Hands-On Python Presentation Night

Apr 12, 2018 · San Francisco, United States of America

This week's talk: The Journey Over the Intermediate Gap

Congratulations on finishing your first tutorials or classes in python! In the parlance of the hero’s journey myth, you’ve had your ‘threshold moment”: you’ve started down a path that could lead to a long and fulfilling career. But the road to this glorious future is frustratingly obscured by a lack of guidance in the present. You know enough to realize that you don’t have all the skills you need yet, but it’s hard to know how to learn those skills, or even articulate what they are. There are no easy solutions to this problem. There are, however, a few fundamental things to know and advice to keep in mind. Drawing from my own experience and with input from others, I’ve compiled some helpful hints about the skills, tools, and guiding questions that will get you to mastery.

Meet your speaker: Sara Packman is a software engineer at Clover Health where she builds web applications to help make healthcare work, but she wasn't always! Before joining Clover Health she attended Hackbright and previously worked in a field completely unrelated to tech. When not writing software or learning about how to write software, Sara is usually reading, cooking, hiking, or skiing.


6:00: Check in, eat, and mingle

6:30: The Journey Over the Intermediate Gap - talk by Sara Packman

7:00: Work on your own project or mingle some more

8:00: Lights out

About this meetup:

If you are struggling with the peaks and pitfalls of learning Python and/or want to collaborate on a fun Python project, we would love for you to join us at this weekly workgroup.

All PyPeople are welcome. Please note all attendees should abide by the Code of Conduct (http://www.ladynerds.org/code_of_conduct/)

All levels are welcome!

Beginners - Jumping into Python can be tough on your own! Your fellow beginners will help you get started and point you to some free resources that will assist with the fundamental skills to get you started on your coding journey.

Some Python resources to get you started:

Beginner's Guide (https://www.python.org/about/gettingstarted/)

Rithm School (https://www.rithmschool.com/courses#python)

Interactive Python for Beginners (http://interactivepython.org/runestone/static/thinkcspy/index.html)

Algorithms and Data Structures in Python (http://interactivepython.org/runestone/static/pythonds/index.html)

PyBites Code Challenges (https://codechalleng.es/challenges/?next=/)


There is no indoor bike parking.

Clover Health is located close to the Powell Street BART/Muni. Street parking is difficult to find.

Clover Health is elevator access only. Bathrooms are gender specific with an accessible stall.

A huge thank you to Clover Health (https://www.cloverhealth.com/en/) for hosting us!

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