Educative Sessions

Educative Sessions

EDUCATIVE SESSIONS engages our developer community through the power of storytelling. We collaborate with people who have fascinating experiences about their coding journeys. Topics covered: beginning to learn to code, grokking the next interview, rushing up on frontend coding, data science, or cybersecurity, and more! | Subscribe on YouTube! ►► https://www.youtube.com/c/EducativeSessions/ | Share Your Story! ►► http://bit.ly/educative-sessions-s3-signup | Season 1 Recap! ►► https://youtu.be/P-5HK9_XegY | Season 2 Recap! ►► https://youtu.be/2xlLxQ2Vf2s | Learn more about Educative! ►► https://educative.io

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November 29, 2021 13 min

Gaurav Makhecha had a challenging first day on the job: his lead developer tells him that if he were present during the hiring process, he would never have agreed to bring Gaurav on. The journey to winning over his superiors and colleagues was not easy until then, and now Gaurav is on a new, independent path in his career as a developer and manager.

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Chinenye Ikpa was a wife and mother of four children when she realized she needed to challenge herself further, and she was particularly curious about a career as a software developer. However, many in her community said that her timing to pursue a career was a bit too late, and that she should "leave it for the younger ones" and focus on her family. Now she's training at the Decagon Institute and is an award-winning Ed...

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Rose Zhong Punkunus has had an eclectic career over the years: software developer in finance, pursuing a PhD in economics, founding a girls’ entrepreneurial non-profit, and data scientist for some major Silicon Valley companies. The one thing that has guided her decision-making: paying attention to that feeling that “something” could work better. But how does Rose reconcile that “feeling” with her data-driven training? We discuss t...

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At university, Ethel Klu worked on a project in bioinformatics with zero experience in programming, and she struggled to interpret the different letters and symbols on her screen. However, her project was shut down at the onset of the pandemic in early 2020. Unsure of what to do next, Ethel Klu discovered a Machine Learning program organized by Yielding Accomplished African Women and seized the opportunity to resume her passion of ...

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After arriving in Silicon Valley with a background in mathematics, Neeraj Kashyap has managed several technology teams and developed a knack for a certain type of candidate. This talk with go into detail about what Neeraj looks for in a "Moneyball" algorithmic way, and that often times it's good to focus on the "unpredictable."

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Obinna Asiegbulam knew he had to attend university and become a successful mechanical engineer and support his four siblings and widowed mother, all of whom sacrificed their own opportunities to help him succeed. However, Obinna fell quickly out of love with drafting and wanted to do something new. Seeing the potential of the Nigerian tech sector and the creative potential of coding, Obinna had to make a sacrifice of his own.

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At an early age, Davit Buniatyan was poised for a stellar career in academia. However, for some reason, he refused the call to jump into tech entrepreneurship after his PhD advisor at Princeton left to pursue a new calling. Eventually, Davit got the call to pursue his own startup idea as well. Check out David's story from the academy to the Valley.

 

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Ngbede Alike came from humble beginnings before he attended university, studied chemical engineering, and eventually became a software engineer. However, he believes the problem with learning tech for people like him is not entirely a question of access. For him, much of it has to do with acquiring the right "mindset" to code.

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Before Brian Leonard became the CEO of Grouparoo, he was the CTO of TaskRabbit, once faced with the difficult choice of abandoning aspects of their business that actually made money and had community support. Watch as we discuss how he and his team navigated their way out of this "technical debt."

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At the Python Meetup group in Munich, Germany, one of the organizers heard Boris Zalkin could drum. "What if you brought your drum kit to our next Meetup? What's the worst that could happen?" Even though he empathizes with the ears and experiential expectations of other Meetup attendees, Boris came to play. Check out the rest of this story.

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When Chibuike Nwachukwu began his programming journey in college, it was really difficult for him to find his path. From his ever-changing interests to lack of mentorship and guidance, its a surprise he stayed focused. Now that he's matured, he sees to it that no junior coder he encounters has to go through the many avoidable hassles he went through.

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Rainer Grimm loves to teach and explain modern C++. Consequently, he has written a few books, a few courses, and videos about modern C++. Most C++ developer know Rainer because he is the author of the blog Modernes C++ (https://www.modernescpp.com/) that started as a German blog. Both blogs are more than five years old have about 1000 posts and in average 100,000 readers a week.  

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Marsha Tufft got her first D ever in physics – electricity and magnetism–sophomore year, and later went on to complete a Ph.D. in engineering. But that D rocked her world. She didn’t know if she had what it took to continue in engineering. When the rubber hit the road, it was the hobbies and creative design projects she did as a kid that provided the resilience and grit to stay the course.

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Kevin started Mako Design + Invent in high school, then incorporated in University where Kevin was section class president at the Ivey Business School (Harvard's sister school). He then studied overseas at Hong Kong University for supply chain management & manufacturing. He then went full time at Mako Design + Invent in 2007 after nervously turning down the pick of the litter job offers. Still, to today, Mako Design...

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Thibaut LaBarre joined Amazon as an intern where he built Heartbeat, a Natural Language Processing tool that combines millions of data points from disparate feedback sources like product reviews, customer contacts, social media, and provides this information to worldwide product teams. Thibaut grew the team from my internship project to an organization of 20 engineers, transitioning into a manager role. After 7 years at Amazon, he ...

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Dr. James Stanier never intended to become a manager, let alone a Director or VP. He certainly never intended to publish a book about it either! Dr. Stanier shares his story from doing a Ph.D. to failing to get an academic job to joining a start-up which grew rapidly through numerous venture capital investment rounds. After reading lots of books on management in the "business" world, he applied what he knew to help shape th...

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Roxanne Agerone went from working in chemistry to working in software over the course of the year. After being accepted into a prestigious coding program Seattle, Roxanne sold everything she owned, bought a school bus, packed it full of everything that was left, and drove across the country. It has been four years of software development, and she loves it. (No, Roxanne doesn't still live in a bus, but it was a great adventure a...

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Daphnie Ozioma graduated from university in Nigeria with a focus on microbiology in 2018, but after graduation, she decided to attend a coding bootcamp instead and become a program manager. When she got there, Daphnie discovered there was no PM tutor, so she opted for web development where she learned the basics of HTML and CSS. For her mandatory National Youth Service Corps in November 2019. Daphnie applied as a developer to Flexi...

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When he was seven years old, Chris Zichko dreamed of going to the Moon. Eighteen years later, every decision Chris made had revolved around that dream, including joining the Marine Corps and his more recent pursuit of software development. Chris now wants to make robots to automate every chore in his life, but he still hopes of achieving the overall astronomic dreams.

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Imagine working in a world where everyone thinks of themselves as design critics and don't understand what you do as a user experience designer. UX design isn't just about making the logo bigger and things prettier. Through many years of experience, Alix Han (@alixito) is seasoned in fostering a user-centered culture and partnering with developers in order to create purposeful product that people actually want.

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