Intro to Algorithms

Groupon - 3101 Park Blvd. Palo Alto - View Map Girl Develop It San Francisco
Wed, Jun 12, 2013, 6:30 PM (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, and most developers are using algorithms every day to solve whatever problem they're tackling.

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.

As a prerequisite, you should have basic familiarity with some programming language.

This workshop will be taught by Pamela Fox, a full-stack engineer at Coursera. Thank you to Groupon for hosting us!

If you'd like to attend but cannot afford the cost, please request a GDI scholarship.

Please note that we cannot issue refunds, since there's an overhead to issuing refunds via and we already offer the workshops at such a low-cost. We put proceeds into the chapter fund, which we use as our scholarship fund.


Wednesday, Jun 12
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM (PDT)


3101 Park Blvd. Palo Alto