after the challenging technical puzzles I have always loved. Upon completion, I was faced with the questions: "What's next? Where can I keep chasing puzzles?"

My previous work has inspired me to move into full-stack development because it provides a platform where I can think critically and creatively to develop solutions that matter. But more importantly, I have the ability to continue learning, ask questions, teach, mentor, and more.

When I am not coding, I am playing with my puppy Cooper. I also enjoy road biking on the Platt River Trail, indoor bouldering and rock climbing, and country dancing.

About the Host:

Lauren Taylor (aka "LT") started her career in radio, DJ’ing for a small college-town station before she found herself immersed in the Austin startup scene. Her passion for the local tech community and fostering strong connections eventually led her to Galvanize as a Developer Evangelist. In her free time, you’ll find her planning her next adventure or snuggled up on the couch watching the latest binge-worthy series with her partner and their 3 fur babies, who are all shamelessly named after Supernatural characters.

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Conducted live online:

- 1 Hour – 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Pacific Time

- Link to join the workshop will be provided to you once you RSVP.

Connect Before and After The Event

Want to connect with others in tech before the event? Join us in the Galvanize Tech Community Slack to discuss topics in the industry, meet other coders ranging from rookies to veterans of their industry, cheer each other on while learning how to code, and more. Use the hashtag #StartAConversation to get the topics flowing!

About Galvanize:

Galvanize is the premiere dynamic learning community for technology. With campuses located in booming technology sectors throughout the country, Galvanize provides a community for each the following:

Education - part-time and full-time training in web development, data science, and data engineering

Workspace - whether you’re a freelancer, startup, or established business, we provide beautiful spaces with a community dedicated to supporting your company’s growth

Networking - events in the tech industry happen constantly in our campuses, ranging from popular Meetups to multi-day international conferences

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