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 focuses on design-thinking for algorithms, which is a pre-requisite to expressing these ideas in code.
• Defining an algorithm
• Data structures
• Time/space complexity
• Several sorting algorithms
• Binary search
• Algorithms in real life
Attendees would benefit from a basic understanding of a programming language, like from JS 101, but that is not required.
• Your laptop (Mac, PC, Linux) and charger
• A modern web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari)
If you do not have a laptop, please contact the instructors. We have a limited number of Chromebooks for students to borrow.
Payment is required to attend. If you'd like to attend but cannot afford the cost, click here to request a scholarship (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfiUBN4yve3L7iociXzcqNgEtrljsn_7mCgZ3eUtvAEr3bcQg/viewform). Due to a number of applications, only the scholarship recipients will receive an email a few days before the workshop. Thank you for your understanding!
ABOUT THE TEACHERS
Nicole Fish is a professional dancer turned psychology major turned software engineer. A fierce STEMinist dedicated to paying it forward, an impressive two-time college dropout, and a proud graduate of an all women’s coding bootcamp/ feminist utopia, she is passionate about building tools that empower people. As the primary front-end architect of the latest product at Elevate Security, she first pushed her code into production last year, which immediately vanquished her imposter syndrome.
Faiza Khan has taught Probability and Calculus courses to undergraduates for 2.5 years. Her deep interest in Computer Science and Mathematics has led her to transition into Data Science. She loves playing PC games and has recently gotten into fitness.
A great follow-up workshop to this one is our Whiteboarding Interview Prep on Saturday, May 18th (https://www.meetup.com/Girl-Develop-It-San-Francisco/events/259569112/).