[Chicago] [ANN] ChiPy July Meeting: Mentorship Talks

Brian Ray brianhray at gmail.com
Sat Jul 4 22:21:27 CEST 2015

Happy Fourth Everyone.

We found a great space for our July meeting. WeWork Chicago!

 July 9, 2015, 7 p.m.

Please accept our pull requests!

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            "Expect to meet great people": True,
            "Python experience required": None,
            "You will learn something": True,
            "You can teach others": True,
            "Cost of attending":  0.0,
            "Expected turn out": Great("best ever"),
            "Expected quality: 10.0/10.0,
            "OH": "This will be our best meeting ever"}


220 N Green Street, Chicago, IL
RSVP here:  http://www.meetup.com/_ChiPy_/events/223700984/

OR here: http://www.chipy.org/


Collection of talks from the Mentorship program Mentees and Mentors on
topics like: Raspberry Pi , Machine Learning, Django Study Group,

More details:

Building a Temperature Control Program for Monitoring Aquaculture Tanks
Using Raspberry Pi and Python
(0:07:00 Minutes)
By: Thao Nguyen
Growth of the Mentee as a Pythonista I have turned from totally no
experience with Python to gaining a good amount of knowledge in this
language. I have learned from the very basic syntaxes to writing functions,
then writing functions for different types of data (list, string, integer,
decimal, float, epoch, threshold…) to serve various purposes; I know how to
install redis, bokeh and flask for data acquisition, storage and
performance; I also learned how to send an email alert from the Raspberry
Pi with Python, thanks to the hackathon midterm meetup and my mentor. And
because our project covers a wide range of activities, I have learned a lot
of the fundamental elements of Python as well as programming in general.
Above all, the best thing I have learned about Python through this
Mentorship program is being confident and feeling more comfortable with it.
Before this project, I wasn’t really sure about Python. Is it what I want
or I might be better off with other languages? But after finished the
project, I can say it was fun, and it serves well what I want to do. So I
decided to move forward with it. And even though this is my very first
programming language, but the dynamic from its strong supportive community,
rich wonderful open sources and inspiring opportunities like this
Mentorship program, all makes me feel that Python is a good choice. The
Mentor's role When I asked my mentor for his advices on learning
programming, he told me that to him, the best way to learn is doing
projects, just like what we are doing. And that is so true. Sometimes I
feel like the best way of learning how to swim is just jumping into the
water, like doing a project; it can be scary, uncertain, and possibly
failed, but it can also be very exciting and thrilling. Of course, one
should only jump with a life preserver if she never knows how to swim
before. And our mentors are life preservers. For a novice, it could be very
confused at first of where to go, what direction to take, or how to get
there; and easy be overwhelmed by too much information. The life saver may
not be able to tell you what direction to take either, but at least, it
will help you have some time to think and to practice before you decide
your next moves. Obviously, a mentor is much better than a life saver,
because no life saver can talk nor answer questions; and the best part is,
they have a lot of experiences in their hands and are willing to share them
with you. Thao Nguyen

Machine Learning with Python
(0:07:00 Minutes)
By: Alexander Flyax
I will briefly describe my journey into applied machine learning using
Python packages like scikit-learn and statsmodels.

Why learning process matters to student dev's
By: Lane Campbell
I took up learning Python and Web Development early this year. I started
attending Django lessons held by folks in the community. After the lessons
students had trouble finding help learning together. To help everyone
organize I founded the Django Study Group. I've been learning for the last
six months but I am still a student. I joined the Chipy mentorship program
to learn from a local professional Python developer. While enrolled in that
I took the opportunity to join a student team led by Brian Ray for more
experience learning to code. It was working alongside Brian that I learned
the importance of how you build software.

Formula One Data Visualization and Interpretation: adventures in mentorship
(0:07:00 Minutes)
By: Seth Difley
We participated in the Chipy mentorship program. Our plan for the
mentorship was to use Python to visualize and interpret Formula One racing
data. Join us to hear about the triumphs and obstacles we encountered along
the way.

Brian Ray
(773) 669-7717
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