What to do this week: November 2- 8

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Monday, November 2

Event: Python with Paxson
Time: 6: 30 p.m.
Location: MacMillan 117

Learn the basics of coding language, Python, alongside President Paxson! Brought to you by Hack@Brown, this is the first of a three part lecture series. No experience necessary.

Wednesday, November 4

Event: APPLY TO BLOGDH
Time: apps are due at 5:00 p.m.
Location: Apply here!

If you want to talk about campus life, news from College Hill, or the community at large, we want you! We’re recruiting new writers and there are practically a million reasons why you should apply.

Thursday, November 5

Event: The Road Weeps, The Well Runs Dry
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Stuart Theater

Join Sock & Buskin for a performance “structured around Native American myth.” This show runs through November 15th and you can buy tickets online here.

Friday, November 6

Event: Clothing Swap
Time: 10:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m.
Location: JWW

Need a new wardrobe before the season changes, but don’t want to break bank? EcoReps are sponsoring a clothing swap, where you can trade in your old clothes for new digs. And yes, that sweater does look great on you.

Saturday, November 7

Event: Nicholson File Building Open Studios
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 10:o0 p.m.
Location: 350 Kinsley Avenue

Check out the work of over twenty local artists in one of those famous Providence warehouses you’ve been hearing so much about.

Event: Revival 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Columbus Theatre

Celebrate the third anniversary of the Columbus Theatre! Founded by two Brown alums that comprise the band, The Low Anthem, the Columbus Theatre is a mainstay in the local Providence music scene. They are celebrating their day with local and nationally touring bands alike. Grab tickets here.


Startup@Brown: A review

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With all the well-deserved hype around the events of this weekend’s Better World by Design, now in its eighth year, it was easy for many students to forget about the newcomer to the already-ample lineup of fall conferences at Brown: Startup@Brown. Organized and run by Hack@Brown (Valentin Perez ’18 is lead organizer for both) and the Brown Entrepaneurship Program, Startup@Brown was a weekend-long conference in Alumnae Hall and Smitty B focused on connecting students with startups. Through a series of speeches, fairs, office hours and workshops taking place from the 26th-27th, Startup@Brown gave students a crash course in entrepreneurship. Blog checked it out to see just what exactly startup culture is all about, and whether its correspondent’s idea for a chain of nightclubs inside giant floating zeppelins could make it to an initial seed round.

The conference opened with a keynote by Eveline Buchatskiy, director at Techstars Boston, on the general path of beginning a startup, and was followed by lunch and the general startup fair. At the fair, roughly 20 startups and startup-related firms gathered to speak with students and recruit potential candidates for internships and jobs.

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The Startup Fair

The general atmosphere was one of enthusiasm. According to Jason Miller, a representative from data software firm Cloudera, “the fact that [Startup@Brown] was selective was really special. It was branded well, and it makes sense why the companies you invited are here.” Miller also emphasized the extent to which Brown alums and students are enmeshed within startup culture across the country. At Cloudera, “two of the core engineers went to Brown, and about almost a third of our entire data science department is Brown-educated.”

This recurrent theme — Brown’s close relationship with the technology industry and startup culture — often helped make the event feel like less of a professional networking event and more of a gathering of friends and former fellow students united by an interest in entrepreneurship. Brown student and Startup@Brown attendee Hans Wang ’17, a CS and Economics dual concentrator, noted that he’d “seen a lot of former TAs here with the companies.”

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The Second Annual Hack@Brown: A Review

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To attend the opening ceremony of this year’s Hack@Brown and then sit in the same Salomon auditorium approximately 30 hours later for the presentation of finalists, closing remarks, and rewarding of prizes is a strange experience, mainly because of how paradoxically similar and different the ceremonies are to one another.

Different in that everyone there seems a little more tired than before, measurably more experienced than before, and substantially closer to those around them than before. Similar in that Katy Perry is once again blaring from the speakers (more than likely the first time “California Girls” has ever echoed through that hall).  Not the most CS-oriented artist in the world–Kraftwerk might be a little more appropriate–but catchy nonetheless. More importantly, similar in that the sense of tired satisfaction filling the audience is a weird kind of twin to the overflowing energy and enthusiasm of the opening ceremony.

Sayles Hack@Brown

Hack@Brown, a nearly day-and-a-half long whirlwind of creativity, coding, and camaraderie, was kicked off on Saturday, February 7th with remarks by Paul Zuchowski ’87, chief engineer at Oracle. While at Brown, Zuchowski, who also helped found successful startups HeartLab and Greenbytes, majored in CS and music.

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An Interview with Hack@Brown Co-Directors Sharon Lo ’16 and Atty Eleti ’17

 

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This upcoming weekend, 350 would-be hackers — designers, coders, and those with nothing more than an idea — will descend on Sayles and Wilson Hall for over 30 hours of lectures, activities, meals, and of course, hacking. It’s the second annual Hack@Brown, and this year’s hackathon with a Brown flavor promises to be even more exciting than its predecessor. Blog sat down with the organizers — Sharon Lo ’16 and Athyuttam (Atty) Eleti ’17 — to ask some questions about what will make this year’s Hack@Brown particularly special.

First off, this is the second annual Hack@Brown. What are the ways we can expect this year’s Hack@Brown to differ from last year’s?

Sharon: “At Hack@Brown, a lot of people think of hackathons as super intense, but it’s about having the confidence to commit to your idea. For example, this year we have an ‘I don’t know what I’m doing’ workshop. Overall, we’re expecting the hackathon to be 350 students from about 70 different schools across the US, Mexico and Canada – a 25% increase from last year. We also have about 50 mentors to help students. It’s a lot about making the unfamiliar familiar to students.”

Atty: “Hack@Brown can be pretty intimidating for people because they think of hacking as green screens, drinking Red Bull, and eating pizza. But learning is the core of the Hackathon. Maybe you’ve never coded before; Hack@Brown is the opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and build something new. Participant-wise, we’re expecting about 40% female attendance this year. 60% of all attendees are also first-time hackers. Plus it’s now a year-long thing; we’re also doing a workshop every two weeks.”

Having already gotten some experience with the first Hack@Brown, were there any unexpected challenges in organizing this year’s event?

Atty: “The biggest challenge is that Hack@Brown is now a year-long endeavor. Now we have the workshops – and what we’re really pushing for this year is use of things called APIs.”

Sharon: “What an API does is open up this data in machine-readable form. For example, this week we just finished an API for dining services; so for example if a student needs an app that uses Ratty data, it will be machine-readable. We’re also trying to make it a year-long event.”

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