Introduction to Python - 300 South Riverside Plaza Chicago - View Map Girl Develop It Chicago
Sat, Aug 5, 2017, 9:00 AM (CDT)

About this event

Curious about programming? Want to learn one language that you can use to build websites, program robots, visualize data, run servers, and make art? Then you're ready to get started with Python.

Python powers some of the most popular websites and apps we all know and love, like Pinterest and Instagram to name a couple. It's used by tech companies all over the world, including many companies right here in Chicago.

Join us for GDI Chicago's Introduction to Python workshop, designed for women who have very limited or no programming experience. During this interactive workshop, we'll explore the basic components of a programming language: data types, functions, conditional statements, and loops. We'll mix lecture and practice, and we'll work through lots of problems together. You'll leave the workshop with several tested tutorials to work through on your own.

We'll spend part of the workshop helping you set up a development environment, so there's no need to install software ahead of time. Just bring your laptop and come prepared to write your first lines of Python code.

Cost: $90 
No shows: your course fee will be donated to the chapter scholarship fund.

Date: Saturday, August 5 from 9:00-5:00

Breakfast will be provided by the lovely folks at Students will get an hour to break for lunch. 

Location: - 300 South Riverside Plaza, Chicago, IL

Additional location information: 

•  Attendees *must* provide their full name as it appears on their ID for building security. When you RSVP to this event, you will be prompted for this information. Do not leave blank or you will not be able to get past security. 

Refund Policy: Girl Develop It is unable to offer refunds for cancelled registrations or no-shows. We only extend refunds if  1) the class is cancelled by the GDI chapter leaders due to low enrollment, or 2) the class is rescheduled and you cannot make the rescheduled date.

Scholarships: A limited number of scholarships are available for those with a financial hardship. To apply, click here. Do not RSVP for the event. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is July 28th. Scholarship applicants will be notified shortly after the deadline. Class capacity does not impact scholarship students.

Tech requirements:

• Your laptop (Mac, PC, and Linux are all okay).

Topics covered: 

Morning: Intro to the Python shell & Structured Programming - Functions, loops, and conditionals  

Afternoon: Data structures and other essential built-ins, and higher level abstractions using object oriented and functional programming 

Instructor: Lorena Mesa

Political analyst turned coder, Lorena Mesa is a Sprout Social data engineer, Director on the Python Software Foundation, PyLadies Chicago co-organizer, and Tech Ladies Chicago city organizer. Lorena loves to make meaning out of data, asking big questions and using her code to build models to derive that meaning. Part Star Wars fanatic but mostly a Trekkie, Lorena abides by the motto to "live long and prosper".

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Saturday, Aug 5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (CDT)

300 South Riverside Plaza Chicago