The Hacker Within: What Do You Want to Learn, and What Can You Teach?


August 26, 2015
4:00pm to 6:00pm
190 Doe Library
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Our first meeting of the year will be focused on introductions and building this semester’s schedule of topics. To mold the upcoming schedule of topics to your needs and desires, please attend. We will engage in a fun democratic exercise in which we each offer and request knowledge. In this way, we’ll keep THW relevant by weighing in on what topics are important to us as a community. Please join us request particular sessions, volunteer some useful knowledge, or just hang out. Anyone is welcome!

If you can’t join us but would like to request to learn or teach a topic related to scientific computing, please fill out this Google form.

This is a weekly meeting for sharing skills and best practices for scientific computation. Based on The Hacker Within Scientific Computing Group from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the UC Berkeley chapter uses this as a structured set of skill-sharing sessions for scientific software development (e.g., testing, data management, version control, literate programming, etc. ) The goal is to learn cool skills and incorporate these practices into our workflows. People from all scientific disciplines are welcome. This meeting would be a great venue for describing neat tips and tricks for efficiency, introducing new libraries, showing off useful features of a scientific code you're using, or bringing up a computational problem you're having.

Participating is really easy: 

  • First, you'll show up. 
  • At 4:00 p.m., there will be tutorial/discussion about a scientific computation topic. 
  • Next, there will be a time for a couple of lightning talks, which are five- to ten-minute blasts of information about a particular topic or question of interest to the group.
  • Feel free to hang around and discuss your needs and current projects with other attendees.

To volunteer to give a talk, just let the listhost know by email at