Algorithms 101

Hack Reactor - 944 Market St, 8th Floor San Francisco - View Map Girl Develop It San Francisco
Sun, Apr 3, 2016, 10:00 AM (PDT)

About this event

What's an algorithm? Besides being the answer to most interview questions, an algorithm is a way to solve a particular problem in programming. 

Google Maps uses an algorithm to calculate driving directions through 3 cities while avoiding highways. Amazon uses an algorithm to figure out exactly what product to recommend to you next so that you'll blindly one-click it.

In this workshop, we will discuss what an algorithm is, introduce the idea of algorithmic complexity (big O notation), demonstrate sort and search algorithms (with a hands-on re-enactment), and finish with an overview of the many types of algorithms out there. This workshop is taught by Amelia Downs, software engineer at Pivotal and has lead Dev Bootcamp's Algorithm Nights in the past, and Brenda Jin, Senior Engineer at Slack. 

This workshop focuses on design-thinking for algorithms, which is a pre-requisite to expressing these ideas in code.

Lunch is provided. 


Attendees would benefit from a basic understanding of a programming language, like from JS 101, but that is not required.

Tech requirements:

• Your laptop, if you'd like to follow along with the slides. 


10:00 - 10:45 Introduction
10:45 - 1:45 Defining an algorithm, time/space complexity, goal of algorithms
1:45 - 12:00 break
12:00 - 1:00 Sorting and bubble sort
1:00 - 2:00 lunch
2:00 - 3:15 More sorting, searching
3:15 - 3:45 break
3:45 - 4:45 More searching, primes
4:45 - 5:00 Conclusion

Many thanks to our sponsor Hack Reactor!

Payment is required to attend. If you'd like to attend but cannot afford the cost, request a scholarship.


Sunday, Apr 3
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (PDT)


Hack Reactor
944 Market St, 8th Floor San Francisco