Algorithms 101

Galvanize - 44 Tehama Street (between 2nd/howard) San Francisco - View Map Girl Develop It San Francisco
Sat, Apr 8, 2017, 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, Senior Software Engineer at Pivotal & Jessica Dene Earley, Director of Part-time Education at Hackbright.

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

Lunch will not be provided. 

Prerequisites: 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. If you would like to borrow one of our Chromebooks for class, please message the teachers in advance.


• Introduction 

• Defining an Algorithm

• Data Structures

• Time/space complexity

• Several Sorting Algorithms

• Binary Search

• Algorithms in Real Life

A great follow-up workshop to this one is our Whiteboarding Interview Prep on Saturday April 22nd! 

Payment is required to attend. If you'd like to attend but cannot afford the cost, click here to request a scholarship<a href=""></a>. Due to the amount of applications, only the scholarship recipients will receive an email a few days before the workshop. Thank you for your understanding!


Saturday, Apr 8
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (PDT)


44 Tehama Street (between 2nd/howard) San Francisco